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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