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Colorado Springs Municipal Election
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Top Four Mayoral Candidates Debate

Campaign signs for the four candidates participating in a debate at UCCS.
Credit Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

    

The themes of leadership, cooperation, and transparency resounded through an auditorium at UCCS at a recent mayoral forum, sponsored by local media organizations.  Billed as a debate featuring the four leading candidates in this year’s Colorado Springs mayoral race, the 90-minute event covered topics such as transportation and regional collaboration.

Listen to the full debate here, with candidates Amy Lathen, Joel Miller, John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace (see below for audio of specific questions and answers):
 

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Pueblo Levee
7:55 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Cost of Pueblo Levee Repairs Expected to Rise

Initial work to rebuild the aging Arkansas River levee in Pueblo is winding down. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports that structural issues discovered during this phase will likely mean the project will cost more than originally projected.

Work began late last year to lower the height and replace the concrete facing on the levee in order to meet FEMA flood control requirements. The bottom of the 90-year-old structure is about nine feet deeper than expected, according to Rick Kidd, the administrator for the Pueblo Conservancy District, which oversees the levee.

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Education
10:07 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Testing Reform Remains in Limbo

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A bi-partisan measure aimed at reducing the number of tests Colorado public school students take is in limbo at the state legislature. The sponsors delayed the first hearing and don’t know when it will be rescheduled – if at all.

On average, students in Colorado classrooms take more than two-dozen assessments before they graduate, and in some cases up to four times a year according to the Colorado Education Association.  Critics say it actually means less time for overall learning.

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The Big Something
5:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The State of Surveillance: An Interview with Author and Blogger Cory Doctorow

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Activist, author, co-editor of the influential blog BoingBoing.net, contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, and many other publications, Cory Doctorow is one of the essential voices of the twenty-first century. The author of numerous books, including Information Doesn't Want To Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age, he’s also the author of the young adult novel Little Brother and its sequel, Homeland, both of which explore civil liberties and social activism in the age of the internet.

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Child Poverty
3:46 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Child Poverty Rate is Down in Colorado

Children visit the state capitol for the release of the annual Kids Count Report from the Colorado Children's Campaign.
Credit Bente Birkeland / RMCR

Colorado’s childhood poverty rate has decreased for the first time in five years. The latest data comes as part of the annual Kids Count Report, which offers information on the health and well being of children across the state.

“That is great news for Colorado,” said Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. He went on to add that there’s always a but. “We know that there are still far too many children growing up in households where they don’t have access to the opportunities and resources they need to be healthy and succeed."

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Andromeda... coming soon!!!

Andromeda Galaxy
Credit Allan Runyan

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!   On a clear day in Southern Colorado you can see for miles, to Pikes Peak, the Spanish Peaks and beyond. But have you ever wondered what is the most distant thing you can see with your naked eye?The answer is up in the western sky right now – the Andromeda Galaxy!

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Capitol Conversation
7:43 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Revenue Forecast and the State Budget

Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland
Credit D. Utterback

Colorado’s latest revenue forecast was a mixed bag for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. But there’s also a lot of uncertainty moving forward. Bente Birkeland sat down with Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal to discuss the implications of more state revenue.
 

Here are excerpts from the interview:

What it means for the state budget:

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Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
11:58 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Army Releases Final EIS for Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site

The Army has released its final Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed increase in training and operations at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in rural southeast Colorado.  The Army is looking to increase training at the site to include explosives, drones and full-brigade sized exercises, though in the final 642-page document [.pdf], the Army says it’s no l

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Capitol Coverage
4:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Mixed News in Colorado's Latest Revenue Forecast

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As they prepare to write the annual budget, there's mixed news for Colorado lawmakers. The latest revenue forecast shows the economy will remain strong, but there is a lot of uncertainty going forward, especially when it comes to low oil prices and how it ripples through the state's economy.

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Colorado Springs Municipal Election
2:04 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Council Candidates Address Questions & Issues at Citizens Project Forum

Ballots are hitting mailboxes in Colorado Springs for April’s municipal election. Voters are being asked to choose a new mayor, as well as a council representative from the city’s northern District 2 and three at-large city council members.

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Critical Karaoke Audio
1:08 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

ICYMI: Critical Karaoke, Episode 1 Audio!

Capitol Conversation
3:06 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Session's Second Half Begins

Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland
Credit D. Utterback

Governor John Hickenlooper recently sat down with reporters to discuss how the legislative session is going so far. Lawmakers are just past the midpoint of the four-month long session.

Which bills are being delayed?

How is the Governor handling split legislative control?

Here are a couple highlights from the conversation:

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Milky Way Cool...

Credit M. Procell

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!

Where do you live? Often there are several ways to answer that question. Your street, your city, your state and more. Where we live in the Universe is the same kind of thing. We live on Earth, which revolves around the sun as part of our solar system. But our sun is one of approximately 200 BILLION stars that make up our galaxy, the Milky Way. 

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Energy
4:39 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Q & A: Tisha Schuller, Head of Colorado Oil & Gas Association, Steps Down

Tisha Schuller, head of COGA, is stepping down
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Tisha Schuller announced earlier this week that she’s leaving her position as head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the state’s largest trade organization for the energy industry. She sat down with Bente Birkeland to discuss industry challenges and why she's moving on.
 

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Capitol Coverage
8:36 am
Tue March 10, 2015

2015 Legislative Session Reaches its Mid-Point

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State lawmakers are officially at the halfway point of the 2015 legislative session. What needs to be done before the end of the session? Lawmakers will need to pass a balanced budget, and along the way grapple with some hot-button issues such as school testing requirements and police reforms.

"Most of the big work is ahead of us, what happens for the first half is kind of getting ready for it," said Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs).

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KRCC Wins!
4:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

KRCC Takes a Haul at the Colorado Broadcasters Association's Excellence Awards

Credit Maggie Spencer / KRCC

  Last Saturday night, March 7th, 2015, KRCC's News Director Andrea Chalfin and the Big Something/Wish We Were Here's Noel Black and Jake Brownell both took home first place awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association's annual awards gala the "Excellence Awards."  

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Capitol Conversation
3:40 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Capitol Conversation: Midway through the Session

State lawmakers are midway through the annual legislative session. Bente Birkeland talked with Ivan Moreno with the Associated Press and Charles Ashby with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel to discuss police reform bills and workforce development measures that will get a lot of attention in the coming weeks.

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Looking Up
10:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Moon Half Full Or Half Empty?

Credit photo by Mike Procell

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’s sky!

If I asked you to guess where you can take a walk and know that your footprints will last for a very long time, what would you guess?

If you guessed the surface of the moon, you’d be right! The moon is the only place in the universe, other than the Earth, where humans have walked. Because there is no wind or rain on the Moon, the footprints left by the Apollo astronauts will last for millions of years!

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Dark Skies
4:30 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Westcliffe, Sliver Cliff Designated as Dark Sky Community

The International Dark Sky Association certified the neighboring towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff in southern Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley as the world’s ninth Dark Sky Community. KRCC's Shanna Lewis reports.

Stars stretch from horizon to horizon on a clear night in the Wet Mountain Valley. The designation recognizes the community’s efforts to protect this view by reducing light pollution. 

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Drought
6:33 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Above Average Snows Continue to Ease Drought Conditions

U.S. Drought Monitor
Credit David Simeral / Western Regional Climate Center

The recent pile up of snow in southern Colorado is helping to ease the state’s drought conditions.  KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.
 

The U.S. Drought Monitor says about 63% of the sate is dealing with abnormally dry or drought conditions compared with 72% at this time last year.

The precipitation in southern Colorado is above average, says Larry Walrod, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.  Walrod also says NOAA recently released an El Niño advisory.

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Wish We Were Here
6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wish We Were Here, Episode 5: The Gods Must Be Bewildered

In 2002, retired FBI and CIA investigator Charlie Hess began writing letters Robert Charles Browne, a convicted murderer who claimed to have killed dozens of other people around the country. This episode of Wish We Were Here tells the story of their correspondence and the cold cases Hess would close with Browne's help.

Episode #5 of Wish We Were Here airs Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

You can subscribe to the podcast HERE.

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Culture
4:38 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Life of the Mic: An Interview with NPR's Peter Breslow

Peter Breslow

Over the course of his career at NPR, Peter Breslow has covered stories all over the world—from war zones in the Middle East to a blues bar in Alabama. In the process, he’s earned some of the most prestigious awards in journalism. Now a senior producer at Weekend Edition, he’s helped to define the sound and scope of one of NPR’s signature programs. Breslow is in town teaching at Colorado College this month, and he’ll be giving a talk tomorrow on the CC campus. KRCC’s Jake Brownell spoke with Breslow in advance of that talk. 

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KRCC Presents...
11:34 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Critical Karaoke Comes to KRCC

Critical Karaoke comes to KRCC!

KRCC Announces New Weekend Show.
 

CRITICAL KARAOKE is a new radio program hosted by Colorado College professors Idris Goodwin, Ryan Banagale, and Steve Hayward.

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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

Credit M. Procell

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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