Looking Up: There May Be Snow On The Roof...

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But there's still fire, or some mysterious heat source, deep in the belly of Pluto, as we learn on Looking Up this week.

OK, I admit it, I’m a sucker for Pluto. The diminutive dwarf planet has always fascinated me, and I still clearly remember a few years ago when I was able to actually observe the tiny speck of light that is Pluto through my own telescope.

Dr. Christopher Paddock; public domain license / CDC

A new study out of Colorado State University shows that disease-bearing ticks are more widespread than previously thought, but the Mountain West is still relatively safe.

  • Bill Bowers, world-renowned performer and mime, returns to the Millibo Art Theatre tomorrow for a one-night-only performance of his award winning solo show “Beyond Words.”
  • From July 20th – 22nd and the 27th - 29th, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation will host the The Rocky Mountain State Games, a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities.
  • Through this weekend, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will present “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind,” featuring an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.”
  • For more information on these and other events check out

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Four U.S. Senators are objecting to a program that teaches TV weathercasters about the science of climate change. As the Mountain West region deals with record high temperatures, that’s left meteorologists here figuring out how to report on the science of the weather.   

Looking Up: 8 Days A Week Was Not Enough...

Jul 16, 2018
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This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout takes time to explain calender reformation. 

We again mark a calendar to help us break up our revolution around the sun into smaller more manageable portions. Calendars are funny things in that keeping them and naming their parts lends to strange things. 


Hundreds of veterans are calling on Congress to scrap a seemingly unrelated attachment to this year’s defense spending bill.

  •  Through this Saturday evening, the 78th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo continues at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. 
  • The Broadmoor Galleries will present 14 of their most gifted artists for the first ever Plein Air Show, tomorrow through Sunday at the historic Broadmoor Hotel.
  • Now in its 113th year, the 2018 El Paso County Fair starts this Saturday and runs through next Saturday at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan.
  • On Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., the Woodland Music Series’ Purely Bluegrass will feature the Flatt Five and Blue Canyon Boys at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park.
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Engineers of the passing trains blast their whistles at the growing crowd under Colorado Avenue for the undeniable awesomeness that is Blues Under the Bridge.

The annual event brings together many elements of our community with local businesses serving up homegrown food and drink. This year, BUTB connected hearts with a deeply historic presence of the Latino community in Colorado Springs with the addition of Los Lobos - perhaps the most respected crossover band in the country. 

Courtesy Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado State Fair has a new general manager this year. Scott Stoller was appointed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and started his new role at the beginning of July. Stoller comes from the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, California where he managed all aspects of the fair. 91.5 KRCC’s Abigail Beckman sat down with him to discuss his new job.

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Record-breaking temperatures are scorching the United States with parts of our region seeing all-time highs. A number of heat-related deaths are already being reported in the U.S.

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The president is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the announcement live at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time. 

Looking Up: A Spot That's Hard To Spot

Jul 9, 2018
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It's a good week to try and find the closest planet to our sun.

Often times, the brightest objects in the sky are our fellow planets. Jupiter, Saturn, and especially Venus blaze in the night sky. But the most elusive of all the planets to see might well be one that isn't farthest from the Sun, but rather is closest, the remarkable planet Mercury.

This week on Air Check we invite Rosanna Taylor, marketing guru at The Black Sheep, to sit in on our musical roundtable, and we bring you an in-studio session with the band Ozomatli, who dropped by 91.5 KRCC during their recent tour through Colorado Springs.

PART ONE: Musical Roundtable

Jeff's Pick:

Nickodemus  - "Will You Still Be Here?"

Colorado Department of Transportation Facebook

The Spring Fire burning in southern Colorado is now 55% contained, up from 43% on Saturday. It's burned 106,985 acres. The Colorado Department of Transportation has reopened Highway 160 between La Veta and Fort Garland. Colorado Highway 12 remains closed from La Veta to Cuchara Pass. Colorado 69 will also stay closed from near Walsenburg to the Huerfano/Custer County Line. Local traffic will be allowed on 69; proof of residence is required.

Spring Fire 2018 Facebook page / Rocky Mountain Indicident Management

The Spring Fire in southern Colorado is now 105,704 acres and 35% contained. The Colorado Department of Transportation anticipates reopening Highway 160 on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Colorado 12 will remain closed from La Veta to the summit of Cuchara Pass. Colorado Highway 69 will remain closed to all except local traffic; proof of residence is required. Some evacuation notices in Huerfano County have been lifted.

Courtesy Kathe Alters

91.5 KRCC is pleased to welcome Kathe Alters to its staff as an underwriting account officer. Alters joins the station from Boise, Idaho, where she handled corporate sponsorship for Idaho Public Television and Boise State Public Radio.

  • The First Friday Shuttle Bus will be back in service tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., providing free transportation along the Creative Corridor between the Art Walks in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs. 
  • Also tomorrow evening, at 8pm, Concrete Couch will host the Sixth Annual Colorado Springs Lantern Parade around Prospect Lake at Memorial Park.
  • This Saturday from 1:30-10 p.m., Blues Under the Bridge brings some of the best of blues music to Colorado Springs with the iconic band Los Lobos headlining this year’s event under the Colorado Avenue bridge.
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Rosanna Taylor from the Black Sheep throws in her 2 cents during the musical roundtable discussion on the next episode of 91.5 KRCC's Air Check, and all six members of the band Ozomatli get cozy with Vicky for an in-studio performance and Q and A session.

Air Check can be heard this Saturday evening at 6 p.m., and next Wednesday the 11th of July at 7 p.m. on 91.5 KRCC.

Courtesy Spring Fire 2018 Facebook page

The Spring Fire continues to grow quickly, with reports showing a burn area of more than 94,125 acres. That's an increase of 10,000 acres since previously reported. Containment has remained steady at 5%. Most of the land is under private ownership, while state and federal lands are also affected.

Looking Up: Swan Song For Sadr - Bless Its Heart!

Jul 2, 2018
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This week on Looking Up we cross paths with the Northern Cross, otherwise known as Cygnus the Swan, and get right to the heart of the matter.

This week I’d like to tell you about a very cool star high in the southern Colorado skies, that’s part of an even cooler constellation. The star is Sadr, which lies at the heart of Cygnus the Swan, also often called the Northern Cross. Sadr sits at the very heart of the cross. In fact, its name means “heart” in Arabic.


The total acreage burned by the Spring Fire continues to grow. As of Tuesday morning, officials say 78,941 acres, more than 120 square miles has been effect. The containment level of the fire decreased to 5% Tuesday, down from 10% the day before. 104 homes are confirmed destroyed.

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Authorities have arrested a suspect on arson charges related to the Spring Fire burning in Costilla and Huerfano Counties in southern Colorado. Jesper Jorgenson, 52, was arrested without incident by Costilla County deputies in an investigation that also included the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, state arson investigators, Colorado State Patrol, and Immigration and Customs agents. The investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available.

By Don McCullough / Wikimedia Commons

Fires are burning in Colorado, Utah and there’s fire danger in other parts of the Mountain West. Now three U.S. Congressmen from Colorado have introduced legislation that would make it a felony to fly a drone over a wildfire. Drones can make fighting fires more difficult and put lives at risk.

courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

Update 5:39 p.m., Friday 6/29/18: In Huerfano County, mandatory evacuations are in place for residents in Tres Valles, Paradise Acres, Raspberry Mountain, Pine Haven, and the Cuchara Valley. At this time, La Veta is not part of the mandatory evacuation but remains on pre-evacuation notice. 

Any large animals being held at the 4H barn in La Veta can stay, but a secondary location is open at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

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You may not have heard of PILT payments, but they’re pretty important for local economies in areas like the Mountain West.  The federal government gives these 'payments in lieu of taxes' to counties with federal lands that can't earn regular tax revenue.  

  • Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Sky Sox take on the Memphis Redbirds at Security Service Field.
  • Tomorrow night, the 10th annual Green Box Arts Festival gets underway in Green Mountain Falls, featuring a wide variety of classes, workshops, and cultural performances.
  • The 39th U.S. Senior Open continues thru this weekend at The Broadmoor, featuring some of golf’s greats such as Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, and Tom Watson.
  • And, of course, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will help to celebrate the 4th of July next Wednesday with a free performance at Memorial Park at 7:30 p.m.
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The 12th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival gets underway this Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a pre-festival party featuring Chris Thomas King and Colorado's A.J. Fullerton in the Gold Room at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange.

Looking Up: At The Shadow The Time Will Be...

Jun 25, 2018
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This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout sheds some light and some shadow on the origins of the sundial.

As we have discussed before, timekeeping is an essential part of Astronomy.  The ancients relied on very low tech for many methods to tell time.  One effective method divides the day into relevant parts. Let’s shine a little light on the Sundial.

Lewis "Lew" Tilly / Pikes Peak Library District, Digital Photo Archive, Image no. 099-10711


"Everybody Welcome” was the catchphrase of Colorado Springs businesswoman Fannie Mae Duncan.