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11:10 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

John Suthers Elected Mayor of Colorado Springs

Surrounded by his family and supporters, Colorado Springs mayor-elect John Suthers delivers his speech after winning the runoff election.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will be the next mayor of Colorado Springs.  

Suthers soundly defeated former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepace in a runoff election by a two to one margin.  He said Tuesday night that he was humbled by the response, but there’s work to be done.

"The challenge is very, very significant," Suthers said. "And so I take delight in the political victory tonight, but tomorrow, we hit the ground running and working very very hard."

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Local News
9:44 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Colorado Springs, El Paso County Officials Seek Disaster Assistance

Colorado Springs officials are seeking disaster assistance after rain in early May caused an estimated $8.2 million in damages to public infrastructure, including roads, stormwater, and parks and trails. The local disaster declaration covers rainstorms and flooding from May 3 to the 12th.  Initial reports indicate an estimated $281,000 for sinkholes, 5 million for stormwater damages, including landslides and erosion, and nearly 3 million for parks and trails. 

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Tue May 19, 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  dogs and children before, but sometimes I don't do well with other cats. 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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Elections
3:14 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Election: Colorado Springs' Next Mayor

Colorado Springs voters will elect a new mayor on Tuesday in a runoff race featuring former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace.

As of late last week, 37% of residents who received ballots have cast their votes.  Around 7000 ballots mailed to voters were deemed undeliverable. 

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Spike to Spica

mars is red / spica is blue
Credit nasa

  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 few episodes ago we talked about the star Arcturus, and how you could find it by following the curve of the handle of the Big Dipper across the sky. Today let’s talk about what happens if you keep following that same curve past Arcturus. You can speed on, to Spica

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CC's Class of 2015
10:02 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Commencement for Colorado College's class of 2015 begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday in its rain back-up location: the World Arena.  CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COMMENCEMENT MOVING.

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Public Safety
5:27 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Q & A: Director of New Aerial Firefighting Research Facility

U.S. Army pilots and crew members with the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, go into thick smoke to release water over the burning fires during a bambi bucket mission at Black Forest, Colo., June 12, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/Released)
Credit Flickr / Creative Commons

The new aerial fire fighting research center in Rifle opened this week with a ribbon cutting.  Melissa Lineberger is the director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, and recently spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her experience with wildfires and her vision for the program.
 

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Breaking
9:20 am
Thu May 14, 2015

BACK ON THE AIR

KRCC's signal in Colorado Springs has gone down as of about 9:10am 5/14/15.  We're uncertain of the cause.  Our engineer is rushing to correct the problem.  Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE 9:40am: It appears that our link to our main transmitter has gone down and we are unable to deliver audio.  Our engineer is headed to Cheyenne mountain to turn on older, microwave equipment.  We'll post more updates as we learn more.

Sports
5:01 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Colorado Springs Bypassed for Cycling Race

Credit clipart.com

The USA Pro Challenge recently announced the route for this year’s bicycling race, and as expected, Colorado Springs was not among the stage cities.  KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
 

The race provides an economic boost to all of Colorado, bringing in over $100 million statewide.

Director of Communications with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Chelsy Offutt says the event continues to grow, with a 12% increase in revenue last year. Offut says Colorado Springs did put in a bid to host the Pro Challenge this year, but didn’t make the cut.

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El Paso County
1:19 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

EPC Commissioners Approve Settlements

El Paso County Commissioners have voted to approve two settlements in claims brought against the Sheriff’s office, former Sheriff Terry Maketa, and former Undersheriff Paula Presley.  The claims allege lost income and benefits due to a hostile work environment.
 

County Attorney Amy Folsom said at Tuesday morning’s commissioner’s meeting that her office has analyzed the risk of liability and evaluated the potential cost of litigation in each case.

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Blues Under the Bridge 7/25
2:22 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

The Ninth Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival - Saturday, July 25th

Featuring performances by Carolyn Wonderland, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Mr. Sipp, Mulebone, and BJ Estares and Route 61.   

Pre-festival parties!

A live broadcast of BJ Estares and Route 61 (free) in the Ivywild Gymnasium at noon on Wednesday the 22nd of July,  Mulebone (free) at Quinns Pub Thursday evening the 23rd of July, and Carolyn Wonderland (free with a Blues Under the Bridge ticket/$15 general admission) at the Gold Room Friday the evening of July 24th. 

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Regal Regulus

Regulus in Leo the Lion
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!

As you look up in the southern Colorado sky, did you know that you can see a lion? 

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Weather
2:35 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Severe Weather Across Colorado

Watches and warnings continue to evolve as the latest storm system moves through. 5:11 PM NWS-Pueblo
Credit NWS-Pueblo

UPDATE 5:08 PM:  Watches and warnings continue to evolve as the weather system continues to move eastward.  A tornado watch remains in effect for much of southern and eastern Colorado, including Pueblo and El Paso Counties until 9:00 PM.  Flood warnings remain in effect for portions of El Paso, Pueblo, Otero and Bent Counties. Winter storm warnings are in effect for northeastern El Paso County, Teller County, and north into Douglas County, among other regions.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Rainfall Stalls Roadwork on Kiowa and Bijou

Rains this week have stalled roadwork on Kiowa and Bijou streets in downtown Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
 

The roads were milled and ready for paving when the recent heavy rainfalls hit, causing them to deteriorate. Colorado Springs Street Division Manager Corey Farkas says while they can’t plan for the weather, it hasn’t affected the project timeline.

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Capitol Conversation
11:46 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Capitol Conversation: End of Session

Colorado’s state legislature wrapped up its work on Wednesday. Lawmakers covered a host of topics during their four months under gold dome. It was also the first session since Republicans re-gained controlled of the state senate. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the session as part of our capitol conversation series.
 

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Public Safety
8:43 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Road Closures in Northern El Paso County

UPDATE: Vollmer has reopened. Tapadero and Green Mountain Rds. remain closed. 

El Paso County officials have closed several roads:

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Greg

If you are looking for a well-dressed gentleman who can’t wait to greet your guests at the door, come check me out! I'm Greg, a 2-year-old neutered black kitty. I came in as a stray, so HSPPR doesn’t know much about me, but it’s clear I have had plenty of experience with people before. I am an active young man who would enjoy having all the attention I can get – and lots of toys if you leave me home by myself! I love a good headscratch and can’t wait to explore my new home with you. Come adopt me today!

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Business
5:06 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Trinidad Hit Hard by Layoffs

Trinidad is reeling from a mass layoff. KRCC's Dana Cronin reports.
 

Around 100 people are losing their jobs at the Pioneer Natural Resources branch in Trinidad. The Texas-based oil and gas company was the largest employer in the city, says Gabriel Engeland, Trinidad's City Manager, who adds that the layoffs are devastating both economically and socially.

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Capitol Coverage
11:36 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Colorado's Legislative Session Comes to an End

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs the annual budget bill on April 24, 2015. Under the state constitution the only thing the legislature is required to do is pass a balanced budget each year. The last day of the 2015 session was a mad dash for some bills.
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

State lawmakers waited until the last minute to decide some of the biggest issues hanging over the capitol for the 2015 legislative session. They worked overtime to get everything wrapped up before a midnight deadline Wednesday night.
 

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Capitol Coverage
3:53 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Lawmakers Approve Pay Raise

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A bill to raise the salaries of state lawmakers and other elected officials quietly made its way through the state house in the final days of the legislative session. It passed on the last day of the session clearing the House with the minimum number of required votes. It had virtually no debate in either chamber.

“People in my district, whenever I tell them how much we make as lawmakers up here, are astounded. They are kind of appalled,” said Senator Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City). He voted for the measure in the Senate where it passed with a wider margin.

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Public Safety
3:35 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Felony DUI Bill Heads to the Governor

Credit file

Colorado will soon have a felony DUI law on the books.  On the final day of the legislative session, the Senate passed House Bill 1043 [.pdf] to create a felony DUI for habitual drunk driving offenders. It passed the Senate 34-1.

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Weather
4:56 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Rains Provide More Relief to Dry Conditions in Southern Colorado

The latest chart from the U.S. Drought Monitor, dated April 28, 2015.
Credit Anthony Artusa / NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC

Up to two inches of rain have fallen in parts of southern Colorado today, providing additional relief to some dry conditions in the plains.  KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.
 

As of the end of April, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed portions of southern Colorado were still classified as severe drought.

Eric Petersen, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo and says the rain is helping ease those dry conditions.

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Culture
4:18 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

An Interview With Journalist, Novelist, and Adventurer Peter Heller

Journalist and novelist Peter Heller has led a life of adventure, covering extraordinary stories in remote parts of the world for such magazines as Outside, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He’s the author of several critically acclaimed books of nonfiction, and more recently, he’s made a foray into fiction-writing with his bestselling novel The Dog Stars and his new book, The Painter. He’ll be in Colorado Springs to speak at Colorado College on Wednesday as part of the Journalist-In-Residence speaker series.

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Fire Safety
3:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Prescribed Burn Classes Offered to Landowners

Private landowners can now sign up for classes focusing on how to conduct safer pile burns. KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.
 

Those who complete the course become certified burners and will also be protected on a limited basis from civil liability.

"It’s not just a simple go out and light the match. There’s a lot of steps that go into prescribed fire,” said Mike Frary, Unit Chief for Prescribed Fire for the Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

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Capitol Conversation
1:55 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Capitol Conversation: End of Session Draws Near

The state's annual legislative session adjourns on Wednesday May 6th.  The last few days are hectic as state lawmakers try to push through final bills.  Other bills fail on the calendar or die in committee. 

Peter Marcus of the Durango Herald and Ivan Moreno with the Associated Press sit down with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland to discuss what's left to do and what measures are dead.

 Peter Marcus of the Durango Herald on reproductive rights legislation:

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looking Up
10:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Size Doesn't Matter When You're This Hot!

artist depiction of life on mercury
Credit M. Procell

  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 planet in our solar system that is close enough to us, and bright enough, to be easily seen, yet very few people have actually seen it. Can you guess which one it is? 

It’s Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. And it is that closeness that makes Mercury so hard to spot.

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KRCC Broadcast Area
5:35 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Translator Woes Be Damned! Joel and Bob Save Day!

KRCC's Joel Belik and KWMV's Bob Thomason
Credit A Joel Belik Selfie®

News came in earlier today that KRCC's array of mountain translators are back on the air thanks to the efforts of KRCC's intrepid Chief Engineer Joel Belik and Westcliffe's KWMV's Bob Thomason--who Joel declared was just along for the adventure.  (By the looks of that thingy in the background, it must have been an adventure.)  Either way, thanks guys!

UPDATE from KRCC's comment form: "Hi! We are listener/members in Jefferson, CO. We listen to 95.7 and wish to thank Intrepid Engineer Joel for fixing the translator. We love you KRCC!"

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Capitol Coverage
7:33 am
Fri May 1, 2015

School Liability Bill Clears Committee

Credit clipart

A measure to eliminate immunity for public schools for school shootings, death, sexual assaults and other series injuries that happen to students on school grounds cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. It passed on a vote of 10-3.

Currently public schools are not liable. Legislative leaders in both parties are sponsoring the change, spurred in part by the death of Claire Davis in 2013. Davis attended Arapahoe High School in Littleton when a fellow student shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.

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Arkansas River Levee
4:48 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Planners Discuss Recreation on the Levee

Work on the first phase of rebuilding the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is complete, and the conservancy district that oversees the levee is starting to at potential recreational opportunities as they plan the rest of the repairs.
 

In addition to a new pedestrian walkway on the top of the levee, the district is considering adding footbridges across the river, more access points and redoing the kayak park. Corrine Koehler leads district’s recreation committee. She says they want to be sure that ideas for recreation aren’t just coming from the engineers.

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