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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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The Bilateral Security Agreement, approved by newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, will keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past the end of the year.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · More than 20 bodies remain on a Japanese volcano, after new tremors force search teams to abandon their efforts. Officials don’t yet know precisely how many climbers remain trapped on the mountain.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Lawmakers on the House oversight committee will ask Julia Pierson about the Sept. 19 “fence jumping” incident at the White House, as well as several other security concerns in recent years.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it’s the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kim Zupan’s debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that’s as honest as it is unsettling.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Director David Fincher’s excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Grab yourself two free handfuls of new tunes selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, Frazey Ford, The Gotobeds, Hollie Cook and more.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · In the West, we’re used to hearing dance music at weddings. In southern Madagascar, guests might hear tsapiky, a regional guitar-band music, at funerals, as well as any other number of ceremonies.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.
 

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