Colorado http://krcc.org en 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 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 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 Colorado Loses "Least Obese" Title http://krcc.org/post/colorado-loses-least-obese-title <p><br />Colorado is no longer the least obese state in the country, according to <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/167642/mississippians-obese-montanans-least-obese.aspx" target="_blank">a new Gallup poll</a> released yesterday. KUNC’s Luke Runyon reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Since 2010 Colorado has consistently topped lists as having the slimmest population in the country. Not anymore. Montana has usurped the title, where 19.6% of the population is obese, compared to Colorado’s 20.4, putting the Centennial State in second place. Mississippi has the highest level, at 35 percent.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:14:57 +0000 Luke Runyon & KUNC 15904 at http://krcc.org Colorado Loses "Least Obese" Title Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-senate-race-shakeup <p>News last week that Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is entering the U.S. Senate race to try and unseat Democrat Mark Udall sent shock waves through Colorado’s political landscape.&nbsp; The move has caused some Republicans to drop out of the race.&nbsp; As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the change.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15769 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup GOP Candidates Swap Races http://krcc.org/post/gop-candidates-swap-races <p>Wednesday’s surprising race swap between Representative Cory Gardner and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck may demonstrate a game changer for Colorado’s Republican Party. Colorado State University political science professor Kyle Saunders says the solidly Republican 4th Congressional District is a more natural fit for Ken Buck. He thinks Gardner has a better opportunity to win the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall.<br /> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:36:47 +0000 Grace Hood & KUNC 15683 at http://krcc.org GOP Candidates Swap Races GOP Gubernatorial Challengers Debate http://krcc.org/post/gop-gubernatorial-challengers-debate <p>Four of the six Republican candidates seeking to replace Governor John&nbsp;Hickenlooper in the fall faced off in their first formal debate last night at the <em>Denver Post</em>. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, they touched on a host of topics – including the two missing candidates.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:21:08 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15336 at http://krcc.org GOP Gubernatorial Challengers Debate Capitol Conversation: Branding Colorado http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-branding-colorado <p>Last summer Colorado officials rolled out a new state brand and logo. It’s popular among some groups but received mixed support at the state capitol. A Republican bill to send the branding question to a vote of the people failed at the statehouse. As part of capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the back story and where the branding issue goes from here.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:48:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14937 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Branding Colorado "Making Colorado" Brand Sees 250 Registrants http://krcc.org/post/making-colorado-brand-sees-250-registrants <p>250 companies have registered for Colorado’s new branding program since its launch last year, even as the logo faces a legislative challenge.&nbsp;KRCC’s<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;">“Making Colorado” looks to have a unified logo for products made in the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The logo is currently under legislative review after mixed reaction.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:32:48 +0000 Eliza Densmore 14722 at http://krcc.org "Making Colorado" Brand Sees 250 Registrants 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 Colorado Launches Bid for RNC http://krcc.org/post/colorado-launches-bid-rnc <p>Colorado has formally launched its campaign to put in a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republican leaders announced members of the host committee late last week. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:37:03 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14221 at http://krcc.org Colorado Launches Bid for RNC Experts Examine Economic Cost of Natural Disasters http://krcc.org/post/experts-examine-economic-cost-natural-disasters <p>A new study from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business shows that it may be difficult to quantify how droughts, fires and floods are impacting the state’s economy over the long term. But it’s safe to say natural disasters are already influencing public policy and are requiring communities to shift their thinking. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:18:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12519 at http://krcc.org Experts Examine Economic Cost of Natural Disasters Report: State Budget Picture Unbalanced http://krcc.org/post/report-state-budget-picture-unbalanced <p></p><p>Colorado’s budget is not structurally sound, according to a new study released yesterday. Economists from Colorado State University say over the long term, the state will spend more money than it receives. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, <a href="http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=9431" target="_blank">the study</a> points to a number of causes.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:33:21 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12199 at http://krcc.org Report: State Budget Picture Unbalanced Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet http://krcc.org/post/flood-recovery-committee-prepares-meet A bipartisan committee of 12 Colorado lawmakers will soon meet to examine the state’s response to September’s devastating Front Range floods.<p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:17:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10447 at http://krcc.org Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide http://krcc.org/post/airports-contribute-367-billion-annually-statewide <p>A new study details the economic impact of regional airports on the state.&nbsp; KRCC&rsquo;s Kate Dunn reports.</p><p><a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/aeronautics/Economic%20Impact%20Study" target="_blank">The study</a> comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Aeronautics Division. &nbsp;It shows while payroll and economic output continue to rise, the total number of jobs has fallen below 2003 levels.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:56:43 +0000 Kate Dunn 9855 at http://krcc.org Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide New State Senate President Elected http://krcc.org/post/new-state-senate-president-elected <p></p><p>State senate Democrats unanimously elected a new president to lead the chamber next year following the September recall of John Morse. As Bente Birkeland reports, Morgan Carroll will become only the second female senate president in state history.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 23:00:33 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9795 at http://krcc.org New State Senate President Elected Another State Lawmaker Targeted for Recall http://krcc.org/post/another-state-lawmaker-targeted-recall <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Colorado senate Democrats blasted gun rights groups today for trying to recall another state lawmaker. Two Democrats were ousted in September over support for stricter gun laws. The latest campaign targets Westminster Democrat Evie Hudak.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:43:38 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9794 at http://krcc.org Another State Lawmaker Targeted for Recall Colorado's Health Exchange, What it Means for You http://krcc.org/post/colorados-health-exchange-what-it-means-you <p></p><p>Despite the government shutdown, a big new part of the federal health care law is still going into effect.&nbsp; New marketplaces for health insurance, or &ldquo;exchanges,&rdquo; have been open for one week today.&nbsp; Health reporter Eric Whitney has been following developments closely, and came by the KRCC newsroom to talk about what&rsquo;s happening, and what the new requirement to have health insurance means for people in Colorado.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Eric Whitney 9704 at http://krcc.org Colorado's Health Exchange, What it Means for You State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding http://krcc.org/post/state-says-fracking-operations-not-impacted-flooding <p></p><p>During a hearing on water issues late last week, state officials said they&rsquo;ve inspected 70 percent of the oil and gas wells damaged by recent flooding. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9490 at http://krcc.org State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding Annual Tourism Conference in Telluride http://krcc.org/post/annual-tourism-conference-telluride <p></p><p>State tourism officials are in Telluride this week to discuss ways of promoting Colorado. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, Colorado is coming off a record breaking year for visitors.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:18:29 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9487 at http://krcc.org Annual Tourism Conference in Telluride Governor Provides Update on Flood Recovery http://krcc.org/post/governor-provides-update-flood-recovery <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; ">Governor John Hickenlooper told local officials this morning that many of the state highways and roads closed due to recent flooding have reopened. But as Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports there's still a lot more work to do.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:20:42 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9156 at http://krcc.org Governor Provides Update on Flood Recovery Colorado's Economic Recovery http://krcc.org/post/colorados-economic-recovery <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 economy is steadily rebounding according to the latest economic forecast. And as Bente Birkeland reports, the pace of recovery is expected to pick up next year.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:43:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9015 at http://krcc.org Colorado's Economic Recovery Governor Appoints Recovery Chief http://krcc.org/post/governor-appoints-recovery-chief <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 has a new chief recovery officer to help oversee rebuilding in the wake of massive floods. Governor John Hickenlooper made the announcement on yesterday, saying the goal is to have state and U.S. highways reconnected by December 1st. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8895 at http://krcc.org Governor Appoints Recovery Chief ICYMI: Connecting the Drops, Special Call-In Program on the Colorado River http://krcc.org/post/icymi-connecting-drops-special-call-program-colorado-river <p>On Sunday, September 15th, KRCC aired a special one-hour call-in show on the Colorado River as part of our year-long <em>Connecting the Drops</em> collaboration. &nbsp;The guests were Taylor Hawes, director of the <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/areas/coloradoriver/index.htm" target="_blank">Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program</a>, who recently testified before the U.S. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:57:23 +0000 Maeve Conran & Eric Skalac 8826 at http://krcc.org ICYMI: Connecting the Drops, Special Call-In Program on the Colorado River Udall, Bennet Seek Federal Aid http://krcc.org/post/udall-bennet-seek-federal-aid <p></p><p>Colorado Senator Mark Udall pledged to seek full federal support to help restore the state after flood waters devastated parts of the foothills and Front Range. Udall and Senator Michael Bennet both addressed the U.S. Senate yesterday describing efforts on the ground. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8787 at http://krcc.org Udall, Bennet Seek Federal Aid The High Costs Of Colorado's High Water, By The Numbers http://krcc.org/post/high-costs-colorados-high-water-numbers The flooding that has roared through communities and canyons across Colorado's Front Range in recent days is now being blamed for:<p>-- as many as eight deaths<p>-- damaging or destroying 19,000 homes<p>-- causing up to $500 million worth of damage to roads and highways.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/17/223309087/rain-stops-in-colorado-but-devastation-remains" target="_blank">On<em> Morning Edition</em></a>, Grace Hood from <a href="http://kunc.org/" target="_blank">NPR member station KUNC</a> reported that "towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding" and t Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 8734 at http://krcc.org The High Costs Of Colorado's High Water, By The Numbers 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 Rethinking Reservoirs http://krcc.org/post/rethinking-reservoirs <p>All around Colorado, new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use.&nbsp; Partnerships with reservoirs are turning out to be key in terms of environmental stewardship, river protection, and healthy communities that rely on water. &nbsp;As part of our year long series Connecting the Drops, KGNU's Maeve Conran looks at some of these collaborations that have produced tangible results.<br>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Maeve Conran 8084 at http://krcc.org Rethinking Reservoirs 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 Inside the Peloton During the USA Pro Challenge http://krcc.org/post/inside-peloton-during-usa-pro-challenge <p></p><p>The USA Pro Challenge moved through Colorado last week, flashing across TV, computer, and mobile screens, thanks to a film crew on motorcycles.&nbsp; But there are also team cars on the road, and Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher hitched a ride with one of them.&nbsp; She has this story of what it’s like to be literally, in the middle of the peloton.</p><p></p><p>The USA Pro Challenge wrapped up in Denver yesterday, with Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team taking the overall win.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Elise Thatcher 7668 at http://krcc.org Inside the Peloton During the USA Pro Challenge