Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America plans to close its Walsenburg prison, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Some state lawmakers are concerned about the use of Native American mascots at public schools…and, the Chieftain also reports that a Pueblo trauma surgeon currently in Haiti is blogging about his experiences.

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A bill that would regulate how Colorado doctors prescribe medical marijuana was introduced on Wednesday. The measure aims to crack down on fraud and abuse in the current system. Bente Birkeland has more from the state house.

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The senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously voted to confirm Jim Martin as the head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He faced questions on oil and gas regulations, water, and the state’s roadless rule. Bente Birkeland reports from the statehouse.

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Turkish psych-rock by way of The Doors and the Velvet Underground. Sound weird? Sounds good!

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This past summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), aka The Honeymoon Lodge, one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. We did [...]

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Congresswoman Betsy Markey (CO-4) has asked credit card companies to waive fees on donations bound for relief efforts in Haiti…the Colorado State University System has released a draft of a proposed ban on guns on its Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses…and, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announces he will not seek re-election.

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Colorado’s education officials are hoping to win a nearly 400 million dollar federal race to the top grant to improve the state’s schools and teacher performance. The governor turned in the application yesterday, confident several new education reforms would improve Colorado’s chances of winning. Bente Birkeland has more from the statehouse.

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Phoning It In is a brilliant idea of a radio show that records fantastic musicians playing over the phone. It’s a lo-fi lovers dream boat down the Nile. Here’s a little ditty by Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon who makes no bones about his love for Daniel Johnston.

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Local teen pop band Dance Over Anaheim is either headed for the big time or college, whichever comes first. You can catch them with Benjamin Pratt tomorrow night at the Showcase at Studio Bee starting at 6 p.m. Full details HERE.

Jeanette Hohman, host of KRCC’s local music show “Surround [...]

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The Army decides to stop pursuing an expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, for now…and, Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says he’s still running for the US Senate race, and has no plans to drop out or run for governor.

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Tickets for Laura Veirs‘ show at Venue 515 in Manitou on March 6 go on sale today at KRCC, 912 N. Weber, and they won’t last long. (We’re open 9-5, Tues. – Fri.)

As an added bonus, Veirs, a Colorado Springs native, has generously offered the title track of her new album, [...]

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(Slide show is best viewed in full-screen mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Click the right and left arrow buttons on the lower left to move through the slides. All photos by Noel Black and Michael Myers.)

Two years ago, I spent two days [...]

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In his last state of the state address delivered last week, Governor Bill Ritter touted his administration’s accomplishments and pledged to get the state’s economy back on track. Ritter also urged lawmakers to act quickly on the issue of medical marijuana. But where the governor sees chaos, many medical marijuana supporters see only constitutionally-protected freedom [...]

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Two mission workers from Colorado have been rescued in Haiti after spending at least 55 hours trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel, while a third is still unaccounted for…Colorado prison officials say the state’s correctional facilities are overflowing with violent offenders housed in lower-security prisons…and, the U.S. Forest Service looks to track lynx [...]

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Colorado’s legislature is back in session and so is our capitol conversation series. State house correspondent Bente Birkeland talks to her colleagues about the Governor’s final state of the state address, his legacy, and a look ahead to what’s in store for the coming months.

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers testifies in Washington on mortgage fraud…Governor Ritter gives his final State of the State address…and, Air Force Reservists from Peterson Air Force Base head to Thailand.

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Governor Bill Ritter delivered his final state of the state address in front of a joint session of the legislature yesterday, with about 30 members of his extended family cheering him on. He touted his administration’s accomplishments and pledged to get the state’s economy back on solid ground. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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After many months in production, we are pleased to present the pilot episode of Lost and Found Radio, what will initially be a 1/2 hour, web radio show hosted/produced by Matt Stevens and produced/engineered by Noel Black featuring music that can only be found on the web. (Because we began producing this pilot [...]

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Completely coming undone never sounded so great.

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A Colorado Springs-based child development agency is trying to account for two associates from the city who were in Haiti during Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake…and, Governor Ritter gives his final State of the State address.

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Lawmakers kicked off the state’s annual 120 day legislative session yesterday. The day included speeches, family photos, and a few fresh faces new to the legislature. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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Nothin wrong with rockin out (recorded live at KEXP).

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Bumpersticker Babylon

On January 14, 2010 By

Maybe it’s the ideological divide that runs down that imaginary Mason-Dixon line called Academy Boulevard. Or maybe it’s the pyramid power of Pikes Peak. Whatever it is, people in Colorado Springs love bumperstickers and obviously believe abundantly in their power to communicate identity, political ideas, music preferences and cute things about dogs and cats. [...]

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