In the first installment of this two-part series, Matt Mayberry, Director of the Pioneers Museum, talked about some of his favorite artifacts from the museum’s collection. In this second installment, he discusses some of the myriad paper materials in the museum’s holdings that illustrate the importance and beauty of original documents in the [...]

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As you may have already heard, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, among many cultural and other services, is slated to be shut down under next year’s extremely lean city budget. Here’s the big cultural picture as it’s clearly spelled out in the budget:

One of our favorite things about The Big [...]

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In literature, examining taboos is often the quickest way to open the heart of a culture’s darkest fears and secrets. What we most abhor often marks the limits of our shared identity. So what happens when we cross those lines? For Bonnie Nadzam, the Daehler Fellow in Creative Writing at Colorado College, [...]

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If you’ve been paying attention to public affairs much of late, no doubt you’ve seen or heard something about Dream City 2020, one of the many vision-storming initiatives going on around and about Colorado Springs over the past year as we try to steer the crystal ball of Colorado’s second city. Says [...]

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You don’t have to spit far these days to hit an urban garden. The trend, says the New York Times in THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE about an Urban Farm in Milwaukee, has everything to do with the recession and the growing awareness of the impact that shipping food long-distance has on our climate and [...]

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The economic cloud that darkens all of our doorsteps looms long into the future for many in Colorado Springs right now. How will our city government weather this storm, or should it? Are the religious non-profit and military foundations of our current economy going to hinder efforts to attract innovative businesses, or should we [...]

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Dearest KRCC Members and Big Something Subscribers (particularly those of you Trinidad, Walsenburg, Salida, Buena Vista, Raton, Westcliffe, Pueblo, La Junta and all those in the greater Southern Colorado KRCC listening area),

The Big Something is planning a mid-summer tour of our entire listening area and we need you to help us put [...]

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Jeff Mapes, a Portland, OR-based journalist, has just published an incredibly useful look at the the political realities of cycling as transportation. Citing lessons learned from Amsterdam, Davis, CA, New York City, Portland and other communities, Mapes argues that something as as simple as adding a well-connected network of bike lanes (a few [...]

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As many of you may know, June is Bike Month in Colorado Springs. Says the Trails and Open Spaces Website:

Bike Week is a statewide event where all major front range cities participate. In Colorado Springs the event has outgrown just a week and is called BIKE MONTH. Presented by Metro Rides and organized [...]

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After all the response we got to our slideshow of Myron Wood photographs depicting the demolition of the Burns Theatre last week (thank you Pikes Peak Library District!), synchronicity synchronized (as it is wont to) and we [...]

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We’re always excited when talented locals make good on the national stage. A new, locally-developed iPhone-only pulp magazine called Steampunk Tales was just released by Colorado Springs-based programmer and engineer John Sondericker and it’s already gotten over a thousand links on Google, including a write-up on one of the biggest Mac blogs [...]

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Many in the Pikes Peak Region will remember Jeff Sharlet as the writer who profiled New Life Church in the 2005 Harper’s Article, “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch.” Sharlet’s article was among the first national media spotlights pointed at Ted Haggard’s empire as it rose to international power shortly before [...]

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