KRCC Local News http://krcc.org en Judge Rules Against Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban http://krcc.org/post/judge-rules-against-colorados-gay-marriage-ban <p>A federal judge in Colorado struck down the state’s gay marriage ban Wednesday. The judge put a temporary hold on the decision so the state can appeal it to a higher court. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:41:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland & AP 22387 at http://krcc.org Judge Rules Against Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban CO Springs Council Approves Resolution Supporting Regional Stormwater Approach http://krcc.org/post/co-springs-council-approves-resolution-supporting-regional-stormwater-approach <p>Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a resolution Tuesday supporting an intergovernmental approach to storm water issues.&nbsp; KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution passed on a vote of 7-2 with Councilors Don Knight and Helen Collins opposed. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:30:21 +0000 Dana Cronin 22386 at http://krcc.org CO Springs Council Approves Resolution Supporting Regional Stormwater Approach Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot http://krcc.org/post/stumping-beauprez-christie-stands-firm-colorado-pot While campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to back down from his <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/chris-christie-marijuana-colorado-pot-105888.html" target="_blank">comments made earlier in 2014</a>, criticizing Colorado’s quality of life after legalizing recreational marijuana.<p>“We’ve got to stop in public life worrying about making everybody happy and faking it, like we’re going to agree all the time,” said Christie.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22382 at http://krcc.org Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County http://krcc.org/post/post-flood-planning-boulder-county <p><br />The historic September 2013 flood reshaped waterways across Colorado’s northern Front Range, making major changes to both the manmade and natural environments.&nbsp; Over the past ten months, homeowners, planners and policy makers have grappled with difficult decisions over where and how to rebuild, and when to let Mother Nature take her new course.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Sam Fuqua 22325 at http://krcc.org Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County Poll Shows 77% of Coloradoans Support Proposed Browns Canyon Designation http://krcc.org/post/poll-shows-77-coloradoans-support-proposed-browns-canyon-designation <p>A poll released Tuesday shows many Coloradoans&nbsp;support designating Browns Canyon in Chaffee County as a national monument. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://conservationco.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Browns-Canyon-Final-Report1.pdf" target="_blank">poll</a> released by Conservation Colorado comes on the eve of a scheduled legislative hearing by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:11:58 +0000 Dana Cronin 22324 at http://krcc.org Poll Shows 77% of Coloradoans Support Proposed Browns Canyon Designation Colorado Springs' Park Master Plan Open for Comments http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-park-master-plan-open-comments <p>The city of Colorado Springs is accepting public comments on their new Park System Master Plan.&nbsp; KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan looks to address the most important issues for the upcoming decade. The Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition is participating in the blueprint process, and TOSC Advocacy Director Bill Koerner says one of the issues in the draft is the need for more open space.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:27:35 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22262 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs' Park Master Plan Open for Comments Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts http://krcc.org/post/reporter-roundtable-same-sex-marriage-colorados-courts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge in Denver said Colorado’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and three county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses in the state. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks to statehouse reporters about the changes and what it means politically.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:27:21 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22158 at http://krcc.org Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts Rainfall Numbers Help Ease Drought in Southern Colorado http://krcc.org/post/rainfall-numbers-help-ease-drought-southern-colorado <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rainfall in Southern Colorado has been noticeably high for the past few days. But, as </span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin reports, the rain is actually following a pattern more typical of this region.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the past week, parts of El Paso County may have received as much as six inches of rain. Yesterday’s moisture accounted for about half that.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:19:41 +0000 Dana Cronin 22090 at http://krcc.org Rainfall Numbers Help Ease Drought in Southern Colorado Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain http://krcc.org/post/mitigation-efforts-helping-ease-impacts-heavy-rain <p>Impacts from rains like Wednesday’s downpour in El Paso County are lessened due to mitigation work that’s taken place. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22110 at http://krcc.org Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain Gov. Pulls the Plug on Special Legislative Session for Oil & Gas Rules http://krcc.org/post/gov-pulls-plug-special-legislative-session-oil-gas-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor John </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said there weren’t enough stakeholders on board for a bi-partisan solution.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We continue to believe that the right way to solve complex issues like these is through the legislative process and through transparent rule making.”</span></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:10:04 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22070 at http://krcc.org Gov. Pulls the Plug on Special Legislative Session for Oil & Gas Rules CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon http://krcc.org/post/cdot-installs-new-flood-monitoring-equipment-williams-canyon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Williams Canyon is getting new rain-monitoring equipment from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the installations taking place this week.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:01:28 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22039 at http://krcc.org CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon Pueblo's Old Bojon Town Celebrates Heritage; Eligible for Historic District Designation http://krcc.org/post/pueblos-old-bojon-town-celebrates-heritage-eligible-historic-district-designation <p>Part of a small neighborhood near the former Colorado Fuel and Iron steel mill in southeast Pueblo could become a national historic district. As a post-World War II working class neighborhood, it’s not the kind of place you’d normally expect to get this kind of recognition. It’s long been known as Old Bojon Town after the Eastern European immigrants who came to work at the mill.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Shanna Lewis 22001 at http://krcc.org Pueblo's Old Bojon Town Celebrates Heritage; Eligible for Historic District Designation 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route http://krcc.org/post/whistle-stop-tour-travels-along-southwest-chief-route <p>The President and CEO of Amtrak rode the Southwest Chief line in a separate train through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico on a Whistle-stop tour to talk about the future of the route. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin was in La Junta and has this report.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:33:58 +0000 Dana Cronin 21987 at http://krcc.org 'Whistle-Stop' Tour Travels Along the Southwest Chief Route Maketa Recall Effort Fails http://krcc.org/post/maketa-recall-effort-fails <p>Embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will not face a recall election in November.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organizers of the effort had until 1:00 Saturday to turn in the more than 44,000 signatures needed for the recall. </span></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & AP 21860 at http://krcc.org Maketa Recall Effort Fails Strong Rafting Year Expected Despite Fatalities http://krcc.org/post/strong-rafting-year-expected-despite-fatalities <p>This year has seen a spike in Colorado waterway fatalities. But, as KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports, those in the rafting industry continue to predict a good season overall.</p><div><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four deaths have occurred during commercial rafting trips in Colorado this year, including two on the Arkansas River. This comes after several years without incident. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:22:38 +0000 Dana Cronin 21807 at http://krcc.org Strong Rafting Year Expected Despite Fatalities TV Segment to Highlight Pueblo's Arts, Culture http://krcc.org/post/tv-segment-highlight-pueblos-arts-culture <p>A film crew from a lifestyle program airing on public TV stations is visiting Pueblo. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:23:17 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21804 at http://krcc.org TV Segment to Highlight Pueblo's Arts, Culture Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth http://krcc.org/post/planning-future-water-education-colorados-youth <p><br />When it comes to water, Colorado’s kids can expect to face a challenging future;&nbsp; a growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs.&nbsp; That’s one reason educators and policy-makers say it’s critical to teach young people about water management.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:06 +0000 Sam Fuqua 21775 at http://krcc.org Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth Stormwater Task Force Seeks Public Input http://krcc.org/post/stormwater-task-force-seeks-public-input <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with addressing </span>stormwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs throughout the Pikes Peak region is hosting several community meetings to talk about their new draft plan.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:54:26 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21581 at http://krcc.org Stormwater Task Force Seeks Public Input Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch Evacuated as Precaution; Conditions Seen as Learning Opportunity http://krcc.org/post/spanish-peaks-scout-ranch-evacuated-precaution-conditions-seen-learning-opportunity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">100 boy scouts were evacuated early Tuesday morning&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch in Southern CO when heavy rains caused a nearby creek to rise.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:38:15 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21624 at http://krcc.org Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch Evacuated as Precaution; Conditions Seen as Learning Opportunity Electric Rates to Go Down for CSUtils Customers http://krcc.org/post/electric-rates-go-down-csutils-customers <p>Electric rates for Colorado Springs Utilities customers are going down starting this Friday.&nbsp;KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:58:57 +0000 Dana Cronin 21646 at http://krcc.org Electric Rates to Go Down for CSUtils Customers Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road http://krcc.org/post/flood-repairs-continue-old-stage-road <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews are slated to begin repairs on the final damaged section of Old Stage Road in El Paso County this week</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last September’s flooding caused extensive damage, and the work will include repairing the road and retaining wall, and installing larger culverts.&nbsp;<br /><br />El Paso County Engineer Andre </span>Brackin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says repairs on Old Stage Road have been ongoing.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:38:59 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21360 at http://krcc.org Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road Public Safety Crews on Alert During Independence Day Weekend http://krcc.org/post/public-safety-crews-alert-during-independence-day-weekend <p>Public safety crews in Southern Colorado are gearing up for this Independence Day weekend. As KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports, that includes being on the lookout for illegal fireworks.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent wet weather means Colorado Springs is bringing back its annual fireworks display, but hot and dry weather is in the forecast.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado Springs Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper says that means fire danger is still a reality.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:39:25 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21452 at http://krcc.org Public Safety Crews on Alert During Independence Day Weekend Bobby Goodin Safety Fund Established http://krcc.org/post/bobby-goodin-safety-fund-established <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the family of Bobby </span>Goodin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have joined forces in establishing a safety fund after </span>Goodin’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tragic death earlier this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin reports.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:03:14 +0000 Dana Cronin 21426 at http://krcc.org Bobby Goodin Safety Fund Established July 4th Weekend Means Heavy Traffic Throughout Colorado http://krcc.org/post/july-4th-weekend-means-heavy-traffic-throughout-colorado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coloradoans</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are preparing to hit the road for the July </span>4<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> holiday weekend.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising gas prices are still 7 cents lower on average than last year, and are expected to have little effect on the number of Colorado residents traveling 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:17:36 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21310 at http://krcc.org July 4th Weekend Means Heavy Traffic Throughout Colorado With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband http://krcc.org/post/more-tech-farm-rural-colorado-left-waiting-wanting-broadband People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:25:54 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21393 at http://krcc.org With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband Eightmile Fire Contained http://krcc.org/post/eightmile-fire-contained <p></p><p></p><p>The majority of crews battling the Eightmile fire are being released today.&nbsp;KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire officials say due to cooperative weather, the lightning-caused blaze is now 65% contained, with the remaining perimeter located in inaccessible terrain. One fire crew, two engines, and a helicopter will remain with the fire, which spans over 500 acres. There’s been one heat related injury. Phantom Canyon Road between mile markers 4 and 12 remains closed.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:34:31 +0000 Dana Cronin 21363 at http://krcc.org Eightmile Fire Contained Rabid Bat Found in El Paso County http://krcc.org/post/rabid-bat-found-el-paso-county <p>Health officials are reporting the first rabid bat of the season in El Paso County. As KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports, rabies is also showing up in surrounding areas.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three children discovered the bat in Southwest Colorado Springs, and two were recommended for rabies post exposure treatment.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:53:54 +0000 Dana Cronin 21327 at http://krcc.org Rabid Bat Found in El Paso County Firefighters Battle Eightmile Fire in Fremont County http://krcc.org/post/firefighters-battle-eightmile-fire-fremont-county <p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:45:40 +0000 Tucker Hampson & Andrea Chalfin 21268 at http://krcc.org Firefighters Battle Eightmile Fire in Fremont County Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-after-primaries <p>After last week’s primary elections in Colorado, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland&nbsp;sat down with other statehouse reporters to talk about the Governor’s race and to analyze the upcoming political season.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:00:39 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21251 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl http://krcc.org/post/parts-southeast-colorado-drier-dust-bowl Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.<p>According to Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, the past three years and eight months have been the driest stretch ever recorded for some parts of the state, including Rocky Ford, La Junta and Ordway.<p>"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.<p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:01:09 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn & KUNC 21084 at http://krcc.org Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl