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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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"
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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) Kelis---Rumble 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
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"