The number of Colorado children abused or neglected has been growing…The Colorado House gave preliminary approval today to a bill that would allow the Colorado Film Commission to collect donations from moviegoers…and, A Colorado Democrat who says recent proposed cuts to education funding made him “sick” wants to ask voters this fall to raise [...]

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Monday Index

On February 28, 2011 By

The Denver Post reports that the number of abused or neglected children statewide has risen. Despite joining other states in a challenge to the health care reform, Colorado is beginning to initiate some portions of the changes (Colorado Springs Business Journal*). Colorado’s third congressional district, which includes Pueblo, will have [...]

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Colorado is approaching the mid-point of its legislative session. Republicans in control of the house are flexing their newfound majority and moving forward a few controversial bills through that chamber. This comes after weeks of signature bills being quietly killed by their own sponsors. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, statehouse reporter Bente [...]

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Leaders in the Democratic controlled state senate say it’s proving difficult to find millions of dollars in savings to help backfill proposed cuts to K-12 schools. Senate President Brandon Schaffer says he wants to restore about half of the education funding cuts, and asked committee chairs last week to find additional savings. Colorado has [...]

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Return to Space Mountain

On February 28, 2011 By

For all the unquestionable beauty of our ubiquitous natural surroundings, even the Front Range and Garden of the Gods can become hard to truly see in any meaningful sense. Like “THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA” in Don Delillo’s novel “White Noise,” the local scenery can become advertisements for ideas about the local scenery. We thought about his as we wandered through Garden of the Gods on a warm, late afternoon last week as the sun was just about to drop behind Pikes Peak…

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It seems only fitting that someone would simply remix the first two letters of Steve Reich’s name and bring glory to his name with digital phasing.

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(“Out of Focus Pony Ride” by KRCC)

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Hello Turtle lovers! My name is Sarah, and I am a medium sized red, green, and brown turtle. I was brought to the Humane Society because my owners could no longer care for me and my other smaller turtle friend, Littlefoot. Did you know that HSPPR gets reptiles?? They frequently do! I am a very quite pet that loves swimming around and crawling on the rocks. But, I really need a forever home, because the cat next to my aquarium is very loud and she doesn’t like water! My adoption fee is only $10.

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In a last minute plot twist, a bill that would’ve required Colorado movie goers to pay an extra fee got a major rewrite. The Republican sponsor of the bill decided to switch course, and make the film incentive fee voluntary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn worries about what she’ll pass on to her children.

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(“Jay Cimino” by The Family Studio, 1994. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8666.)

Portrait of Jay Cimino leaning against a blue 1950s model Ford Thunderbird in the showroom of the Phil Long Ford dealership. Member of the 1994 Chamber of Commerce.

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The state senate will soon take up a bill that aims to give the public more information about security scanners, including the new full body scanners located at many airports across the country. The measure has support and opposition from members in both parties. Bente Birkeland reports.

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Thursday Index

On February 24, 2011 By

The Denver Post takes a statewide look at the new census data.

The Census Bureau has released more data, some at the neighborhood level, which includes data confirming that El Paso County is now the most populous county in the state (Gazette). A new report shows Ft. Carson expansion helped [...]

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A Republican measure to eliminate state sales taxes on soft drinks cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote. Lawmakers got rid of the sales tax exemption for soft drinks last legislative session to help fill a budget shortfall. That move led to a big fracture between Republicans and Democrats. And as [...]

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The Barber of Seville

On February 24, 2011 By

Martile Rowland, founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies came by the station to talk with us about this season’s production: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Pikes Peak Center.

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Portrait of Alma Gluck (1884-1938 ). She was an operatic soprano, the wife of violinist Efrem Zimbalist, Sr., and mother of actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Ms. Gluck sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1909 until 1912.

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Hi, my name is Mikey. I am an eight year old, neutered male Cocker Spaniel. I have very soft white and tan curly fur, and brown eyes. I was found by a Good Samaritan who brought me to the Humane Society, but sadly my owners did not look for me there. I was very scared at first, but now that I’m a little more comfortable I love to go on walks, eat treats, and get affection. I have a friend in my kennel with me and we get along great, so if you have another dog at home I’d be a good companion to them too! I know I’m a little older, but I’m in good shape and I still have a lot of love to give. Come and meet me today and I bet we’ll get along great!

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The Census Bureau says El Paso County has officially surpassed Denver as Colorado’s most populous county and that Hispanics of any race now account for one-fifth of the state’s population…and, a team from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs recently returned from Panama as part of an amphibian conservation effort.

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KRCC Operations Manager and weekday afternoon host Mike Procell had been wondering about the etymology of the phrase “pony up.” The Word Detective describes the origin of the phrase as relating to the small horse, and in the late 1700s, specifically as a small amount of money. In question and answer format, [...]

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Demonstrators gathered at the statehouse yesterday in support unions in Wisconsin (Denver Post). The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a study on the state’s railroads (Colorado Springs Business Journal*). Army leaders from Ft. Carson held a public meeting regarding environmental concerns at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site ( Continue Reading

The Republican house leadership has changed the rules to make the daily prayer an official part of legislative proceedings. Several Democrats in the house argued that the prayer should continue to happen before the house is officially in session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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