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Capitol Coverage
10:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Committee Delays Vote on Drone Use

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The sponsor of a proposal to put guardrails around the use of drones for non- government purposes asked lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee to delay a vote on the bill on Tuesday.

“I would work with members of the committee to make sure it truly protects the privacy of people in the state,” said Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park).

After nearly two hours of testimony that focused on emerging technologies and a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy, many lawmakers said still they had questions about the bill.

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Education
5:14 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Students to Give Bent's Old Fort Virtual Treatment

Bent's Old Fort
Credit Martha Perez-Sanz / KRCC (file photo)

Students in La Junta plan to visit Bent’s Old Fort Wednesday in order to virtually recreate its environment. KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.
 

Students from Otero Junior College and La Junta High School are expected to take measurements of the site in order to recreate it on the popular computer game Minecraft.

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Pikes Peak
7:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

New Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center Proposals Being Accepted

The City of Colorado Springs is currently accepting proposals from architectural and engineering firms to design the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
 

Over 600,000 people reach the summit of Pikes Peak each year, according to the city’s numbers. Manager Jack Glavan says the existing facilities at the top are 50 years old, and it’s time the peak saw some improvements.

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KRCC Concerts
11:41 am
Mon March 2, 2015

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Looking Up
10:49 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Better Call Sol

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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!

Astronomers use telescopes to look at distant stars. But how big a telescope do you think you would need to be able to see the closest star to us here on the Earth? 

Okay, it’s a trick question – the answer is none! Our own sun is the closest star to us. And while it is about 93 million miles away, astronomically speaking that is right next door!

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Capitol Conversation
7:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Capitol Conversation: What's Next in Oil & Gas?

Governor John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

Many state lawmakers were waiting on recommendations before introducing energy related bills.

As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look ahead with Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press and Peter Marcus with the Durango Herald.

Here are two highlights from the conversation:

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The Big Something
6:33 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Big Something Radio Programme, Episode 1: Drop City, Sylvia Nasar, and Senga Nengudi

50 years ago this year, two young artists from Lawrence Kansas, Gene and Jo-ann Bernofsky, joined forces with their friend Clark Rickert, a student at University of Colorado Boulder, and moved to Trinidad Colorado to start one of the most influential communes of the Hippie era, Drop City. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Drop City, arts and archaeology organizations across southern Colorado have planned exhibits and events exploring the history of the Commune.

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Capitol Coverage
8:40 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Hickenlooper Responds to the Work of His Oil & Gas Task Force

Governor Hickenlooper responds to the work of his oil & gas task force
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Governor John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force will deliver its final recommendations Friday. The group is proposing nine changes to try and mitigate the impacts of energy development near communities. The task force also wants local governments to be more involved in developing large drill sites, but stopped short of allowing cities and counties to adopt stricter rules than the state standards. Bente Birkeland sat down with the Governor to discuss his thoughts on the group’s work and some of the backlash from members of his own party.

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-Local Programs
5:32 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

KRCC PRESENTS: Showcasing Locally Produced Content on KRCC

Radio Colorado College is pleased to introduce KRCC PRESENTS, a new weekly time slot dedicated to original programming produced right here in the Pikes Peak Region. Beginning this week, tune every Friday at 7pm and every Sunday at 4pm to catch an episode of one of three new KRCC shows:

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Oil & Gas
7:57 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Governor's Oil & Gas Task Force Gets Mixed Reviews

After five months of meetings, the work of Governor John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force is getting mixed reviews from lawmakers at the state capitol. 

Governor John Hickenlooper created the task force last August to avoid a fracking fight at the ballot box, and to keep two anti- oil and gas measures from reaching voters. Now, that group of individuals from the industry to environmentalists has backed nine recommendations, such as adding more well inspectors and trying to reduce truck traffic.

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KRCC Concerts
12:02 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Novelist and NPR contributor DAVID SEDARIS

American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor David Sedaris will be performing on Monday May 11th at Denver's Paramount Theater.      Tickets are available through AltitudeTickets.com

KRCC Members be listening for your chance to win tickets....

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Capitol Coverage
9:54 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Family Planning Bill Passes First Test

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A bill to try and reduce teen pregnancies and provide state funding for intrauterine devices or IUDs passed its first test at the capitol. House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million for clinics across the state that offer reversible long-term contraceptives to low-income women and teenagers. Colorado has been running the program with a private grant.

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Southwest Chief
5:01 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Southwest Chief Funding Approved in Committee; Heads to Appropriations

A bill in Colorado’s Senate that seeks funding to help preserve Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route passed out of committee today on a 5-2 vote. 

This comes on the heels of a report from the state’s Southwest Chief Commission that says the original expected $40 million share to help save the long distance route has been knocked down to 8.91 million, due in part to a federal transportation grant and negotiations with BNSF Railway, the company that owns the tracks. 

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

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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 in the night sky!

If you look to the east an hour or two after sunset, you will see something shining brilliantly in the eastern sky – the planet Jupiter! In fact, Jupiter is the 4th brightest thing in the sky, after the sun, the moon, and the planet Venus.

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Capitol Conversation
7:30 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Oil & Gas Task Force and Other Issues

In this week's Capitol Conversation, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the policy debates ahead. She talked to Kristen Wyatt with the Associated Press and John Frank with the Denver Post about what they’ll be covering and some issues that do and don’t fall along party lines.

A debate on drones does not fall along party lines and will get a hearing in the Senate Tuesday.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Arrest Made in Explosion Outside Building that Houses NAACP Chapter

Investigators have arrested a 44-year-old man in connection to an explosion last month outside a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.  

Thaddeus Cheyenne Murphy faces charges of arson and being a felon in possession of firearms. A search of Murphy’s home revealed seven guns and devices similar to the one used in the explosion earlier this year.  The U.S. Attorney’s office says that device was a road flare and pipe bomb near a container of gasoline.  No one was hurt in the explosion.

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Weather
4:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Heavy Snowfall Expected Through Much of Southern Colorado

Much of Southern Colorado can expect to see some heavy snowfall this upcoming weekend. KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.

Up to around 15 inches of snow are predicted beginning late Friday night with daytime temperatures forecasted in the 20’s and 30’s.
 

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Capitol Coverage
2:26 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Colorado Faces New Challenges to Pot Legalization

Marijuana at legal grow operation in Colorado.
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The state of Colorado is facing new lawsuits over recreational marijuana legalization. The Washington DC based Safe Streets Alliance is suing the state in federal court to try and close down the industry.

“It is illegal under federal law to sell marijuana and in this country federal law is the supreme law of the land,” said David Thompson, the lead attorney for the Safe Streets Alliance.

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Browns Canyon
5:10 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Browns Canyon to Become National Monument

Browns Canyon in Chaffee County
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Browns Canyon in Chaffee County will be designated a National Monument by President Obama on Thursday. 
 

Conservationists, community leaders and businesses are praising the move, which comes after years of work to secure the designation.  It covers a 22,000-acre stretch of public land along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida known for recreational opportunities. 

Keith Baker heads the non-profit group Friends of Browns Canyon.

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KRCC Concerts
10:28 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Ani DiFranco

KRCC presents ANI DIFRANCO at the Pikes Peak Center Satuday,  March 28th, 8pm.

KRCC members be listening to win tickets!

Local News
5:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Smartphone App Looks to Connect Local Food to Consumers

A new smart phone app for the Pikes Peak region is looking to connect local food producers with consumers. KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.

The app is called LocalFood and will allow users to find, purchase, or sell products that are grown or produced within a 67-mile radius of Colorado Springs.

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Walking on Venus

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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 in the night sky!

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Capitol Conversation
7:45 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Checking in on the Session

Colorado’s 2015 legislative session has been marked by a host of interesting and controversial issues, rather than one or two topics dominating debates. Bente Birkeland checks in with other statehouse reporters as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.
 

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Capitol Coverage
2:54 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Mineral Rights Bill Clears Committee

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A measure that would require cities and counties to compensate mineral owners who aren’t able to develop oil and gas because of local regulations cleared its first committee at the statehouse on Thursday. Bente Birkeland has more:
 

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12:37 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

CC, UCCS Collaborate on Ft. Carson research

Professors at Colorado College and UCCS have been collaborating since 2007 on research at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. The result: An article titled “Militarized spaces and open range: Piñon Canyon and (counter)cartographies of rural resistance,” which examines how rural communities in Colorado have confronted military expansion. The article was recently published in the journal Environment & Planning D: Society and Space. Here’s more on their research:
It's the third day of Block Break{ February 11 - February 15 } CC, UCCS Collaborate on Fort Carson Research A Colorado College professor and UCCS professor have spent more than seven years tracking the efforts of the U.S. military to expand the Army base at Fort Carson and the rural resistance against it.
Marijuana
10:11 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Legalized Marijuana and an Education Conundrum

Arapaho Ridge High School in Boulder
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

It has been more than a year since recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado and retail sales began. Schools are grappling with the best way to discusses marijuana in the classroom amidst changing attitudes. 

While schools aren’t required to separate out marijuana incidents from other illicit drugs such as cocaine, anecdotal evidence compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News suggests more students are using marijuana.

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Marijuana
4:05 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Measuring Pot Use in Schools

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Even after a full year of being able to purchase recreational marijuana – questions still remain for the state of Colorado. Is its use dangerous, should there be tighter labeling on pot edibles – and is its easy access impacting middle and high school students? Recent data compiled by the Department of Education and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News show incidents of student drug use last year hitting a ten-year high, but state officials don’t have a clear picture if the two are related.

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Local News
6:53 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

International Dark Skies Community Designation Sought for Westcliffe, Silver Cliff

The towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff may soon earn international recognition for their nighttime skies. KRCC's Dana Cronin reports.
 

The "community" designation comes from the International Dark Skies Association and recognizes dedication to night sky preservation.

Jim Bradburn is the President of Westcliffe’s Dark Skies community. He says part of the application process means showing a reduction of man-made light.

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Looking Up
1:15 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Orion the Mighty Hunter

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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 in the night sky right now.

Of the 88 constellations in our sky, one of the brightest and easiest to find is also the most prominent in the winter sky – The constellation Orion

Orion is supposed to look like a mighty hunter, but to most people it looks a lot like a capital letter H. Orion, and the area around it, contains some of the brightest stars in the sky and some amazing other deep sky objects.

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Wish We Were Here
7:07 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 4: Growing Up With Gay Parents in Colorado Springs

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On this episode of Wish We Were Here, Producer Noel Black tells the story of a small community of kids who grew up in Colorado Springs with gay parents.

Jessica: The argument was, which is more harmful, a lesbian mother or a junkie father? I was subpoenaed to testify about my mom’s relationship.

 

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