If you haven’t already made the pleasant trip up the pass to Green Mountain Falls to see the amazing Tomas Saraceno sculpture, “Cloud City”, at the Green Box Arts Festival, this week is your last chance to do so before it comes down. We had the pleasure to wear the instutional slip-on [...]

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Thousands of firefighters are gathered in Prescott, Ariz., today to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who were killed by a wildfire on Sunday, June 30. The speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, who said, “All men are created equal. But then, a few became firefighters.”

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Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war the corn rootworm. They’re returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren’t working so well anymore.

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With the passage last year of Amendment 64, Cities and counties around Colorado are deciding whether to allow recreational marijuana shops and grow operations within their boundaries. Denver City Council said yes. El Paso County said no. The city of Pueblo passed a moratorium, deciding, in effect, to decide later. Colorado Springs City Council [...]

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Hi there. I’m Pepper, a spayed 7-year-old white and black kitty. I have been at HSPPR for almost two months now, so I am one of their longest residents. I am still patiently waiting for the perfect family to show up and take me home! I’m a milder spice. I can [...]

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No, not Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; the artist/performance art Nick Cave. If you haven’t heard about his exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, we highly recommend it and managed to snap these photos of his new, decidedly silver-themed Soundsuits before the guard tsk tsked us.

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The wearable technology, which is being tested by a select group of users, was used to record an arrest on the Jersey Shore. The incident raises questions about citizen journalism and the limits of privacy in public.

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U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on a free-trade deal that could create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new trade. But there are deep-seated differences that may make it difficult to reach an accord. Among the most contentious: agriculture, and whether genetically modified crops grown in the U.S. will be welcome in Europe.

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As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an [...]

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Video reports show smoke billowing from Flight 214 and it appears to have broken into at least two large pieces. Images from the scene also show many passengers walking away from the crippled jet.

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Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round. So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson. The conversation begins by talking about why [...]

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The Muslim Brotherhood calls for a “day of rage.” The army moves to respond. Egyptians fear there could be violent clashes as the repercussions of President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster continue to be felt.

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The Middle Distance 7.5.13: The Contract of Your Birth

For the past few years, I have been part of a monthly lunch group of women who write, read and love books. When we get together, we begin talking about our work, but the conversation quickly shifts to family concerns: How are the kids? [...]

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Paul and James Bizzaro spent their childhoods living in a house right behind the Statue of Liberty. Their family moved to Liberty Island 75 years ago, not long after their father became a guard at the statue. Lady Liberty was their playground. And their father kept her torch lit for 36 years.

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Hi there. I’m Hazel, a 10-year-old spayed toy fox terrier. I was very shy and scared when I first came to HSPPR, but with lots of treats and cuddles from staff, I have started to come out of my shell. I enjoy getting treats from special people, and you will love [...]

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Search and rescue crews found the body of Randy Udall yesterday, in Wyoming’s Wind River mountain range. The Carbondale resident was brother to U.S. Senator Mark Udall and well known for his work on environmental issues. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has this remembrance.

Randy Udall was known in Colorado and across the [...]

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Hi, I’m Roger, a 3-year-old neutered black and white kitty. I got stuck in a car engine before coming to HSPPR but fortunately did not get hurt. I am looking for a new family who can keep me out of trouble! I’m a Secret Admirer in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program, which means [...]

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Photographer Ty Wright set out to see whether Nevada’s Route 50 is really the loneliest road. And if so, who lives there?

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Military chief Abdel Fattah El Sissi says that Mohammed Morsi is out as president and the country’s constitution has been suspended. Egypt’s chief justice will hold power during the transitional period and set a date for early presidential elections.

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Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe [...]

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A family copes with tuberculosis in a place where a child infected with the illness may be shunned. Nurses are working hard to bring clean air and clear information to every home and every generation.

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.6 of an inch of rain in 15 minutes caused flash flooding yesterday, sending debris onto Highway 24, temporarily closing some roads, and damaging about 20 homes.

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The 19 firefighters killed in Arizona Sunday represented the worst loss for their profession since Sept. 11, 2001. The number of firefighters killed in the line of duty has been in decline, but departments are seeking innovative ways to offer support in times of grief.

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News

AP
September 16, 2014 | NPR · But most Americans are far from clear as to what this “ISIL” monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.
 

Reuters/Landov
September 16, 2014 | NPR · The Taliban is claiming credit for the attack on a military convoy traveling near the U.S. Embassy that also wounded 20 others, including more than a dozen civilians.
 

AP for ProPublica
September 16, 2014 | NPR · A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors to not only garnish wages, but take from a debtor’s bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.
 

Arts & Life

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.
 

NPR
September 15, 2014 | NPR · The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they’re finding ways to keep the arts alive.
 

September 15, 2014 | NPR · Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
 

Music

Courtesy of Drafthouse Films
September 16, 2014 | NPR · Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: “just hard labor.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 15, 2014 | KCRW · Hear new music from Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Redinho in a two-hour EDM mix from Jason Bentley.
 

Mountain Stage
September 15, 2014 | NPR · The roots-folk band, led by Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, performs live in concert.
 

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