Andrea Chalfin

News Director

Andrea came to KRCC in 2008 by way of Missouri. She’s responsible for KRCC’s overall news presence, and oversees a cadre of freelancers and students.  Her award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC. The Ohio native loves music and media, food, and the open road; it’s also not uncommon to see her taking a walk through downtown Colorado Springs.  Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaChalfin.

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Local News
7:52 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Warming Shelters in Colorado Springs, Black Forest

Update 12/05/13: The Red Cross Shelter in Black Forest has closed. Only one resident stayed on Dec. 3rd, and no residents on the 4th.
 

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Healthy Conversation
8:36 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Healthy Conversation: Alzheimer’s Disease

The Centers for Disease Control says Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.  KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined this month by Major Douglas Langford, a neurologist at Fort Carson.  They start by defining what Alzheimer’s is and how it’s different from other forms of dementia, or even just getting older.
 

For more information:

Centers for Disease Control: Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Association
 

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Local News
7:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set

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El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is disputing statements made by Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey that this summer’s wildfire that destroyed more than 500 homes and killed two people was caused by humans and "likely intentional."  

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7:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Take Peek Behind the Curtain

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Ever wonder how local news and information blends into national programming like Morning Edition and All Things Considered? Take a peek behind the public radio curtain...
The latest 99% Invisible is a public radio geek's dream -- a behind-the-scenes look at the 'broadcast clocks' of public radio shows. Reporter Julia Barton goes behind a live broadcast of All Things Considered , and gives you a feeling for the roiling anxiety and fear that goes into the production process behind getting public radio, the gentlest sounding of media, out on time.
10:42 am
Wed October 30, 2013

If State Boundaries were Based on Watersheds

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"In 1879, [adventurer and geologist John Wesley] Powell proposed that 'as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries.'"
This map shows what America would look like if it followed its watersheds. It's an America designed to use water more efficiently, and reduce state conflicts over water. Think state conflicts over water aren't a big deal? Then you don't know that Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are engaged in a massive battle over their water sources.
Local News
7:35 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill

A sign alerts drivers to the pending evacuation drill.
Andrea Chalfin

Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood evacuation drill for residents of Broadmoor Bluffs over the weekend.  Fire officials say that neighborhood has stepped up mitigation efforts in the past year and a half, but because of topography, the amount of fuels, and housing density, Broadmoor Bluffs is one of the highest risk neighborhoods in the city’s wildland urban interface.  KRCC News embedded with first responders and a family that chose to participate in the drill.  We start with reporter Kate Dunn.

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Healthy Conversation: Prescription Medications

Many people are prescribed medications to treat different kinds of conditions, and it’s not always about simply feeling better.  For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC's Andrea Chalfin is joined by Dr. Steven Lang, a family physician at Fort Carson to talk about prescription medications.

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Local News
8:33 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is still in Colorado working with counties, including El Paso, to assist with recovery efforts.  So far, the agency has approved more than 38 million dollars in assistance across the counties declared major federal disasters after last month’s devastating floods.  Renee Bafalis is the FEMA Public Information Officer assigned to El Paso County, and she came by the KRCC studios to talk about their efforts.  KRCC's Andrea Chalfin began by asking about the availability of assistance, despite the government shutdown.
 

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Local News
9:34 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

USAFA Officials: Shutdown is 'Completely Disruptive'

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, addresses the press about the government shutdown.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

With more than 1000 civilians furloughed at the United States Air Force Academy, officials there are calling the government shutdown 'completely disruptive.'

Almost 20% of specialized academic courses are suspended, and others combined.  Other activities are curtailed. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says operationally, while things like safety and medical continue, they’re having to account for some of the basics of life, like laundry and toilet paper.

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7:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Colorado's Poet Laureate and his Four-Year Road Trip

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Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason, also a Colorado College professor, has a goal to bring poetry to every county in the Centennial State.
  • Source: Hcn
  • | Via: High Country News
Bringing poetry to an entire state, one county at a time. Colorado has 64 counties. Some are mountainous and often buried underneath snow; others are flat and dry, spotted with cattle and the shadows of clouds. One might be home to tumbleweeds, another to skyscrapers, and a third to hard-core libertarians, spandex-clad bicyclists, whitewater, gamblers, gold mines, poverty or black bears. Despite their diversity, every county in the state, from Arapahoe to Yuma, has one thing in common: Poetry
Local News
5:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

El Paso County Reports First West Nile Case

El Paso County health officials are confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county this year.

A man has been diagnosed with the virus in what Dr. Bill Letson, the El Paso County Public Health Medical Diretor, calls a pretty average year for incident rates.  

There may be one or two more cases, according to Letson, but mosquito activity is winding down.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available

El Paso is among the three additional counties added to the federal Major Disaster Declaration after last week’s devastating flooding.  That brings the total number of counties eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seven.  

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Flood Coverage
7:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought

Recent flood waters have left behind plenty of damage, but there is one silver lining. Rains recharged the soil, which the 2012 drought left bone dry. KUNC’s Luke Runyon has more…

While there are still pockets of dry areas in the state, the drought has been almost completely wiped out in the foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado. State climatologist Nolan Doesken says these types of weather extremes happen. Colorado may have been drenched in rain, but Doesken says that can change in a matter of months.

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Local News
11:52 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs

Update, Sat 11:30 AM: ​The boil advisory is now lifted.

Update, Fri 5:15 PM: The boil advisory for Manitou Springs is still in effect, but for certain neighborhoods only. The city says the lower section of Crystal Hills Boulevard and Vias Subdivisions require some follow-up testing, which is expected to be complete tomorrow morning. Other areas, including the downtown business district, are no longer under the boil advisory.

Streets specifically affected by the continuing boil water advisory are:

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Public Safety
10:24 am
Mon September 16, 2013

CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale

Update, 11:48 am: The suspect is in custody. Advisory lifted.


Update, 11:38 am: The affected schools Colorado Springs School District 11 are no longer on lockdown, with the exception of Community Prep.

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Local News
7:49 am
Mon September 16, 2013

CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed

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Update, 7:00 PM Monday: CDOT has reopened Manitou Avenue to traffic at the U.S. 24 interchange.  In addition, the ramps from U.S. 24 to Manitou Avenue are open. The culvert has been cleared of debris, and CDOT will continue to monitor it.

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Connecting the Drops
1:47 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC

Connecting the Drops

The Colorado River dominates much of the water landscape in our state and throughout the Western US.  Join us today, Sunday, September 15th at 5 PM for a special statewide call-in program about the Colorado River.  We'll be joined by listeners of other community public radio stations across the state. It's part of "Connecting the Drops" our year-long series about water.  A special statewide call-in program on the Colorado River, Sunday, Sept. 15th at 5 PM on KRCC.
Learn more about Connecting the Drops here.

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Local News
7:10 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments

Colorado Springs officials have released initial damage assessments following this week's flooding.  Officials note that potential rain this weekend may produce further damaging incidents, and assessments will be ongoing.  Their list is as follows:

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs

Damage assessments are underway in Colorado Springs as heavy rains continue to move through the Pikes Peak region and throughout the Front Range. Officials are urging residents to remain aware of weather conditions as rain is predicted throughout the weekend.
 

Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters says the city and regional partners have been preparing for these kinds of events for some time now, and it’s important to stay prepared.

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Local News
12:46 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Heavy Rains Compromise Post-Waldo Flood Mitigation Efforts

At the Incident Command Center in Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

The White House has approved an emergency declaration for flooding throughout the Front Range, making federal aid available to communities hardest hit by recent heavy rains.  As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, while Northern Colorado has so far borne the brunt of the damages, post-Waldo Canyon fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County have largely come undone.

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Local News
5:57 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Rains Pummel Front Range

Outside the Incident Command Center in Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon, in between rain storms.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for the Waldo Canyon burn area until 8:30 PM Thu 09/12/13.

Officials have their eyes to the sky as heavy rains continue to hit much of the Front Range.  Manitou Springs has had an Incident Command Center open off and on since 9:00 last night.  The ICC is open again this afternoon as officials stay ready for more rain.

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Local News
7:21 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Body Recovered from Fountain Creek

Emergency responders in Colorado Springs recovered the body of an adult male early this morning from Fountain Creek after heavy rains overnight. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department noticed a body in the water near Nevada and Las Vegas Streets while conducting flood patrols and notified the city’s fire department.  The Heavy Rescue Team recovered the remains shortly before 5 this morning.  Identification and official cause of death are pending.  A flash flood watch remains in effect for El Paso and Teller Counties through midnight.

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Local News
4:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Voters Oust Morse, Giron

Voters ousted two Democratic state lawmakers yesterday in the first ever recall elections of state legislators.  The recalls come in the wake of new gun legislation passed earlier this year. 
 

Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs conceded around 9:30, calling the defeat symbolic.  Morse was unapologetic over his stance on the new gun control measures, and says it was worth the political risk.

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Local News
7:06 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Polling Centers Open in Recall Elections

Voters who live in Senate District 11 in El Paso County can start heading to four polling centers at 8 this morning to cast early ballots in the special recall election. Included locations are the Main Office at the Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods, Southeast at Powers and Airport, downtown Colorado Springs on Cascade, and another on North Union.  Three other locations are scheduled to open on Monday.

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Local News
10:41 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kum & Go Cancels Plans to Buy Goodwill Building

A contentious real estate transaction in Old Colorado City is now a thing of the past as Iowa-based Kum & Go announced this morning that it's canceling plans to purchase property from Goodwill between 23rd and 24th Streets.

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RMCR News
5:18 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Portions of Pikes Peak Closed this Week

Portions of Pikes Peak will be closed this week to shoot the next installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Another closure is expected this fall, as Hyundai is scheduled to shoot a car commercial there. Donald Zuckerman is the Colorado Film commissioner. He says that before the film incentive program, Colorado wasn’t even being considered by the movie industry.

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Local News
9:37 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Sights and Sounds of the Colorado State Fair

Vegetables are prepped for judging at the Colorado State Fair.
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The Colorado State Fair is well underway in Pueblo.  KRCC's Andrea Chalfin went down to catch some of the judging, from produce to rabbits and Pet Rock Olympics. But of course, the State Fair also has rides and games.  Here’s an audio postcard of some of the sights and sounds of the Colorado State Fair.

The Colorado State Fair runs through September 2nd, in Pueblo.

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Local News
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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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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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.
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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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