The Ludlow Massacre’s 100th anniversary is next year. As KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports, a new panel will look at how to commemorate it.

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We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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The Highway 24 hole is 100-feet deep, and has shut down traffic between Leadville and the Vail Valley, where many residents commute to work each day. But this is more than your average sinkhole. As Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, this particular hole gives a glimpse into Leadville’s past, [...]

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While the very names Cripple Creek and Victor still evoke the history, romance and legend of one of the biggest gold booms in America, few people outside the area are aware that there’s still a major mining operation at the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine, [...]

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Cripple Creek is a gold-mining town, ever since the first lodes were found in the 1800s. But, it’s also a gaming town, with limited-stakes gambling approved by voters statewide in 1991. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska traveled to Cripple Creek to investigate these two industries’ complex relationship with the city and with each other. She has [...]

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This month we’re taking a look at mining, the history of it in Colorado, and how towns have evolved as the ebb and flow of the industry cycles through.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, or CDA, is managing funds set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture for partially reimbursing farmers for organic certifications…The owners of a leaking uranium mine west of Denver are rerouting Ralston Creek to avoid toxic waste…and, a new zipline is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge [...]

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Colorado officials say the owner of a uranium mill near Canon City is terminating its license, putting it on a path to closure…and, communities have little more than a month to apply for what’s being called a Creative District Designation.

Application information for the Creative District Designation can be found here.

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This 4th of July marked the 120th anniversary of The Independence Mine claim that made Winfield Scott Stratton one of the wealthiest gold barons in history. But as local historian Richard Marold recounts in this audio slide show, Winfield Scott Stratton wasn’t your typical gold baron, and much of his legacy still stands in [...]

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A wildfire along the Colorado-New Mexico border has burned about 5000 acres…and, efforts to change federal law and protect groups willing to clean up polluting mines from legal liability have hit a snag.

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Stratton's Streetcars

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In this slide show of images from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photography Archive with text by Marshall Sprague from his history of the region, “Newport in the Rockies” (read by Craig Richardson), we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of Colorado Springs’ former public transportation glory as it was funded by millionaire gold king Winfield Scott Stratton.

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Today’s edition of The New Yorker has a fascinating article by Peter Hessler about the history and legacy of mining radiocative materials in southwestern Colorado and its possible revival. Though the article covers Colorado’s Western Slope and discusses the former town of Uravan (where much of the Manhattan Project’s materials were mined, and which has since been buried, literally, as a Superfund site) and its former residents, there are clear implications closer to home.

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News

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Russia’s annexation of Crimea is reshaping the lives of residents throughout the peninsula. Some find comfort in Russian rule, while others equate Moscow’s control with intimidation and persecution.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers more than a month ago, and they’ve been searching for him since. The Pike County district attorney says he intends to seek the death penalty.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.
 

Arts & Life

October 31, 2014 | NPR · In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters’ work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the “nocturnal underbelly” of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · A new digital platform called Simpson’s World has all 25 years’ worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | WXPN · The Scottish soul singer, a best-seller in Europe, plays songs from his new album, Caustic Love.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · The song is the exuberant sound of a novice exploring the possibilities of alternative electronic dance music with no real rule book or manual at his disposal.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live set from the banjo master, who’s long been expanding the instrument’s possibilities.
 

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