Shanna Lewis http://krcc.org en 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 Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill http://krcc.org/post/hickenlooper-signs-southwest-chief-commission-bill <p><br />Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill in Pueblo today to create a commission aimed at keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolling through southern Colorado. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports from Pueblo.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico as it travels between Chicago and Los Angeles. But it could be rerouted unless some $200 million in repairs are made to the tracks.<br /><br />Rail travel supporters gathered behind Pueblo’s Union Depot to watch the governor sign the bill.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:40:44 +0000 Shanna Lewis 19080 at http://krcc.org Hickenlooper Signs Southwest Chief Commission Bill EPA Proposes Adding Smelter Site to Superfund List http://krcc.org/post/epa-proposes-adding-smelter-site-superfund-list <p>The Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed adding a site in Pueblo to the Superfund priorities list -the federal program aimed at cleaning up hazardous waste sites.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:17:26 +0000 Shanna Lewis 18970 at http://krcc.org EPA Proposes Adding Smelter Site to Superfund List Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-threat-losing-chief-could-mean-return-passenger-rail-pueblo <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolls through parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas following the historic Santa Fe Trail as it travels between Los Angeles and Chicago. But unless needed repairs are made to the tracks, this section could be rerouted to neighboring states. Yet, the threat of losing this train may be the catalyst that ends up bringing passenger rail service back to Pueblo after a long hiatus.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Shanna Lewis 18672 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo Remembering Ludlow 100 Years Later http://krcc.org/post/remembering-ludlow-100-years-later <p><br />This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most deadly days in labor history -- the Ludlow Massacre. Southern Colorado coal miners went on strike for safer working conditions in September of 1913.&nbsp; It ultimately led to violent conflict between the miners and the companies they worked for. On that day in April a century ago,&nbsp; 21 people died - including women and children.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Shanna Lewis 17913 at http://krcc.org Remembering Ludlow 100 Years Later Sunflower Growers Consider Higher Assessment Fees http://krcc.org/post/sunflower-growers-consider-higher-assessment-fees <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado's climate puts it among the top 10 states for sunflower production, but many of the state's farmers have cut back on planting sunflowers. Last year Colorado’s sunflower production dropped to a fraction of its high in 1999. Now, growers are considering how much they're willing to pay to help reverse the trend. Shanna Lewis reports farmers are voting on whether to double the fee on sunflowers.</span><br /><br /><br /><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:08:23 +0000 Shanna Lewis 17371 at http://krcc.org Sunflower Growers Consider Higher Assessment Fees Expansion Plans for I-25 in Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/expansion-plans-i-25-pueblo <p></p><p>A seven-mile section of I-25 through Pueblo is slated for improvements starting this spring. It&rsquo;s the first part of a two-phase project called the New Pueblo Freeway. Some 165 people attended a recent public hearing for the project hosted by the Colorado Department of Transportation. KRCC&#39;s Shanna Lewis was there and has this report.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:51:29 +0000 Shanna Lewis 9649 at http://krcc.org Expansion Plans for I-25 in Pueblo Testing for Toxins in Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/testing-toxins-pueblo <p>Testing for lead and arsenic exposure is underway for a sampling of Pueblo’s south side residents this week. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis reports:</p><p></p><p>Federal staffers recruited participants who live within a half mile of the former Colorado Smelter. The smelter ceased operations in 1908, but slag – waste material from making steel – was left behind. The tests are aimed at children and women of childbearing age. Dr. Bruce Tierney is a medical officer with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:12:18 +0000 Shanna Lewis 9019 at http://krcc.org Testing for Toxins in Pueblo Voters Oust Morse, Giron http://krcc.org/post/voters-oust-morse-giron <p></p><p>Voters ousted two Democratic state lawmakers yesterday in the first ever recall elections of state legislators.&nbsp; The recalls come in the wake of new gun legislation passed earlier this year.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs conceded around 9:30, calling the defeat symbolic. &nbsp;Morse was unapologetic over his stance on the new gun control measures, and says it was worth the political risk.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:51:07 +0000 Shanna Lewis & Andrea Chalfin & Liz Ruskin 8434 at http://krcc.org Voters Oust Morse, Giron Sights and Sounds of the Colorado State Fair http://krcc.org/post/sights-and-sounds-colorado-state-fair <p><iframe height="450" scroll="none" src="http://sound.krcc.org/slideshow/082913_SL_statefair" width="525"></iframe></p><p>The Colorado State Fair is well underway in Pueblo.&nbsp; KRCC's Andrea Chalfin went down to catch some of the judging, from produce to rabbits and Pet Rock Olympics. But of course, the State Fair also has rides and games.&nbsp; Here’s an audio postcard of some of the sights and sounds of the Colorado State Fair.</p><p></p><p>The Colorado State Fair runs through September 2nd, in Pueblo.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:37:26 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Shanna Lewis 7826 at http://krcc.org Sights and Sounds of the Colorado State Fair