There’s little question Colorado holds some serious potential for geothermal power. Reservoirs of hot water across the state that can be used to heat homes and generate electricity are just waiting to be tapped. But geothermal still has to find its place in a competitive energy marketplace… and right now it’s growing slower than [...]

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While Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine, a lot of questions still surround the harnessing of that sun for power. It’s not uncommon to see homes or businesses throughout the state with solar panels strapped to roofs, and some developers are working on large, utility scale solar arrays. One young entrepreneur in Colorado Springs [...]

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Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the sight of one of the country’s next big oil booms. New technologies for hydraulic fracturing are now allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale. Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the formation extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska and is thought [...]

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Aspen resident Neal Biedleman returned to climb Mount Everest earlier this year, retracing the steps he took on a trip there 15 years ago that turned into a tragedy. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen recently caught up with the climber, and has this report.

Aspen Public Radio and KRCC are both members [...]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks back at the mixed bag of getting what you wish for.

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Many thanks to Colorado Springs-based The Custer St. Consortium (Msgt. J. Thomas Champe (USAF, RET.), Rebecca Knight-Slivka, Georgia Montoya, Tasha Moreno, Steve Schaarschmidt, Ric Sincovec, Gary Tatel) for this catchy Xmas pop party. Enjoy!

We Can’t Help (But Watch Those Snowflakes) by The Custer St. Consortium

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(“Christmas Parade” by Stewarts Commercial Photographers, December 8, 1931. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 201-1121.)

Santa in his sleigh being pulled down Tejon Street by 11 reindeer. The Gazette estimated the crowd at 30,000 people. Stores visible include Cox Brothers, The Sign of the Rose and [...]

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As Governor John Hickenlooper enters his second year in office, he’s winning praise on both sides of the aisle for his political savvy, especially when it comes to energy issues. State regulators recently passed a rule requiring oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the fluids they use in hydraulic fracturing. Hickenlooper made the [...]

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Here’s the final installment of my top 40 for 2011. Hopefully you’ve found a few potential new favorites on the list. Have a wonderful holiday season and a terrific New Year … and let’s all hope for more great music in 2012!

Matthew Sweet
Modern Art
(Missing Piece Group)

At first listen, the [...]

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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.)

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 [...]

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(“Ice-Cutting, Kremmling” by Myron Wood, January 1960. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 002-1674.)

Men cutting ice on frozen lake with conveyor belt sending chunks of ice uphill on the right.

Click HERE to browse more historic images at the Pikes Peak Library District’s [...]

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In the three weeks since the Bureau of Land Management announced that about 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley could be leased for oil and gas development, a coalition has formed to keep the industry from moving in. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KVNF in Paonia, Ariana Brocious reports.

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Colorado is appealing a district court decision that says the state’s lack of funding for K-12 schools is unconstitutional…and, jurors deliberated for less than four hours before returning a guilty verdict against Douglas Bruce today.

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In this special holiday episode of The Story Project, Mary Springer Froese, Nancy Wilsted, Linda Martin, Warren Espstein and Rich Tosches spin their holiday yarns.

You can experience the Story Project live at the Marmalade at Smokebrush every 2nd Friday at 7pm.

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Mates of State
Mountaintops
(Barsuk Records)

On their seventh CD, the Connnecticut-based husband-wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel offer ten songs loaded with melody, hooks, and emotion. Over the spare keyboards and clattering rimshots of “Unless I’m Led,” Gardner sings about finding her way through the woods with the help of [...]

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Communities across Colorado deal with hydraulic fracturing requests (Denver Post). Colorado adds an estimated 88,000 residents since last year’s census count (Denver Business Journal). A school near Monte Vista built by a developer with a history of structural issues faces immediate repairs (Denver Post).

In Colorado Springs, two [...]

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Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, recorded July 31, 2011 in Colorado College’s Shove Chapel (right-click or control-click on blue link to download). Part of their Fuel/Friends Chapel Session, an ongoing series of live acoustic music from emerging indie artists recorded in a gorgeous Colorado Springs [...]

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The Big Something Holiday Spectacular 2010

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 much more! These are the stories called in to our answering machine by you, our listeners. Whatever [...]

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Colorado’s economy is slowly recovering and the latest economic forecast shows more revenue than lawmakers had budgeted for. Governor John Hickenlooper announced plans today to use the additional money to reduce cuts to education…and, the state labor department says Colorado’s unemployment rate was 8 percent during November, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than [...]

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DeVotchKa
100 Lovers
(Anti- Records)

This Denver-based quartet blends a wide variety of Mediterranean and Eastern European musical styles into its pop. On its sixth full-length album, 100 Lovers, the band delivers its most consistently tuneful set to date. Guitarist Nick Urata sings tales of romance either gone wrong (“The words come easily, [...]

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Well, ok, it’s a room with a monolithic fire escape with a view of America’s Mountain.

(Taken with phone camera.)

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