On this month’s episode of The Big Something we talk to a Greg Lutze, a Manitou Springs native who co-founded a digital photography company that aspires to be the Kodak of the 21st century; Legendary poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder speaks with us about his long and storied career; And writer Mia Alvarado takes us on a field trip to Stoner's Laundry, a laundromat that’s been a gathering place for a small neighborhood at the edge of downtown Colorado Springs for decades.
Hi! I'm Peanut, a sweet, elderly Chihuahua in search of one last home to love me for my retirement! I am an 8-year-old spayed Chihuahua. I can be VERY shy when you first meet me, but once I trust you, I would love to sit in your lap all day long. If you have room in your home and heart to give this princess one last fantastic home, come adopt me today!
KRCC learned today that we received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for work produced by KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin and Noel Black and Jake Brownell, producers of KRCC's program Wish We Were Here.
Hi there! I’m Heather, a 3-year-old spayed brown tiger. I was a little upset when I first came in to HSPPR as a stray, but they gave me a few days to calm down, and now my true personality has started to shine. I love attention, and I can be pretty chatty too. If you are looking for a head to scratch in the evenings, I will gladly volunteer for the job. I might be a little scared when I first get to your place, but give me some time and love, and I will be yours for life. Come adopt me today!
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Poet and essayist Gary Snyder is something of a living legend. He first rose to prominence in San Francisco in the 1950s as a central figure in the Beat Movement and San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. He read his poem “A Berry Feast” at the reading at which Allen Ginsberg debuted the poem “Howl,” and he was the inspiration for the character Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel, The Dharma Bums.
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!
If you had to pick the most important star to humans in the northern hemisphere over the past few thousand years, which star would you pick? I don’t think there is much doubt it would be Polaris, the pole star.
Polaris is very near due north for anyone north of the equator. As such, it has been a vital navigational aid for everything from ships at sea to escaped slaves before the Civil War, seeking a path north to freedom.
Colorado’s Southwest Chief commission met Friday, just days after $1.5 million in funding amendments were stripped from the House’s state budget proposal and another funding bill was put on indefinite hold.
The commission is tasked with finding money for the route, including needed repairs to the tracks and for possibly adding a stop in Pueblo.
In this episode of Wish We Were Here, we tell the story of Colorado Springs native Brian "Scoop" Nemeth, a man with high-functioning autism whose singular goal in life is to become "The Black Bill O'Reilly" — a national news and opinion anchor on the Fox News Network's prime-time broadcast.
Yeehaw! I’m Cowboy, the rootinest tootinest pit bull lab mix in town. I would love to have some company on this here cattle drive of life. I’m a very sweet, social gentleman who does just fine with other big dogs, though lots of small dogs can make me a bit nervous. I’ve been great with all the people folk I’ve been meetin’ lately, and I would probably do just fine at your place as well. I do love to chase smaller animals, so I might not do best with any small critter friends. What are you waiting around here for? Get on your boots and come adopt me today!
Colorado’s Senate president introduced a fetal homicide bill this week. As written, it would define a person as an unborn human being from conception until birth for the purposes of homicide and assault cases. It’s expected to draw vigorous debate at the statehouse.
Senate Bill 268 [.pdf] would allow prosecutors to file a murder charge if an unborn baby is killed or dies during an assault or murder of the mother.
Repair work on the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is destroying the world’s largest mural. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports on the discussion about repainting it.
The Pueblo Conservancy District board oversees the levee. It’s preparing guidelines to cover design, approval, and maintenance for new artwork. They got mixed comments from the couple of dozen people at a public meeting last night.
Hi! I'm Snow Bear, a 1-year-old spayed white shorthair. I came to HSPPR because my owners were moving and couldn’t take me with them. I'm deaf, so I'm looking for a loving home that will keep me safe indoors. I have lived with cats, dogs and children before, and my winning personality should do well in most households. I love being held and even know how to play fetch! Come adopt me today!
UPDATE 04/14/15: The Joint Budget Committee, charged with negotiating the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals, stripped this funding amendment from the budget. The eventual budget plan will still need approval from both chambers.
ORIGINAL POST 04/09/15: Lawmakers in the House initially passed the state's annual budget yesterday. After hours of debate, the chamber decided to set aside money to help preserve a passenger train that runs through southeastern Colorado. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Former Attorney General John Suthers and former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace are headed to a runoff election next month to be the city’s next mayor. Colorado Springs voters yesterday gave Suthers 46% of the vote, while Makepeace came in with 24%. Among the other leading candidates, Joel Miller received 16% of the vote, while Amy Lathen received 12%. The runoff election is scheduled for May 19.
Listeners who tune-in to KRCC in the Badger Mountain area on 95.5FM can rejoice. KRCC heard from our Chief Engineer Joel Belik around 4 p.m. 4/6/15 that he was able to repair the translator and that KRCC is back on the air at 95.5FM!
Joel had been hindered by snow on his first attempts to make repairs, but today's wonderful weather finally granted him an opportunity to make it to the translator. We have yet to find out if he had to walk the final stretch, which is quite possible.
It's been just over three months since Coloradans got a first look at the state's water plan. The draft that was submitted to Governor John Hickenlooper came after more than 800 public meetings held all across the state. But despite an extensive education and outreach campaign, just how involved is the general public in planning Colorado's water future?
In his 2015 state of the state address, Governor John Hickenlooper lauded the process that brought people from around Colorado together to create the state's water plan:
The state’s budget for next year initially passed the Senate on Wednesday after a nearly nine hour debate. It’s the final part of the months long budgeting process. As Bente Birkeland reports, lawmakers didn’t make many changes.
The annual Colorado budget is making its way through the statehouse. It cleared the Senate on a vote of 21 to 14 passing largely along party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans to support it. We asked John Frank with the Denver Post and Ivan Moreno with the Associated Press to talk about the dynamics at play.
The projected growth of Colorado’s Front Range has water planners looking ahead to meet the demands of the population influx. One way to meet the growing need is for utility companies to buy water rights from farmers and ranchers and then divert that water to cover the city’s needs, commonly called “Buy & Dry.”
High up in the Colorado Rockies, across the Continental Divide and northwest of Leadville, is the Homestake Reservoir, and lately, things have been looking good up there. Colorado Springs Utilities put together a press tour of the region in mid-March to show where that water comes from and how they measure it to predict the year in water.
As winter’s grip begins to fade along the Front Range, water managers with Colorado Springs Utilities are closely monitoring what’s happening hundreds of miles away.
To all of our faithful listeners on 95.5FM (the Lake George / Hartsel translator on Badger Mountain): Hang in there, please! Equipment problems with that translator are compounded with the difficulty of physically getting to the tower site to make necessary repairs due to current snowpack conditions. Our intrepid engineer Joel has made two attempts to reach the tower in the past week to no avail. He will make another attempt later this coming week. Thank you for bearing with us!