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The alternative folk/country band Blitzen Trapper based out of Portland Oregon are slated to play the Black Sheep on Wednesday February 28.  To date, Blitzen Trapper have produced 8 studio albums and 3 live recordings, some of which have won praise from Nerve, Pitchfork Media, Spin, and Rolling Stone Magazine.  

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91.5 KRCC is pleased to announce the hiring of Ali Budner as part of a journalism collaborative focusing on the Mountain West. 

Budner comes to 91.5 KRCC from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her award-winning reporting has covered the state of California on a range of topics from health and the environment to homelessness and immigration.

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Colorado lawmakers recently headed back to the state capitol for the annual legislative session. It's the final session for term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to Brian Eason of The Denver Post and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal to get their outlook on the coming months.

Looking Up: Flashy Footstool

Jan 15, 2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal points out a lesser known star near the constellation Orion that appears to want our attention.

We’re just two weeks into the New Year, and already I’m going to curse, sort of, on the radio. That’s because today I want to talk to you about the very interesting star, Cursa, high in the Colorado sky right now.

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Southern Colorado progressed from abnormally dry to moderate drought this week, according to the latest data from the US Drought Monitor. This comes as the region -- like the rest of the state -- is also seeing unusually low snowpack.

·      The Story Project will kick off its 2018 season with four new story tellers at the Sun Water Spa tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

·      This Saturday, at 7:30 p.m, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will present “Dogfight”, a hauntingly beautiful musical that has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards.

·      On Sunday at 1 p.m., the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society will celebrate its 33rd birthday with a performance by the Mississippi Mudders, a traditional Dixieland sextet performing authentic New Orleans style jazz at the Olympian Plaza Reception Center.

For more information on these and other events in our area you can check out

Looking Up: Seeing Red

Jan 8, 2018

Wondering what some of those bright and colorful objects rising in the eastern pre dawn sky are? This week on Looking Up Hal identifies some of those mysterious spheres.

I warned you last week that you’ll need to get up early to see most of the stuff I’m talking about in January, and this episode is no exception. But, if you do get up early, you’ll get to see something really cool, and I mean that literally.

Public Radio Exchange

American Public Media has announced that it is ceasing production and distribution of the popular Saturday morning program Dinner Party Download in 2018.  Luckily, there is a silver lining in almost every cloud, and the program Milk Street is the bright new program addition in this scenario. 


Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham is term limited and sat down with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland to discuss his focus for his final legislative session.

A Look Back At Our Top 5 Most Popular Stories Of 2017

Jan 4, 2018
Clockwise from top left: Courtesy Jodene Parlapiano; Steve Wilson; Partnership for Community Design; CS Pioneers Museum; Andrea Chalfin

Before we shut the book on 2017 once and for all, we'd like to take one last opportunity to reflect on the year that was. What better way than to revisit the stories from this past year that made the biggest impression on you, our loyal readers and listeners. 

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Lawmakers head to the gold dome on Jan. 10 to begin Colorado's annual legislative session. Here are highlights from statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland's interview with House Minority Leader Patrick Neville about his priorities.

·      Tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., during the First Friday Art Walk, Western Jubilee will host a vintage item sale, and free concert by Chela Lujan from the Haunted Windchimes.

·      The annual US International Duo Piano Competition will take place this weekend at the Broadmoor International Center, and is free and open to the public.

·      The 3rd Annual Colorado Springs Fitness Expo will take place this Saturday from 10AM-5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium.

·      Also this Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Western Museum of Mining & Industry will host a day of geologic exploration for the whole family.

For more information on these and other events check out

Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran is heading into her final legislative session as a lawmaker. She talked to statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland about her goals when the session starts up on Jan. 10.

Here are some highlights from statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland's interview with her.

Courtesy Gov. John Hickenlooper's Office

Colorado lawmakers return to the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to begin the annual legislative session. For term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper, he'll soon be delivering his final state of the state address.

Here are highlights from statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland's interview with him.

M. Procell

Happy New Year! This week on Looking Up you can get an early start on scanning the 2018 skies. Inconspicuous Mercury is in the pre dawn sky, and a full blown moon dominates tonight.

As you listen to the upcoming January episodes of Looking Up, you may find a common theme – stuff to look at in the early morning. Sometimes things just line up that way.

·      Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneers Museum, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will present a program of works for cello and piano inspired by fables, folk songs and dances from Hungary, Slovakia, Israel, Romania, Germany and England. 

·      On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will usher in New Year’s Eve 2018 under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson with a concert of favorite opera arias and Broadway hits from Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

·      A local tradition since 1922, the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club will hike to the top of Pikes Peak this weekend to celebrate the New Year with a glorious fireworks display from the summit at the stroke of midnight.

For more information on these and other events you can search

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It's a very appropriately themed topic of wonderment on Looking Up this week...

Merry Christmas everyone, and in keeping with the holiday spirit let’s talk about the Christmas tree you can find in the Colorado night sky right now, the Christmas Tree Nebula! 

Garden of the Gods Collection

Garden of the Gods Collection supplies The Rocky Mountain Food Report with some naughty and nice recipes that can please even the most contrary of personalities that gather at your holiday shindig.

Mission Medical Center offers free medical, dental, vision, behavior health, and spiritual companionship. It also provides durable goods to allow independent living for uninsured and under-insured, low income neighbors of the Pikes Peak Region.

Mission Medical Center does not receive Federal funds or insurance reimbursement for the services it provides. Funding comes almost entirely through private sources, Churches, foundations, businesses, and individuals donate cash, goods, and services to support the clinic.  Mission Medical Center is a 501 (c) 3, faith based organization located at 2125 East LaSalle Street in Colorado Springs, CO 80909, just 2 blocks southeast of Union and Constitution.  Mission Medical is located at a bus stop on Bus Route #6. More information can be found at  

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Repairs are again underway on the aging Arkansas River levee that protects downtown Pueblo from flooding.  Work can only take place during the winter season, when water levels in the river are down.

Diakonia (Greek for service) is a non-profit that operates five Colorado Springs preschools. Their commitment is to provide the highest-quality learning experience to ALL children. Diakonia Preschools build strong foundations for school readiness by providing each child with opportunities for meaningful play through the use of centers customized for the child’s individual needs, favorite pursuits, abilities and challenges. More information on Diakonia Preschools at

·      Today, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale will present a family friendly version of “The Nutcracker” at the Pikes Peak Center.

·      The Face Vocal Band, an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing, will perform at the Pikes Peak Center tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

·      Theatreworks production of The Santaland Diaries concludes its run at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater this weekend, with shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday evening.

For more information on these and other events you can check out

Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Peak Curiosity is a community-driven reporting series from 91.5 KRCC. We ask listeners to submit their questions about the Pikes Peak region and Southern Colorado, and then we answer them. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to submit your question!

Fostering Hope affirms and supports foster parents in their task of caring for neglected and abused children. Volunteers and community partners serve as an extended family for foster parents and to the children entrusted to them. Fostering Hope stays with kids into adulthood, ensuring they always have someone they can count on. You can learn more about the services at Fostering Hope at their website:  

The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is an animal rescue and rehab farm. Hundreds of horses, livestock, dogs, cats, and small animals have been rescued since 1994. BFAS assists in education, disaster response, and works with many local youth and volunteer groups. They provide rescue operations, adoption programs, foster and sponsorship programs as well as local and national rescue efforts. You can learn more about them at

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After days of sustained outrage, the city of Colorado Springs has taken down a large blue frame erected last week in Garden of the Gods.


The show formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion has now become Live from Here with Chris Thile, and remains a Saturday-night destination for audiences everywhere. This variety show continues to feature a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction.

Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience. 

Listen to Live from Here Saturday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sundays mornings from 10 a.m. to noon on 91.5 KRCC.

Looking Up: Wasat An Innie Or An Outie?

Dec 18, 2017
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This week on Looking Up Hal answers the question that everyone tends to ask at some point in their life - "what's that?"

Our astronomy club does a large number of public star parties over the course of the year, and it is very common for a person at one of our events to point to a star in the sky and ask, “what’s that?” Well, this week, I’m going to tell you about a star that is a great answer for the question “what’s that?' -  the star Wasat.

Formed in 1984, Westside CARES is an ecumenical and interfaith, nonprofit collaboration of 22 religious fellowships of the west side of El Paso County. The only criteria for accessing services is an individual’s or family’s genuine need and their established residence within the agency’s service area.  Westside CARES collaborates with agencies throughout the metropolitan area to ensure its clients receive adequate crisis intervention services. Westside CARES provides many services to the community, including: Food Pantries /  Financial & Medical Assistance. Westside Cares is located at 2808 West Colorado Ave. Their phone number is 719-389-0759. The website for more information is

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UPDATE: As of mid-day Monday, 12/18/17, the city had removed the frame.

ORIGINAL STORY--FRIDAY 12/15/17: A newly-installed structure at Garden of the Gods has local outdoor enthusiasts crying foul. In a widely shared post on Facebook, the outdoor adventure non-profit UpaDowna brought the frame to the attention of its followers, many of whom have described the structure as “ugly” and a blight on the natural beauty of the park.