Springtime seemed to arrive quickly this year. A new project from Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KVNF called iSeeChange takes a look at the phenomenon. Julia Kumari Drapkin spoke with both citizens and scientists about the early spring, and has this story.

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Historian Richard Marold takes us back to baseball’s roots in Colorado Springs from the birth of the Millionaires in 1902 to the return of the Sky Sox in 1988.

The History of Baseball in Colorado Springs

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin [...]

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Baseball team posing for photo in front of wooden fence with weeds and wild flowers in front. Large “E” is on left side of uniform shirt.

Click HERE to browse more historic images of the Pikes Peak Region at the PPLD’s Digital Photo Archive.

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The Colorado Health Access Survey finds more than 600,000 Coloradans have insurance they know won’t pay enough. When an unexpected illness hits, the coverage falls short. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News found one health care advocate who has taken to the road to warn even more Americans to be sure they understand exactly what their policies won’t cover.

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Earlier this year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count report, which analyzes heath and well-being among the state’s youth in Colorado’s most populated counties. Among the measures is teen birth rates, and in Pueblo County, they’re high, nearly double the state average. And the numbers haven’t changed much for more than 30 [...]

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When Puerto Rican poet and scholar Mara Pastor visited Colorado College last month we were so taken with her work that we invited her to read a few poems for The Big Something. 20 poems later, we found ourselves translating the entirety of a short series of Science Fiction poems called Llamame [...]

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Robert A. Heinlein, sitting on bed holding New York Times Book Review, and Arthur C. Clarke sitting in chair holding his book The Exploration of Space. Caption under similar photo: “Arthur C. Clarke, right, British scientist and author of the new book “The Exploration of Space,” is visiting at the Broadmoor home of Robert Heinlein, [...]

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Top dental associations are recommending babies have their first visit to the dentist’s office when they get their first tooth. Health experts say it can help stave off years of cavities and painful dental work. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News visited the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver and has this report.

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Colorado lawmakers are gearing up to come back to the capitol for a special session to address civil unions and several other bills that got caught in its crossfire and failed in the waning hours of the session. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the unusual [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn writes to her late son Teddy for Mother’s Day.

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Formal portrait of Julie Penrose, sitting in chair surrounded by flowers.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has officially set Monday as the start of a legislative special session to address seven topics, including legalizing civil unions and funding Water Conservation Board projects…Colorado Springs Utilities has agreed to meet with a group of downtown business leaders regarding Drake Power Plant…and, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering reducing big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.

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On the final day of the state’s legislative session, Governor John Hickenlooper called for a special session to address civil unions. The decision came a day after Republican leaders in the house filibustered the civil unions bill and killed at least two dozen other measures along with it. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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For Mother’s Day this year we bring you an essay by freelance radio producer Alysia Abbott, whose mother died when she was only two. Abbott looks squarely at the day-to-day love and work of mothering a child with autism and developmental disabilities.

“That You’ll Understand” (right-click to download)

Alysia Abbott is [...]

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(“Marjorie Powers” by Stan Payne, August 5, 1949. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 004-10586.)

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Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions…and, about 50 Air Force personnel and two C-130 cargo planes have left Peterson Air Force Base for a four-month deployment.

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Last Wednesday, local band Edith Makes a Paperchain performed live during Steve Harris’ Grassroots Revival. Click below to hear the audio!

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A bill that would have allowed civil unions in Colorado failed in the Republican controlled house late last night despite having enough GOP votes to pass. It happened after a dramatic fallout on the chamber floor, when Republicans recessed the house for several hours as Democrats were trying to call up the bill. Bente [...]

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We invited local historian and Colorado Springs native Richard Marold to reminisce about his youth spent in the Pikes Peak region.  Learn more about the Great Bunny Slaughter of 1939, the Cheyenne Mountain School Glider, being replaced by a machine and much, much more.

You can learn a little more about Cheyenne Mountain School [...]

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News

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March 30, 2015 | WDET · Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells.
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Airstrikes intensified as Houthi rebels advanced on the port city of Aden. Aid agencies say one airstrike killed dozens at a refugee camp, while Yemeni officials blamed rebel shelling.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Michael Soi
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren’t even African — they’re Chinese.
 

March 30, 2015 | NET · More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we’d all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
 

Courtesy of Liveright
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. “There is a grief in all poetry,” he writes in his latest book of essays. “Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not.”
 

Music

March 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he’s heard in a long time. It’s the debut album from Courtney Barnett.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.
 

Mountain Stage
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Delving into exploratory jams, the band plays songs from its new album live in West Virginia.
 

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