A new study suggests that, despite popular opinion, bark beetles do NOT play a major role in large-scale wildfires in Colorado and other western regions.

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A measure to give Colorado gay couples many of the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples cleared its first committee at the state capitol on yesterday. After being at the center of a political storm last year, the bill passed easily on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Rookie

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Well, hi! I’m Rookie, a 1-year-old neutered black and white Labrador retriever. I have tons of energy, so I need a home where I will get lots of exercise! I love playing tag and other games, and I enjoy play dates with other dogs as well. I can be a little […]

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Calling all painters, photographers, printmakers and writers of all stripes. Today we’re officially launching our year-long 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project. Based on Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (see slide show above), we’re looking to explore the myriad ways that Pikes Peak draws our entire listening area together and defines us. What […]

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Water managers in Colorado are bracing for another bad year. The largest water utilities on the Front Range are already taking steps to prepare for another dry summer, a summer some predict could be worse than last year. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, utilities in Colorado Springs and Denver are preparing in advance.

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Theresa Strader, founder of the National Mill Dog Rescue, discusses the moment the organization was born in February, 2007 and its subsequent meteoric growth. Since its inception, NMDR has rescued over 7,000 dogs from puppy mills across the United States.

National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Chester

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Hi everyone. I’m Chester. I’m a a 7-year-old neutered buff short-hair. I feel a little out of my element right now… All these new people and sounds! But I’m slowly warming up, and if you take the time to talk softly to me and give me gentle pats on the head, […]

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado gets its first hearing at the capitol tomorrow. The measure’s passage is certain, but a large crowd is still expected to testify before lawmakers. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Included are council pay, an elected Utilities Board of Directors, and an elected City Attorney.

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Snowpack conditions in the Arkansas River Basin continue to be below normal. The latest numbers released today show the snow to water equivalency at about 3.5 inches. This time last year, that number was pushing six inches. Overall, the basin is about half of where it should be. Across Colorado, the numbers are much […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Pippen

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Hi there. I’m Pippen. I’m a 3-year-old neutered grey Shih Tzu. I’m a very cute but very shy little boy. When I first got to HSPPR, I was very fearful indeed. But the wonderful staff here have taken some time to get to know me and have made me feel safe. […]

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Some state lawmakers spent time at the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas today, considering whether to repurpose the prison under a proposal from Governor John Hickenlooper…Colorado’s Latino and black residents are falling further behind the state’s white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress…and, Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver today.

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Two Southern Colorado groups are representing the Centennial State today’s Presidential Inaugural Parade. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz caught up with them last week and has more.

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This year’s legislative session got off to a slow start, but that’s about to change. Two of the biggest items for Democrats are scheduled for hearings in the coming days. As part of our capitol conversation series, statehouse Bente Birkeland has this sneak peek at what to expect.

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Cheyenne

On January 18, 2013 By

Why, hello there. I am Cheyenne, a 7-year-old beautiful black long-haired spayed kitty. I was found sheltering under a patio on, you guessed it, Cheyenne St. (pretty street name, don’t you think???) Now I am looking for a new family to give me a warm, loving home. I’m a Personal Assistant […]

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Colorado’s Speaker of the House says he expects lawmakers to act on several of President Barack Obama’s recommendations to curb gun violence. Governor John Hickenlooper has also called for a broad discussion on guns during the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Middle Distance 1.18.13: The Only Possible Grace
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My friend Cate said she squirmed through the first half of Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen’s comedy film The Guilt Trip, seeing a bit too much of herself in Streisand’s character, Joyce, an unrelentingly overbearing Jewish […]

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Inaiah Lujan–crooner and songsmith of Haunted Windchimes and Sugar Sounds fame–released today a collection of rough cuts and lo-fi recordings of twelve songs that he wrote in 2012. As he describes on his bandcamp page, the recordings on this digital album were never necessarily intended for public consumption…

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Share with us the topics you want us to explore this year! What locations do you want us to visit? Who do you want us to talk to? Please do let us know.

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The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new iPads. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Pueblo County emergency officials are running a biennial survey in a continuous effort to improve the readiness of people who live there. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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Vestas wind energy company plans to hire more than 100 workers at its Pueblo plant…Pueblo County emergency officials are running a biennial survey in a continuous effort to improve the readiness of people who live there…The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new iPads.

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Howdy, ya’ll. I’m Daisy May, a 6-year-ole spayed black miniature pinscher. I’m just a sweet southern belle; I’m a lil’ shy at first, but these nice folks here at HSPPR? They put me in the loveliest trainin’ program to socialize me and make me realize humans ain’t all bad. They say […]

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