KRCC is very pleased to announce that we won First Place from the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association in the “Documentary” category in the Radio 1 Large/Medium Market Division for our “Uniquely Colorado” Western Skies episode, which aired last summer.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has named a new Chief Financial Officer…A new survey lists Colorado Springs as a top city for starting a small business…A nearly six-square-mile wildfire in southern Colorado near Pagosa Springs has grown more than 600 acres and is 4 percent contained…and, a 14-year-old from Parker is among the finalists in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Now that the legislature’s special session has finished and some dust has settled, Bente Birkeland sits down with Governor John Hickenlooper to take a look back at how the controversial civil unions bill was handled, and whether he regrets his unusual decision to call for a special session.

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Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. We spoke with the founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Martile Rowland, about the production which will be her final stage appearance as she portrays Mme. Armfeldt.

Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ production of A Little [...]

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Printed on front “Interior – Opera House / Central City, Colorado”.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is being pressured to veto a bill that would change the rules for publicly inspecting cast ballots. He says he hopes to make a decision on the measure soon…The Colorado attorney general says a Dallas debt-resolution company and its president will pay nearly $14 million in penalties and restitution to the state and former clients for violating state laws.

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Pueblo’s City Manager is stepping down after leaving the scene of a minor traffic incident…Manitou Springs has leased a parking lot in an effort to help ease traffic issues this summer…Fire managers have requested an additional helicopter to help fight a nine-square-mile wildfire in southwestern Colorado near the Utah border…and, anti-tax activist Doug Bruce is expected to be released from Denver County Jail tomorrow.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Call it Frontier Fest or Territorial Days or Old Timey Meat Stick Stromboli, the West Side of Colorado Springs was awash in the buzz of human beings this past weekend. They were ostensibly celebrating… well, heaven knows, any suggestions?

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View of log cabin with false front that was rumored to have served as the first Colorado Territory Capitol building. There is a bench in front of the door. Painted on building front: “Erected in 1859 / Old Capitol Building”.

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Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle…Colorado’s Energy Office has a new mission. It will now promote traditional energy alongside renewable energy such as wind and solar.

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A man involved in the shooting of a police officer is back in custody after he failed to return to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo…Governor John Hickenlooper has until June eighth to decide the fate of 61 bills that were passed during the legislative session.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn peers into the darkness of memory at the center of the eclipse.

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Shove Chapel at night with moon overhead.

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The Crystal River in Western Colorado has made its way onto a list of the country’s most endangered rivers. A national environmental group says the main threat is a new dam and reservoir proposed a few miles upstream from the town of Redstone. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, water providers [...]

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Florence’s The Flumps stopped by KRCC for the afternoon music mix today. They played a preview of their upcoming performance at MeadowGrass. Click play to listen.

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Twenty minutes north of downtown Colorado Springs lies La Foret. Originally Alice Bemis Taylor’s vacation compound and now a conference and retreat center that hosts the annual MeadowGrass music festival each Memorial Day weekend.

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Color portrait of Alice Bemis Taylor wearing corsage.

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President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at today’s Air Force Academy graduation. It’s a tradition for the President to speak to one of the service academies each year. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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