This month we’re doing things a little differently. KRCC belongs to a network of stations called Rocky Mountain Community Radio, so this month, we’re going to sample some work from a few of these stations, including our own.

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Fire on the Mountain: How Gold Hill was Saved
Parachute Penstemon
Occupy Colorado Springs



Fire on the Mountain: How Gold Hill was Saved

The Four Mile fire in the Foothills west of Boulder started on Labor Day of last year. It was the most expensive wild fire in Colorado history, destroying 169 homes. The historic mining town of Gold Hill was right in the path of the raging wildfire, but it survived. From KGNU in Boulder, this is the story.

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Parachute Penstemon

Parachute Penstemon; photo: Wikipedia

A balancing act is happening in areas across the west between energy development and a healthy environment. One example in Colorado is on the western slope. It involves a tiny flower that grows on the roan plateau, near rifle. This two part story comes from Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio, and involves the parachute penstemon. In part one, Marci takes us up high, to a rocky, nearly barren slope where this rare flower grows.

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Part two of the series on the parachute penstemon takes a look at how this one tiny flower on the Roan Plateau in Northwestern Colorado is causing big headaches for the energy industry. The parachute penstemon, along with two other flowers, were added to the endangered species list this summer. The extra protection could mean energy companies must change the way they do things in areas where the plant grows. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen continues her report.

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Occupy Colorado Springs

Occupy Wall Street is a protest movement that’s caught on around the country and around the world, including here in Colorado. According to OccupyTogether.com, there are gatherings not only in Denver, but also Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. Recently, KRCC’s Kate Jonuska checked in with the Occupy Colorado Springs group several times over the course of 24 hours to find out what it’s like on the ground at Acacia Park. She has this report.

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After this report was produced, two protesters were arrested for placing tents in areas that the permit did not cover. You can read more at the Gazette.

 

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Music

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