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Capitol Coverage
7:32 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Colorado's Legislative Session Opens

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One hundred lawmakers from across Colorado converged on the state capitol Wednesday for opening day of the annual legislative session. Freshman lawmakers from both parties were officially sworn in and both chambers which have new leaders.

Much of the day’s attention was focused on the Senate, where Republicans gained the majority for the first time in a decade. For all their gains, newly elected senate president Bill Cadman [R- Colorado Springs] gave a rather subdued speech – talking less about policy and more on building trust and civility among lawmakers.

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Public Safety
5:33 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

FBI Investigates Explosion in Colorado Springs

The FBI is looking for a person of interest in an explosion outside the local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs.  KRCC's Andrea Chalfin reports.

The device exploded Tuesday morning outside the building that houses the offices of the civil rights organization and one other business.  A gasoline can was placed next to the device, but did not explode. There were no injuries, and minor damage to the building.

Amy Sanders with the FBI says they’re investigating.  

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Parks & Recreation
5:28 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Falcon Regional Park Planning Underway

El Paso County is undergoing a master plan process to get public input for the new Falcon Regional Park. 

The 215-acre park site is east of the Meridian Ranch Development near Falcon High School. A survey is the next step in the planning process, and it asked residents which amenities, like picnic pavilions, baseball fields and trails are the most important to include.

Elaine Kleckner is the Planning Manager for El Paso County. She says the park is not only important to the community of Falcon, but the surrounding areas as well.

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Capitol Coverage
4:42 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Legislative Preview: Q & A with Morgan Carroll, Colo. Senate Minority Leader

Morgan Carroll, Senate Minority Leader
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In a series of interviews with legislative leaders, statehouse correspondent Bente Birkeland discusses the upcoming legislative session and the change of control in the state Senate. Morgan Carroll [D-Aurora] is going from senate president to minority leader.  
 

Morgan Carroll on Republicans gaining control of the state Senate

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Capitol Coverage
5:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Legislative Preview: Q & A with Colo. House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Speaker of the House
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Dickey Lee Hullinghorst [D-Boulder] will be the next speaker of the House. She discusses her priorities and her party’s agenda for the session, as a part of a series of interviews with legislative leaders.

Dickey Lee Hullinghorst discusses the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force

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Capitol Coverage
7:44 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Legislative Preview: Q & A with Brian DelGrosso, Colo. House Minority Leader

Brian DelGrosso, House minority leader [R-Loveland]
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House minority leader Brian DelGrosso [R-Loveland] discusses his thoughts on the upcoming legislative session as part of a series of interviews with legislative leaders. DelGrosso was the minority leader for the last two years, and his party made gains in the house last November to narrow the Democratic majority.

DelGrosso on Spilt Legislative Control

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun January 4, 2015

MUSH! WINTER FUN GOES TO THE DOGS

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There’s at least one way to have a blast of snowy fun without even standing up. And that’s tucked into a sled, sitting behind a team of yapping, churning, happy Huskies.

Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as a different way to explore the winter wilderness. So whether or not you can ski or snowshoe, you can park your butt in a sled and let someone else do the work while you enjoy the scenery.

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Capitol Conversation
7:44 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Previewing the 2015 Session

 
State lawmakers return to the capitol for the annual legislative session on Wednesday, January 7th. Bente Birkeland gets a preview of what to expect as part of our Capitol Conversation series.
 

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun December 28, 2014

TWELVE WAYS TO SAVE ALL YEAR LONG

You can go zip-lining any month of the year in Hawaii
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Planning a trip for 2015, but need to watch your budget? Consider visiting a destination in its off-season, when airfares and hotel rates are lowest. You may have to deal with less-than-perfect weather, but there are compensations.

Here are some places to visit in their off-season, where you might just find travel bargains.

JANUARY: Denver

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is in full swing, with half a dozen different entertainments on tap. Speaking of taps, Denver’s famous for its fine micro-breweries, so tip one before the show.

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Connecting the Drops
7:35 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Turning Water Into Snow

Harry Lynk walks toward a snow gun on Aspen Mountain
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It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others, and it’s possible the practice may be used more in the future.
 

Snow on Aspen Mountain reflects the early afternoon sun, as skiers zig-zag their way down steep terrain. Snowmaking manager Harry Lynk takes a snowmobile up a steep pitch before arriving at one of the resort’s snowmaking machines, or guns.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Where to Find Santa Claus

PHOTOS: Rick DuVal

This time of year, you can find Santa Claus in every mall in America. In department stores and even discount stores. Ringing bells and coddling toddlers. But if you want the real Santa experience, you need to visit him where he lives.

The North Pole.

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2014 Picks
8:57 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Top Ten 2014: Delaney Utterback (GM/Digital/Oscillation Propagation)

Delaney's Top Ten for 2014
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1 • Not a '14 release, but new to KRCC.  Grab this EP from Battleships.  You won't regret it.  In fact, here are two tracks:
"Retrospect" & "Your Words" from Battleships  |  Album: To You

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Agriculture
4:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Conservation Funding Granted for Pueblo County Ranch

The Palmer Land Trust has received funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, to conserve a large working ranch just east of Pueblo.  

KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.
 

The conservation group says the 25,000-acre BX Ranch south of Boone is one of the largest working ranches in Pueblo County.

Palmer Land Trust Executive Director Rebecca Jewett says this funding will help preserve that history.

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2014 Picks
11:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Tom's Top Ten for 2014

Tom DJs the Music Mix on Tuesday nights.  Here are his top ten or so albums for the year:
 

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The Middle Distance
2:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Middle Distance, 12.19.14: Doll Baby

 

The tree lights twinkle silently on Christmas morning in our Kentucky living room. Beneath the lowest limbs, glassy-eyed baby dolls, circa 1960, lounge among piles of soft new pajamas and socks, awaiting the arms of three little girls.

I believe these are the happiest days of my mother’s life, when she sees us with our new dolls. It’s true that we asked for them, but in a roundabout way. 

“What do you want Santa to bring you?” she asks. 

“A football and shoulder pads,” says my older sister.

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2014 Picks
11:02 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Jacob's Top Eleven for 2014

Here's 11 super awesome albums from the year 2014 that you need to listen to as loud as possible:

Aphex Twin - Syro
Robert Plant - Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Run the Jewels - RTJ2
La Luz - It's Alive
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Jack White - Lazaretto
The Goastt - Midnight Sun
Johnny Marr - Playland
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Caribou - Our Love

Pueblo
4:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Construction Begins on Levee

Work on the Arkansas River levee begins in Pueblo.
Credit Shanna Lewis / KRCC

Demolition work has begun to remove the top 12 feet of a section of the Arkansas River Levee in Pueblo. It’s part of the first phase of a project to repair the aging structure and meet FEMA flood control guidelines.
 

Heavy equipment moves dirt and concrete as the contractors build a ramp to access the top of the levee. Part of the pedestrian path near the work area has been closed for safety reasons. 

Consulting engineer Kim Kock says they expect the first critical section to be complete by mid February, despite the delay in beginning work.

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Water
3:19 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

USGS: Ogallala Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

The U.S Geological Survey says the High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala, is losing groundwater likely due to increased groundwater pumping. 

The USGS released a report detailing an 8% decline between the years of 1950 and 2011. The overall average water-level declined about 15.4 feet. Between 2011 and 2013, the overall water level declined 2.1 feet.

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2014 Picks
10:57 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Iggy Igloo's Top Ten of 2014

Iggy Igloo hosts Tuesday night's Planet Groove, starting at 8PM. His Top Ten mixes up world, national, and local selections from all the great albums he heard this year.  "All of these really speak to me," Iggy says, "and made it into my regular listening habits. Thanks for reading!"
 

Colorado Springs
2:25 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Mayor Bach Won't Seek Second Term

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach
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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced he will not run for a second term in April’s Municipal Election.  KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.

Bach was elected to a four-year term in May 2011, as the city’s first “Strong Mayor” under a new charter adopted the year before. The charter transformed city government from a council-appointed city manager model to a council-elected system that gives the mayor more control of the city’s operations.

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Pinon Canyon
11:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site DEIS Public Comment Period to Close

The Army is looking to increase training activities at its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. As part of the process, officials are required to conduct environmental impact studies and open the reports to public comments.

Today, Monday December 15, is the last day to submit public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed increase in training.

You can view the DEIS here [.pdf].

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Culture
11:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Strawberry Fields, Forever: The Long and Winding Legacy of a Beatles Classic

The Beatles
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Scott Freiman is a composer, producer, and creator of the lecture series, “Deconstructing The Beatles.” He’ll be at Colorado College tomorrow night to deliver a lecture from this series entitled, “A Trip Through Strawberry Fields,” which tells the story of the groundbreaking Beatles song, "Strawberry Fields Forever." Colorado College English Professor Steven Hayward spoke with Freiman about the lecture, and about how the music of this iconic band changed popular culture forever.

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2014 Picks
10:24 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Melissa's Top Ten for 2014

Melissa Rivell DJs the Saturday 12-2 am music mix.  In no particular order, here's ten favorites she's enjoyed from this year:

Spoon "They Want My Soul"
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas "Secret Evil"
TV On the Radio "Seeds"
The Bamboos "Fever In the Road"
Hollie Cook "Twice"
We Are Not A Glum Lot Self-titled EP
Echo & the Bunnymen "Meteorites"
Amasa Hines "All the World There Is"
King Tuff "Black Moon Spell"
Quantic "Magnetica"

Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Disney: It’s Not Just a Small World, After All

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For a landmark wedding anniversary one December, we did what many people do to celebrate an accomplishment. We went to Disney World.

We always meant to take the kids, but somehow it didn’t happen. And, actually, it wasn’t our idea. We thought Florida in December sounded good, and planned to visit relatives, among other things. They suggested spending a day at the theme park.

Disney, without kids, we asked? Sure, they said. People (like them) do it all the time!

So we went.

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2014 Picks
7:46 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bobby's Top Ten of 2014

DJ Bobby fills in from time to time here on KRCC. Here are his top ten picks for 2014:

1. MisterWives- Reflections
2. Ratatat- Beats
3. Prince- Art Official Age
4. Steel Pulse- African Holocaust
5. Noiseshaper- Reel to Reel
6. Scott Pilgrim Motion Picture Soundtrack
7. Mad Pudding- Grand Hotel
8. Fat Freddy's Drop- Blackbird
9. Bob Marley Legend Remixed
10. Odesza-In Return

2014 Picks
7:27 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Andrea Chalfin's One Musical Pick for 2014

I'm the News Director here at KRCC, but by this time, it should be no secret that I'm a pretty big music fan. There are a lot of albums I need to explore from this year, but I offer you my one pick:

Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman

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Culture
5:51 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The Middle Distance, 12.12.14: The Dark That We Must Blind

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It is nearly mid-December and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Lights twinkle on wreathes; shiny red bows crown doorways; cartoon reindeer and snowmen and Santas grin cheerfully from festive store windows.

The darkest day of the year approaches, the winter solstice, and candles in windows flicker against the black night.

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Pueblo
4:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Former Smelter Site in Pueblo Designated by EPA as Superfund Site

The former Colorado Smelter site in south Pueblo is now designated a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency. As KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports, this means the federal agency will investigate and clean up toxic waste in the area.

In 2010 state health department tests found elevated levels of lead and arsenic in properties surrounding the smelter - which closed more than 100 years ago.

The EPA’s Chris Wardell says residents have a variety of concerns about the Superfund listing, ranging from costs to the effect on real estate values.  

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Water
4:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Draft Water Plan for Colorado Unveiled

Governor Hickenlooper releases the draft water plan for the state. It's open now for public comments.

Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled a draft of the state’s first ever water plan on Wednesday. The goal is to create a comprehensive water strategy to protect rural farm economies and bring more water to millions of people along the Front Range.The plan has been a decade in the making and supporters say it will help the state meet water demands as the population grows.
 

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2014 Picks
8:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rooster Coop's Top Ten of 2014

Rooster Coop keeps you going from Monday late until 2 AM on Tuesday mornings. Here are his top picks from 2014, and a couple of honorable mentions:
 

1.    Milky Chance - Sadneccesary
2.    Broken Bells – After The Disco
3.    Alt-J – This Is All Yours
4.    Odesza- In Return
5.    Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
6.    Spoon – They Want My Soul
7.    Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
8.    Sylvan Esso – S/T
9.    Little Dragon- Nabuma Rubberband
10. Atmosphere- Southsiders

Honorable Mentions

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