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3:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Applications for State Wildfire Mitigation Funds Due Tomorrow

Applications are due tomorrow for state money to help with wildfire mitigation projects. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, there are other goals for the grant program as well.

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RMCR News
8:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Insurance Estimates Near $300 Million for Black Forest Fire

Preliminary estimates show insurance companies will pay almost $300 million dollars to homeowners affected by the Black Forest Fire. About 3,600 auto and homeowner insurance claims have been filed since the June wildfire, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. But Executive Director Carole Walker expects that number will grow.

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RMCR News
7:06 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Magazine Law Injunction Declared Unneeded

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A group of sheriffs aiming to overturn new gun laws are happy with language they say clears up confusion. Yesterday, attorneys for the two sides came to an agreement on the measure that limits magazine rounds to fifteen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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RMCR News
7:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Judge to Consider Challenges to New Gun Laws

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A lawsuit filed by more than 50 Colorado sheriffs challenging two new gun laws is scheduled to go in front of a judge today. The laws went into effect July 1st. Now, an attorney representing the sheriffs is asking for the parts of the law setting limits on gun magazines be put on hold. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Local News
6:07 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Pipeline Fire on Fisher's Peak

The Pipeline Fire on Fisher’s Peak started yesterday and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. Multiple units responded from in and around the Trinidad region, but officials say it’s been difficult to access the fire. The active fire has shown extreme activity on the entire perimeter of the blaze, though no evacuations have been ordered.

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Local News
9:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

El Paso County GOP Selects Herpin to Run in Morse Recall

Nearly 50 officers and precinct leaders with the El Paso County Republican Party voted today to nominate Bernie Herpin in the Senate District 11 recall effort of Democrat John Morse. Herpin received 30 votes, while candidate Jaxine Bubis received 18. Bubis is expected to withdraw from the race after the two signed an agreement that would name one person as the GOP nominee. According to a press release from the El Paso County Republican Party, the county’s Clerk and Recorder oversaw the process at the expense of the party.

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Local News
7:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Colorado Springs Council Considers Marijuana Regulations

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With the passage last year of Amendment 64, Cities and counties around Colorado are deciding whether to allow recreational marijuana shops and grow operations within their boundaries. Denver City Council said yes. El Paso County said no. The city of Pueblo passed a moratorium, deciding, in effect, to decide later. Colorado Springs City Council discussed the question yesterday, and as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, no consensus emerged.

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Western Skies July 2013
11:31 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Western Skies: July 2013, "Gender and Sexual Identity"

Western Skies: July 2013, “Gender and Sexual Identity”

As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an issue that can confuse even those who study it. Please note, some content may be considered unsuitable for sensitive listeners.

You can listen to the full episode here:

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
9:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires

The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range. 

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Healthy Conversation: Sun Safety

Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round.  So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure.  For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson.  They begin by talking about why the sun can be so damaging.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Flooding out of Williams Canyon Considered “Good Test”

Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe Ribeiro acknowledged the city’s warning siren didn’t work correctly.

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Local News
7:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Flash Flood Closes Roads, Damages Homes

Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs and other area roads shut down temporarily yesterday as rain hit the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar, sending debris onto the route and flooding Fountain Creek. Authorities say around 20 homes were damaged, 6-8 of them significantly. Meteorologist John Kalina with the National Weather Service in Pueblo says the storm dropped about .6 of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes.

“These cells were moving quickly from the north to the south at around 30 mph or even a little quicker than that, and they did develop rather quickly.”

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Local News
7:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Studying Suicide in the Military

Dr. Craig Bryan

In 2012, the U.S. military’s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan’s research brought him to Colorado Springs’ Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research–and how the very characteristics that make an effective soldier can also lead to increased suicide risk.

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Local News
8:03 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Town Hall Addresses Recreational Marijuana in Colorado Springs

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Amendment 64 voted into law last year decriminalized recreational marijuana in Colorado for adults 21 and over. Now Colorado Springs, like local governments around the state, has about three months to decide whether to regulate retail marijuana sales or to ban such shops within city limits. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, City Council yesterday heard both sides at a Town Hall meeting.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Wildfires and Climate Change Perception

Though wildfires have been definitively connected to climate change, megafires in the West haven’t shifted public opinion as drastically as environmentalists might hope.

 

Researchers have found that repeated wildfires in the same region do tend to shift public opinion about climate change, so with back to back summers of megafires the Pikes Peak region may see greater interest in the effects of increased warming.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Searchers Find Remains of Missing Dylan Redwine

Dylan Redwine, missing since mid-November.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is confirming the remains of Dylan Redwine were found in a recent search conducted in Southwestern Colorado. A five-day search of Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake turned up a number of items, including bones. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation determined those remains as belonging to Redwine. The 13-year old boy disappeared in mid-November while on a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit with his father. The Sheriff’s Office says Redwine was picked up by his father at the Durango-La Plata County airport.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Double Bind: Forest Treatment In The Age of Megafires

The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status of forest treatment on the Front Range. 

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
7:33 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Wildland Urban Interface, Where the Wilderness Meets Civilization

Local News
7:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Army to Deactivate Brigade at Fort Carson

The U.S. Army yesterday announced plans to deactivate one of Fort Carson’s four Brigade Combat Teams by 2017.  The move would affect nearly 4,000 soldiers, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, it’s not yet clear how many positions the Colorado Springs Army post would actually lose.

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Revisiting Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
3:23 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Waldo Canyon Fire Victims: Recovering without Rebuilding

The Black Forest Fire destroyed over 500 homes, leaving those homeowners with a difficult decision: should they rebuild? Back in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer talked to some Waldo Canyon Fire victims about the tough choices they’ve made.

Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled in: now 198 permits have been issued, or about 57% of the Waldo Canyon Fire victims.

• Main Flash Point: Living with Wildfire page with an interactive timeline.

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Flash Point: Living with Wildfire
10:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Flash Point: Living with Wildfire

In the wake of last year’s destructive wildfires, Colorado’s residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We’re not only mitigating our landscapes; we’re adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for “Flash Point,” a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado.

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11:11 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Gazette Reporter Featured on Democracy Now!

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Other than Honorable: Army Strips Benefits of Wounded Veterans by Kicking Them Out for Misconduct
A new investigation by the Colorado Springs Gazette says the U.S. Army is downsizing from a decade of war by increasingly kicking out soldiers, including wounded combat veterans. Despite serving multiple tours of duty, the wounded soldiers lose their medical care and other benefits for life.

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