Every lawmaker seemed to find something to like in Governor John Hickenlooper’s second State of the State address. The speech will help provide a framework as lawmakers meet over the next four months during the legislative session. Bente Birkeland kicks off this year’s Capitol Conversation series by sitting down with fellow statehouse reporters to [...]

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates around 50% of all prescribed antibiotics are actually unnecessary. Joining me this month to talk about the issue is Lt. Col. Steve Ford, Director of Pharmacy Services at Evans Army Community Hospital.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

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State lawmakers convene their annual legislative session on January 11th. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has been sitting down with house and senate leaders to talk about their expectations. Today we hear from Senate Minority Leader, Republican Bill Cadman.

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State lawmakers convene their annual legislative session on January 11th. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has been sitting down with house and senate leaders to talk about their expectations. Today we hear from Senate President, Democrat Brandon Shaffer.

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State lawmakers convene their annual legislative session on January 11th. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has been sitting down with house and senate leaders to talk about their expectations. Yesterday, we heard from Speaker of the House, Frank McNulty. Today we hear from House Minority Leader, Democrat Mark Ferrandino.

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State lawmakers convene their annual legislative session on January 11th. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has been talking to house and senate leaders to hear about their expectations. Today we hear from Speaker of the House, Republican Frank McNulty.

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The state’s legislative session opens January 11th, and this week, we’re hearing from some of Colorado’s top lawmakers. The new session will be Governor John Hickenlooper’s second legislative session. Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk about his goals and the challenges ahead.

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Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming session at the statehouse. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. Bente Birkeland sat down with fellow statehouse reporters to examine how things will likely play out [...]

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A proposed rule goes before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comission today that would require all oil and gas companies to post online the makeup of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some are lauding it as a way to make the industry more transparent, but environmentalists say it’s riddled with [...]

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Colorado is in the middle of a partisan fight over state house and congressional district boundaries. By law, the state must redraw the boundaries once a decade to account for population shifts. The new maps will impact the political landscape for years to come, but still need approval from the state supreme court. Bente [...]

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This month for our health series, we’re going to talk about eye health. We’re joined by Major Brett Nelson, an ophthalmologist and chief of refractive surgery at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson. We begin by talking about the most common eye issues.

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Colorado has a new state Supreme Court justice. Brian Boatright previously served as a trial court judge in Jefferson County for more than a decade. He’s the fifth member of the seven-member court appointed by a Democratic Governor, but Boatright is a Republican. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk [...]

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The Colorado Supreme Court will take up a Republican challenge to new congressional maps in early December. The state must draw new maps every ten years, and a Denver District Court picked a Democratic map after the legislature failed to agree on one. Republicans argue that the map splits key communities of interest. Bente [...]

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November is diabetes awareness month, and we’re joined by Dr. Jill Diede, a family nurse practitioner and the Chief of the Disease Management Clinic at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson. We spent most of the conversation talking about Type II Diabetes because it’s the most prevalent form of diabetes.

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Closing arguments in Colorado’s congressional redistricting trial are scheduled to wrap up on Monday. It’ll then be up to a judge to determine new congressional lines that will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Every ten years the state must draw new districts to account for population shifts, but this year [...]

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We continue our medical series with Ft. Carson specialists by talking about breast cancer. We’re joined by Lt. Col. Matthew Mayfield, who heads the general surgery department and oversees the breast surgery clinic at Evans Army Hospital. We begin by addressing why breast cancer awareness continues to be so important.

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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This month we’re beginning a new medical series here on KRCC with specialists from Fort Carson, aimed at highlighting various health observances. Medical conditions are certainly not exclusive to military personnel or the civilian world. To kick off the series, Colonel Jimmie Keenan, Commander of Evans Army Community Hospital, talks about an issue that’s [...]

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Known as Colorado’s own Steel City, Pueblo has an industrial base that continues to evolve today. The city has a rich cultural history and strong community ties. For this edition of Western Skies, we’re going to be exploring the history, industry, and culture of Pueblo.

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The new president of Colorado College stops by and introduces herself.

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One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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Mike Bristol, founder of Bristol Brewing, was kind enough to walk us through his brewery, explain the process and wax philosophical about the merits of local beer culture. [Full Disclosure: Bristol Brewing underwrites with KRCC & The Big Something]

 

Cheers!

 

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Big Something intern Ruby Kimberly put together this look back at Drop City—frequently cited as the first artist/hippy commune—in Trinidad, Colorado. Kimberly writes:

In passing through the region surrounding Trinidad, CO today, one encounters a vast expanse of arid and sparsely populated land where, for a brief moment in the 1960s and 70s, became [...]

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children’s literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx’s bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.
 

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · Historian Peter Ackroyd’s new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.
 

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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