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8:39 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Translator Problems... Help on the Way.

Translator listeners: Our Westcliffe translator has failed. We have been able to rent a vehicle that will enable us to reach the translator site and repair it on Friday. Westcliffe feeds translators in many of our mountain communities, including Westcliffe/Gardner, Lake George, Cañon City, Salida and Buena Vista. We should have you back on the air Friday.

Colorado Springs Mayoral Race
6:51 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Audio: Colorado Springs Mayoral Runoff Candidates Debate

John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace are in a runoff election for Colorado Springs mayor. Ballots are due by May 19. Credit http://www.suthersformayor.com and http://www.makepeace4mayor.com Edit | Remove

  

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Support your public radio station.
1:52 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Don't ya know... it's time to change.

Jeff Bieri enjoys change!
Credit Kurt M. Bunch www.shugas.com

Change is good!  Thank you to the 1100 plus of our friends, old and new, who have already contributed to KRCC's Spring Membership Drive.

If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, we still need your help.  Jeff usually complains about "humpin' ice around" at our concerts.  Let's make him complain about humpin' even more of your cash around instead!

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Arc to Arcturus

Arcturus takes center stage in this shot
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!

Did you know that in 1933, the light from a star was used to turn on the lights at the Chicago World’s Fair? 

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The Big Something
4:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Big Something Episode 3: Poet Gary Snyder, VSCO's Greg Lutze, and Stoner's Laundry

On this month’s episode of The Big Something we talk to a Greg Lutze, a Manitou Springs native who co-founded a digital photography company that aspires to be the Kodak of the 21st century; Legendary poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder speaks with us about his long and storied career; And writer Mia Alvarado takes us on a field trip to Stoner's Laundry, a laundromat that’s been a gathering place for a small neighborhood at the edge of downtown Colorado Springs for decades.

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KRCC Newsroom and Wish We Were Here
10:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

KRCC Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

It's a big day for the KRCC Newsroom and the chaps that sculpt Wish We Were Here.
Credit www.trdna.org

KRCC learned today that we received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for work produced by KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin and Noel Black and Jake Brownell, producers of KRCC's program Wish We Were Here.  

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KRCC Listener Survey
12:05 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Take KRCC's Comprehensive Listener & Member Survey

KRCC has been a part of life in the Pikes Peak region and southern Colorado/northern New Mexico for almost 65 years. From vinyl to digital, car stereos to smart phones, we've continued to meet the times head on while bringing you the diverse, quality programming and events that enrich your life.  While we always ask members their three favorite programs, we invite all listeners to take this comprehensive survey to help us make the critical programming and events decisions that will shape KRCC in the years to come. Thank you!

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The Big Something
12:22 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Don't Buy Your Own Poster: An Interview with Gary Snyder

Credit San Simeon Films

Poet and essayist Gary Snyder is something of a living legend. He first rose to prominence in San Francisco in the 1950s as a central figure in the Beat Movement and San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. He read his poem “A Berry Feast” at the reading at which Allen Ginsberg debuted the poem “Howl,” and he was the inspiration for the character Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel, The Dharma Bums.

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Wobbly Pole Dancer

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!

If you had to pick the most important star to humans in the northern hemisphere over the past few thousand years, which star would you pick? I don’t think there is much doubt it would be Polaris, the pole star.

Polaris is very near due north for anyone north of the equator. As such, it has been a vital navigational aid for everything from ships at sea to escaped slaves before the Civil War, seeking a path north to freedom.

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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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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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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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