The nation’s top military official spoke to members of the Colorado National Guard today, and says Air Force units that fly aging F-16 fighter jets on homeland security missions may not learn their future for two years…Attorneys general from western states are planning to meet this week to discuss water law, including the Colorado River [...]

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Some state lawmakers want to spend a little less time under the gold dome each year and streamline Colorado’s annual legislative session. A bi-partisan measure that was introduced on Friday would shorten future legislative sessions by 20 days. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Education reform is likely to dominate the final stretch of the legislative session. Several big proposals to shift education policy are just beginning their journeys through the state house. Bente Birkeland discusses what’s on the table as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.

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As tourist season fast approaches, Craig Richardson goes along with locals Jim Jackson, Birgitta DePree, Don Goede and Warren Epstein for a tasting and tales from the gurgling fonts that give Manitou Springs half its name. Click HERE for Part II.

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Drivers could soon be zipping along stretches of I-70 a bit faster. A pair of measures to try and ease congestion on the busy interstate recently cleared the senate transportation committee unanimously. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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(“Mineral Springs at Manitou” by Byron H. Gurnsey, ca. 1872. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image 001-240.)

View of mineral spring in Manitou Springs with gazebo in background. A group of well-dressed men, women and one child are gathered around the spring.

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It’s worth reading this entry about uillean pipes after listening to this song:

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In Colorado Springs, outgoing City Manager Penny Culbreth-Graft has asked the city for a payout (Gazette, CSBJ).The city will close two pools this summer (Gazette). Harrison D-2 parents are upset over the school board’s handling over the district (KRDO). The Colorado Springs Business Journal reports on the [...]

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A controversial bill that would change teacher and principal evaluations and teacher tenure got a lengthy hearing over the last two days at the state capitol. A final vote in the senate education committee is expected today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Welcome to the April 23, 2010 episode of Lost & Found Radio where every week we bring you the best music from the web. This week we bring you the first of our “Best of the Web” episode with some of our favorite songs from the first 13 episodes. To listen, you can [...]

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Lo-fi velvet joy division from down under.

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(“Coughlin’s Zoological Park,” Colorado Springs, 1910. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collection, Pikes Peak Library District. Image 001-5305.)

Two women, one man and a child ride on top of an Indian elephant.

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With Earth Day today, many communities around the Pikes Peak region are beginning celebrations and events tied to environmentalism. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska previews one event coming up in Colorado Springs that seeks to inspire a little spring-cleaning.

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The Colorado House of Representatives has approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow the state to license marijuana dispensaries and growers…A new study documenting the physical condition of 18-to-24 year olds has found that Colorado has one of the country’s lowest levels of obesity in that group, but that still has [...]

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In Colorado Springs, D-11 is changing lunch (Gazette). A Ft. Carson soldier receives a Bronze Star (Gazette, KKTV, KRDO). The Colorado Springs Independent reports on reaction to a planned Army rail line in Stratmoor Hills, and profiles three businesses working to aid the environment.

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Senate leaders unveiled a bi-partisan proposal yesterday that would give colleges and universities more independence from the state, and flexibility to increase tuition. Lawmakers say the changes are necessary to keep the higher education system in tact. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A Date With Darth Vader

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A Date With Darth Vader

Welcome to the second installment in The Big Something Radio Programme. First, allow us to explain what’s going on:

We started off last month by producing one story—Noel’s mother’s date with Lorne Greene, which you can listen to HERE. From there we invited those who heard [...]

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Ironic that his did.

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(“Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell Visit Hospital” by Stewarts Commercial Photographers, 1952. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image 013-2276.)

Actors and actresses visit young boy in hospital room with others standing in doorway. Robert Mitchum is writing in an autograph book. Note on back reads “Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell [...]

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Colorado lawmakers have unveiled a major overhaul of the state’s college tuition program…A Colorado coal mine had a surprise visit from inspectors over the weekend…Republican Congressman Mike Coffman says he’s trying to help the Army expand a training site in southeast Colorado…and, Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Colorado to campaign for Democrat Betsy [...]

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman (R-6) has introduced legislation that would ban the use of condemnation for obtaining land related to the expansion of the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (Gazette). Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) is proposing a bill aimed at Western states coping with damage from the bark beetle (KOAA).Senator Michael [...]

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State lawmakers hashed out more restrictive regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries yesterday. The bill would let cities and towns ban dispensaries altogether, and limit on site consumption of the drug. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Lawmakers at the state house could be headed for a showdown on how to pay for repairs to the dome on the capitol building. But this time, the division won’t fall along party lines, but between the two chambers. The house state affairs committee unanimously passed a bill yesterday to raise private funds to repair [...]

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