It’s been two months since the Waldo Canyon fire ripped through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, destroying nearly 350 homes in the process. As residents of the community sift through the damages, one of their own put together an effort to help clean up some of the downed trees and even the surviving vegetation. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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The Defense Department has awarded another multimillion-dollar construction contract for a new helicopter brigade at Fort Carson…With the severe drought still gripping the region, two Colorado Republican lawmakers are asking the federal government to extend an emergency order that opened up more lands for livestock grazing and haying.

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Senator Mark Udall says the federal response to the Waldo Canyon Fire serves as a good example of how agencies can work together. The comment comes after a meeting yesterday known as an After Action Review with forest officials, the military, and other firefighting agencies.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.2 percent in June…Several Colorado moviegoers who watched a masked gunman shoot 71 people at a screening of the Dark Knight Rises say they initially thought his entrance was part of the film…and, the U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the Armed Forces were wounded in this morning’s movie theater shooting in Aurora and one is unaccounted for.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture says West Nile Virus has shown up in two horses, one in Weld County, the other in Fremont County…A new naval attack submarine will bear the name of the centennial state. The last USS Colorado was decommissioned after World War II.

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The heavy hitters in the wildfire fighting game are the MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) equipped C-130 Hercules cargo planes operated jointly by the National Forest Service, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. Since the 1970′s there have been 8 C-130′s so equipped and are operated by the 302d Airlift Wing [...]

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The Air Force has indefinitely delayed plans to fly low-altitude training missions over southern Colorado, the central Colorado mountains, and the Four Corners region…The Air Force Academy says up to 78 cadets cheated on an online test by accessing a website…Governor John Hickenlooper signed a new bill into law today that updates state workforce rules for the first time in 40 years.

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Colorado boasts the least obese population in the country, but Governor John Hickenlooper told a crowd in Aspen earlier this week he’s now trying to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation…Regional airports throughout Colorado will share 15.6 million dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, including airports in Lamar and LaJunta…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County.

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Colorado’s utility regulators don’t follow state travel policies and don’t keep adequate track of private meetings with the industries they regulate…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County…Larimer County sheriff’s officials say a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado was started by lightning.

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Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June doesn’t appear like conditions will improve…and, Airmen from Peterson Air Force Base’s 302nd Airlift Wing are in France for commemorative D-Day events.

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About 50 members from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base are joining two other American crews in France for an airdrop Sunday in Normandy. The planned drop commemorates the historic Allied invasion that happened on June 6th, 1944 during World War II.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at today’s Air Force Academy graduation. It’s a tradition for the President to speak to one of the service academies each year. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions…and, about 50 Air Force personnel and two C-130 cargo planes have left Peterson Air Force Base for a four-month deployment.

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The Air Force says a proposed expansion of a flight training area in eastern Colorado and western Kansas would have no significant environmental impacts…The costs of health insurance have become so high in Colorado’s rural areas that the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says many farmers and ranchers carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. As a result, the organization is using a familiar business model and forming a healthcare co-op.

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A bill that would allow children of active duty military members to pay lower rates than out of state students has widespread bi-partisan support in the Colorado legislature…A state house committee has approved 8-5 a proposal that aims to ban trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines by 2013.

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The Air Force Academy is planning a readiness exercise sometime during the day today.

The quarterly exercise mimics major accidents or natural disasters. Air Force Academy Raymond Hoy says the fabricated emergency situations help test response capabilities and detect any potential mistakes.

“It’s something that we do fairly often, at least quarterly. We just [...]

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After weeks of sitting on the legislative calendar a bill to allow civil unions is on the move again. It cleared the senate appropriations committee today on a party line vote. The next stop is a full debate on the senate floor.

Colorado Springs is getting a new director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural [...]

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Next fiscal year’s 19 billion dollar state budget cleared the house today with only one no vote…

The state task force charged with examining jurisdictional conflicts over oil and gas drilling regulations is recommending more collaboration between Colorado and local governments…

The Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, or PPFC, plans to hold a congressional candidate [...]

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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A newly published study on health ranks Pueblo County near the bottom of 59 reviewed counties in Colorado, coming in with an overall rank of 54…and, as Olympians prepare to head to London for this year’s summer games, the third annual Warrior Games will have some competitors from across the Atlantic too.

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is an outspoken critic of indefinite military detention for terror suspects captured on US soil. Today, the Democrat introduced legislation he says will protect both civil liberties and national security…and, Animal scientist and advocate for people with autism Temple Grandin was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame today.

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