The El Paso County Development Services Department is seeking public comment on its draft regulations for the oil and gas industry…and, Governor John Hickenlooper has selected 19 people to serve on a panel tasked with reviewing the proposed privatization of the state-chartered workers’ compensation insurer, known as Pinnacol Assurance.

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The Census Bureau says El Paso County has officially surpassed Denver as Colorado’s most populous county and that Hispanics of any race now account for one-fifth of the state’s population…and, a team from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs recently returned from Panama as part of an amphibian conservation effort.

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The number of foreclosures in El Paso County rose last month while its southern neighbor also saw a slight increase…and, a recent survey in Trinidad School District #1 shows parents still prefer the telephone as the primary means of communication with school officials.

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The two Republican candidates running for El Paso County Sheriff came together last night for a debate about issues facing the department. KRCC was a media sponsor of the event. Knox Graham was there, and has this report.

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Ballots for the August primary election start going in the mail today to voters affiliated with major political parties…and, river otters are thriving in Colorado, and state wildlife officials say they’re considering lifting protections because the species is doing so well.

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Pueblo City Council is expected to decide tonight on whether to put the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries up to voters. The Chieftain reports that in addition, the council is also expected to decide whether or not to ask for sales tax for medical marijuana and paraphernalia…The El Paso […]

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Secession you say!?

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Is the idea of some part of Colorado Springs seceding from the greater metropolitan area (or from El Paso County) entirely preposterous? Find out in Noel Black’s extended conversation with Colorado Springs Business Journal Columnist John Hazlehurst and El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

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Payments to doctors and clinics taking care of the state’s neediest patients are being delayed…Colorado State University is offering tuition breaks to students from the middle class…For the third consecutive year, El Paso County led the state in collecting child support payments, according to the Colorado Springs Business Journal…and, the commission in Colorado […]

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El Paso County could soon acquire three buildings in the northwestern part of Colorado Springs…Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he’s starting a new church in Colorado Springs..and, researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a very active hurricane season.

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Congresswoman Betsy Markey (CO-4) has asked credit card companies to waive fees on donations bound for relief efforts in Haiti…the Colorado State University System has released a draft of a proposed ban on guns on its Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses…and, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announces he will not seek re-election.

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Colorado Springs sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Though rich with recreational activities, faith groups, and cultural activities, there’s another side not many talk about. It’s nationally ranked among metropolitan areas for high suicide rates. Researchers estimate about 100 suicides occur in El Paso County per year, and a new study from the Pikes […]

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December 17, 2017 | WNPR · Thousands of Puerto Ricans have moved to the U.S. mainland after Hurricane Maria. On Saturday, Hartford, Conn., welcomed some of its newcomers with a Puerto Rican Christmas tradition: a parranda.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The Thomas Fire in Southern California is on it’s way to being the largest in the state’s history. Fourteen days in, the flames continue to burn in bone dry, windy conditions. It’s burning above the wealthy areas of Santa Barbara County, it’s only 40 percent contained and will likely burn for days to come.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The latest film in the space odyssey juggernaut brought in $450 million globally in its debut weekend, and that’s not counting China.
 

Arts & Life

December 17, 2017 | NPR · What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The original Casablanca was passionately anti-Nazi. But when it was dubbed for German audiences, Warner Bros. deleted all scenes with Nazis in them, and almost all mention of the war.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Ursula K. Le Guin’s mastery of fiction has remained so consistent, it’s easy to overlook her accomplishments in other forms — but her new nonfiction collection goes a long way towards fixing that.
 

Music

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Chicago jazz piano legend Willie Pickens died this past week at age 86. Fellow musicians remember him as a talented musician and mentor to generations of jazz students.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Most of America listens to the same Christmas songs on the radio. But some local programmers seem to have a “real shine” for lesser-known holiday tunes. Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight explains.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri about turning 81 and his first album in 10 years, Sabiduria.
 

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