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

Capitol Coverage
8:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers to Consider Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Colorado is one of several states that will take up the issue of physician-assisted suicide. The topic is once again in the national spotlight with the recent death of Brittany Maynard. The terminally ill 29 year-old moved to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s Death with Dignity law.

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4:54 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pueblo Sees First Flu-Related Death; Vaccine Encouraged

Pueblo County Health officials say a resident there has died from issues related to the flu, and 60 have been hospitalized since October. Statewide, cases are occurring a month earlier in many locations. KRCC's Tucker Hampson reports. 

About 100 people have been hospitalized so far this year statewide as compared to 85 at this time last year.  Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist for the Colorado Department of Health, says a change in the flu virus may have lessened the vaccine effectiveness, but it’s still important.

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2014 Picks
8:23 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Vicky Gregor's Top Ten of 2014

Your friend and neighbor Vicky Gregor gets your musical morning started with the Morning Music Mix each weekday starting at 9 AM. In no particular order (just plain old excellent and there isn't room for the other 20), here are her top picks for 2014:

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Alt-J - This Is All Yours
Mark Lanegan - Phantom Radio/No Bells On Sunday
Caribou - Our Love
Gusgus - Mexico
Tosca - Outta Here
Beck - Morning Phase
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Ryley Walker - All Kinds Of You
Frazey Ford - Indian Ocean

2014 Picks
8:21 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jeff Bieri's Top Ten Blues Picks for 2014

Jeff Bieri hosts your afternoon music mix and also the Blue Plate Special each weekday at noon.  Here's Jeff's picks for top blues albums of 2014:

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens - Cold World
Johnny Winter - Step Back
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - the Devil You Know
Gary Clark Jr. - Live
Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child - It’s My Guitar
Clothesline Revival - Greatest Show on Mars
Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready
Robben Ford - a Day in Nashville
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin’ Home
John Hammond - Timeless

2014 Picks
8:17 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Monica's Top Ten of 2014

DJ Monica is one of the hosts of Monday night's Brickhouse, from 8-10PM.  Her top picks for 2014 are the following (in no particular order):

Little Dragon---Mirror
Prince---Breakfast Can Wait
Neneh Cherry---Blank Project
Cody Chesnutt---Sense of You (Jay West/Manuel Sahugan remix)
Anthony Valadez---Ghost Ridin'
Meshell Ndegeocello---Comet Come to Me
Tricky---Keep Me in Your Shake
Jose Gonzales---This is How We Walk on the Moon
Christian Gregory---Count on You

Some additional mentions:

2014 Picks
8:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Barbra's Top Ten for 2014

Barbra of Barbra's Wednesday Late Night Music Mix has picked these albums as her heavy rotation discs:

Alt-J "This is All Yours"
Caribou "Our Love"
Elbow "The Take Off and Landing of Everything"
Robyn Hitchcock "The Man Upstairs"
Bryan Ferry "Avonmore"
Prince "Art Official Age"
Beck "Morning Phase"
Neneh Cherry "Blank Project"
Jolie Holland "Wine Dark Sea"
Ryan Adams "Ryan Adams"

2014 Picks
8:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Bob Slade's Top Ten of 2014

Bob Slade hosts the Friday night "Retro-Fix," from 9 PM until midnight.  Here are his top new releases from 2014:

Cloud Nothings - "Here And Nowhere Else"
Bob Mould - "Beauty And Ruin"
Perfect Pussy - "Say Yes To Love"
Buzzcocks - "The Way"
The Raveonettes - "Pe'ahi"
Fucked Up - "Glass Boys"
Johnny Marr - "Playland"
Ty Seagull - "Manipulator"
Swingin' Utters - "Fistful Of Hollow"

Best Colorado:  The Roxy Suicide - "Joan Your Jett"

Capitol Coverage
7:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Restoration at the State Capitol

Restoration efforts inside the state capitol
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Colorado’s state capitol is getting a major upgrade. A two-year renovation of the building’s signature gold dome was recently completed – and on the inside, work is underway on both the House and Senate chambers. As with any remodeling project, workers have uncovered some interesting surprises along the way.

The state capitol opened in 1894 and several restoration projects have been undertaken since then. The most recent work began because of a radiator…

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2014 Picks
5:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Jason Lee's Top Ten for 2014

Jason Lee can be heard filling in on the KRCC airwaves.  Here's his Top Ten for 2014:

Swans - To Be Kind
Aphex Twin - Syro
Temples - Sun Structures
Ty Segall - $INGLE$ 2
Aaron Freeman - Freeman -   Note: Saw him at the Ogden
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight SunSpoon - They Want My Soul
Real Estate - Atlas
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official RightBeck - Morning Phase

Wish We Were Here
2:16 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Wish We Were Here, Episode 3: The Beginning of the End of Homelessness?

Charlene, one of the residents of Fort Lyon.
Credit Noel Black

At an old prison in southeastern Colorado, an experimental new program is working to help chronically homeless people from around the state rebuild their lives. In episode 3 of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Fort Lyon, and ask whether it could be the beginning of the end of homelessness as we know it. 

Want more from Wish We Were Here? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes HERE, and automatically get all the latest episodes and extras as they come out.

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2014 Picks
9:37 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Carter's Top Ten of 2014

Carter's show airs on Thursday nights into the wee hours of Friday morning, 11 PM until 2 AM.  Here are his Top Ten picks for 2014:

Les Claypool’s Duo du Twang: Four Foot Shack
The Black Keys: Turn Blue
Ty Segall: Manipulator
Primus: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
Pink Mountaintops:  Get Back
The Budos Band:  Burnt Offerings
Foxygen: …And Star Power
Jack White: Lazaretto
Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal

Phish: Fuego

Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun December 7, 2014


PHOTOS: Rick DuVal

The flotilla of fat blue and yellow inner tubes sorts itself into single file as we enter the first of five tunnels on our downhill journey through former irrigation ditches on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i.

The waterway’s banks are lined with tropical blossoms tucked into mosses and ferns. Sunlight flickers through the forest canopy.

Then, darkness.

In the tunnel, our tubes bounce off each other and the walls like blind bumper boats, causing them to spin uncontrollably, twirling downhill in the tepid water.

Then I hear someone screaming with laughter.

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The Middle Distance
9:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Middle Distance 12.3.14: Remembering Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

This week Colorado lost one of its finest native sons, but not really. Kent Haruf — born in Pueblo, raised on the eastern plains, schooled in Canon City and most recently a resident of Salida — died at his home last Sunday, but his legacy remains in the books he left behind.

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2014 Picks
5:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dick Fairley's Top Jazz Picks for 2014

Dick Fairley is known to KRCC listeners as host of the Classic Jazz Excursion, heard each Thursday night at 8:oo.  Here are his picks for the best jazz albums of 2014:

Sand Creek Massacre
6:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

In Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Sand Creek, Governor Hickenlooper Apologizes

Tribal leaders and others gather outside the state capitol to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper has apologized on behalf of the state of Colorado for the Sand Creek Massacre. The Massacre happened in the early morning of November 29th, 1864.  U.S. Calvary soldiers converged on a sleeping group of mostly women, children and elderly Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. The 150 year-old event is one of the most notable incidents of violence against Native Americans in the history of the west.

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Sand Creek
4:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Gov. Apologizes at Sand Creek Massacre 150th Commemoration Ceremony

A commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre took place today at the Capitol. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.

150 years ago on the eastern plains of Colorado, the US Army, led by Col. John Chivington, killed by some estimates 200 Cheyenne and Arapahoe, mostly women and children. Today at the Capitol was the final day of a healing ceremony, where Governor John Hickenlooper publicly apologized for the massacre.

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Public Safety
3:50 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Police Officers Hit by Car During Denver Ferguson March

Four Denver police officers were hit by a car while watching a high school demonstration protesting last week’s grand jury verdict in Ferguson.

The decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson sparked demonstrations across the country, including in Colorado Springs.  

In Denver, nearly 1,000 East High School students walked out of class Wednesday and marched to the capitol. Students say the actual march was not planned.   

Still, officers shut down streets so students could cross.

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Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
5:29 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Army Looks to Increase Intensity of Training Exercises at Maneuver Site

A sign at the entrance to the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site points the way to the public meeting.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Explosions, drones, and full-brigade size exercises with armored vehicles are all a part of the Army’s proposed Enhanced Readiness plan for its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. The goal is to get troops trained on new gear.  It’s a controversial plan that some say opens the door to expansion, a notion that’s long been a thorn in the side of many nearby residents.

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Colorado Springs
5:02 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Colorado Springs Council Accepting Applications for D2 Vacancy

Colorado Springs residents have until December 8th to apply for the council seat recently vacated by Joel Miller. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.

Applicants must live in District 2 [.pdf], be at least 25 years of age, and both a US citizen and registered voter. The new council member will be expected to attend numerous meetings and events and meet the required minimum 30-35 hours of work a month. 

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun November 30, 2014

SNOWSHOEING – Winter’s Quiet Sport

Bing Images

Our small band of trekkers chuff-chuff-chuff across a snowy meadow at 9,000 feet on a crisp winter morning. A cloudless cobalt canopy stretches from mountain range to mountain range.

A plump brown mouse darts across the crusted drifts, seeking a seed or other edible tidbit. A snowshoe rabbit, startled by the hikers, darts for better cover.

When the hikers stop, the only sound is their breathing.

This is snowshoeing -- winter’s quiet sport.

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The Middle Distance
4:46 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Middle Distance 11.28.14: All The Light We Used to Have

“McAllister House Interior” by Norman Sams, 1965. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 101-4758.

Nearly every wall of my mother’s house is lined with tables, bookcases, or a chest with drawers. And every time I come for a stay, I go through all of those drawers, one at a time.

Before the sun is up, Mama picks up the morning newspaper from the front porch, then pads down the carpeted hallway and pulls my bedroom door closed so I can sleep a little longer and she can fix her breakfast in peace. She feeds the dog a fried egg and makes a half pot of weak coffee, then reads the Galveston Daily News from front to back, clipping a recipe or a coupon if there’s a good one.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

PLIMOTH PLANTATION: The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Mayflower reproduction
PHOTOS: Rick DuVal

Thanksgiving automatically brings to mind all the stories we learned in school about how the Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom, landed on Plymouth Rock and were saved from starvation by friendly Indians.

Much of what we think we know is wrong. Or at least off-kilter.

“The story we get about the Pilgrims was actually constructed by the Victorians, after the Civil War,” says Kathleen Curtin, former historian at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass.

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Connecting the Drops
11:17 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Farming the Ogallala

A center pivot irrigation system near Wray, CO
Credit Shelley Schlender

Most Colorado cities and farms get water from snowmelt in the Rockies. That’s not the case in Northeastern Colorado. This food-producing powerhouse depends on an ancient, underground reservoir called the Ogallala.

Ever since the Ice Ages, the Ogallala’s been slowly accumulating water. Modern farmers, though, pump so much water that this “timeless” aquifer is starting to run out. Someday up ahead, Northeast Colorado may have to curtail some crops, and some farm towns might become ghost towns.

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The Middle Distance
5:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Middle Distance 11.21.14: Word to the Birdman

There are plenty of good reasons to see the Alejandro Inarritu film Birdman, currently enjoying the kind of pre-Oscar buzz that, once you’ve seen the movie, will make you giggle.

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Pueblo's Arkansas River Levee
2:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Work on Pueblo Levee Project Faces Slight Delay

Looking downriver at the Arkansas River and Pueblo Levee Mural near the 4th Street Bridge.
Credit Shanna Lewis / KRCC

The start of a massive repair project on the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is being delayed until December due to historic preservation concerns and some delays in the funding.

The project’s consulting engineer Kim Kock says the state historic preservation officer has said the levee could be deemed historic because it was constructed in response to the deadly 1921 floods and used methods of that time period.

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Black Forest Fire
4:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Black Forest Fire Cause Undetermined; No Criminal Charges

Investigators say there’s not enough evidence to file charges in connection with last year’s devastating Black Forest Fire.

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Capitol Conversation
5:07 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Capitol Conversation: A Divided Statehouse

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Colorado's statehouse will have divided control in January. Republicans gained a one-seat majority in the state senate, while Democrats held onto their house majority. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about what that means for some key issues lawmakers hope to tackle.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Souvenirs: Beyond T-Shirts

Credit Google Images

 On an end table in my living room sits a chubby, six-inch-high blue pottery owl with huge eyes. His name is Bernard.

Bernard was also the name of the slightly plump, doe-eyed waiter who brought us strong coffee and a genuine smile every morning on a trip to Cancun some years ago. When I saw the owl, reasonably priced in the hotel gift shop, I had to have him. Twenty years later, every time I pass by him, I think of how friendly and sweet our waiter—and the people of Cancun – were.

Now, that’s a souvenir.

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The Middle Distance
5:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Middle Distance 11.14.14: Migrants

“Vietnamese Girl” by Alvaro Cardona-Hine, Cardona-Hine Gallery, Truchas, New Mexico (

I was reunited with a friend this week. From the time we last parted ways — the fall of 2007 — until now, she has lived in Denver and I have moved from Colorado to south Texas and back.

She exists as a painting, a portrait made some 30 years ago on the frozen plains outside St. Paul, Minnesota, by an artist born in Costa Rica, relocated to the midwest via Los Angeles. Her face betrays her Asian roots — Vietnamese, relocated to the United States after fleeing her homeland in a boat.

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