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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Soda and Whiskey

Why have one cute poodle when you could have two? Hi! We are Soda and Whiskey, a pair of 9-year-old neutered poodle brothers! We are in great shape for our age, and we can’t wait to come to your house for our well-deserved retirement. We aren’t as young as we used to be, and we would prefer a quiet older household that matches our calm disposition. Adopt us today!

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The Middle Distance
4:52 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Middle Distance 8.22.14: The Long, Slow Crawl of Baseball

When we were kids, the long, slow crawl of baseball colored our summer afternoons. Red clay dirt. Freshly drawn baselines of powdered white chalk. Little League Cardinals in red and white; Orioles in orange Pirates in green. Fingers stained by Pixi-Stix from the concession stand.

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Capitol Coverage
4:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oil & Gas Task Force Delayed

The Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force charged with coming up with new recommendations for the energy industry is getting off to a slower than anticipated start. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
 

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Local News
8:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Road Closures for USA Pro Challenge to Start Wednesday

The USA Pro Challenge makes its way to Colorado Springs on Thursday for Stage 4. Cyclists will start at the Broadmoor and make their way through downtown before heading up to Garden of the Gods. They'll repeat the downtown to Garden of the Gods circuit four times for a total of 70 miles.

In preparation, road closures will begin on Wednesday, with various reopening times on Thursday.

Roads closures Wednesday start at 9:00 AM:

Tejon between Kiowa and Colorado
Pikes Peak between Cascade and Nevada

5:00 PM Wednesday:

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Amber

Amber is a fossil known for its color and natural beauty, and the same (besides the fossil part of course) could be said for me! I'm Amber, a 10-month-old spayed grey longhair. I can be a little shy when you first meet me; I was a stray before coming to HSPPR, so I will need a little help from you in getting used to the family life. But once I am used to my new surroundings, I am a purrbox who will love you forever!

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Pueblo: City of Unexpected Treasures

PHOTOS: Rick DuVal

If you haven’t been to the Colorado State Fair, then you probably also haven’t visited Pueblo much, either.

You should … do both, I mean.

Pueblo may be the most overlooked and underestimated destination in the state.

The fair is the perfect excuse to go to the Steel City. It runs from Aug. 22 to Labor Day, Sept. 1, and includes a carnival, live concerts by famous artists, Western culture, a rodeo and all the trappings. And don’t miss out on the alarmingly unhealthy but tasty fair food!

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KRCC Concerts
11:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

~ SEPTEMBERAMA ~

              *an entire month of free, family friendly festivals with music, arts and culture*

COMMONWHEEL FESTIVAL

Labor Day Weekend 

www.commonwheel.com

INDY MUSIC AWARDS

Thursday September 4th

www.csindy.com

WHAT IF FESTIVAL

Saturday September 6th

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Local News
8:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Black Forest Fire Chief 'No Longer Employed'

Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey is apparently no longer with the department. A statement from the fire district says Chief Harvey cleared his personal items out of his office on Wednesday. Harvey has been on medical leave since early June, and the Board of Directors was looking to schedule a meeting with him to discuss his condition and his intentions.  The board then learned Harvey had said elsewhere that he was no longer employed.

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Connecting the Drops
8:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Colorado's Water Plan

Sunset at McPhee Reservoir near Cortez. The reservoir provides crucial irrigation and municipal water to the Four Corners region.
Credit Colorado Foundation for Water Education

It’s been over a year since Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan.  It won’t be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions.  The process is well underway, with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December.
 

Mike Preston, manager of the Delores Water Conservancy District, which stores and delivers water from the Delores River, stands next to an irrigation outlet on McPhee Reservoir, near Cortez. 

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The Middle Distance
5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Middle Distance 8.15.14: How Much Is Enough?

 

This mid-August morning, the cool air already begins to hint at fall. The light is soft and gray. The only sound is the crunch of gravel as I walk down the alley, green bucket in hand, to the garden I tend, about a block away from where I now live.

Until just a month ago, I lived in the tall house that shades the garden. Now I’m a daily visitor there, slipping through the back gate while everyone in the house is still sleeping, a venture that makes me feel secretive, like a kid spying on her parents. 

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Drought
4:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Colorado Drought Conditions Improve; 'Exceptional' Classification Lifted

U. S. Drought Monitor
Credit Richard Tinker / NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC

Drought conditions in Colorado have seen another week of slight improvements across the state, and the worst category of drought has disappeared altogether.  One week ago, about .5% of Colorado was classified as “Exceptional Drought,” all in southeastern Colorado.  Now, that area is categorized under  “Extreme Drought.” One year ago, 3% of the state was listed as “Exceptional Drought.” 

The U. S. Drought Monitor currently shows normal conditions across 60% of Colorado.  One year ago, that number was 1.5%.

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Manitou Incline
4:32 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Manitou Incline Closing For Repairs Aug 18

Manitou Incline
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

The Manitou Incline will close in mid August for trail maintenance. As KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports, the heavily traveled path is showing the effects of use and Mother Nature.

The work will include repairing damaged retaining walls, unclogging culverts, and rerouting the connecting trail between the Incline and the Barr Trail.

Sarah Bryarly is a landscape architect for the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department and the Project Manager for the Incline reconstruction. She says the repairs are focused on protecting the incline from runoff.

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Southwest Chief
3:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Southwest Chief Commission Prepares to Meet

Credit Maggie Spencer / KRCC

Colorado’s commission to look at preserving Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line is gearing up to start its meetings. 

The commission’s been tasked with coordinating efforts to try and save the line, which faces possible rerouting out of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico if necessary infrastructure upgrades aren’t completed.

Jim Souby is the President of the Colorado Rail Passenger Association, and was appointed to the commission to represent the tourism industry.

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Ruth

Hi, I'm Ruth, a sweet little kitty with amazing eyes. This 3-year-old spayed longhair came in as a stray, but I seem very happy in the laps of my favorite people! I can be a little bit shy when you first meet me, but once I'm done exploring and getting used to my surroundings, I will come right over and ask you for a headscratch. Come meet this beauty today!

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Riding the Rails in Colorado

PHOTOS by Rick DuVal

Few sounds evoke Colorado’s history more than the mournful call of a train whistle echoing through a canyon.

It was by train that many settlers and miners came here, and commerce got its foothold on the state. It was by train that schoolteachers, preachers and families traveled to create such communities as Georgetown, Durango, Silverton – even Denver and Colorado Springs.

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Wildfire Mitigation
7:06 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Bureau of Land Management Looks at New Fire Managment Plan

The Bureau of Land Management is finalizing an updated fire management plan for the Front Range. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
 

The Royal Gorge office has divided the Front Range into Northeast and Royal Gorge planning areas, with the latter including Las Animas, Pueblo, and Fremont Counties. Changes to the fire management plan include more thinning, seeding and controlled burns. Ed Skerjanec is the Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Bureau. He says the new plan looks to be more flexible and widespread:

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Capitol Coverage
9:28 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Capitol Conversation: Oil & Gas Deals

Bente Birkeland

Now that Governor John Hickenlooper and Democratic Congressman Jared Polis have reached a deal to avoid an expensive fight at the ballot box over oil and gas drilling, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the next steps. She talks to statehouse reporters about what the deal means politically and the likelihood of a legislative compromise succeeding.
 

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The Middle Distance
8:05 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The Middle Distance, 8.8.14: The Soundtrack of Their Lives

If aging is letting go of adulthood and entering a whole new phase of life, a visit from an adult child can bring that reality into focus. Last week my daughter and her husband visited, and I experienced another in a long series of identity tweaks out here in the middle distance. I hadn’t yet let go of the mothering role I served with my kids for nearly 40 years, organizing their days and meals together, deciding what we would eat and when. As I watched my daughter, her brother and their significant others arrange their days and their meals, I felt part of myself quietly floating away.

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Energy
5:10 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Colorado Dismisses Lawsuit Against Longmont's Oil and Gas Rules

State energy regulators have dropped their lawsuit against the city of Longmont for adopting stricter oil and gas rules that Colorado officials argued infringed on the state’s rights. Bente Birkeland has more…

Meanwhile, a judge in Fort Collins today ruled that that city's ban on fracking violates state law.

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Southwest Chief
7:30 am
Wed August 6, 2014

A Funding Quandary: Who Should Pay to Save the Southwest Chief?

Amtrak's Southwest Chief pulls into the Raton, NM station in May.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long-distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles along the Mountain Route of the historic Santa Fe Trail.  Along the way, it knits together rural communities, like La Junta, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico and connects them to larger cities, like Albuquerque and Kansas City.  The route is at risk though.

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Capitol Coverage
4:41 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Oil & Gas Ballot Fight Avoided

Colorado will avoid a costly ballot fight this November over oil and gas drilling. One day after Democratic Congressman Jared Polis said he would pull the two anti-fracking ballot initiatives he’s backing, industry groups are following suit dropping a pair of pro oil and gas proposals. As Bente Birkeland reports, the agreement will still have ramifications for the political season.
 

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Member Event
2:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

KRCC STAR PARTY

NIGHT SKY FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27TH
Credit EARTH & SKY

It's a proven scientific fact that the KRCC universe would not exist without its members. We'd like to extend our universal thanks by inviting you to a little star party we're throwing in our backyard (912 N. Weber) on Wednesday, August 27th. Weather permitting, from 8 - 10pm that evening, members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will be on hand to share some night sky wonders. Thanks to them, and also thanks to our old friends at Earth & Sky for providing this image depicting a special celestial treat  in the sky that evening.

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Energy
1:43 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Oil & Gas Deal Creates Task Force, Seeks Withdraw of Ballot Initiatives

Congressman Jared Polis and Governor John Hickenlooper announce a deal on oil and gas to avoid a costly fight at the ballot box.
Credit Bente Bikeland / RMCR

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis said he would call on the withdrawal of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives he’s backing so the state can try to craft a legislative solution. He said he made the decision in the last few days, “I’ve said that from the very start my personal preference is to address these issues legislatively.”

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Culture
6:00 am
Sun August 3, 2014

LITTLETON: Still a little town

Credit Photo from communityexpert.com

Once upon a time, there was a little town southwest of Denver that served as the hub for a farming community. Founded by a surveyor-turned-entrepreneur, Richard Little, he named it for himself: Littleton.

The town grew. Denver grew. Eventually their boundaries merged. But Littleton has retained its own unique personality despite its becoming what is commonly thought of as a Denver suburb.

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KRCC Concerts
5:37 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

the MANI-FEST

MO MUNGUS, MIKE CLARK AND THE SUGAR SOUNDS, THE REMINDERS, AND EUFORQUESTRA will all be playing on the KRCC Stage in Manitou's Memorial Park on Sunday Semptember 21st for MANI-FEST.

Check out www.manifestcolorado.com for full festival details.

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KRCC Concerts
5:30 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

KRCC presents NICKEL CREEK

Nickel Creek will be in concert at the Pikes Peak Center Saturday August 30th.

KRCC members be listening to win tickets.

KRCC Concerts
5:28 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

KRCC presents B.B. KING

The legendary BB King will be playing the Pikes Peak Center Thursday August 14th.

KRCC members be listening to win tickets.

KRCC Concerts
5:09 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

THIRD WORLD

Reggae greats THIRD WORLD in concert in Armstong Hall, Thursday October 2nd, at 7:30pm.

Tickets on sale now! -  $12 for students and  KRCC members . $16 general public.

Tickets available at KRCC, or on line at Ticketfly.com

KRCC Concerts
4:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

JAD ABUMRAD of Radio Lab

Join us for an evening with Jad Abumrad and his investigation into the science, philosophy and art of uncertainty

Monday October 13th, 7:30 pm.   

A pre-show meet and greet opportunity with Jad is available to sustaining members of KRCC.

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Capitol Coverage
7:06 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for Colorado Driver's Licenses

Starting today Colorado residents who are in the country illegally can apply to get a state driver’s license. The Democratic controlled legislature passed the law in 2013. Ten other states have similar laws already on the books.
 

Undocumented immigrants must first prove that they’ve lived in Colorado for the last two years and have paid state and federal taxes. They’ll also have to show an ID from their home country such as a passport, and sign an affidavit pledging to apply for legal status.

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