Until digital devices compress all novels into the ALLNOVEL, enabling such devices to instantly create the novel you want to read from an algorithm based on your DNA, credit card information and Safeway discount card (a few weeks from now, we’ve heard), people will probably continue to write novels. Steven Hayward, Associate Professor of Literature at Colorado Colleges, is such a person. Hayward read a segment of his new novel, Don’t Be Afraid, for us and talked about his writing in advance of his reading tomorrow night.

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Hi, my name is Cuddles. I am a one year old, spayed female cat. As you can see I have shiny long, black fur and bright yellow eyes. I came to the Humane Society as a stray, and sadly my owners did not come and find me. I am a very [...]

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Nine candidates for Colorado Springs’ new Strong Mayor position speak tonight.  KOAA Channel 5 is hosting and airing the forum starting at 7 p.m..  You can learn more at Channel 5′s website.

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A bill that would require people to show a photo ID in order to vote cleared the state house of representatives today. Every Republican in the house voted for the measure, as did a few Democrats. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Several hundred union members who rallied outside Colorado’s capitol today in support of Wisconsin union members found a rival rally in a group of tea-partiers…The number of fatal accidents on Colorado’s roadways has fallen…and, The Supreme Court has decided to let stand a Bush administration designation of 8.6 million acres in four Western [...]

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The state’s Democratic senate president says he wants to restore about half of the proposed funding cuts to K-12 schools, some 187 million dollars. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol on what’s shaping up to be the first real division between Democrats in the legislature and the Democratic Governor.

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This weekend in Washington, the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented CU-Denver professor John Cohen with its top award for Promoting Public Understanding of Science and Technology. KRCC’s Shelley Schlender has this profile.

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A bill that aims to better train coaches to recognize concussions in middle and high school students initially cleared the state senate yesterday. The National Football League is advocating for similar measures across the country in an effort to reduce serious injuries. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Mid-Winter Color in the GOG

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The song beneath the slideshow is “Midwinters Dream & Birth of the Bear” by the Scottish duo Nalle. You can listen to the whole song (over 11 minutes) and download it for free here:

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(“Eleven Mile Dam” by Stewarts Commercial Photographers, 1930. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 013-1036.)

Scene showing construction of Eleven Mile Dam in Eleven Mile Canyon.

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The Birth of A Station

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Last year, we had the pleasure of meeting Donald Montgomery, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, a Colorado College alumnus, and one of the student broadcasters for KRCC in the mid-1950s shortly after the station was set up on campus by “Chief” Tyree. Now in his eighties, Montgomery went on to work as [...]

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The 2010-2011 season marks Lawrence Leighton Smith’s 11th year as Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony and Philharmonic, and his final one on the job. What should have been a triumphant retirement year for Smith has been darkened by news of his recent diagnosis with Binswanger’s Disease, a form of dementia. But Smith was [...]

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A bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay in-state college tuition cleared the Democratic controlled senate education committee on a party line vote yesterday. The committee room was packed, and an opponent of the controversial bill even asked that all non-citizens be removed from the hearing room. Bente Birkeland [...]

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(“Denver Post Office” by Myron Wood, June 1963. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, Courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5942.)

A couple carrying a child walk past large building with columns, arched windows and wide stairway. A man is sleeping on top of steps under carved sign reading “Alternate Rest and Labor [...]

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Top leaders in the Democratic controlled senate say parts of Governor John Hickenlooper’s budget are dead on arrival…and, Action 22, a group that represents 22 southern Colorado counties, opposes another element in the Governor’s proposed budget that would close a prison in Las Animas. The group says the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility is in an [...]

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Murray Ross shares with us his tale of transformation made possible by the simple act of listening to KRCC. Oh and hark! You can join KRCC just by clicking this here “JOIN KRCC” button. It’s just that simple!

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