Local News http://krcc.org en ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy http://krcc.org/post/icymi-connecting-drops-call-water-energy <p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:15:13 +0000 Maeve Conran 17807 at http://krcc.org ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates http://krcc.org/post/republicans-whittle-down-gop-candidates <p>Republicans gathered in Boulder for their state assembly on Saturday and narrowed down the list of candidates for Governor. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, the party also nominated people for other statewide races and for the U.S. Senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:37 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17701 at http://krcc.org Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-pending-measures <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Lawmakers at the state capitol have some big-ticket items to iron out before the session wraps up in May.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:55:58 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17700 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures 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 Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill http://krcc.org/post/sponsor-pulls-cyber-bullying-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">A bill aimed at creating new penalties for cyber bullying failed in the senate judiciary committee on Wednesday. The sponsor reluctantly asked lawmakers to postpone the bill, saying it needs more study. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:07:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17539 at http://krcc.org Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote http://krcc.org/post/student-success-act-passes-house-initial-vote <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:16 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17501 at http://krcc.org 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote Study Examines Effects of Climate Change on Birds, Reptiles in the Southwest http://krcc.org/post/study-examines-effects-climate-change-birds-reptiles-southwest <p>A new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the effects of climate change on certain species in the American Southwest. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1050/" target="_blank">study</a> focuses on twelve bird and reptile species in the southwest and how they’re expected to endure changes in breeding ranges and habitats.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:21:03 +0000 Eliza Densmore 17483 at http://krcc.org Study Examines Effects of Climate Change on Birds, Reptiles in the Southwest 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 Springs Welcomes New Sister City http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-welcomes-new-sister-city <p>Colorado Springs has a new sister city in Greece. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Ancient Olympia on the southwestern coast of Greece is officially the seventh sister city of Colorado Springs.</span></p><p>Olympia is the birthplace of the traditional Olympic Games over 2,700 years ago and is now home to the International Olympic Academy.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Eliza Densmore 17428 at http://krcc.org County Groups Conduct Transportation Survey http://krcc.org/post/county-groups-conduct-transportation-survey <p><br />As the state examines how best to allocate transportation funding across Colorado, county-based regional advocacy groups, including southern Colorado’s Action 22, &nbsp;are conducting a transportation survey. KRCC’s Elaina Formby reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise of hybrid and eco-boost vehicles has led to fewer gas station fill-ups and a marked decrease in gas tax revenue. Action 22 President and CEO Cathy Garcia says this decrease contributes to a growing divide between urban and rural parts of the state.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:10 +0000 Elaina Formby 17393 at http://krcc.org County Groups Conduct Transportation Survey 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 Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-state-budget-enters-final-stages <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">The state’s 23 billion dollar budget has cleared both legislative chambers. Now it’s up to lawmakers on the joint budget committee to iron out any differences. In this week’s capitol conversation Bente Birkeland sits down with statehouse reporters to discuss the major highlights in this year’s budget.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17359 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-passes-bi-partisan-budget <p>The state senate has passed the annual budget – and it cleared the chamber with more Republican support than in previous years. As Bente Birkeland reports, a conference committee will now meet to iron out differences between the versions the two chambers passed.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:46:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17269 at http://krcc.org State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-adds-money-aerial-firefighting-fleet <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Colorado’s $23 million budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey after floor debate in the senate Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the senate made one noteworthy change to the house’s version.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:45:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17224 at http://krcc.org State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same http://krcc.org/post/while-farm-life-changes-ffa-s-blue-jacket-stays-same <p>The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:06:55 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 17223 at http://krcc.org While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness http://krcc.org/post/manitou-springs-community-forum-disaster-preparedness <p>Manitou Springs officials are inviting residents to a community forum Saturday to talk about disaster preparation.&nbsp; KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Marc Snyder, Police Chief Joe </span>Ribeiro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and City Administrator Jack Benson will deliver progress updates on fire and flood mitigation projects.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:50:44 +0000 Rachel Gonchar 17222 at http://krcc.org Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness A Conversation with David Mason: Colorado Poet Laureate & Ludlow Author http://krcc.org/post/conversation-david-mason-colorado-poet-laureate-ludlow-author <p>Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason penned <em>Ludlow</em>, a “novel-in-verse” based on the Ludlow Massacre. &nbsp;The event took place 100 years ago this month and left its mark on Colorado and on labor relations across the country.&nbsp;<br /><br />Mason, also a Colorado College English Professor, came by the KRCC studios for a conversation that aired live on sister station KGNU in Boulder, and they’ve shared the audio with us.&nbsp; KGNU’s Maeve Conran speaks with Colorado Poet Laureate and <em>Ludlow</em> author David Mason (30 minutes):</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:28:39 +0000 Maeve Conran 17218 at http://krcc.org A Conversation with David Mason: Colorado Poet Laureate & Ludlow Author Pueblo PD Launches Trial for Interactive Crime-Fighting Tool http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-pd-launches-trial-interactive-crime-fighting-tool <p>The Pueblo Police Department is running a 45-day trial of a new interactive crowd-sourced crime fighting platform. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The platform is called <a href="http://CrimeSuspect.Net" target="_blank">CrimeSuspect.Net</a> and equips citizens with the ability to help law enforcement fight local crime.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:43:49 +0000 Eliza Densmore 17214 at http://krcc.org Pueblo PD Launches Trial for Interactive Crime-Fighting Tool Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17157 at http://krcc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet 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 Bear Creek-Cutthroat Trout Public Comment Period to End http://krcc.org/post/bear-creek-cutthroat-trout-public-comment-period-end <p>The public comment period on a U.S. Forest Service proposal that could close or reroute several trails in the Pikes Peak region is drawing to a close tomorrow.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some trails in Bear Creek Park could be closed to help protect what the U.S. Forest Service calls the last known habitat of Colorado’s endangered native greenback cutthroat trout.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:24:12 +0000 Eliza Densmore 16851 at http://krcc.org Bear Creek-Cutthroat Trout Public Comment Period to End Telecom Proposals Move Forward http://krcc.org/post/telecom-proposals-move-forward <p><br />Even in 2014, many parts of the Colorado are still not connected to the Internet – and if they are it’s not at high speeds. A package of bills to reform and update the state’s telecommunications industry cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Tuesday.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:00:54 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16847 at http://krcc.org Telecom Proposals Move Forward Urban Agriculture in the Pikes Peak Climate http://krcc.org/post/urban-agriculture-pikes-peak-climate <p><br />The backyard farming movement continues to grow in Colorado Springs, but exactly what kind of farming makes sense in our challenging climate is a complicated business. The harsh, high altitude sun, thin topsoil, short growing season, and especially, the limited water supply present obstacles for even the most dedicated urban homesteaders.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:06:03 +0000 Michelle Mercer 16793 at http://krcc.org Urban Agriculture in the Pikes Peak Climate Annual Report on Children's Well-Being http://krcc.org/post/annual-report-childrens-well-being <p><br />Child advocates say more children continue to live in poverty in Colorado compared to when the state was in the depths of the recession. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><em>&nbsp;(You can find the full report from the Colorado Children's Campaign&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coloradokids.org/data/kidscount/2014kidscount.html" target="_blank">here</a>.)</em></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:59:39 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16788 at http://krcc.org Annual Report on Children's Well-Being Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-upcoming-budget-debate <p>Lawmakers in the statehouse are gearing up to debate the budget in the coming days. As part of our weekly capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what to expect and what makes this year's dynamic different.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:49 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16711 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief http://krcc.org/post/railroad-west-colorado-lawmakers-weigh-southwest-chief <p><br />Colorado’s Amtrak rail line in southeastern Colorado is in need of major repairs. Upgrades to the track are expected to be in the millions, and a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.&nbsp; It’s part of a multi-state effort.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad. It’s part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:12:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16576 at http://krcc.org Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh In on the Southwest Chief Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke http://krcc.org/post/cigarette-restriction-bill-goes-smoke A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16542 at http://krcc.org Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke State Budget Forecast is Stronger than Anticipated http://krcc.org/post/state-budget-forecast-stronger-anticipated <p>Colorado lawmakers learned today that the state’s economy is stronger than expected and they’ll have more money to spend in next year’s budget.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few weeks, the grumblings around the state capitol were that the revenue forecast would be lower than anticipated. Instead, it’s $61 million higher.</span></p><p></p><p>“Right now you have a lot of flexibility in the budget because revenues are growing,” said Natalie Mullis, the state’s non-partisan chief economist.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:28:30 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16471 at http://krcc.org State Budget Forecast is Stronger than Anticipated