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6:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Flash Flood Warnings Close Highway 24

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has instituted new policies for Highway 24 as related to Flash Flood Warnings. When the National Weather Service issues a warning, or rain gages indicate more than a quarter inch of rain in the Waldo Canyon burn zone, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol plan to close the route.  The highway will then remain closed until the warning is lifted, any debris is removed, and the road is deemed safe for travel.  In addition, CDOT will actively patrol the highway between Manitou Springs and Cascade at all times through October 1.

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The Middle Distance
6:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.23.13: Summer of 1971

Memphis, 1971
Credit Ted Eastburn

Summer of 1971. Our hip-hugger bell-bottom jeans are worn thin in the seat and we like to wear them with flimsy halter tops. It’s possible we are emulating the hippies in San Francisco we’ve seen on the news since hippie sightings are still rare here in Memphis, Tennessee. We will be high school seniors in the fall and this, we faintly realize, is our last summer of real freedom.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Utilities' Mitigation Work in Northfield Watershed Nearly Complete

Volunteers in the Northfield Watershed on Rampart Range work on seeding.
Credit Andrea Chalfin


Efforts continue all across the Waldo Canyon burn scar to help reduce the effects of flooding.  Colorado Springs Utilities expects to wrap up initial work in the Northfield Watershed on Rampart Range within the next month or so.  But Project Manager Kim Gortz with Utilities says it’s really an ongoing effort.

"Hayman’s still seeing issues 10 years post-fire, so I think we’re starting in our planning phase as far as what do we do for long-term restoration, what do we do for monitoring each time we have a monsoon season."

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The Big Something
4:51 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Ins and Outs of Disaster Photography: An Interview with Bryan Oller

Black Forest Fire
Credit Bryan Oller

Local Freelance Photojournalist Bryan Oller took some of the most memorable photos of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, and he’s been covering the flooding in Manitou. I spoke with him about the challenges of documenting disasters so close to home.

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RMCR News
7:35 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Touring Colorado's First Biomass Power Plant

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Colorado’s first biomass power plant is nearly complete. Senator Mark Udall and State Senator Gail Schwartz toured the facility in Gypsum recently, where wood cuttings from beetle kill trees will be turned into electricity. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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The Big Something
5:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Aftermath of the Manitou Flood: An Interview with Kelly Snyder, Farley McDonough and Hannah Rockey

Credit Bryan Oller

It’s been just over a week since the August 9 flood in Manitou Springs. I spoke with Kelly Snyder, Board President of the Business of Art Center who took over much of the volunteer organizing in Manitou; resident Hannah Rockey, and Farley McDonough, Owner of Adams Mountain Café to talk about the aftermath and the future.

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RMCR
2:25 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Colorado's Suicide Numbers at All-Time High

The number of suicides in Colorado is at an all time high. 1,053 people took their own lives in 2012 – giving Colorado one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Jarrod Hindman is the Director of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He says the state’s geography limits access to mental health services, and the social stigma of getting help continues to contribute to the numbers.

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RMCR
5:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Kicks Off in Aspen and Snowmass Village

The USA Pro Challenge kicked off in Aspen and Snowmass Village today. More than a hundred and twenty top cyclists are competing in the third edition of the race. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, many explored the Roaring Fork Valley on two wheels this past weekend... and all of them were within arm’s reach during Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

Sagan won today’s first leg of the USA Pro Challenge, finishing the 66-mile stage in 2 hours, 26 minutes.

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The Big Something
4:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Build Ivywild Part 2: An Interview with Jim Fennell and Mike Bristol

Beginning today and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School celebrates its grand opening. Yesterday we posted Part 1 of my interview with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD.

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The Middle Distance
5:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.16.13: Ripe for Transformation

Several lifetimes ago, when I was the mother of three young boys, I understood the concept of escapist reading in the summertime. Grabbing reading moments between afternoon trips to the pool and T-ball games, I required something lightweight and entertaining, easy to read in small bites. And since I wouldn’t remember what I read anyway, mainstream chick lit, good or bad, usually fit the bill.

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The Big Something
4:37 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Symbiosis Part 1: An Interview with Ivywild Partners Mike Bristol and Architect Jim Fennell

[Listen to Part 2 HERE]

Beginning tomorrow and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School will celebrate its grand opening. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD. Tune in to KRCC tomorrow, Friday, August 16 at 4:50 p.m. to hear Part 2 of the interview.

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Capitol Coverage
7:33 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Task Force Discusses PTSD

Veterans and other military leaders gathered at the state capitol yesterday to talk about ways to improve treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Colorado Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Mike Coffman put a task force together to recommend better federal policies. Bente Birkeland has more from the capitol.

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Local News
7:06 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Clerks Scramble in Face of Recall Ruling

The recall elections of state senators John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo are still on for Sept. 10, but voters shouldn’t expect their normal mail-in ballot. A judge’s ruling this week has the clerks of both El Paso and Pueblo counties scrambling to figure out how to conduct an election that complies with as many state laws as possible. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.
 

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Local News
10:07 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Flood Survivor Tells Harrowing Tale

Laura Hunter describes being in flood waters.
Credit Liz Ruskin

While Manitou Springs authorities celebrated finding one survivor, another Manitou flood victim, 49-year-old Laura Hunter, told reporters Monday at Penrose Hospital she’s thrilled to be alive. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Hunter was in her small cottage in the 500 block of Canon Ave. when water started quickly pouring into her living room.

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Capitol Coverage
9:27 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Colorado Students Not Progressing Enough

In subjects such as reading and math, Colorado students aren’t doing as well as state officials had hoped. The Education Department released statewide-standardized test scores Wednesday. The report indicates that while small gains have been made, many students aren’t solid in core subjects. Bente Birkeland has more.


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The Big Something
3:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Video of Manitou Flood on Lovers Lane

If you haven't already seen this video by Cheyene Grow of Grow Motion Video of last Friday's flood as seen from a home just above Lovers Lane in Manitou, do give it a watch. It compresses 40 minutes into 4 and gives an instructional look at how powerful even a relatively small flooding event can be. 

RMCR News
7:35 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Red Canyon Fire Grows on the Western Slope

The Red Canyon Fire southwest of Glenwood Springs
Credit Marci Krivonen

While Manitou Springs continues its cleanup process after recent flooding, the Western Slope is dealing with issues of its own.  Strong winds yesterday whipped up flames on a wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire grew to 350 acres and mandatory evacuations forced 15 families from their homes. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, in a Pinyon/Juniper forest. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was with firefighters when the blaze blew up and started creeping toward them. She filed this report.

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Capitol Coverage
5:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Governor Tours Eastern, Southern Colorado

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Some residents in eastern Colorado have tough questions for Governor John Hickenlooper. The Governor is touring the area and southern Colorado this week to get feedback from local communities. As Bente Birkeland reports, he won’t always be in friendly territory...

The Governor also plans to visit Trinidad, Alamosa, and Salida among other locations tomorrow.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Road Damage Prompts Closure of a Section of Manitou Ave

Road damage on closed section of Manitou Ave., western side of town.
Credit CDOT

Recent flooding has prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close Manitou Avenue (Highway 24 - Business) at the west end of town between Serpentine Drive and Highway 24.  Friday’s flood washed out two road segments, both about 30-40 feet long, and around 200-300 feet apart, making it unsafe for travel.  Engineers estimate repairs could take 2-3 months and cost around $1.5 million.  CDOT is seeking emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration and is working on getting contracting in place so repairs can begin as soon as possible.  The total closed distance is about a

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Local News
10:15 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Body of Missing Colorado Springs Teen Found

 

The Colorado Springs Police Department is confirming the body of Rose Hammes was found just after midnight last night under a bridge in a canal on Platte Avenue, near Wooten Road.

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Local News
7:33 am
Mon August 12, 2013

A Weekend of Flooding and Community in Manitou Springs

Muddy hard hat and towels in Manitou Springs on Sunday.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

Flash flood watches and warnings peppered the weekend in the Pikes Peak region, with skies darkening ominously as thunder and rain rolled in each afternoon.  Last night’s warning was canceled early, and Highway 24 and Manitou Springs were spared a repeat of Friday’s devastating flooding.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Devastation and Cleanup in Manitou Springs

Cleaning up in Manitou Springs
Credit Andrea Chalfin

Update: Sun 1:40 PM
Per the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the mother of missing person Juston Travis has reported she's spoken to him and he is safe. One person still unaccounted for. As described yesterday, she is a petite blonde female, wearing black shirt over tan pants. MSPD Chief Joe Ribeiro: “Seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree, and then not seen the next.”

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Local News
9:13 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Flooding in Manitou Springs

Piece of a house, hung up on Canon Ave.
Jane Turnis

Update: 11:20PM:  The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is reporting the body of an adult man has been found along Highway 24 near mile marker 297.  They report the body was buried under a significant amount of debris along the westbound lanes of the highway.  No identification is available at this time.   

10:25 PM:  Highway 24 is now reopened, with one lane in each direction.  

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The Big Something
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

MODBOCO School of Art Opens This Weekend At Ivywild: An Interview with Lauren and Brett Andrus

Credit Claire Swinford

Modboco, a new art school founded by Brett and Lauren Andrus, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow from Noon to 8 P.M. at the Ivywild Building. I spoke with them about their gallery downtown and how it evolved into a school.

Click HERE for complete information about the school and grand opening.

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Local News
8:35 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Goats: The New Wave of Urban Agriculture?

Monycka Snowbird's urban goats
Liz Ruskin

With interest in urban homesteading on the rise, some traditional farm animals are showing up in city back yards. It started with chickens.   Miniature goats might be next. While some worry about potential health effects, KRCC's Liz Ruskin went to one backyard east of downtown Colorado Springs to meet a woman who isn’t concerned.
 

Monycka Snowbird lives in a densely packed neighborhood of 1960s-era ranch and split-level homes, some with tidy yards, some overrun by weeds.

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Capitol Coverage
7:35 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Oil & Gas Industry Discusses Fracking Backlash

The oil and gas industry says it’s trying to focus on new ways to reach out to an increasingly skeptical public. Community concern is rising as hydraulic fracturing moves into more and more populated areas of the Front Range. At the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit in Denver, which brings together energy leaders from across the country, much of the discussion this year focused on public anxiety over fracking.   

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Local News
7:06 am
Fri August 9, 2013

El Paso County Works to Repair Flooded Culverts

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With thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days, the possibility of flash flooding in El Paso County remains.  As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the county is working to repair roads in the Black Forest area damaged in last weekend’s floods.

The county is placing road maintenance equipment in Black Forest so it can quickly remove flood debris and keep drainages open. County Spokesman Dave Rose says the big challenge is a large drainage system that runs south through the burn area and then along Shoup Road, an important east-west route.

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Local News
7:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Revisiting Sally Ride's Vision: Posthumous Medal of Freedom Recipient

Sally Ride, America’s first woman astronaut communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck during the six day mission of the Challenger. National Aeronautics and Space Administration., 06/18/1983 – 06/24/1983.
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The White House announced today this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. Among the honorees are Ernie Banks, Daniel Inouye, and Sally Ride (posthumously). The Medal of Freedom is given to those "who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

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The Middle Distance
4:44 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.9.13: Summer in Full

[Clouds] by Myron Wood, June 1976. Copyright PPLD. Image Number: 002-1619.

The clock is ticking and it’s making me uneasy. I’ve got those back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-reality, check it off the to-do list, end-of-summer blues.

This year I decided the summer would be mine to do as little as possible in. I would recharge, replenish, rejuvenate. No road trips to places I hadn’t been before or to visit family. This would be the first summer in memory when I just stayed home and received whatever the day delivered.

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Capitol Coverage
4:23 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Buck to Enter U.S. Senate Race

Ken Buck campaign site photo (cropped).

Republican Weld county district attorney Ken Buck plans to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall next year. Buck filed the paperwork today and as Bente Birkeland reports, he’ll first need to win the Republican primary.

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