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Beauty Kings -- Dads Talk Hairdos, Leaving Your Comfort Zone, and Life with Daughters

In this segment from The Big Something Radio Programme, we bring you a conversation recorded by StoryCorps in Colorado Springs, featuring Greg Wickherst and Jason Belcher. Greg Wickherst is a single father of a three-year-old daughter named Izzy. While working as an admissions rep at IntelliTec college in Pueblo, he began taking cosmetology classes to learn how to do his daughter’s hair, and posted pictures of the hairstyles he was learning on Facebook. The media got wind of his story, and...
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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Michelle

5 hours ago

Hi there. I’m Michelle, a very sweet, shy 2-year-old black spayed long-haired cat. I came in to HSPPR as a stray, and they weren’t able to find my owners. I can be a little shy in new situations, but I love gentle attention, and if you give me a few days to warm up, I will be quite the charmer indeed! I would love to keep your lap warm every evening when you come home from work. Michelle and new family are words that go together well, so come adopt me today!

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Dan Haley is the new executive director of the state's largest oil and gas industry trade group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. He began the position on June 1st. His background is in media and journalism. He spent 20 years as a journalist and editor, serving as the editorial page editor at the Denver Post. He then joined the private sector as a media consultant.
 

Interview Highlights with Dan Haley:

On How his Media Background will help him lead the industry in Colorado.

More campsites, restrooms, and parking areas could come to the Shelf Road Climbing Area near Canon City under a new proposal.
 

The Bureau of Land Management estimates the area sees 42,000 more visitors yearly than when the two campgrounds were originally constructed in the mid-90's.

The BLM's Kalem Lenard says they've been receiving complaints about not enough facilities. He also says lack of parking space is becoming an issue.

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In this segment from The Big Something Radio Programme, we bring you a conversation recorded by StoryCorps in Colorado Springs, featuring Greg Wickherst and Jason Belcher. Greg Wickherst is a single father of a three-year-old daughter named Izzy. While working as an admissions rep at IntelliTec college in Pueblo, he began taking cosmetology classes to learn how to do his daughter’s hair, and posted pictures of the hairstyles he was learning on Facebook.

In this episode of The Big Something we talk to a Greg Lutze, a Manitou Springs native who co-founded a digital photography company that aspires to be the Kodak of the 21st century; Legendary poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder speaks with us about his long and storied career; Writer Mia Alvarado takes us on a field trip to Stoner's Laundry, a laundromat that’s been a gathering place for a small neighborhood at the edge of downtown Colorado Springs for decades; And fathers Jason Belcher and Greg Wickherst discuss their relationships with their daughters in a conversation recorded b

The city of Colorado Springs is continuing steps in smoothing over a contentious stormwater issue with its southern neighbor.  City Council yesterday passed a resolution allowing Mayor John Suthers to put $150,000 toward funding a restoration master plan for the Monument Creek Watershed.  Monument Creek flows into Fountain Creek.  High flows there have been causing problems for Pueblo downstream.

Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki says he's been working with Mayor Suthers to address the chronic issue, adding that he's satisfied with the efforts thus far.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Sippriano

Jul 29, 2015

Are you a Jack Russell kind of dog lover? Well, I am the best of the best! I'm Sippriano. This beautiful girl came in on the Rescue Rover from one of HSPPR's transfer partners. I was missing my right eye when I got here, but I don’t seem to be in any pain. I also had a large mass on my left hind leg. HSPPR's staff veterinarians removed the mass and let me recover in the hospital for a week or two. And now this social girl is ready to meet my new family! I'm a little calmer than most Jack Russells, but I still have that take-charge attitude.

Trinidad is the first of nine communities announced as a beneficiary of a new state-run rural artist program.
 

The $50 million program called Space to Create, Colorado is an effort of Colorado Creative Industries and other foundations to provide affordable housing for artists.

CCI Director Margaret Hunt says areas with strong art communities are magnets for economic development. Hunt adds they're purposely selecting small towns.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Bella and Rusty

Jul 28, 2015

Hi there! We're Bella and Rusty, 8, are an elderly pair of Australian cattle dogs looking for a brand new home where we can spend the rest of their lives together! The volunteers at HSPPR absolute love us, and we love getting treats from them. We can be a little nervous in new situations, so we would do better in a more mature home. Come adopt us today! 

A testing and manufacturing center for rocket propulsion is launching in Pueblo.
 

The project from Centennial-based United Launch Alliance is for a next generation rocket called the Vulcan. The company is looking to commercialize space access and help make it more cost-efficient.

The facility will create 34 new jobs in Pueblo that are expected to generate around $19 million yearly in revenue for the local economy. 

Pueblo Economic Development Corporation President Jack Rink says the impact could be even bigger.

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