The city of Colorado Springs is continuing steps in smoothing over a contentious stormwater issue with its southern neighbor.  City Council yesterday passed a resolution allowing Mayor John Suthers to put $150,000 toward funding a restoration master plan for the Monument Creek Watershed.  Monument Creek flows into Fountain Creek.  High flows there have been causing problems for Pueblo downstream.

Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki says he's been working with Mayor Suthers to address the chronic issue, adding that he's satisfied with the efforts thus far.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Sippriano

Jul 29, 2015

Are you a Jack Russell kind of dog lover? Well, I am the best of the best! I'm Sippriano. This beautiful girl came in on the Rescue Rover from one of HSPPR's transfer partners. I was missing my right eye when I got here, but I don’t seem to be in any pain. I also had a large mass on my left hind leg. HSPPR's staff veterinarians removed the mass and let me recover in the hospital for a week or two. And now this social girl is ready to meet my new family! I'm a little calmer than most Jack Russells, but I still have that take-charge attitude.

Trinidad is the first of nine communities announced as a beneficiary of a new state-run rural artist program.

The $50 million program called Space to Create, Colorado is an effort of Colorado Creative Industries and other foundations to provide affordable housing for artists.

CCI Director Margaret Hunt says areas with strong art communities are magnets for economic development. Hunt adds they're purposely selecting small towns.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Bella and Rusty

Jul 28, 2015

Hi there! We're Bella and Rusty, 8, are an elderly pair of Australian cattle dogs looking for a brand new home where we can spend the rest of their lives together! The volunteers at HSPPR absolute love us, and we love getting treats from them. We can be a little nervous in new situations, so we would do better in a more mature home. Come adopt us today! 

A testing and manufacturing center for rocket propulsion is launching in Pueblo.

The project from Centennial-based United Launch Alliance is for a next generation rocket called the Vulcan. The company is looking to commercialize space access and help make it more cost-efficient.

The facility will create 34 new jobs in Pueblo that are expected to generate around $19 million yearly in revenue for the local economy. 

Pueblo Economic Development Corporation President Jack Rink says the impact could be even bigger.

Altair-nating brightness

Jul 27, 2015

  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Previously we talked about two of the three stars that make up the summer triangle, Vega and Deneb. Today let’s finish off the triangle by talking about the last star in the group, Altair. Altair is the southernmost member of the triangle.

Mike Peters, Executive Director of the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation

A near century-old refurbished Wurlitzer organ gets an unveiling this weekend.  

The historic instrument moved around Walsenburg through the years, but returned to its original home at the Fox Theatre in the 90’s. The Pikes Peak Area Theatre Organ Society refurbished the rare instrument in a project that took six years to complete.

Don Wick with the society says the theater organ in Walsenburg is rare because it has a piano component, and only a few of this type are left.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Dizzy

Jul 24, 2015

Need a sweet, playful kitty for your house? I would like to submit my application! Hi, I'm Dizzy, a 5-year-old spayed black and white longhair. I'm not exactly the over-cuddly type, but I love hanging out with my people, especially if they come bearing treats and boxes! I also love getting attention – IF the attention is on my terms of course. I couldn’t stay with my family because they had to move, so now I am looking for a new family that will keep me safe and loved for the rest of my life. Come adopt me today!

High winds have caused the closure of some recreational areas on National Forest land in Douglas County.

The Devils Head Fire Tower, campground, trailhead, and picnic area were closed after a blowdown occurred in the South Platte Ranger District of Pike National Forest.

The historic fire Tower is the only original Front Range lookout tower still in use today.

The damaged area covers around six acres of aspen, spruce, and Douglas-fir trees. Crews are assessing damages and working to remove fallen trees and dangerous snags from the area.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Lucy and Ricky

Jul 23, 2015

Hello! We’re the Ricardos, Lucy and Ricky! Lucy is about 3 years old, Ricky is about 1 year old, and we are both Chihuahuas. We were adopted once but returned due to allergies in the family. We are so used to being with each other that HSPPR doesn’t want to separate us. Ricky here. I’m not grumpy at all, though Lucy, as per her character, is a little more outgoing and friendly than I am. But I warm up quickly, and if you have a home big enough for two, we would be two adorable new additions. Please give us a new home together where we can stay in safety for the rest of our lives!

Born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, Emily Dickinson and Helen Hunt Jackson attended the same primary school, and received similar educational instruction in Philosophy, History, Botany and Latin. Later in life, Jackson, residing in Colorado Springs, would begin a correspondence with Dickinson after being introduced to her work by Atlantic Monthly Editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson. In this correspondence, Jackson would implore the reclusive Dickinson to share her work. With the exception of getting one poem of Dickinson's published anonymously, Jackson was largely unsuccessful.

Daisy McGowan is the Director and Curator at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs. For GOCA's second biennial exhibition Bright Young Things, McGowan aims to reflect the diverse background of emerging artists working in the Colorado Front Range Corridor. The show will run from July 10th until August 29th, and feature collaborative performance, ceramics, photography, painting and work in other media from 8 artists.

On any summer weekend, a visit to one of the Pikes Peak region's many open spaces proves just how popular and valuable Colorado Springs' natural recourses are. In last week's episode of The Big Something, Susan Davies, Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, and "Hiking" Bob Falcone, President of the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon sat down with Noel Black to discuss trail work, future projects, and what makes Colorado Springs' access to the outdoors so special. 

A burned American flag was discovered on a statue in front of Colorado Springs City Hall early Tuesday morning, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.  An investigation revealed the flag to be the one typically displayed in front of City Hall. 

Investigators with the department have checked surveillance cameras to no avail, says CSPD Public Information Officer Lieutenant Catherine Buckley.  Buckley says they currently have no suspects for what she says is a misdemeanor crime. 

Universal Monster Picture

Jul 20, 2015

  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Last month we talked about the star Vega, one of three stars that make up the Summer triangle, visible to southern Colorado listeners in the East about an hour after sunset. 

Bob Wick, BLM California / BLM Flickr / Creative Commons

A last-minute change to an indoor venue due to stormy weather couldn't keep folks away from a dedication ceremony Saturday for Colorado's newest National Monument.  Supporters gathered in bleachers at the Buena Vista High School gym to hear from local, state, and federal officials as they celebrated the designation.

The nearly 22,000-acres of public land that stretches from Buena Vista to Salida in Chaffee County along the Arkansas River is well known for its recreation and wildlife. 

On Episode #6 of The Big Something, Susan Davies and Bob Falcone and open space coalition discuss trails and open space in Colorado Springs; Poet Robin Izer tells us about the fateful correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Colorado Springs transplant Helen Hunt Jackson; GOCA Director Daisy McGowen talks front range art in honor of the 2nd biennial Bright Young Things Exhibit; And Deepa Daya tells her amazing story of gaining physical sight at the age of 30.


HSPPR Pet of the Day: Cleo

Jul 17, 2015

Hi there. I'm Cleo, and I'm looking for a new home! I came to HSPPR because my owner had too many pets to take care of properly. I was VERY shy and fearful when I first came in, but HSPPR staff and volunteers have been working with me, and I have already made so much progress. I will still be shy and scared in new situations, but the longer you spend time with me, the more in love with me you will fall. Give me some time and gentle love, and I’ll be your best friend forever! Come adopt me today!

Urbanization of Agricultural Land

Jul 16, 2015
Maeve Conran

An additional 2.5 million people are expected to move to Colorado by 2040, the vast majority of them headed for the Front Range.   As part of Connecting the Drops, our state-wide water series, Maeve Conran looks at the impact on Colorado as its landscape changes from crops to houses.

The traffic on a stretch of I-25 north of Denver is the soundtrack to the changes that farmer Kent Peppler has seen happening in Weld County.

Mosquitoes in Pueblo have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

No human cases of West Nile Virus in Pueblo have been confirmed, but the Pueblo City-County Health Department says recent rainfall means more mosquitos.

Health officials urge residents to take precautions to avoid contracting the virus, including draining standing water, using insect repellent, and dressing in long sleeves and pants.

Symptoms typically show up within two weeks and may include fever, fatigue, and headache. Residents are urged to seek medical attention at any sign of the virus.

Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center; David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center / U.S. Drought Monitor

Dry conditions across Colorado have largely disappeared, according to the latest U. S. Drought Monitor. 

Only a small portion of the state remains listed under the "Abnormally Dry"  classification, compared with more than a quarter last week.  Those remaining dry locations are in the northwest and southwest portions of the state.  

No portion of Colorado currently faces drought conditions.

The U. S. Drought Monitor shows about 98% of the state clear of all classifications of drought and dry conditions, compared with 59% one year ago.

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Ken

Jul 16, 2015

Hi! I’m Ken, a very handsome 3-year-old neutered longhair. I was found as a stray by a Good Samaritan. They said I had reportedly been living in the neighborhood for some time before I was brought in to HSPPR. But I am such a sweet fellow that HSPPR wants to find me a brand new home all of my own! I am calm and friendly, and you will love my gorgeous fur coat. Plus, brushing me daily will give you all the time you need to bond with your new fur kid! I can’t wait to snooze on your couch this summer. So what are you waiting for? Come adopt me into your home today!

Andrea Chalfin

Some lawmakers are rumbling about possibly moving the Colorado State Fair from Pueblo. Colorado's Legislative Audit Committee took up the issue of State Fair finances Tuesday, noting that the annual event has lost money each year for more than a decade. 

The Fair receives state and local support, but some committee members questioned Pueblo's commitment, and suggested it might make the Fair more financially viable if it moved.

Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki says the city's contributions are on a rebound.


A new bus service has launched that will help connect Front Range cities and locations along the I-70 corridor to Denver. Monday was its inaugural day of operation.

The new bus system from the Colorado Department of Transportation aims to provide an alternative and to help reduce traffic along interstates.

CDOT’s Bob Wilson says Bustang’s first day of service went well despite a few website and phone glitches, adding that CDOT expects the service will be popular.

Faster than a speeding bullet...

Jul 13, 2015

  This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Something truly extraordinary is going to happen early tomorrow morning, something that is been planned for decades and will be over in a couple of hours – the New Horizons mission to Pluto! After more than nine years traveling through space, and covering over 3 billion miles, this piano – sized spacecraft is already changing what we thought we knew about Pluto. 

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Erin

Jul 10, 2015

Hi! I'm Erin, a gorgeous 4-year-old white and brown tabby. I was so eager to get a home, I walked right into someone’s garage and asked to stay! Unfortunately, I didn’t get along with the resident kitties, so now I am looking for a new home that will love me for the rest of my life. I am sweet and confident, and the person who brought me in said I did well with his children. I will be spayed before I leaves the facility.

Fort Carson is faring better than many as part of the Army's efforts to reduce overall troop numbers by 40,000.

The Mountain Post will lose about 365 soldiers, a fraction of the 16,000 once deemed possible

In a statement, Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers called this good news for the city, and says it's "an indication of the importance of Ft. Carson in the overall defense mission.  It also reflects positively on the case Colorado Springs has made on behalf of Ft. Carson."

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a new tool that aims to help farmers and consumers with local pricing.

Shoppers and sellers at local markets can now find average prices for items sold at farmers markets and through farm-to-school programs on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s website.

The new tool will aid producers in helping them decide how to price thei items, says Glenda Mostek, marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, adding that it will also help buyers.

Haze from smoke drifting south from wildfires burning in Canada continues to linger over Colorado, prompting the state's health department to issue a wildfire smoke health advisory for much of the Front Range. The advisory includes El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas and Otero Counties, and is set to expire at 4 PM Wednesday. (UPDATE: The advisory has been extended until 9 AM Thursday.)

On the evening of June 17th, a young white man opened fire on a group of black churchgoers after bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, killing nine people.