The high court is considering challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a voter-backed law banning gay marriage in California. The outcome of the two cases could shape the future of same-sex marriage in the country.

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Buddy

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Hi there! I’m Buddy, a 5-year-old black rat terrier. I’m a great cuddle Buddy, and I love, Love, LOVE getting treats for my good behavior. I can be a little bit shy when you first meet me, but give me some time, and I will come out of my shell in [...]

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A memorable name in the realty game can’t hurt. We’ve been collecting these local realtor names for many years (no joke) now, and wanted to get to 10, but will settle for these 8 greats. Starting from the bottom:

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The estimated size of the East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 13,491 acres with 50% containment, and Walsenburg is no longer under a pre-evacuation notice. Other evacuation notices remain in effect. A community meeting is scheduled for today, June 25th at La Veta Town Park at 7 PM.

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The Black Forest Fire destroyed over 500 homes, leaving those homeowners with a difficult decision: should they rebuild? Back in April, KRCC’s Michelle Mercer talked to some Waldo Canyon Fire victims about the tough choices they’ve made.

Since this piece aired in April, rebuilding permits have trickled in: now 198 permits have been issued, [...]

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The Senate has taken another step toward approving a sweeping immigration overhaul, as the legislation passed an essential test Monday evening. By a vote of 67-27, the chamber voted to include an amendment on border security to the final bill, and to avoid a filibuster.

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Hi, hi! I’m Rachel, a 3-year-old spayed white kitty with just a touch of black on my head, nose and back. I’m a Sidekick in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program, which means I’m just plain ‘ol good company. I would rather be loved on than play with toys, but I would do better [...]

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KRCC was invited along other media organizations to tour the devastation of the Black Forest Fire last Friday. These are photographs of some of what we saw.

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RIP Judy Noyes

On June 24, 2013 By

We were saddened to learn of the death of Judy Noyes, longtime co-proprietor of Chinook bookshop and City Councilwoman, yesterday. Our condolences go out to the entire Noyes family.

HERE is an article I wrote about the closure of Chinook in 2004.

And HERE‘s an article Kathryn Eastburn wrote.

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Donation after cardiac death involves removing organs minutes after life-support has been stopped for patients who still have at least some brain activity. Is that enough time to make sure a person won’t recover?

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This week marks one year since the Waldo Canyon Fire erupted into what was at the time, the most destructive wildfire in state history, claiming nearly 350 homes and two lives. Now, residents of the Pikes Peak region are again sifting through ruins: this month, the Black Forest Fire destroyed more than 500 homes and claimed two lives.

This week we’re rerunning our series Flash Point: Living with Wildfire. This special series explores how we’re managing the ongoing threat of fire, and looks at what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests.

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For some, it’s a symbol of America’s might. For others, it’s a frightening weapon of warfare. For many target-shooting hobbyists, it’s “the Mr. Potato Head of firearms” — customizable to fit each individual. And it’s all part of what is now a nearly billion-dollar business in military-style weapons.

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It was widely reported that he would fly from Moscow to Havana on Monday. But he apparently did not board that flight. Just where Snowden is headed isn’t known for sure, but it’s thought that his final destination will be Ecuador.

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A Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory remains in effect for much of southern Colorado as a result of multiple wildfires. El Paso County, southeast Colorado, and south-central Colorado are all included in this advisory.

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Three fires are a part of the West Fork Fire Complex: the West Fork Fire, the Papoose Fire, and the Windy Pass Fire. The complex has grown to 75,150 acres with no containment and is burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce. Highway 160 remains closed, and multiple evacuations remain in effect.

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The Midddle Distance 6.21.13: A Week in Summer

The week began with peonies. I counted 50 buds on the largest bush in the garden. They seemed to burst from their tight round buds all at once.

“Look at the girls in their ball gowns,” my friend said when she saw them, fluffy and [...]

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The East Peak Fire burning in Huerfano County is now 50% contained after firefighters conducted a successful burnout operation yesterday. Acreage is now at 13,388. Officials have determined it was caused by lightening. Walsenburg remains on pre-evacuation notice. Residents of the Silver Spurs, River Ridge, and Blackhawk subdivisions are able to go home, with the exception of a section of Blackhawk on the west side of County Road 312. Residents should remain alert and ready.

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Hi, hi, hi! I’m Stella. I am one foxy lady! This 5-year-old honey-colored Pomeranian is absolutely beautiful – and happy as a clam to boot. I love spending time with my people, and I will sit in the arms of my special person for hours. But that doesn’t mean this girl [...]

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Due to pre-evacuation status in Walsenburg, the Mining Museum is requesting help removing artifacts and documents. They especially need people with trucks or SUVs to transport historical items to a safe location.

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If you’re looking for something unsmoky, non-hot and FREE to do tonight, don’t miss How to Survive A Plauge, an amazing documentary about the Act Up movement’s struggles to get the Reagan and Bush administrations to fund AIDS research screening at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the CC Campus tonight [...]

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Per the Huerfano County Office of Emergency Management, there is a mandatory evacuation from E of La Veta to the W side of I-25 and S of Hwy 160 to the Las Animas county line. The city of Walsenburg is now under a pre evacuation order at this time.

Pre-Evacuation is in effect from [...]

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We hope that you, like us, are as excited about The Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Series, which begins next Wednesday, June 26 in Mountain Shadows Park at 6 p.m. with the Colorado Springs Together concert to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire:

…Colorado Springs Together features the Flying W [...]

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No growth on the fire today, and it’s now 30% contained. Mop-up is underway.

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