X-City Daydream

On December 20, 2011 By

There are few things more magical than cross-country skiing through city streets on a snowy day. This slide show, which we originally produced in 2009, is still one of our favorites at this time of year.

(Music in the slide show is “Frosti” by Bjork).

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(“Sculpture” by Myron Wood, August 1973. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-1154.)

Man standing on back of truck working on large metal sculpture on hilltop. Photo identified on back as “Sculpture by Jack Edwards for Cheyenne Hills (Gates Land Dev.), South Colorado Springs.

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If you get any iTunes gift cards this holiday season, here are a few suggestions, as to what you might download with them. I managed to review most of these albums for this site during the year, but a few of them slipped under my radar (or beyond the time I had for writing) until [...]

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State Budget Slammed as More Coloradans Need Medicaid

Jump to Southeastern Colorado’s County Numbers

By Carol McKinley
Colorado Public News

In the years since the recession started, another 280,000 Coloradans qualified for government assistance with health care through Medicaid. From Colorado Public News, Carol McKinley reports that the state has [...]

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Monday Index

On December 19, 2011 By

A new website is aimed at curbing DUIs across the state (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat).

In Colorado Springs, the Memorial Task Force members on city council have voted unanimously to recommend the University of Colorado Hospital to lease the Memorial Health System (Gazette., Colorado Springs Business Journal). A [...]

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Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming session at the statehouse. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. Bente Birkeland sat down with fellow statehouse reporters to examine how things will likely play out [...]

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Serious Toys

On December 19, 2011 By

If you haven’t yet seen the excellent Low Tech/High Art show of toy camera photographs curated by Carol Dass at the Business of Art Center, we highly recommend you get there before December 31 before it closes. To whet your appetite, Dass narrates this slide show of images with an explication of [...]

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(“Artist’s Glen,” photographer unknown, ca. 1885-1900. Courtesy of the Denver Public Library. Call Number: X-1664.)

Scene at Artist’s Glen near Manitou Springs, Colorado. Two men in suits relax on benches that are on a boulder in Englemann Canyon; one of them holds an open book towards the camera. Mosquito netting covers the [...]

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Colorado officials say the owner of a uranium mill near Canon City is terminating its license, putting it on a path to closure…and, communities have little more than a month to apply for what’s being called a Creative District Designation.

Application information for the Creative District Designation can be found here.

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Friday Index

On December 16, 2011 By

More than 80,000 Coloradans would be affected if unemployment benefits expire (Denver Post). Environmental groups oppose a proposed water pipeline from Colorado to Wyoming (Denver Post). Colorado loses again in the “Race to the Top” educational grant awards (Denver Post). Foreclosure filings across the state drop in November [...]

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A task force charged with analyzing whether the state-created worker’s compensation company should privatize has even more questions than when it first began examining the plan. The group held its second meeting yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Middle Distance 12.16.2011: Merry Texas Christmas

For all of my children’s lives, thirty-four Christmases with the exception of just a few, we have gathered at their grandmother’s house in Galveston, Texas for the end of year holiday. For many years we drove the hard, long course from Colorado Springs to the [...]

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(“Key to Galveston,” photographer unknown, 1915. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 102-10208.)

Key to the city is printed “Galveston From Colorado to the Gulf Tourists / No Speed Limit Here”. Two men are holding a banner reading “From Colorado to the Gulf.” Men stand on brick pavement [...]

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Colorado Springs City Council today reinstated four of Mayor Steve Bach’s six line item vetoes on the city’s 2012 budget…and, Governor John Hickenlooper says the state will likely appeal a recent district court decision calling the state’s underfunding of K-12 schools unconstitutional.

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Thursday Index

On December 15, 2011 By

A crash has closed northbound I-25 in downtown Colorado Springs (Gazette, KXRM, KOAA, KRDO, KKTV).

Colorado is poised to see a demographic shift by 2021 in those 18 and under due to children born to immigrants (Denver Post). Xcel Energy seeks a [...]

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We spoke with Mary Lou Makepeace at a recent surprise party for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. Makepeace, the first female Mayor of Colorado Springs and now the Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, discusses the impact the fund has had on Colorado Springs and her hopes for [...]

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Seven men and one woman lounge in room with brick wall. Three men sit on striped couch in front, with one man in archair beside; the others stand behind. Photo identified on back as “Front Row – L. ro T. – Earl Bates, Mayor Harry Blunt, Chief “Dad” Bruce, Roy A. Davis. Standing – L [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced today his line item vetoes to the city’s 2012 annual budget…and, Federal authorities may be considering a crackdown on medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, according to KCNC in Denver.

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Colorado Democratic lawmakers revealed their first bill for the upcoming legislative session today…and, the federal government is considering moving bison captured outside Yellowstone National Park to public lands in Colorado, South Dakota and elsewhere in part to prevent an annual slaughter of the animals.

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