Halftone image showing stone archway with wrought-iron fence inside. Bicycles leaning against right side of arch. One of four images on full-page spread titled “Antlers Hotel and Mining Exchange Building – Colorado Springs.” Right hand images have caption “Mining Exchange Building and Detail of Archway.” “Stevens” printed in lower right of page.

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State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several members of the state legislature are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier, and substantial bills are starting to get scheduled for their first hearings. Bente [...]

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Colorado tourism leaders are set to converge on the state capitol on Monday to promote the industry and discuss trends. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more about the annual event.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on the renewal a well-considered garden can bring.

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Colorado medical marijuana businesses would be able form a financial cooperative similar to a credit union under a proposal introduced in the state senate…and, the state senate’s number two Democrat says he’s not running for Congress in Colorado’s 6th congressional district.

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State education officials say a huge achievement gap still exists between low and higher income students and many K through 12 students struggle in science. But Colorado has made significant improvements in math scores…and, conservative Christian broadcaster James Dobson has endorsed Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination for president.

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Pueblo and Fort Collins are expected to lead the economic recovery in the state…CO Dept. of Agriculture vows to improve cantaloupe image…Colorado Springs Mayor and Council hold joint meeting to hash out issues….and, more. Click for full Index.

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In 1983, local artist Clarence Shivers was commissioned by the Miller Brewing Company to illustrate its annual calendar celebrating the accomplishments of civil rights luminaries. We asked his wife Peggy to talk to us about the portraits. In the slide show above, Peggy takes a look back at the time in the 1980s [...]

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Aerial photograph of the land for Air Forc Academy looking south, with Cheyenne Mountain in distance. Note on back reads “Air Academy before Constr. Looking down range.”

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If you find yourself up Denver way anytime in the next few weeks, be sure to check out West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 at MCA Denver. Though it does have the faintest waft of stale patchouli and latter-day baby boomer hagiography about it (what doesn’t [...]

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Officials with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are acknowledging that the state has made significant overpayments for unemployment insurance benefits…Army investigators say a soldier found dead in her barracks at Fort Carson had been stabbed, but they haven’t yet released the official cause of death…and, Investigators say one propeller on a twin-engine [...]

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School discipline reform gains traction…SLV agriculture raises serious water questions…Banning Lewis Ranch drilling comment period closes today…Pueblo’s D70 could close Futures Academy…and more. Click for the full Index.

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Here we present the second installment of our visit with local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you should definitely have a look [...]

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From the office roof – a close-up look west to Pikes Peak. A taller view of this whole scene is in this adjacent photo in our stream. Old Colorado City, west side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. BombBomb Video Email Marketing Software

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Costs from CO’s sickest uninsurable patients rank twice the U.S. average….”Squatters” could be to blame for recent fires in Colorado Springs…Sushi makes its mark in Pueblo. Click for the full Index.

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Over the past six months, we’ve had the great pleasure of paying several visits to local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you [...]

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · Brazil is touted as one of the most racially harmonious places in the world, but people of color who move there say they are surprised at the degree of discrimination they face, based on skin color.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about “one of the most difficult times of our lives.”
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Brooklyn Museum’s mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · Brad Bird’s new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a “near-hysterical case” against pessimism.
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life to the era in which it’s set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
 

Music

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May 22, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The music of the saxophonist’s three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The era of the protest song might seem gone, but NPR Music host Jason King has curated a 100-hour-long playlist of R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop protest music that spans decades (including this one).
 

May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Houston Rockets lost their second game in the Western Conference Finals Thursday night. Many fans believe rapper Lil B placed a curse on the team’s best player, James Harden.
 

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