Colorado Edition: Nebraska Water Claims; fentanyl testing in the West; restaurant industry mentorship program

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The South Platte River flows through eastern Colorado and Nebraska, providing water for farms, towns, and hydroelectricity along the way. But now Nebraska claims more water from the river. KUNC’s Alex Hager has followed this story and joins us in explaining it.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl-containing drugs cause overdose deaths in the region and in Colorado. There are ways to test it, but in some cases it’s also illegal. The Mountain West Press Office Madeleine Beck has more for Colorado Edition.

According to a report last year from Colorado Restaurant Associationnearly 77,000 restaurant workers have lost their jobs during the pandemic, and up to 40% of restaurants in the state are in danger of closing. An apprenticeship program in four states, including Colorado, is helping young people find restaurant jobs. To learn more about the Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship program, we’re joined by Daniella Fernandez, a recent high school graduate and apprentice at Charcoal Chicken Chooka restaurant with three locations in the Denver metro area, and Elizabeth Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer of Chook.

The Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O’Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). KUNC News Director Brian Larson is our Executive Producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

Colorado Edition’s mission is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It is available as a podcast on itunes, Spotify, google play, embroidereror wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music from the show by Blue dot sessions.

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