Movies like How the West Was Won starring Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck, the original True Grit with John Wayne, and Sleeper with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have given places like Canon City, Denver, Durango, and Bent’s Old Fort near LaJunta visibility on the silver screen. But as other areas began offering large [...]

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One of the more controversial bills introduced in the state’s legislative session is scheduled to die before it even gets a hearing. A Republican house member says he plans to kill his own bill that would have adopted an Arizona style immigration law. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Stephen Scott’s much-beloved Bowed Piano Ensemble will premiere a new work commissioned by former New York Philharmonic English horn soloist Thomas Stacy this evening in Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus. Scott invited us to record the first movement of the piece during their final rehearsal [...]

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(“Echo” by KRCC)

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State lawmakers will get their first chance this week to shape the federal health care law for Colorado. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up new “health insurance exchanges.” Exchanges are new marketplaces where coverage will be very cheap for people who don’t make much money. That’s what many in health care are [...]

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The Colorado Department of Education says 72.4% of the class of 2010 graduated high school on time, which means within four years…A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a prayer luncheon at the Air Force Academy…and, the Mountain Metropolitan Transit service has replaced 30 passenger vans.

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Latest snow fall may not help moisture conditions (Gazette).

A look at campaign finance for city council positions in Colorado Springs show a wide gap (Gazette).

Peyton firefighters quit, citing safety issues (Gazette, KRDO). Harrison D-2 officials hear concerns about a plan to close Chamberlin Academy ( Continue Reading

Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

This [...]

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Humane Society Pets on TBS

On February 9, 2011 By

We’re pleased to announce that, starting today, The Big Something will partner with The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region to feature pets in the greatest need of adoption Tuesdays through Fridays. It’s our hope that, whether you’re looking to adopt a new family member or not, that you’ll help spread the word [...]

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(“John Freeman,” photographer unknown, ca. 1900. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8799.)

Two young boys leaning up against a wooden building, peering down at a dog. Caption on the back of the photograph reads: “Johnny Freeman and Harry Lewharb and Prince / Roswell, Colo.”

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Colorado Republicans will have a new state party leader after chair Dick Wadhams unexpectedly dropped out of the running for a third term. Bente Birkeland examines the impact of his decision and what it means for Republicans across the state.

*Denver Republican Attorney Ryan Call, legal counsel for the state GOP, announced his candidacy for [...]

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Colorado’s two U.S. Senators are backing the President’s call for a line-item veto to eliminate what he thinks is wasteful spending…The Justice Department says it’s reviewing a request by Colorado and 12 other states looking for the government’s help obtaining supplies of a scarce execution drug…and, a federal judge is hearing arguments on whether to [...]

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The High Country News takes a look at President Obama’s record on environmental issues in the west*. Snow returns to the Front Range (Gazette). Challenges face John Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper’s choice to direct the state Agriculture Department (Chieftain).

In Colorado Springs, the notion to examine the city’s pension obligations fails [...]

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The job of balancing Colorado’s roughly 1.1 billion dollar budget shortfall largely falls on the shoulders of just six lawmakers. This bi-partisan group sits on the powerful joint budget committee that’s charged with writing the budget. Most of the members are new to the committee this year, and for the first time in several years [...]

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A Democratic state senator is trying to expand Colorado’s hate crimes law to include the homeless. The measure cleared the senate judiciary committee yesterday on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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(This slide show contains images from the time of the opening on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson. Thanks to Blake Wilson for the Life magazines and all those noted in the [...]

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([Boy and Sculpture] by Mryon Wood, August 1960. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5809.)

Small boy sits on lap of one of two seated metal sculpture figures at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Sign at left advertises gallery talk. Photo identified on back as “Fine [...]

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Colorado is almost one month into the legislative session and despite some occasional flare-ups over minor measures, lawmakers have gotten off to a relatively slow start. For now, leadership in the split legislature seems to be taking a more cautious approach to the session. Bente Birkeland analyzes the dynamic as part of our capitol conversation [...]

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(Slide show contains images of the first Broadmoor Academy catalog from 1921 and images by artists who taught at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Catalog and images courtesy of Blake Wilson and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

When you think of great southwestern arts colonies, you probably think of Taos and Santa Fe, [...]

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