Interview http://krcc.org en 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 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 Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez http://krcc.org/post/q-gop-gubernatorial-nominee-bob-beauprez <p>In one of his first interviews since winning the GOP nod to challenge Governor John Hickenlooper, Bob Beauprez sat down with Bente Birkeland to discuss some of the key issues in the campaign. The Catholic former congressman explains his support for the death penalty, and why he decided to run for Governor after losing his gubernatorial race in 2006 by double digits.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21058 at http://krcc.org Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez Capitol Conversation: Session Nears its End http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-nears-its-end <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 annual legislative session is close to wrapping up for the year. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks with statehouse reporters about upcoming measures that will soon be decided.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18324 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Session Nears its End Capitol Conversation: Dems Scuttle Abortion Rights Bill http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-dems-scuttle-abortion-rights-bill <p>Democrats at the state capitol scuttled an abortion rights bill just before the senate was about to debate it on the floor. It was broadly written and would have banned Colorado from "enacting any policy that denies or interferes with and individual’s reproductive healthcare decisions.” As part of our Capitol Conversation series,&nbsp;Bente Birkeland analyzes the political motivations behind the measure and why Democrats reversed course so quickly.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:34:18 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17996 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Dems Scuttle Abortion Rights Bill 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 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 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 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 Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-health-bills-budget <p>A number of controversial healthcare bills are up for debate at the statehouse this legislative session.&nbsp; For this week’s Capitol Conversation, statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland&nbsp;talks to reporters about some of them, and also talks about one of the biggest budget fights going forward.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:05:06 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16423 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget 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 Researchers use Lasers to Measure Snowpack http://krcc.org/post/researchers-use-lasers-measure-snowpack <p></p><p>Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the <a href="http://aso.jpl.nasa.gov" target="_blank">NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory</a>. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:38:15 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14827 at http://krcc.org Researchers use Lasers to Measure Snowpack Capitol Conversation: Measures Start Moving through Statehouse http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-measures-start-moving-through-statehouse <p>Some of the meatier bills of the legislative session are beginning to move through the statehouse. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to political reporters about what's on the horizon.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:01:11 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14634 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Measures Start Moving through Statehouse Capitol Conversation: The Session Begins http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-begins <p>It didn’t take long before tempers flared during the first full week of Colorado’s legislative session. In the state senate, party leaders had an intense back and forth about a Republican bill to repeal universal background checks for gun purchases. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland analyzes the dynamic as part of our capitol conversation series.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:26:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14062 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: The Session Begins Capitol Conversation: State of the State, Session Begins http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-state-state-session-begins <p>State lawmakers are back to work under the gold dome for the annual legislative session. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to political reporters about the first few days, and the Governor’s state of the state address.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:24:17 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13786 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: State of the State, Session Begins Capitol Conversation: Previewing Legislative Priorities http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-previewing-legislative-priorities <p>Last legislative session state lawmakers tackled a host of controversial issues from changing how Colorado funds K through 12 schools, to new renewable energy standards for rural utilities. Democrats who control both chambers and the Governor’s office also passed stricter gun laws. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:27:50 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13556 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Previewing Legislative Priorities Capitol Conversation: Session Preview http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-preview <p></p><p><br />State lawmakers return to the capitol on Wednesday and they face a tough political climate. Several members are running for higher office. The makeup in the senate has also changed since last session: two Democrats were recalled for supporting stricter gun laws, and another Democrat resigned rather than face a potential recall election. Bente Birkeland discusses how politics will shape the legislature as part of our ongoing Capitol Conversation series.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:31:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13511 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Session Preview 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 Details Emerge in Ouray Mining Accident http://krcc.org/post/details-emerge-ouray-mining-accident <p></p><p>Sunday’s mining accident near Ouray&nbsp;was one of the worst in recent Colorado history. Two miners died and nearly two dozen were injured. &nbsp;More details about what happened are starting to come out. Reporter Samantha Wright with the Telluride Watch newspapers has been covering the accident. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with her about the emerging details. &nbsp;Listen here:<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:05:55 +0000 Elise Thatcher 11734 at http://krcc.org Details Emerge in Ouray Mining Accident 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 Historian with a Novelist's Tools: An Interview With Hampton Sides http://krcc.org/post/historian-novelists-tools-interview-hampton-sides <p></p><p>Hampton Sides is the author of many acclaimed books including <em>Ghost Soldiers, </em>&nbsp;<em>Blood and Thunder, </em>and the forthcoming book <em>In the Kingdom of Ice</em>. Sides will read at Colorado College tonight, October 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall on the Colorado College Campus as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Professor Steven Hayward of KRCC&rsquo;s Off Topic spoke with him about his writing.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:39:30 +0000 Steven Hayward 9536 at http://krcc.org Historian with a Novelist's Tools: An Interview With Hampton Sides 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 Healthy Conversation: Immunizations http://krcc.org/post/healthy-conversation-immunizations <p></p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so for this month’s Healthy Conversation, we’re talking vaccinations. &nbsp;KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined by Lt. Col. Diane Heinz of Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, and we begin by talking about what back to school means for vaccines.</p><p></p><p>Additional Information:</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6536 at http://krcc.org Healthy Conversation: Immunizations Dust on the Rise in Colorado and the West http://krcc.org/post/dust-rise-colorado-and-west <p></p><p>Living near the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of a recent dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 6201 at http://krcc.org Dust on the Rise in Colorado and the West Healthy Conversation: Sun Safety http://krcc.org/post/healthy-conversation-sun-safety <p></p><p>Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round. &nbsp;So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure. &nbsp;For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson. &nbsp;They begin by talking about why the sun can be so damaging.</p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">Additional Information:</span></p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5114 at http://krcc.org Healthy Conversation: Sun Safety Studying Suicide in the Military http://krcc.org/post/studying-suicide-military <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">In 2012, the U.S. military&rsquo;s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan&rsquo;s research brought him to Colorado Springs&rsquo; Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC&rsquo;s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research&ndash;and how the very characteristics that make an effective soldier can also lead to increased suicide risk.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 4920 at http://krcc.org Studying Suicide in the Military