Andrea Chalfin http://krcc.org en Gazette's Philipps Wins Pulitzer http://krcc.org/post/gazettes-philipps-wins-pulitzer <p><em>Colorado Springs Gazette</em> reporter Dave Philipps has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his series "Other than Honorable," which appeared in the paper last May.<br /><br />From the <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org" target="_blank">Pulitzer Prize&nbsp;website</a>:</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:34:15 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17694 at http://krcc.org Gazette's Philipps Wins Pulitzer Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-sunday-krcc <p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:11:32 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17644 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC Grapes of Wrath Turns 75: The Dust Bowl Then, and Conditions Now http://krcc.org/post/grapes-wrath-turns-75-dust-bowl-then-and-conditions-now <p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:51:45 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17544 at http://krcc.org Grapes of Wrath Turns 75: The Dust Bowl Then, and Conditions Now Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-new-mexicos-legislative-perspective <p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17427 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: New Mexico's Legislative Perspective Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects http://krcc.org/post/colorado-leads-charge-small-hydropower-projects <p></p><p>Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea.&nbsp; For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems, and Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Sam Fuqua 16852 at http://krcc.org Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects Railroad West: Amtrak along the Santa Fe Trail http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-amtrak-along-santa-fe-trail <p>Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through towns in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.&nbsp; The future of the route is in question, as the current rail lines require upgrades in order to maintain passenger rail speeds.&nbsp; A partnership is on the table to share expenses for the upgrades; as proposed, Colorado’s portion would be about $40 million over the course of ten years. A bill making its way through Colorado’s legislature would set up a commission to study the issue, as well as the possibility of adding a depot in Pueblo.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:59:12 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Martha Perez-Sanz & Maggie Spencer 16192 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Amtrak along the Santa Fe Trail Vestas to Add Workers http://krcc.org/post/vestas-add-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wind turbine manufacturer </span>Vestas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s expecting to add at least 850 factory workers statewide this year.&nbsp; 400 have already been hired.&nbsp; The announcement comes after one of the best years for orders placed with the company, and after leaner previous years led to a series of layoffs at its Colorado plants.&nbsp; In a statement, </span>Vestas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says 80 of those workers will be at its Pueblo facility, where they’re expected to reach full capacity this year.&nbsp; The company also Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:54:15 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 16154 at http://krcc.org Vestas to Add Workers Report: Black Forest Fire Chief Acted Properly http://krcc.org/post/report-black-forest-fire-chief-acted-properly <p>The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District has released some of the findings from an independent investigation into Fire Chief Bob Harvey’s response during last year’s devastating blaze.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:20:23 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 15337 at http://krcc.org Report: Black Forest Fire Chief Acted Properly Update: Buena Vista Routes Re-Open http://krcc.org/post/update-buena-vista-routes-re-open <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>According to Chaffee County Sheriff spokeswoman&nbsp;Laura Smith, an x-ray of the explosive&nbsp;device determined it was a "practice round" and nothing suspicious. &nbsp;The Buena Vista Police Department re-took custody of the scene, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will take the device back to the crime lab for processing. &nbsp;Streets have reopened and the investigation is ongoing. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:29:07 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Elaina Formby 15286 at http://krcc.org Update: Buena Vista Routes Re-Open Study: Economic Impact of Amtrak in Southern Colorado http://krcc.org/post/study-economic-impact-amtrak-southern-colorado <p>Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Rail Service runs through southern Colorado and into New Mexico on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles.&nbsp; The route faces repair costs, and Colorado’s portion of that could be about 40 million dollars over the course of 10 years.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, a new economic impact study breaks down what those repairs mean to Southern Colorado, and what it would take to add a train station in Pueblo.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:07:51 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Rachel Gonchar 14854 at http://krcc.org Study: Economic Impact of Amtrak in Southern Colorado Pikes Peak as Dreessen Peak? Gov. Hickenlooper Renames 14ers in Honor of Broncos http://krcc.org/post/pikes-peak-dreessen-peak-gov-hickenlooper-renames-14ers-honor-broncos <p>Governor John Hickenlooper today issued a proclamation that temporarily renames Colorado’s 14ers after members of the Denver Broncos.&nbsp; According to a press release from the governor’s office, the state’s tallest peaks will go by their new names for one day only, this Sunday when the Broncos play against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:43:37 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 14453 at http://krcc.org Pikes Peak as Dreessen Peak? Gov. Hickenlooper Renames 14ers in Honor of Broncos El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-commissioners-ok-zoning-request-wind-farm <p></p><p>El Paso County Commissioners have approved a zoning request regarding a proposed wind farm in the eastern part of the county.&nbsp; Here’s the press release:</p><p></p><blockquote><p>Following a day long public hearing, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners this evening gave its approval to a zoning request that will clear the way for the development of a large wind farm in eastern El Paso County.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:11:47 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12911 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm Andrea Chalfin: Top (Musical) Ten for 2013 http://krcc.org/post/andrea-chalfin-top-musical-ten-2013 <p><b style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">Andrea Chalfin, KRCC News Director:</b><br style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">It should be no secret by now that I’m quite the music fan,&nbsp;so when Vicky asked me to participate in this year’s Top 10 list, it felt like&nbsp;a no-brainer.&nbsp;&nbsp;The truth is&nbsp;though,&nbsp;I’m simply not as exposed to all the new release Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:30:43 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12846 at http://krcc.org Warming Shelters in Colorado Springs, Black Forest http://krcc.org/post/warming-shelters-colorado-springs-black-forest <p><strong>Update 12/05/13: </strong>The Red Cross Shelter in Black Forest has closed. Only one resident stayed on Dec. 3rd, and no residents on the 4th.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:52:25 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12201 at http://krcc.org Warming Shelters in Colorado Springs, Black Forest Healthy Conversation: Alzheimer’s Disease http://krcc.org/post/healthy-conversation-alzheimer-s-disease <p>The Centers for Disease Control says Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. &nbsp;KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined this month by Major Douglas Langford, a neurologist at Fort Carson. &nbsp;They start by defining what Alzheimer’s is and how it’s different from other forms of dementia, or even just getting older.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>For more information:</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:36:54 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 11737 at http://krcc.org Healthy Conversation: Alzheimer’s Disease Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set http://krcc.org/post/sheriff-disputes-claims-black-forest-fire-was-intentionally-set <p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:32:50 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 11687 at http://krcc.org Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill http://krcc.org/post/broadmoor-bluffs-takes-part-evacuation-drill <p>Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood evacuation drill for residents of Broadmoor Bluffs over the weekend.&nbsp; Fire officials say that neighborhood has stepped up mitigation efforts in the past year and a half, but because of topography, the amount of fuels, and housing density, Broadmoor Bluffs is one of the highest risk neighborhoods in the city’s wildland urban interface.&nbsp; KRCC News embedded with first responders and a family that chose to participate in the drill.&nbsp; We start with reporter Kate Dunn.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Residential</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Kate Dunn, Maggie Spencer & Martha Perez-Sanz 10256 at http://krcc.org Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill Healthy Conversation: Prescription Medications http://krcc.org/post/healthy-conversation-prescription-medications <p>Many people are prescribed medications to treat different kinds of conditions, and it&rsquo;s not always about simply feeling better.&nbsp; For this month&rsquo;s Healthy Conversation, KRCC&#39;s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Dr. Steven Lang, a family physician at Fort Carson to talk about prescription medications.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9859 at http://krcc.org Healthy Conversation: Prescription Medications Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown http://krcc.org/post/funds-still-available-fema-despite-government-shutdown <p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9702 at http://krcc.org Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown USAFA Officials: Shutdown is 'Completely Disruptive' http://krcc.org/post/usafa-officials-shutdown-completely-disruptive <p></p><p>With more than 1000 civilians furloughed at the United States Air Force Academy, officials there are calling the government shutdown &#39;completely disruptive.&#39;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Almost 20% of specialized academic courses are suspended, and others combined.&nbsp; Other activities are curtailed. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says operationally, while things like safety and medical continue, they&rsquo;re having to account for some of the basics of life, like laundry and toilet paper.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:34:13 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9542 at http://krcc.org USAFA Officials: Shutdown is 'Completely Disruptive' El Paso County Reports First West Nile Case http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-reports-first-west-nile-case <p></p><p>El Paso County health officials are confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A man has been diagnosed with the virus in what Dr. Bill Letson, the El Paso County Public Health Medical Diretor, calls a pretty average year for incident rates. &nbsp;</p><p>There may be one or two more cases, according to Letson, but mosquito activity is winding down.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:28:51 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9157 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Reports First West Nile Case El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-included-major-disaster-declaration-federal-aid-available <p></p><p>El Paso is among the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/09/19/clear-creek-el-paso-and-jefferson-counties-eligible-individual-disaster" target="_blank">three additional counties</a> added to the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4145" target="_blank">federal Major Disaster Declaration</a> after last week’s devastating flooding.&nbsp; That brings the total number of counties eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seven. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:06:10 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8932 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought http://krcc.org/post/heavy-rains-help-ease-drought <p></p><p>Recent flood waters have left behind plenty of damage, but there is one silver lining. Rains recharged the soil, which the 2012 drought left bone dry. KUNC’s Luke Runyon has more…</p><p></p><p>While there are still pockets of dry areas in the state, the drought has been almost completely wiped out in the foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado. State climatologist Nolan Doesken says these types of weather extremes happen. Colorado may have been drenched in rain, but Doesken says that can change in a matter of months.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Andrea Chalfin 8896 at http://krcc.org Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs http://krcc.org/post/boil-advisory-water-manitou-springs <p></p><p><strong>Update, Sat 11:30 AM:&nbsp;​</strong>The boil advisory is now lifted.<br><br><strong>Update, Fri 5:15 PM:</strong>&nbsp;The boil advisory for Manitou Springs is still in effect, but for certain neighborhoods only. The city says the lower section of Crystal Hills Boulevard and Vias Subdivisions require some follow-up testing, which is expected to be complete tomorrow morning. Other areas, including the downtown business district, are no longer under the boil advisory.</p><p>Streets specifically affected by the continuing boil water advisory are:</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:52:57 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8872 at http://krcc.org Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale http://krcc.org/post/cspd-residents-should-stay-indoors-within-1-mile-radius-wahsatch-dale <p></p><p><strong>Update, 11:48 am: </strong>The suspect is in custody. Advisory lifted.</p><p><br><strong>Update, 11:38 am</strong>: The affected schools Colorado Springs School District 11 are no longer on lockdown, with the exception of Community Prep.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lockdowns have been lifted at Palmer, North, Columbia and Taylor. All students/staff are safe.</p>— CSSD11 (@CSSD11) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSSD11/statuses/379659709210304512">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:24:38 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8687 at http://krcc.org CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed http://krcc.org/post/cdot-portion-manitou-ave-remains-closed <p></p><p><strong>Update, 7:00 PM Monday: </strong>CDOT has reopened<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Manitou Avenue to traffic at the U.S. 24 interchange.&nbsp; In addition, the ramps from U.S. 24 to Manitou Avenue&nbsp;are open. The culvert has been cleared of debris, and CDOT&nbsp;will continue to monitor it.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:49:46 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8676 at http://krcc.org CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-today-krcc <p></p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:47:46 +0000 Delaney Utterback & Andrea Chalfin 8652 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-officials-release-initial-damage-assessments <p></p><p>Colorado Springs officials have released initial damage assessments following this week's flooding. &nbsp;Officials note that potential rain this weekend may produce further damaging incidents, and assessments will be ongoing. &nbsp;Their list is as follows:</p><p></p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:10:13 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8606 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/damage-assessments-underway-colorado-springs <p>Damage assessments are underway in Colorado Springs as heavy rains continue to move through the Pikes Peak region and throughout the Front Range. Officials are urging residents to remain aware of weather conditions as rain is predicted throughout the weekend.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters says the city and regional partners have been preparing for these kinds of events for some time now, and it’s important to stay prepared.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:46:20 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8595 at http://krcc.org Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs Heavy Rains Compromise Post-Waldo Flood Mitigation Efforts http://krcc.org/post/heavy-rains-compromise-post-waldo-flood-mitigation-efforts <p></p><p>The White House has approved an emergency declaration for flooding throughout the Front Range, making federal aid available to communities hardest hit by recent heavy rains.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, while Northern Colorado has so far borne the brunt of the damages, post-Waldo Canyon fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County have largely come undone.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:46:25 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8548 at http://krcc.org Heavy Rains Compromise Post-Waldo Flood Mitigation Efforts