A civil unions bill cleared the House Appropriations committee 7-6, with Republican Representative Cheri Gerou of Evergreen voting with Democrats. Several amendments to the bill were also approved in committee, including exemptions to social workers, mental health professionals, and on religious grounds. The bill now moves on to the full House, where it needs [...]

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Hickenlooper signs assistance bill into law: Starting Aug. 8, Colorado hospitals will no longer be allowed to charge their highest prices to the poorest, uninsured patients. A bill banning the widespread practice was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday afternoon.

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As the official photographer of the famed Hayden Geological Surveys of the Western United States in the early 1870′s, William Henry Jackson was the first to document many of the Rocky Mountain’s legendary vistas – these photographs played a major role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. One of [...]

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One of two illustrations of full-page spread in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Spetember 19, 1874. Illustration shows two men loading a pack mule, with bedding and other packs behind. “Bghs.” printed at bottom right of image. Image is captioned “Professor Hayden’s Expedition to the Rocky Mountains – Packers “Sinching” Up. – Photographed by W.H. Jackson. [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed the state’s more than 7 billion dollar budget today. It has widespread support from members of both parties…Mitt Romney is making his first campaign appearance in Colorado since February’s caucuses…The National Weather Service is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of snow at the highest elevations of America’s Mountain through tomorrow morning.

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado is poised for a showdown in the Republican controlled house in the final days of the state’s legislative session. The measure narrowly cleared two Republican house committees by one vote, but still faces one more committee hearing before it can head to the full floor for [...]

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In Part I of this slide show we toured the spectacularly remodeled Pleasant Valley home of Architect Ryan Lloyd, of Echo Architecture, and his wife Valerie. In this second part we pick up after touring the upper floor of their home and descend to the bedrooms and family room.

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R.I.P. Adam Yauch.

Here’s what our friend Jason over at the Free Music Archive had to say about his legacy:

I was devastated to learn that Adam “MCA” Yauch left us on Friday. His life is full of moments to celebrate: License to Ill-era shenanigans on Japanese TV; the dense [...]

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Trailers parked at tourist court on the corner of Eighth Street and US 24 bypass. Trailer in foreground has license “Trailer Colo. 56″. Cars are parked along the dirt road between trailer rows.

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As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids face, ranging [...]

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The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about one in five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness. While May is Mental Health Awareness month, we’re bringing you something a little different for our Healthy Conversation. Fort Carson recently hosted a media day to highlight some of the behavioral health programs in [...]

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A measure to allow civil unions in Colorado cleared its first hurdle in the Republican controlled house judiciary committee. Many in attendance say they were shocked when the same committee that defeated the bill last year moved it forward. The measure passed when one Republican lawmaker switched her vote from no to yes, but [...]

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Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high. The measure passed the house judiciary committee yesterday after a lengthy hearing…The Bureau of Land Management is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by citizens who oppose the artist Christo’s latest project…and, more than 5.5 million people visited Colorado Springs and El Paso County last year, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2011 Stakeholders Report.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn drives backwards down memory lane.

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House on Uintah Street with large bells in yard and on eaves. Car parked in front of house has bumper sticker reading “Easy Does It”.

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Yarn joined Jeff Bieri this afternoon for few songs and a little chat.

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A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Governor John Hickenlooper to unveil the state’s final Roadless Rule yesterday. The plan would [...]

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When architect Ryan Lloyd, his wife Valerie and their two kids moved to Colorado Springs from Portland, Oregon, they struggled to find a home that suited their cosmopolitan tastes in the neighborhoods they wanted to live in. After several years of looking without luck they came upon a foreclosure at the edge of Pleasant [...]

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View from inside cliff-dwelling looking towards cliffs, showing parts of ruined walls and kiva. Photo identified on back as Balcony House, Chapin Mesa.

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A U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing took place in Denver today. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be over-reaching. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a “political stunt.”
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled “artisan.”
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it’s $137. What’s going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that’s played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · From silent stars to John Wayne to Iron Man, film critic Bob Mondello looks at the role that Hollywood has played in defining manliness, and how that definition has changed over several decades.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the best of the month, including new music from Kyle Hall, Tessela, Cassy and more.
 

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July 30, 2014 | KCRW · L.A. house-music pioneers Doc Martin and Marques Wyatt share a six-song mix on Metropolis.
 

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July 30, 2014 | KCRW · Two L.A. house-music pioneers, Doc Martin of Sublevel and Marques Wyatt of DEEP, join Jason Bentley on Metropolis to discuss their humble beginnings and share some of their current favorites.
 

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