HSPPR Pet of the Day: Butterfinger

Jul 3, 2015

I'm smooth. I'm sweet. I'm Butterfinger, a 1-year-old German shepherd border collie mix! I came in as a transfer with a large abscess in my mouth. HSPPR treated my wound and did some dental work on me, and now Butterfinger is ready to meet my new family! I can be a little timid in new situations, and I don't always love sharing my food with other dogs. But I'm a gentle giant who would loves to take walks with my special people. Plus, I appear to be housebroken! Come adopt me today.

In this segment from last week's episode of the Big Something, Noel Black brings you a profile of beloved Manitou artist Charles Rockey. He just released a book of fables and illuminations--Love Songs of Middle Time--that he’s been working on for the past 15 years. You can buy copies of the book at the Manitou Art Center, the Manitou Heritage Center, and Miramont Castle in Manitou.

During the Cold War, the Army began making land acquisitions to develop a training site where mountain post soldiers could prepare for war in an environment similar to potential areas for deployment. The result was the establishment of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, an over 200,000 acre training area in Southeastern Colorado. More than 20 years later, in 2006, the Army sought to expand the site. Instead, they met a local organized resistance, and were unable to extend their training ground.  

Wolf Creek Pass is a multi-lane highway, winding through the San Juan Mountains between South Fork and Pagosa Springs. The high mountain pass is renowned for its grand views of the San Juan valley, river, and waterfalls, along with its National Forest access. In the last couple of years, however, the most noticeable part of Wolf Creek Pass is that much of the once thriving green spruce forest has now died off and turned red. In this segment from last week's episode of The Big Something, Emelie Frojen investigates.

 Last month, KRCC welcomed StoryCorps and their mobile booth back to Colorado Springs.  StoryCorps, a non-profit organization, dedicates itself to recording and preserving the oral histories of people from all backgrounds. They store these records at the American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress. In the following interview, Colorado Springs' first female mayor, Mary Lou Makepeace, and current Colorado Springs Councilwoman Jan Martin sit down together to discuss what it means to be a woman in politics.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Seamus

Jul 2, 2015

Need a handsome red-headed Irishman in your life? Well, here I am! I’m Seamus, a 5-year-old neutered orange tabby. I’ve been a wee bit shy here at HSPPR, but they can tell that I have quite the personality once I feel confident in my surroundings. I love sitting on laps and cuddling with my favorite people, and I would make quite the host if you have visitors at your house as well. Never underestimate that Irish hospitality! So what are you waiting for? Come adopt me today!

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Fera

Jul 1, 2015

Hi! I'm sweet, beautiful Fera, a 3-year-old white and grey longhair. I came in to HSPPR as a stray, and no owners ever came to claim me. So now I am looking for a wonderful new home that will love me for the rest of my life! I am a very sweet, attentive kitty who loves getting attention from my special people. I am independent enough to take care of myself while you’re away at work but I'll enjoy cuddling in the evenings when you come home as well. I seem to be fine with other cats as long as I have a good introduction period. Come adopt me into your home today!

Close Encounters

Jun 29, 2015

This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

A rare and remarkable thing is going to happen in Southern Colorado skies tomorrow, June 30th, and you have a front row seat to watch it happen.

On this episode of The Big Something Radio Programme, news director Andrea Chalfin speaks with the authors of a paper about the conflict between the military and ranchers in Piñon Canyon; Big Something intern Emelie Frojen looks into the beetle kill on Wolf Creek Pass; Former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace and former City Councilwoman Jan Martin look back on their careers in politics; And a portrait of Manitou artist Charles Rockey as he releases a book of fables and illuminations 15 years in the making.


HSPPR Pet of the Day: Troy

Jun 25, 2015

Hi, hi! I’m Troy, a 1-year-old neutered miniature pinscher mix. Do I seem excited? That’s because I am! I have lots of energy, and I can’t wait to make your life as exciting as mine is. I’m pretty strong for such a little guy, so I would do better with a harness and a little bit of leash training. I love meeting new people and giving kisses, and I’m not picky about who I give them to. So if you are looking for a pint-sized ball of energy who will get you moving every day, come take a peek at me.

Shanna Lewis / KRCC

A lot of dirt needs to get moved to repair the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo, and plans for the repairs are changing so that dirt can be put to use on other projects. Those changes may affect efforts to preserve historic sections of the murals painted on the levee.

Originally plans called for reducing the height of the levee by 12 feet in phases, but now other projects can use the dirt quicker than first thought. Pueblo Conservancy District consulting engineer Kim Kock said that means they need to keep moving forward.

"VEGA - 4 1/2 Stars" - says Carl Sagan

Jun 22, 2015

  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

There is a very bright star in the southern Colorado skies right now that you may have visited or read about, at least in science fiction stories, the star Vega! 

Vega has been visited by Capt. Kirk in Star Trek, and most famously as the location of an alien civilization’s transportation hub in both the book and the movie Contact.

High Water Levels Prompt State Park Restrictions

Jun 18, 2015

Record-breaking rains leading to high water levels have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to restrict access in some recreational areas. 

Boat ramps, shoreline access points and parking areas are limited at Lake Pueblo State Park. The department isn’t sure when they’ll reopen.

Near Lake George, the South Platte River is running usually high, resulting in the closure of Spinney Mountain State Park’s river access lot. The department is discouraging fishing along many areas of the river.

It's been more than a month since Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session at the state capitol, but the work is far from over. Many of the bills that failed this year will likely be back next year, and some long-standing issues may already be poised to go before voters in 2016.

"I've worked on issues that have taken a couple of years to get through," said Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose).

HSPPR Pet of the Day: CoCo

Jun 18, 2015

Hi there. I’m CoCo, a very handsome 2-year-old neutered black kitty. I’m definitely the quiet type. Actually, I’m a very sensitive, shy little boy. I respond well to gentle attention, but it will probably take me a few days to warm up to my new home. I might never be the outgoing life of the party that some of my kitty friends are, but if you are looking for a loyal guy who will make you his entire world, I’m your cat. Don’t overlook me! Come adopt me into your household today.

Shooks Run Planning Kicks Off With Meeting

Jun 17, 2015

The City of Colorado Springs is looking at the future of Shooks Run, a corridor located east of downtown between Fountain Creek and Patty Jewett Golf Course. 

The first of several public workshops takes place on Thursday, kicking off a 16-month collaborative planning process called Envision Shooks Run. 

The project will create a plan to address issues like drainage, multi-modal transportation, and urban planning to help improve infrastructure and enhance the corridor.

Survey: Nearly 14% of Colorado Adults Use Pot

Jun 16, 2015

In a newly released survey, the state Health Department says nearly 14% of Colorado adults currently use marijuana.

Of those who currently use pot, one third use it every day. About 19 percent drove after using. Slightly more than half of Colorado adults have never tried marijuana.

The survey also showed young adults aged 18 to 24 are ten times more likely to use pot than older adults over the age of 65.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo says Colorado Springs received a record breaking 3.16 inches of rain Monday.  The old record, set more than a century ago in 1914, was 2.27 inches.  The record-breaking day comes after a record-breaking month of May, which, for the most part, removed southern Colorado from lingering drought conditions. 

Brett Levin Flickr / Creative Commons

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that companies can legally fire employees for using medical marijuana, even off duty.

The decision is based on the case of Brandon Coats. He is a quadriplegic who takes medical marijuana to control muscle spasms in his legs. Dish Network fired him from his job as a customer service representative in 2010 after he failed a random drug test. Coats then sued for unlawful termination. Business groups praised the court's decision.

Bente Birkeland / RMCR

After a mild and wet spring, temperatures along the Front Range are expected to soar this week and that has fire managers on edge. The Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture are using this lull in the fire season to call for changes in how the federal government funds wildfire suppression.

While Colorado has experienced much needed rain, fire officials are still expecting an average fire season.

Heart of the Scorpion

Jun 15, 2015

  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Did you know that there is a time bomb waiting to go off in the night sky right now? And it’s a big one – the supergiant star Antares! 

On this episode of Critical Karaoke we are talking about “cover songs.”  Songs that were written and recorded by one artist, but go on to be re-recorded and re-performed by many other artists in many other genres—it is kind of like karaoke of existing songs, but it is critical?  Join us as we discuss covers of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet; "King Porter Stomp," first composed and performed by Jelly Roll Morton; and “The World Turned Upside Down” by Leon Rosselson.  All than and more, including a special "cover band" name pop quiz.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Reese

Jun 11, 2015

Well, hi! I’m Reese, a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix. I’m so happy to meet you! Actually, I’m pretty happy in general, and I can’t wait to make you as happy as I am. I love sitting in laps and taking walks, and if you sneak me a treat or two once and a while, so much the better. I came in to HSPPR on the Rescue Rover from one of our transfer partners, and now I’m in Colorado Springs hoping to find the best home ever! Could your home be what I am looking for? I’ve travel-sized for your convenience; I would do great in an apartment or a house. Wherever I get to be with you!

Developing Colorado with Water Conservation in Mind

Jun 10, 2015

Finding enough water to meet the demands of the booming Front Range has city planners closely looking at how new developments can be built with water conservation as a key component.  With the second draft of the State Water Plan scheduled for release in July, many water advocates are hoping to see the issue of land use addressed.

Colorado has experienced massive population growth in the last few years, and that trend is projected to continue.

The deadline for bills that passed during the state's legislative session to become law or get vetoed was Friday. Measures are either signed by the Governor or become law without his signature. Some proposals have large signing ceremonies, while others are done quietly. Bente Birkeland talks to state capitol reporters about some of the measures.

Glamorous Glob

Jun 8, 2015


  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Did you know that you have a planetarium in your pocket? If you have a smart phone, you have the universe at your fingertips. 

There are wonderful and free interactive sky maps available for both iPhone and Android users. You can use these programs to find interesting things in the sky by simply holding your phone over your head and letting it guide you to some of the wonders of our universe.

Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

The Department of Defense has approved plans to modify and increase training at the Army's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in Southern Colorado.  The Record of Decision [.pdf], signed May 1 and made available last week, approves what's being called "Enhanced Readiness Training," to include brigade-size exercises an

A measure to eliminate immunity for public schools for shootings, deaths, sexual assaults and other series injuries that happen to students on school grounds was signed into law on Wednesday. Previously schools had absolute immunity.

The law would cap damages at $900,000 for multiple injuries per incident. Governor Hickenlooper says the state has experienced its fair share of tragedies in schools and hopes the law will make students safer.

Jason Turner / Photo courtesy: Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center

A member of the endangered California condor species was found far from home in a backyard near Colorado Springs.  The large bird was taken to the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo after being picked up by the Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and transported via Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteers.

Diana Miller, director of the Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center, said the bird was in good condition, despite being a little thin.

It was sent Tuesday morning to the Peregrine Fund in Arizona to be reintroduced into the wild.

Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Colorado Springs' newest mayor was sworn into office Tuesday with a ceremony outside the Pioneers Museum. 

Former state Attorney General John Suthers took the oath of office as city council, employees, residents and military representatives watched.