Holly Pretsky

KRCC News Freelancer

After spending the better part of her senior year interning in the KRCC Newsroom, Holly liked it so much she decided to stick around for a bit.  Holly graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a Creative Writing major and a minor in Spanish.  She's a Colorado native and loves donuts, acting, speaking new languages, and improv.

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Three varieties of industrial hemp seed are the first to attain certification from the state for widespread use.  They meet the requirements to produce mature plants with less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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Pearl Harbor survivor and Colorado Springs resident Lt. Jim Downing is visiting Hawaii to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the infamous attack. 

In a presentation at Lewis Palmer Middle School before departing for Hawaii, 103-year-old Lt. Jim Downing said the first emotion he experienced as Pearl Harbor was attacked was surprise. He went on, "the next thing that I experienced was fear."

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As the city works to stabilize the Sand Creek stormwater channel, engineers are looking for creative ways to make the structures even more useful. One idea is to create a trail for fat bikes. Those have particularly wide tires that can traverse sand and leave little impact.

US Department of Energy / Screengrab: Better Buildings Challenge SWAP

The U.S. Air Force Academy is engaging in some friendly competition with the Naval Academy in Maryland to see who can become more energy efficient. It's all part of a Department of Energy reality show called Better Buildings Challenge SWAP.

Colorado Army National Guard / Flickr

A recent realignment means a regiment of the Colorado Army National Guard is now part of the historic 10th Mountain Division.

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Colorado parks have seen an increase in traffic in recent years as the state population grows, and has scheduled several meetings to discuss the fiscal challenges that presents.

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Colorado Springs now has the tagline "Olympic City USA," branding that suggests it's a haven for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The city has a reputation for being fit, but health indicators show that for many residents, that may not be the case.

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The new National Cybersecurity Center's first ever cybersecurity conference wrapped up Tuesday at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation recently split more than $118,000 among four different health-related collaborative efforts in the Pikes Peak Region.

Deborah Bathke / National Drought Mitigation Center

Colorado residents have been enjoying unusually warm weather so far this fall, but that means drought conditions throughout the state.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of Colorado in some state of dry or drought conditions.  That's compared to about 20% last year at this time.

Mark Wankowski is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pueblo. He says we're likely to have snow in the northern mountains this winter, but it will probably stay dry in the southern part of the state.

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A march in Colorado Springs that began at Colorado College today was one of several across the country in response to Republican Donald Trump's presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Jake Brownell, Holly Pretsky / 91.5 KRCC

Both the El Paso County Democrats and the El Paso County Republicans held watch parties at the Antlers Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs last night. There was surprise on both sides, as Donald Trump gained the electoral advantage over the course of the evening.  

A new report released Thursday outlines how Colorado Springs can become a more age-friendly city.

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Still need to cast that ballot?  For many voters in Colorado, it's a long one.  If you're still weighing state issues, 91.5 KRCC wants to help.  Here you will find information and links on how to vote, as well as information on the nine statewide issues facing Colorado residents this November.

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A candlelight vigil Tuesday honored the memory of Christy Galella, Andrew Myers, and Jennifer Vasquez, the three victims of last year's Halloween shootings in Colorado Springs. 

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Colorado residents have until Monday to register to vote online in order to receive their ballots in the mail.

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Colorado Springs City Council approved increases in utility rates for residents and could approve another increase for 2017.

Botvin LifeSkills

There's a new drug-use prevention program aimed at middle schoolers in Pueblo. The new program comes from Botvin LifeSkills, a national organization that focuses on substance abuse prevention. The program will be implemented throughout Pueblo County's School District 70 middle schools this fall.

Colorado is receiving a $12 million grant to assist youth and their families with serious mental, emotional, and behavioral issues. 

Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future

A recently released sustainability report celebrates environmental and cultural action in the Pikes Peak region.   

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Motorists and cyclists can expect to see new, buffered bike lanes on Research Parkway in northern Colorado Springs this week, and a community bike-ride on Saturday marks the official launch.

Hippos Hit the Road

Sep 30, 2016
courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's two hippopotomuses, Zambezi and Kasai, will be taking an extended vacation beginning in early October.

Deric Stowell / Courtesy Daneya Esgar

The Pueblo Chile Growers' Association and Pueblo County are working together to get a new Colorado license plate approved that would feature the Pueblo chile.

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Hundreds of cyclists passed through southeast Colorado this past weekend for the fifth annual Pedal the Plains ride.

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The fifth annual Pedal the Plains bike ride is set to begin Friday in Ordway. The three-day 150-mile ride will take place in the Lower Arkansas River Valley this year, passing through Ordway, Fowler and La Junta.

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Some blood donation centers around Colorado Springs are reporting low supplies and asking the community to donate.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Smith, 4th Inf. Div. PAO / Flickr/Creative Commons

A recently released survey shows community members in the Pikes Peak region have few concerns about living near military installations. 

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers gave the 145th annual "State of the City" address at the Broadmoor Thursday.

Mayor Suthers called on state leaders to expand a section Interstate 25 between Denver and Colorado Springs. He also acknowledged the pain caused by two shootings that happened in the city last fall.

Another topic was jobs. 

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A new partnership aims to preserve four farms in Rocky Ford, totaling more than 660 acres.

New conservation easements between farmers Bart and David Mendenhall and the Palmer Land Trust will help ensure the water from their farms can never be sold off.

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The Colorado State Fair officially opened August 25th in Pueblo. Saturday, hundreds of high school students crowded in to perform at the annual marching band competition. KRCC's Holly Pretsky attended the event and other traditional fair activities, and brought back this audio postcard.  

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