First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999,

then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this […]

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Hello there! I’m Mr. Biggs, a handsome 7-year-old neutered grey kitty. When I first came to HSPPR, I was diagnosed with severe diffuse corneal lipid degeneration, which makes my eyes look cloudy. I have limited but functioning vision, and my condition is managed with daily eye drops. A medical fund has […]

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Full disclosure, I make several brief appearances in The Western Way, a documentary produced by Susan Loo Pattee and the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center that seeks to broadly decode the odd DNA of Colorado Springs and its histories through the voices of many including Colorado College Professor Ann Hyde, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Lyda […]

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The Middle Distance, 7.12.13: Words for Nostalgia

There is a joke about a young man entering heaven. As he approaches the pearly gates, he sees a group of angels bound in chains. The young man asks St. Peter why and St. Peter replies: “Oh, they’re from Tennessee. We have to lock them up […]

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Hi there! I’m Hector, a 3-year-old neutered tan Chihuahua mix. I am quite a handsome little guy, if I do say so myself. I’m a little bit redder than your average tan Chihuahua, and whatever I’m mixed with has made me one heck of a looker! I am a humongous love […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Mac

On July 11, 2013 By

Hi, I’m Mac! I’m a 5-year-old neutered snowshoe. I was a stray from one of the evacuation zones in the Black Forest Fire. HSPPR’s Lost and Found Department has been trying for weeks to find my owners, but no one came forward. Now I am ready to find a new home […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Week: Bear

On July 10, 2013 By

Hi, I’m Bear! I’m a 2-year-old neutered red Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. I’m not really like a typical “bear;” I’m more of a Gentle Ben type of guy. I’m in our training program to work on my shyness and get used to trusting people, and I am making great strides! I am still […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hi there! I’m Jean, a 4-year-old spayed longhair. I can be a little shy, but if you give me some gentle attention, I can be very affectionate. I love sitting on laps and can get playful when I feel at home. This sleepy Jean can’t wait to fall asleep in the […]

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The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwwl!

A friend asked me yesterday what’s been in the news. She had not been paying attention. Let’s see, I said. More killing in Syria, more guns flowing in so even more will be killed. Edward Snowden is holed up somewhere in Moscow while the U.S. and Russia […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Dosia

On June 28, 2013 By

Hi. I’m Dosia. I have quite a story to tell you! I’m a 2-year-old white pit bull who came to HSPPR in early February very emaciated. I only weighed 41 pounds! HSPPR got my immediate health under control and sent me into foster care so I could gain some weight. I […]

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Hi! I’m Smitty, an 8-year-old neutered gray and white cat. I might be a little older, but I’m the perfect laid-back gentleman to give your house some cuddles and love. I am a Private Investigator in HSPPR’s Feline-ality program, which means you will need to give me some extra time to […]

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HSPPR Pet of the Day: Buddy

On June 26, 2013 By

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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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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