Colorado is heading into a new legislative session that will bring fresh faces to state leadership, including Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. Bente Birkeland discusses the challenges he faces taking office, and the split in the state legislature as part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series that runs during the legislative session.

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We’ve done a lot in 2010, and now, in the spirit of year-end self-satisfaction, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite Big Somethings of the year that you may have missed.

We’ll be back in January. Happy New Year!

Number 10:

An Entomologist’s Xanadu

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(“Hiking on Cog Tracks,” December 1930, by Harry Standley. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-4620.)

Five members of the AdAmAn Club hike along the tracks of the Manitou and Pikes Peak (Cog) Railroad on Pikes Peak. All men carry heavy backpacks and three are holding hiking staffs. [...]

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Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they plan to focus on jobs and the economy during the 2011 legislative session. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of other bills also keeping the debate lively. One is a measure that would create civil unions in the state. The sponsor explains why he thinks [...]

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KRCC’s Best of 2010: Songs

On December 28, 2010 By

As is KRCC’s year-end tradition, we’ve posted the 100 most popular songs played on air (along with links to purchase the songs from iTunes (a portion of which goes to benefit the station). Our DJs have also posted their Top 10 favorite songs of the year . You can see them all Continue Reading

Click HERE to learn more about this the original soundtrack for the play CHILDREN OF THE SOUL MOUNTAIN (LING SHAN) inspired by the daoist pilgrimage in Gao Xingjian’s Nobel winning novel SOUL MOUNTAIN (LING SHAN).

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(“Funeral, Mike Condelin, Hahns Peak, Colo.,” 1910, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 023-1901.)

Line of men stand in snow alongside coffin on sled. Small girl stands behind the coffin. “J.M.” with an arrow points to one of the men in background. Title written on bottom [...]

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Colorado is expected to nearly double in population by the year 2050, but the number of people living in eastern Colorado has been dwindling for decades. While some communities have managed to grow, many others are aging and have little new growth. This poses an ongoing challenge for local schools that are struggling to stay [...]

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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“A five-piece jangle pop band from the southern river-port of Russia. They make guitar music, inspired by 80’s new wave and independent dance scene with thick bass-lines and military drums. They have released their debut album in May 2010 via web.”

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(“Working on Sculpture” by Myron Wood, July 1958. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5838.)

Man with hand tools working on large bird destined for playground equipment.

Click HERE to browse the Pikes Peak Library District’s online photograph archive.

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In the 1800s, Christmas was a popular time for bird shooting contests. But an early officer of the Audubon Society pushed to change those annual bird kills to an annual bird count. Now, from mid-December through January 5th, tens of thousands of citizen scientists conduct Christmas bird counts nationwide. In order to bring you the [...]

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(“Colorado-Remarkable Meterological Display Observed at Chrisman” by M. Doolittle, January 1887. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 257-6307.)

The Middle Distance 12.24.10: “Full Moon”

On Tuesday, December 21, my students came to class sleepy-eyed and dazed. Many of them had stretched out on one of the wide [...]

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The Big Something Holiday Spectacular 2010

Tune in to KRCC today at 2:15 p.m. (or stream by clicking the play button above) and come away with us on a journey of holiday stories full of dirty old sandals; divorce and toaster ovens; forgotten panties and batteries; trick-or-treating on Christmas Eve; Cuba and [...]

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(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the slideshow to watch this in full-screen.)

Now a Big Something Holiday Tradition, here’s a reading of this beautiful out-of-print edition of The Night Before Christmas by TBS Producer Noel Black’s son, Ursen. The music is “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” [...]

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“All of the most popular Christmas songs were composed during the 19th century, and are still used today, despite being extremely outdated and obsolete. With this album Cervello Meccanico proposes a collection of songs intended to be more suitable for the present century.”

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(“[Christmas Tree],” photographer unknown, 1918. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-5400.)

Christmas tree with presents piled underneath in room of house with oriental rugs around and draperies around the tree.

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Sometime in the late 1930s/early-1940s, Colorado Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell filled not just with words or images, but with painstakingly rendered, hand-pulled stone lithographs. Local art collector Blake [...]

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(“Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center” by Clarence Coil, date unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 013-85.)

Long view of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with the lawns, trees and paths on the Monument Valley Park side. A couple with a dog are walking up the path [...]

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The Pueblo Chieftain takes a look at the new census data, and its effects on congressional redistricting. A Denver doctor could be the first in the state to face repercussions from a medical marijuana recommendation (Denver Post).

In Colorado Springs, D-11 adopts anti-doping curriculum from USADA (Gazette). I-25 is [...]

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Stained Glass at Grace

On December 22, 2010 By

(We highly recommend viewing this slide show in full-screen—click the arrows in the lower right-hand corner)

‘Tis the season to gawk once again at the gorgeous stained glass windows ofGrace St.-Stephens Episcopal Church.

Note that the first two images are of a pair of stained glass windows that look a bit like [...]

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