Democratic state senator John Morse will take over as the next senate president in January. He previously served as the majority leader. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk about how he sees his new role and his hopes for the legislative session.

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Hiya! I’m Smudge, a 2-year-old neutered white cat. I am a quiet, mellow guy. I am perfectly comfortable in most situations and am available to be a calming influence when life gets stressful. I’m a Personal Assistant in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program. I also have great entertainment value! I love playing with [...]

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For many in Southern Colorado, the Arkansas River is the lifeblood of healthy communities. But the region suffered through this year’s extreme and exceptional drought conditions. And as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, all along the Arkansas River, people are in some ways, holding their breaths to see what this winter brings.

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Hello there! We are Buffy and Angel, 4-year-old spayed Shih Tzu/bulldog sisters. We have been together our whole lives. Angel here. I am deaf, so I depend on my sister Buffy to be my hearing aid dog. I love attention from Buffy and from my special people! My sister Buffy is [...]

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Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado, but that’s not so good for ranchers. Last year’s dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing the hands of many. And as KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports as part of our series on snow, without a wet winter, ranchers will be forced to make even tougher decisions next year.

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The ski industry runs on snow, some resorts more than others. Ski towns like Aspen and Vail still get business in spite of poor snow. Last year while many resorts took a huge hit, Aspen did well because of one type of guest: the international visitor. This sought after tourist books longer vacations, spends [...]

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Hi there! I’m Sebastian, a 6-year-old neutered Siamese. I have a very striking coat with fantastic dark fur and blue eyes. I’m a very sweet boy. I love hugs and belly rubs. I’m a big boy at 14 pounds, but that just means there is more of me to love! I [...]

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Training Santa

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While Christmas Eve belongs to Santa Claus and all the good little boys and girls, many who play Santa for the season train throughout the year. KGNU’s Maeve Conran visit a Santa University in Arvada and met one of their graduates in action.

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Hi, I’m Badger, a 2-year-old neutered pointer mix. I’m a very good boy, and I already know quite a few commands! I can sit, down, come and stay, and I am eager to learn more. I am great on a leash, and I am in HSPPR’s Twice Loved Canines training program [...]

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Avalanche warnings are out for portions of Colorado’s central and northern mountains. Based in Boulder, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is responsible for avalanche and related-weather forecasting for the backcountry. As part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s series on snow, KGNU’s Jim Pullen recently went along with one of the agency’s snow [...]

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An 85 year old bridge is being replaced by CDOT just east of Florence.

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State economists were in an optimistic mood yesterday, saying Colorado’s economy is performing better than the rest of the nation. As a result, lawmakers will also have more money to spend in next year’s budget than originally anticipated. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Middle Distance 12.21.12: Reweaving the Social Fabric

This week’s mini-blizzard provided respite I’d been hoping for — no appointments, too cold to even think of going outside voluntarily, and streets packed with snow. I stayed in with the dogs, reading and cleaning and baking a dense chocolate cake scented with cloves [...]

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Behold! I am Hercules, a 6-year-old neutered black cat. I am a Personal Assistant in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program, so I love humans and confidently seek out attention wherever I go. Want kitty hugs? I got ‘em right here! Like my mythical namesake, this hero loves adventures and will guard you from [...]

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Historian Richard Marold recounts the history of the Broadmoor Hotel’s Pauline Memorial Chapel.

A History of Pauline Chapel

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne Mountain Kiva, a journal of the [...]

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Hi there! I’m Manny, a 3-year-old brindle beagle mix. I am quite a character, and boy do I know it and flaunt it! I love meeting new people and going new places. And I have the energy of a couple dogs! I love fun outdoors activities, be it a game of [...]

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Requests for concealed handgun permits have been flooding into the El Paso County Sheriff’s office since Friday.

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Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation remain on full snow shift across the state, and are expected to remain on hand through tomorrow morning. As of early afternoon, CDOT says Eastern Colorado is the trouble spot, with a number of closures.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a fracking ban approved by Longmont voters. COGA says the ban illegally prohibits the ‘safe and responsible development of oil and gas.’ Earlier this month the state decided against filing a similar lawsuit, but says it supports the action taken by [...]

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Colorado Springs is not along the route for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge cycling race. The city has hosted stages the past two years, but as with the rest of Southern Colorado, is not among the 2013 planned stages.

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It’s “Best Of” season here on the internet–i.e. that special time at the end of each year when tastemakers, critics and bloggers across the digital universe frantically compete to author the definitive list of Things Worth Remembering from the preceding twelve months. As such, we felt it was high time for [...]

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Hi, hi! We are Angus and Moo Moo, a pair of the cutest kitty brothers you have ever seen who are looking for a new home! We’ve been together our whole lives, and so HSPPR has made us a bonded pair. Each of us is much more comfortable when his brother [...]

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A federal district court judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Colorado Springs’ new panhandling ordinance. The rules were set to go into effect tomorrow. The city passed the ordinance in late November on a vote of 8-1, prompting a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

In a statement, ACLU [...]

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