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Southwest Chief
4:33 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Southwest Chief Commission Continues Work Despite Legislative Setbacks

Credit Maggie Spencer / KRCC

Colorado’s Southwest Chief commission met Friday, just days after $1.5 million in funding amendments were stripped from the House’s state budget proposal and another funding bill was put on indefinite hold. 

The commission is tasked with finding money for the route, including needed repairs to the tracks and for possibly adding a stop in Pueblo. 
 

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Wish We Were Here
2:18 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 6 -- Anchor Dreams: The Passion of Scoop Nemeth

Brian Nemeth at Denver Open Media, 2015
Noel Black

(Many poems in the slideshow NSFW or young eyes.)

In this episode of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Colorado Springs native Brian "Scoop" Nemeth, a man with high-functioning autism whose singular goal in life is to become "The Black Bill O'Reilly" — a national news and opinion anchor on the Fox News Network's prime-time broadcast.

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Cowboy

Yeehaw! I’m Cowboy, the rootinest tootinest pit bull lab mix in town. I would love to have some company on this here cattle drive of life. I’m a very sweet, social gentleman who does just fine with other big dogs, though lots of small dogs can make me a bit nervous. I’ve been great with all the people folk I’ve been meetin’ lately, and I would probably do just fine at your place as well. I do love to chase smaller animals, so I might not do best with any small critter friends. What are you waiting around here for? Get on your boots and come adopt me today!  

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Capitol Coverage
12:04 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Fetal Homicide Bill Introduced at Statehouse

Credit file

Colorado’s Senate president introduced a fetal homicide bill this week. As written, it would define a person as an unborn human being from conception until birth for the purposes of homicide and assault cases. It’s expected to draw vigorous debate at the statehouse.

Senate Bill 268 [.pdf] would allow prosecutors to file a murder charge if an unborn baby is killed or dies during an assault or murder of the mother.

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Pueblo Mural
5:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Rules for Repainting Pueblo Levee Mural Under Discussion

The mural along the Arkansas River in Pueblo. (file photo)
Credit Shanna Lewis / KRCC

Repair work on the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is destroying the world’s largest mural. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports on the discussion about repainting it.

The Pueblo Conservancy District board oversees the levee. It’s preparing guidelines to cover design, approval, and maintenance for new artwork. They got mixed comments from the couple of dozen people at a public meeting last night.

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Capitol Coverage
3:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Mascot Bill Delayed at Last Minute

Credit file

UPDATE 04/15/15 - The House passed the bill; it's expected to fail in the Senate.

ORIGINAL POST 04/14/15: Democrats in the House unexpectedly delayed a vote on an American Indian mascot bill after they realized Republicans had enough votes to kill it.  

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Snow Bear

Hi! I'm Snow Bear, a 1-year-old spayed white shorthair. I came to HSPPR because my owners were moving and couldn’t take me with them. I'm deaf, so I'm looking for a loving home that will keep me safe indoors. I have lived with cats, dogs and children before, and my winning personality should do well in most households. I love being held and even know how to play fetch! Come adopt me today!

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KRCC Concerts
5:02 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion - America the Beautiful will take the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater Sunday, August 23rd at 7pm.

Be a member and be listening to KRCC to win tickets.  General public tickets are available at JumboTickets.com

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KRCC Concerts
4:47 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will be playing the Pikes Peak Center Monday July 27th, 8pm.

KRCC listeners will have a chance to win tickets, BUT you'll have to be a member of the station to be eligible.

Make a contribution to KRCC here, then listen for your chance to win.   General public tickets are available through the Pikes Peak Center box office.

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bear Asterism

Credit clipart.com

  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!

The best known grouping of stars for most of us is the Big Dipper. This collection of stars in the northern sky looks like, well, a big dipper, with a long handle and a scoop up front. 

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Capitol Coverage
10:58 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Southwest Chief Funding Amendment Initially Passes House

Amtrak's Southwest Chief
Credit Steve Wilson / Flickr – Creative Commons

UPDATE 04/14/15: The Joint Budget Committee, charged with negotiating the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals, stripped this funding amendment from the budget. The eventual budget plan will still need approval from both chambers.

ORIGINAL POST 04/09/15: Lawmakers in the House initially passed the state’s annual budget yesterday. After hours of debate, the chamber decided to set aside money to help preserve a passenger train that runs through southeastern Colorado. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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2015 Municipal Election
9:04 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Colorado Springs Mayoral Race Heads to Runoff; Other Election Results

Former Attorney General John Suthers and former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace are headed to a runoff election next month to be the city’s next mayor.  Colorado Springs voters yesterday gave Suthers 46% of the vote, while Makepeace came in with 24%.  Among the other leading candidates, Joel Miller received 16% of the vote, while Amy Lathen received 12%.  The runoff election is scheduled for May 19.

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Summer Music Festival
3:50 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Intermezzo Season Concert - St. Lawrence String Quartet

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Location
Packard Hall
5 W. Cache La Poudre St. (map)

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Translator Lives... again!
4:00 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

95.5FM Badger Mountain Translator Back on the Air!

Listeners who tune-in to KRCC in the Badger Mountain area on 95.5FM can rejoice.  KRCC heard from our Chief Engineer Joel Belik around 4 p.m. 4/6/15 that he was able to repair the translator and that KRCC is back on the air at 95.5FM!

Joel had been hindered by snow on his first attempts to make repairs, but today's wonderful weather finally granted him an opportunity to make it to the translator.  We have yet to find out if he had to walk the final stretch, which is quite possible.

Thanks for your patience listeners!

Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

TWO FOR ONE - Sirius

Sirius the dog star
Credit clipart.com

  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!

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Connecting the Drops
7:40 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Public Engagement and the Colorado Water Plan

Members of the public gather at a Colorado Basin Roundtable Meeting in 2014.
Credit Kate McIntire / Colorado Water Conservation Board

It’s been just over three months since Coloradans got a first look at the state’s water plan. The draft that was submitted to Governor John Hickenlooper came after more than 800 public meetings held all across the state. But despite an extensive education and outreach campaign, just how involved is the general public in planning Colorado’s water future?

In his 2015 state of the state address, Governor John Hickenlooper lauded the process that brought people from around Colorado together to create the state’s water plan:

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CapCov
11:30 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Senate Debates Budget

Bente Birkeland
Credit D. Utterback

  The state’s budget for next year initially passed the Senate on Wednesday after a nearly nine hour debate. It’s the final part of the months long budgeting process. As Bente Birkeland reports, lawmakers didn’t make many changes.

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Capitol Conversation
9:22 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Budget

Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland
Credit D. Utterback

  The annual Colorado budget is making its way through the statehouse. It cleared the Senate on a vote of 21 to 14 passing largely along party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans to support it. We asked John Frank with the Denver Post and Ivan Moreno with the Associated Press to talk about the dynamics at play.

  

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Local News
7:45 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Water Transfer Prompts Early Conversations

Cattle graze on the CB Ranch at Coaldale, which has been purchased by the Security Water and Sanitation District for the water rights. Courtesy Pueblo Chieftain
Credit Chris Woodka / Pueblo Chieftain

The projected growth of Colorado’s Front Range has water planners looking ahead to meet the demands of the population influx.  One way to meet the growing need is for utility companies to buy water rights from farmers and ranchers and then divert that water to cover the city’s needs, commonly called “Buy & Dry.”

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Water
7:42 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Checking in on Colorado Springs' Water Supply at Homestake Reservoir

A sign points the snowy way to the Homestake Reservoir.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

High up in the Colorado Rockies, across the Continental Divide and northwest of Leadville, is the Homestake Reservoir, and lately, things have been looking good up there.  Colorado Springs Utilities put together a press tour of the region in mid-March to show where that water comes from and how they measure it to predict the year in water.
 

As winter’s grip begins to fade along the Front Range, water managers with Colorado Springs Utilities are closely monitoring what’s happening hundreds of miles away. 

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Breaking
4:43 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Snowbound! : Lake George/Hartsel Translator

To all of our faithful listeners on 95.5FM (the Lake George / Hartsel translator on Badger Mountain): Hang in there, please! Equipment problems with that translator are compounded with the difficulty of physically getting to the tower site to make necessary repairs due to current snowpack conditions. Our intrepid engineer Joel has made two attempts to reach the tower in the past week to no avail. He will make another attempt later this coming week. Thank you for bearing with us!

Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Umbral-ievable

Lunar Eclipse Spring 2014
Credit Mike Procell

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

This coming Saturday, April 4th, we get to see one of the more rare events in the night sky – a total lunar eclipse. 

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The Big Something
6:47 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The Big Something Radio Programme, Episode 2: Kathryn Eastburn, Geoffrey Keating, and Cory Doctorow

On this month's episode of The Big Something Radio Programme:

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Colorado Springs Municipal Election
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Top Four Mayoral Candidates Debate

Campaign signs for the four candidates participating in a debate at UCCS.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

    

The themes of leadership, cooperation, and transparency resounded through an auditorium at UCCS at a recent mayoral forum, sponsored by local media organizations.  Billed as a debate featuring the four leading candidates in this year’s Colorado Springs mayoral race, the 90-minute event covered topics such as transportation and regional collaboration.

Listen to the full debate here, with candidates Amy Lathen, Joel Miller, John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace (see below for audio of specific questions and answers):
 

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Pueblo Levee
7:55 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Cost of Pueblo Levee Repairs Expected to Rise

Initial work to rebuild the aging Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is winding down. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports that structural issues discovered during this phase will likely mean the project will cost more than originally projected.

Work began late last year to lower the height and replace the concrete facing on the levee in order to meet FEMA flood control requirements. The bottom of the 90-year-old structure is about nine feet deeper than expected, according to Rick Kidd, the administrator for the Pueblo Conservancy District, which oversees the levee.

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Education
10:07 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Testing Reform Remains in Limbo

Credit clipart

A bi-partisan measure aimed at reducing the number of tests Colorado public school students take is in limbo at the state legislature. The sponsors delayed the first hearing and don’t know when it will be rescheduled – if at all.

On average, students in Colorado classrooms take more than two-dozen assessments before they graduate, and in some cases up to four times a year according to the Colorado Education Association.  Critics say it actually means less time for overall learning.

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The Big Something
5:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The State of Surveillance: An Interview with Author and Blogger Cory Doctorow

Credit Jonathan Worth

Activist, author, co-editor of the influential blog BoingBoing.net, contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, and many other publications, Cory Doctorow is one of the essential voices of the twenty-first century. The author of numerous books, including Information Doesn't Want To Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age, he’s also the author of the young adult novel Little Brother and its sequel, Homeland, both of which explore civil liberties and social activism in the age of the internet.

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Child Poverty
3:46 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Child Poverty Rate is Down in Colorado

Children visit the state capitol for the release of the annual Kids Count Report from the Colorado Children's Campaign.
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Colorado’s childhood poverty rate has decreased for the first time in five years. The latest data comes as part of the annual Kids Count Report, which offers information on the health and well being of children across the state.

“That is great news for Colorado,” said Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. He went on to add that there’s always a but. “We know that there are still far too many children growing up in households where they don’t have access to the opportunities and resources they need to be healthy and succeed."

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Andromeda... coming soon!!!

Andromeda Galaxy
Credit Allan Runyan

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!   On a clear day in Southern Colorado you can see for miles, to Pikes Peak, the Spanish Peaks and beyond. But have you ever wondered what is the most distant thing you can see with your naked eye?The answer is up in the western sky right now – the Andromeda Galaxy!

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Capitol Conversation
7:43 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Revenue Forecast and the State Budget

Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland
Credit D. Utterback

Colorado’s latest revenue forecast was a mixed bag for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. But there’s also a lot of uncertainty moving forward. Bente Birkeland sat down with Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal to discuss the implications of more state revenue.
 

Here are excerpts from the interview:

What it means for the state budget:

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