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The Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is set to reopen Monday after being closed for over two months.

The clinic closed in November after an attack by an armed gunman left three dead and others injured. The building sustained heavy damage to the entrance and interior, and repairs are ongoing.

Saiph Cracking

Feb 8, 2016
John Gauvreau / nasa.gov

This week Hal sheds some light on Saiph, a lesser known star in the constellation Orion.

The universe is a remarkable place, filled with remarkable objects that never appear to play it safe. Except, of course, for the star named Saiph.

Saiph is perhaps the most overlooked star in the wonderful constellation Orion. The brilliantly bright Rigel shines in the lower right star in the constellation, while the nearly-as-bright Betelgeuse famously sits as the upper left star in Orion’s shoulder. Across from Betelgeuse, occupying the other shoulder, is Bellatrix, a wonderful star whose name was borrowed for character in Harry Potter.

But poor Saiph, which is spelled S-A-I-P-H...

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

A new interactive website from the U.S. Department of the Interior looks to educate the public on the effects of drought in the Colorado River Basin.

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State lawmakers are debating whether terminally ill patients with less than six months to live should be allowed to take medication to end their own lives. It's just one of several controversial bills being debated under the gold dome. 

Dennis McKinney / CO Division of Wildlife

Colorado could be the next state to allow hunters to wear florescent pink. A Democratic proposal to give hunters the option of wearing pink, in addition to orange, passed the Republican controlled Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Thursday.

Marijuana Cultivation and Water Conservation

Feb 4, 2016
Maeve Conran

    

With the legalization of marijuana in various states and forms, conservation groups and others are asking how much legal grow operations affect water consumption.  In Colorado, water managers and researchers are working together to answer that question.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

An avalanche killed a snowmobiler near Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week. With the recent snows, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says there's increased avalanche danger.

El Paso County residents are being asked to submit input regarding voter service and polling center locations in preparation for this year's presidential election.

National Weather Service - Pueblo

The Winter Storm Warning that blanketed much of Colorado over the past several days is lifting piece by piece as the snowstorm moves out of the state. It leaves behind record-breaking snowfall in some places, and communities with closed schools and government offices.

2016: A Space Oddity

Feb 1, 2016
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This week Hal lets us know what we can see in the early morning sky for the next several weeks...

How many planets are there in the solar system? I admit, it’s a trick question. Before 2006, most school kids learned that there were nine planets. There were a number of ways to remember all the names. One of my favorites was “My very educated mother just served us nine pizza pies.” That rhyme helped children remember the planets in the order out from the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

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Roughly three weeks into Colorado's annual legislative session, a lot of bills are starting to get their first hearings.

Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland talks to other statehouse reporters about the upcoming week and how politics impacts the bills being heard in committees. 

City of Woodland Park website

Woodland Park is kicking off its 125th anniversary celebration this weekend. The birthday celebration is expected to feature a chili luncheon as well as a presentation by historian Larry Black on the city’s past. There will be vintage photos of Woodland Park on display and attendees are invited to dress in period costumes.

 

 

Join us weekdays from 1pm to 2 pm beinning February 15th for NPR’s Here and Now.

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson bring the news that breaks after Morning Edition and before All Things Considered.    Here and Now is public radio’s live midday news program.  Produced by NPR and WBUR Boston in collaboration with the stations Contributors Network,  Here and Now features longform storytelling, discussion, and investigation on topics ranging from breaking news to new music reviews.  

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A third workshop in Colorado Springs Thursday focuses on the fifty-year plan for Shooks Run.

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It was standing room only Tuesday evening as more than 100 people came out to watch the unveiling of the design for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.

Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

The Colorado State Fair has a new general manager.  Sarah Cummings recently picked up the reins to drive the annual celebration of state agriculture.  She comes from California, where she worked with and ran various fairs; she also grew up participating in them. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin sat down with Cummings on her first day on the fairgrounds to talk with her about the state of the State Fair.

PikesPeakStrong.com

The city of Colorado Springs is backing a new website dedicated to psychological trauma support.  It was created to help those affected by recent shootings in town, but is designed to help anyone who has experienced any recent trauma.


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 The music director at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic has renewed his contract indefinitely.

The Philharmonic's Board of Directors unanimously decided to extend Josep Caballé-Domenech's contract, which was originally good through August.

Ivo Scheggia / nasa.gov

This week Hal tells us about Rigel, another beautiful star located in the Orion constellation.

Many of the most beautiful stars in the sky appear in the winter for southern Colorado and northern New Mexico listeners. One of the most beautiful is the star Rigel, which makes up the lower right star in the constellation Orion. And, like Betelgeuse in the upper left corner of Orion, Rigel is a baby – only 8 to 10 million years old. 

KRCC

Lawmakers have introduced the first wave of bills as part of the annual legislative session. Bente Birkeland talked to statehouse reporters about some of the most interesting pieces of legislation as part of our Capitol Conversation series.
 

On this episode of The Big Something: local comic book artist Langdon Foss discusses his recent 4-short comic The Surface; retired Navy seal and author of the book Navy Seal Shooting, Chris Sajnog, discusses his thoughts on what it means to be a responsible gun owner; Big Something intern Charlie Neaves tells the story of Mission Wolf, an off-the-grid wolf sanctuary in the mountains west of Pueblo; and Jake Brownell sits down with KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor to look back at the life and work of the late David Bowie. All that today on The Big Something.

Audio Postcard: 'Deep Freeze 2016' Exercise

Jan 22, 2016
Holly Pretsky / KRCC

Emergency response agencies recently partnered to simulate a blizzard and corresponding crisis conditions in El Paso County.  The exercise was dubbed "Operation Deep Freeze 2016."  KRCC's Holly Pretsky visited the command center at the Black Forest fire station and St. Francis Medical Center, two of the many participating locations.  She brought back this audio postcard.
 


Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Governor John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that the state will prioritize connecting and building 16 hiking and biking trails in all parts of Colorado. The goal is to connect and build missing trail segments to make it easier for people to access open space and parks.

It's part of the governor's Colorado the Beautiful initiative, unveiled in 2015.

If you’ve ever been curious about how the KRCC Radio Show and Podcast Wish We Were Here is produced, where we get our ideas, and what our plans for the future of the show might be, please join us at the Innovation Institute next Thursday, January 21st.

We’ll be sharing clips, talking about the process of putting together a show, and taking questions from  4 p.m. to 5:30 in the Morreale Carriage House.

The event is free and open to the public. Join us at 4 p.m just behind the Morreale House at 1130 North Cascade.

Betelgeuse... best by 01/18/102016

Jan 18, 2016
ESA/Herschel/PACS/L. Decin et al / NASA.gov

This week Hal informs us about the future plans of a red supergiant star.

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!

Warning – there’s a giant bomb in the sky, it’s going to go off soon! And by soon, I mean in the next hundred thousand years or so. And by giant bomb, I mean the wonderful and amazing star Betelgeuse!

KRCC

Colorado lawmakers are back at the state capitol for the annual legislative session. Bente Birkeland discussed priorities from the Governor and legislative leaders as part of our capitol conversation series.


Noel Black

With a national debate raging about the 2nd Amendment, we went to meet a man who epitomizes the right to bear arms: Dragonman. Born Mel Bernstein in Brooklyn, NY in 1945, Dragonman claims to be the most armed citizen in the state of Colorado. Among the five businesses he operates on his 240 acre property at the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, Dragonman is perhaps best known for his gunshop and the shooting range where he hosts an annual machine gun shoot. But there's more to Dragonman than guns and bluster.

Bente Birkeland / RMCR

On Thursday Governor John Hickenlooper delivered his 6th State of the State address to the state legislature. In his speech, he highlighted the need for people from all political stripes to work together to fix the state's big budget problems and discussed Colorado's economic gains and challenges.   

Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Colorado's annual legislative session began on Wednesday, with the usual pomp and ceremony and opening day speeches. The building had a back to school vibe, with families and friends joining lawmakers in the chamber, as it hummed with activity after the eight month interim. Isaac Slade, the lead singer of the Denver based rock band the Fray, sang the national anthem in the Senate.
 

    

Little Brocyon

Jan 11, 2016
Wally Pacholka -AstroPics.com / nasa.gov

This week Hal enlightens us about the sixth brightest star visible in the northern hemisphere. 

As the fourth of four children, I’m very sympathetic to the burden of being someone’s little brother. With that in mind, imagine being one of the brightest stars in the sky, and one of the most beautiful stars visible this time of year to southern Colorado and northern New Mexico listeners, and still being named someone’s little brother. Thus is the fate of the wonderful star Procyon. 

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