The recession is putting a lot of people across Colorado out of work and reducing the hours that others are working. Often, one of the first household budget items that is cut is food, and people are increasingly turning to food pantries and other organizations for help. Food programs across the state have seen a […]

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The Colorado Congressional delegation has had a busy year. Lawmakers worked to revive the state’s economy, reform Wall Street and fix the US health care system. From Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo reviews the highs and lows of the past year.

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With the economic downturn, many consumers are looking for ways to ease the burden on their weekly household budget. Activities like clipping coupons, buying store labeled brands are all on the rise, as is another shopping activity.. buying groceries at salvage or discount food stores. As part of a series on the economy from Rocky […]

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Demand for emergency assistance programs is at historic highs. Colorado, for instance, has the fifth fastest growing caseload for food stamps in the country. That’s putting a strain on scores of human services agencies. And even as the economy begins to turn around, many worry things will get much worse, before they get better. As […]

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The state’s legislative session convenes on Jan 13th, and we also return to our capitol conversation series with state house correspondent Bente Birkeland. She takes an in depth look at the issues of the day with fellow state house reporters. Today they’re talking medical marijuana.

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The economic recession has not been kind to nonprofits – especially as discretionary and leisure dollars have tightened for families. But this trend isn’t uniform across the board. As KUNC‘s Grace Hood reports as part of a series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, one organization is finding fewer dollars in […]

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The holiday season is a season of giving and sharing, and thus food drives, toy drives, and all sorts of drives naturally abound. As part of a statewide series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin checked in with a food bank that serves primarily southern Colorado, to find out what […]

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Colorado’s annual legislative session begins January 13th. State capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland is sitting down with legislative leaders to discuss what lawmakers are likely to debate. In this piece, she talks with the new Senate President.

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Colorado is facing a budget shortfall of 1.5 billion dollars for this and last year’s budget cycle, and that means furlough days and pay cuts for state workers. As part of a statewide series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland talks to government employees to see how the cuts […]

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The Department of Interior has announced oil and gas leases for 2010, and the number of auctions being offered to energy companies is up. Some say it’s in response to criticism from oil and gas companies lobbed at the Obama administration over the last few months. Industry says the government isn’t issuing enough leases, which […]

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Lawmakers are gearing up for the state’s annual legislative session which begins January 13th. State capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland is sitting down with legislative leaders to discuss the session and what lawmakers are likely to debate. In this piece, she talks with the Senate’s highest ranking Republican.

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If you’ve ever poked around in the children’s section at the Penrose Public Library downtown then you may have seen a little locked glass cabinet full of lovely, out-of-print children’s books. We had a feeling […]

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In the short seven months since The Big Something began, we have produced 152 posts, which include over a hundred produced features. We’re proud and hope you’ve been enjoying it. We also hope that The Big Something has, in some small way, changed the way you see the Pikes Peak Region.

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Legislative leaders from both parties are uniting behind efforts to regulate the state’s booming medical marijuana industry. Although the details are still being hashed out behind the scenes, lawmakers say weeding out fraud and abuse is the top priority. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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DJ Faves for 2009

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Your favorite DJs list their favorite music of 2009. It’s all been conveniently tabbed by Mr. Spock and fluffed with some bonus YouTube videos for your viewing pleasure. Best of all, any of the tracks you buy with the iTunes links next to the songs help support KRCC. All you gotta […]

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Lawmakers and the Governor are cautiously optimistic about the legislature’s latest economic forecast, which says Colorado is starting to come out of the recession. The forecast, released Friday, points to spending and job growth as drivers. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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I Wonder Who We Are

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Since we started The Big Something in June we’ve been asking readers to submit photos to our Flickr pool and featuring them in our daily emails with the idea of providing alternative […]

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Job growth and increased consumer spending were bright spots in the state’s latest revenue forecast released today. The legislature’s chief economist says Colorado’s economy is on the rebound. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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University presidents from across Colorado gathered at the state capitol to discuss higher education funding yesterday. Governor Bill Ritter unveiled a new commission to study the issue, and lawmakers will consider a bill to give colleges and universities more autonomy from the legislature. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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According to figures released by the State Health Department 5 doctors are responsible for issuing medical marijuana cards for nearly 8 thousand people statewide. And that has the agency calling for increased regulations on prescribing the drug. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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If you listen to Morning Edition on Sunday mornings you may have already heard the first installments of the The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, a multi-part radio documentary about Life Magazine photographer W. Eugene […]

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Colorado Springs city officials release numbers on voluntary retirement requests and lay-offs…Governor Bill Ritter creates a commission to look into funding for higher education…and, the LaJunta Tribune-Democrat reports the opening of a public review period regarding a proposal from Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.

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As we near the end of the year, it seems only natural that we take time to reflect on 2009, and begin to look forward toward 2010. In today’s “Citizen Report,” Fresh Ink editor Tim Bergsten does just that.

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