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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Keena

Hi there! I'm Keena, a very sweet 6-year-old spayed brindle pit bull mix. I came in to HSPPR at the end of August with a severe leg injury, and I had to have ACL surgery. I've been in foster care with HSPPR since the surgery, and they say I am all better and ready to find my new home! My foster family absolutely loved me; they said I am great with all types of other animals, especially cats. I actually became very good friends with the resident cat at my foster home. I can sit, and I know lots of other basic commands.

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The Middle Distance
2:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Middle Distance, 12.19.14: Doll Baby

 

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.

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2014 Picks
11:02 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Jacob's Tep Eleven for 2014

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

Pueblo
4:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Construction Begins on Levee

Work on the Arkansas River levee begins in Pueblo.
Credit Shanna Lewis / KRCC

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.

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Water
3:19 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

USGS: Ogallala Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

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.

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2014 Picks
10:57 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Iggy Igloo's Top Ten of 2014

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!"
 

PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Nester

My name, Lucky, has served me well. This Lucky chap came in as a stray to HSPPR. I am missing my front right leg and my right eye! HSPPR isn't sure what happened to me, but my wounds were expertly taken care of and I appear to be in no pain. Plus, I get around just fine despite my missing front leg! I am a social fellow; I love meeting new people friends and exploring new homes. I'm not quite as friendly with kitty friends, so I would do best as an only cat. If you are looking for a spunky kitty who is sure to make you as Lucky as I am, come adopt me today!

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Colorado Springs
2:25 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Mayor Bach Won't Seek Second Term

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach
Credit file photo

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.

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Pinon Canyon
11:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site DEIS Public Comment Period to Close

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.

You can view the DEIS here [.pdf].

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Culture
11:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Strawberry Fields, Forever: The Long and Winding Legacy of a Beatles Classic

The Beatles
Credit Library of Congress

 

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.

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2014 Picks
10:24 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Melissa's Top Ten for 2014

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"

Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Disney: It’s Not Just a Small World, After All

Bing Images

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!

So we went.

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

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Dester

If you are looking for a friendly, mellow little apartment dog, I am waiting for you! I'm Dester, and I came in as a stray. HSPPR we weren’t able to find my owners. So now I am looking for a new home to love me forever! This 4-year-old neutered Chihuahua is great on a leash, and I love going for walks with my special people. I don't get upset at much, and I enjoy meeting new friends, humans and doggies alike.

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2014 Picks
7:46 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bobby's Top Ten of 2014

DJ Bobby fills in from time to time here on KRCC. Here are his top ten picks for 2014:

1. MisterWives- Reflections
2. Ratatat- Beats
3. Prince- Art Official Age
4. Steel Pulse- African Holocaust
5. Noiseshaper- Reel to Reel
6. Scott Pilgrim Motion Picture Soundtrack
7. Mad Pudding- Grand Hotel
8. Fat Freddy's Drop- Blackbird
9. Bob Marley Legend Remixed
10. Odesza-In Return

2014 Picks
7:27 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Andrea Chalfin's One Musical Pick for 2014

I'm the News Director here at KRCC, but by this time, it should be no secret that I'm a pretty big music fan. There are a lot of albums I need to explore from this year, but I offer you my one pick:

Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman

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Culture
5:51 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The Middle Distance, 12.12.14: The Dark That We Must Blind

Credit Noel Black

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.

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Pueblo
4:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Former Smelter Site in Pueblo Designated by EPA as Superfund Site

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.  

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Water
4:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Draft Water Plan for Colorado Unveiled

Governor Hickenlooper releases the draft water plan for the state. It's open now for public comments.

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.
 

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2014 Picks
8:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rooster Coop's Top Ten of 2014

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

Honorable Mentions

Capitol Coverage
8:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers to Consider Physician-Assisted Suicide

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.

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Bomino

Hi. I'm Bomino. I would love to snuggle with you even more than I love snuggling with my toys! This 4-year-old neutered male was VERY shy when I first came to HSPPR. I've been hanging out in their surgery center while staff and volunteers worked with me to build my confidence and trust. Although I'm still shy at first, I warm up well and enjoy being around other animals. I'm more active in the mornings and evenings and love to play with toys. I'm not really fond of being held, but I like a good chin scratch.

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Health
4:54 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pueblo Sees First Flu-Related Death; Vaccine Encouraged

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.

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PSA, Pet of the Day, HSPPR
12:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

HSPPR Pet of the Day: Maggie

Hi, I'm Maggie. I've been waiting at HSPPR for more than a month for my brand new home; I came in as a stray, and I needed some dental work and had some health problems that HSPPR helped me with. I am ready to find her new home NOW! I get stressed easily in the shelter environment with so much going on and so many other dogs around me. I'm having trouble keeping my weight up here, and I really need to find a calm but active new home that will keep me safe and loved for the rest of my life.

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2014 Picks
8:23 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Vicky Gregor's Top Ten of 2014

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

2014 Picks
8:21 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jeff Bieri's Top Ten Blues Picks for 2014

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

2014 Picks
8:17 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Monica's Top Ten of 2014

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

Some additional mentions:

2014 Picks
8:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Barbra's Top Ten for 2014

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"

2014 Picks
8:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Bob Slade's Top Ten of 2014

Bob Slade hosts the Friday night "Retro-Fix," from 9 PM until midnight.  Here are his top new releases from 2014:

Cloud Nothings - "Here And Nowhere Else"
Bob Mould - "Beauty And Ruin"
Perfect Pussy - "Say Yes To Love"
Buzzcocks - "The Way"
The Raveonettes - "Pe'ahi"
Fucked Up - "Glass Boys"
Johnny Marr - "Playland"
Ty Seagull - "Manipulator"
Swingin' Utters - "Fistful Of Hollow"

Best Colorado:  The Roxy Suicide - "Joan Your Jett"

Capitol Coverage
7:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Restoration at the State Capitol

Restoration efforts inside the state capitol
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Colorado’s state capitol is getting a major upgrade. A two-year renovation of the building’s signature gold dome was recently completed – and on the inside, work is underway on both the House and Senate chambers. As with any remodeling project, workers have uncovered some interesting surprises along the way.
 

The state capitol opened in 1894 and several restoration projects have been undertaken since then. The most recent work began because of a radiator…

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2014 Picks
5:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Jason Lee's Top Ten for 2014

Jason Lee can be heard filling in on the KRCC airwaves.  Here's his Top Ten for 2014:
 

Swans - To Be Kind
Aphex Twin - Syro
Temples - Sun Structures
Ty Segall - $INGLE$ 2
Aaron Freeman - Freeman -   Note: Saw him at the Ogden
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight SunSpoon - They Want My Soul
Real Estate - Atlas
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official RightBeck - Morning Phase

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