What Failure On Obamacare Repeal Means For Tax Reform

Even as they lick their wounds from a failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort, Republican leaders in Washington are looking ahead to the next battle — over taxes. "I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform," President Trump told reporters Friday. "That will be next." Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed, though he conceded that the defeat on health care was a setback. "This does make tax reform more difficult," Ryan said. "But...

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The master planning process is underway for a section of North Cheyenne Canyon called Strawberry Fields, which the city of Colorado Springs traded to the Broadmoor Hotel in a controversial land exchange last year. The plan, which is being developed by local company N.E.S. Inc, will establish parameters for future management and trail development on the 180-acre property.

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Photographer Larry Hulst, whose photographs of rock and roll icons are currently on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, never imagined that his pictures would one day be hanging in an art museum.

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State lawmakers are leading an effort to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) is calculated. The goal: Let Colorado keep more of the tax money it collects.  Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to John Frank with The Denver Post and Charles Ashby with The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel about how the measure could free up millions of dollars for transportation, education and health care, and why it faces an uphill battle. 

Looking Up: Big Shiny Red Fire Engine

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This week on Looking Up we find out about one of the biggest, reddest stars up in the northern sky - the Garnet Star.

When you look at the wonderful night sky in Colorado, nearly every star looks like a tiny diamond of white light. But there are a handful of stars that have a different color. And in the northern night sky we can see just about the reddest star out there, Mu Cephei, commonly known as the Garnet Star!

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On this episode of Air Check Jake talks with local photographer Larry Hulst about the decades of photographs that he has taken of Rock n Roll icons; L.A. group The Wild Reeds stop by the 91.5 KRCC studios; We look into the DIY arts and music scene in Colorado Springs; and Hannah Fleming speaks with Finnish musician Lau Nau about the art of improvisation and scoring films. 

91.5 KRCC will be introducing listeners to some new favorites this Monday, March 6th.  I hope you will join us at 10am weekday mornings for news and topical debate with NPR's 1A.  91.5 KRCC is also adding the popular economic news program Marketplace, to our weekday line up at 3pm and 6:30pm.  

I'm really excited to be able to present the "new" A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile of the bands Nicklecreek and The Punch Brothers hosting the show on Saturdays 4pm to 6pm, and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. 

Music fans can rest assured that 91.5 KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor will continue to curate music weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, with great community volunteers rounding out the music block from 10pm to midnight.

Your favorite weekend music shows will include my Blue Plate Special blues show every Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Vintage Voltage with GT at 8pm.

On Sunday evenings you can relax and expand your music education through the Jazz Excursion with host Dick Fairley at 7pm. End your weekends with great reggae from host Ron Wilson starting at 10pm. See the entire new schedule here.

We are working on digital on-demand deliveries of all of our local music shows through our website, and on mobile apps that are available for iPhones and Android devices on iTunes and Google Play. We hope to have this feature live next week so you can listen to 91.5 KRCC Music whenever and wherever you want. Stay tuned!

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Peak Curiosity is a new, community-driven reporting series from 91.5 KRCC. We ask listeners to submit their questions about the Pikes Peak region and Southern Colorado, and then we answer them. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to submit your question!

For this installment of Peak Curiosity, we set out to answer a question from a resident of Pueblo, CO:

 

"I read that Pueblo's Temple Emanuel on Grand Ave. was founded in 1900. Tell us about the Jewish history of this region."

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A round-up of can’t-miss events this month from The Rocky Mountain Food Report:

• 26th Annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs: A benefit for the Colorado Springs Conservatory featuring a weekend of wine-centric events, including tastings, seminars and dinners. Held throughout the city at locations such as the Broadmoor and the Warehouse. March 2-4.

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Advocates say Senate Bill 40 does something simple: It brings the Colorado Open Records Act into the 21st century by requiring state agencies to provide information in a digital format , such as a database or a spreadsheet, where feasible.

"These are the people's records. We are the custodians, we are the stewards of these records," said Democratic Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins. He's the main sponsor of the bill.

For some, the issue is more complicated.

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Colorado Springs ranks 11th in the country for birthplace diversity according to a recent study. That means many of its residents weren't born here. 

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