Members of congress are proposing to designate nearly 1 million acres of land in Colorado as wilderness. Proponents say it’s a no-brainer, and crucial to protect some of the state’s most beautiful mountain landscapes for future generations. But the wilderness plans have divided many in the environmental community. The latest proposal is from U.S. Representative [...]

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Governor Ritter and Democratic senators Udall and Bennet are urging the federal government to speed up plans to alleviate the bark beetle epidemic. As Bente Birkeland from the state capitol, state officials have invited the U.S. secretary of Agriculture to tour Colorado to see the problem first hand.

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Colorado housing officials say the number of new foreclosure filings in the state has reached its lowest point in five quarters…Governor Bill Ritter says the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking projects in national forests in the state, including the Arapaho and Roosevelt forests, to mitigate dangers from trees killed by pine beetles…and, Denver Mayor John [...]

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The Environmental Protection Agency is holding public meetings in Colorado and Texas next week as it reconsiders air pollution standards for oil and gas operations…GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes says a round of automated phone calls telling registered Republicans he’s dropping out of the race and endorsing his GOP opponent are false…and, A Democratic Representative [...]

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A search team has found two empty fuel tanks that were jettisoned from an F-16 jet fighter during an in-flight emergency over Colorado…The Bureau of Land Management is looking to open a public comment period on artist Christo’s proposed “Over the River” project…and, federal scientists say an exotic fungus spreading through Rocky Mountain forests is [...]

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Colorado gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis (R) says he will fully repay the $300,000 he received for plagiarized essays about water rights, and he says it should bring the issue to a close…Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D) blasted Republicans today for stalling unemployment benefit extensions…and, the Bureau of Land Management has released its draft environmental study [...]

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The bomb squad was called in this morning to the Colorado Springs police department after a box of blasting caps was dropped off at the Nevada Avenue location. KKTV reports the situation as secure as of late morning, and the Gazette reports the explosives posed no danger to the building…Colorado residents [...]

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Colorado relies on the oil and gas industry for 190 thousand jobs, but there’s an escalating argument in Congress about the true cost of fossil fuels…and, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will face Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the Republican gubernatorial primary on Aug. 10. She learned yesterday that state officials certified her [...]

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College presidents and educators are telling Colorado lawmakers they need flexibility to set tuition rates if the state wants them to give up $300 million in state funding…The state Senate officially approved a bill today that would require all uranium mines and mills in Colorado to clean up nuclear waste…Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado [...]

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With Earth Day today, many communities around the Pikes Peak region are beginning celebrations and events tied to environmentalism. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska previews one event coming up in Colorado Springs that seeks to inspire a little spring-cleaning.

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State Senator Dave Schultheis (R) of Colorado Springs is proposing a religious bill of rights for public schools…Area travelers will soon be able to fly direct from Colorado Springs to Washington D.C., according to the Gazette…The number of background checks for firearms were up last year…and, researchers plan to launch an acoustic counter-attack against bark [...]

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State economic forecasters expect the number of Medicaid recipients in Colorado to reach half-a-million this year. KCFR Health reporter Eric Whitney has more…The Army says human error is to blame for the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter on a Colorado mountain that killed all four Fort Campbell, KY crew members in August…and, [...]

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The senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously voted to confirm Jim Martin as the head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He faced questions on oil and gas regulations, water, and the state’s roadless rule. Bente Birkeland reports from the statehouse.

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Environmentalists are concerned that Governor Ritter’s decision not to seek reelection could lead to the unraveling of a newly implemented slate of tougher rules on oil and gas drilling passed by his administration. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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A winter weather advisory covers much of eastern Colorado…a new report shows says existing state policies will get Colorado to about only 40 percent of the way to its carbon-reduction goals…and, an audit shows students at a charter school got more time on state standardized tests.

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On October 26, 2009 By

A Colorado Springs group that aims to help Native Americans overcome alcoholism and other health issues wins a prize from a San Francisco think tank…two soldiers based at Ft. Carson have been killed in Afghanistan…Governor Ritter names a new head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources….and, state lawmakers from the West meet in Wyoming [...]

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The controversial decision whether to plant genetically modified sugar beets on Boulder County open space took a new turn that might have caused a collective sigh of relief across the Front Range. KRCC’s Ellen Mahoney has this update on the issue.

Click here to reference the original story on the sugar beet issue.

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Colorado’s proposal to protect millions of acres of roadless national forest lands has taken another twist now that one of the state’s leading advocates for the rule is slated to head the U.S. Forest Service. Some conservationists are divided over the rule and say this move puts Colorado in a unique situation. Bente Birkeland reports [...]

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A tiny owl that lives in the Rocky Mountains could provide important clues about how wildlife is adapting to a warmer climate. KRCC’s Eryn Gable trekked out with Colorado College biology professor Brian Linkhart to find out just what secrets this little bird might hold.

Disclaimer: Colorado College is KRCC’s licensee.

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On September 2, 2009 By

Governor Ritter signs an executive order telling state agencies cut costs…A National Science Foundation program considers two sites in Rocky Mountain National Park to monitor impacts of global warming, land use changes, and invasive species…and, Colorado is set to receive $2.8 million as part of Pfizer Inc.’s national settlement.

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On August 27, 2009 By

Clean-up is complete on Mount Massive…Colorado car dealers apply for $37.5 million in rebates from the Cash for Clunkers program…and, a program aimed at protecting endangered fish in the upper basin of the Colorado River gets an extension.

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Colorado Springs City Council weighs budget options…A mustard agent leak at the Pueblo Chemical Depot…and, Senators John McCain and Mark Udall tour the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Additional Resources for today’s Colorado Springs City Council meeting:

Agenda
Strategies for Bridging the 2010 Budget Gap (from the City Manager and CFO)
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In the U.S., refined sugar primarily comes from two crops – sugar beets and sugar cane. The domestic sugar beet industry brings in billions of dollars every year to the U.S. economy and is a vital part of Colorado agriculture. But how sugar beets are grown in one part of Colorado is currently [...]

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