It’s no secret that Colorado is an energy rich state. From traditional sources of energy like coal and gas to renewable options like solar and wind power, Colorado seems to be on the cutting edge of an all-inclusive energy portfolio. And when it comes to presidential politics, KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports the candidates’ energy [...]

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In our semi-regular conversation with Governor John Hickenlooper, statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland gets his take on oil and gas regulations, his concerns about legalizing marijuana, and why he isn’t planning a future political career in the national spotlight.

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Wind power giant Vestas has announced it’s laying off workers at its Pueblo facility…Trinidad Mayor John Rino has resigned effective immediately…Officials say State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek remains closed after a sinkhole opened over a mineshaft under the roadway.

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President Barack Obama finished out his two-day campaign swing through the state yesterday with stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin attended the rally at Colorado College and Shanna Lewis was at the morning event in Pueblo. We begin there.

Photo: Shanna Lewis.

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President Barack Obama finished out his campaign swing through the state with a stop in Colorado Springs this afternoon. He spoke for nearly 30 minutes, and touched on energy, the economy, and education. Mr. Obama called higher education an economic necessity, and called for tax reforms aimed at helping the middle class.

“When [...]

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President Barack Obama focused on women’s health at a campaign stop in Denver this afternoon…The Colorado Department of Agriculture says a cow that died in Logan County in northeast Colorado had anthrax, and about 50 other dead cattle at the same ranch may have been exposed…Gov. John Hickenlooper has reportedly called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to talk about Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee that left seven people dead including the gunman.

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Colorado voters could see up to four statewide ballot questions this fall, but that’s only if supporters can gather enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot. Submissions were due yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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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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Two Colorado groups trying to get initiatives on the November election ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday. Each needs roughly 86,000 valid signatures to get in front of voters. Bente Birkeland takes a look at the most controversial of the two measures.

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Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign answered critics today by outlining his plan for a stronger middle class. President Barack Obama is attacking Romney for failing to offer a concrete plan to help middle class America. Bente Birkeland has more from Jefferson County.

(Photo from official Mitt Romney website.)

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Governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan for middle class America today in Jefferson County…A stretch of state highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore remains closed after heavy rains this week damaged a bridge near Wetmore.

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Citizens Project was created 20 years ago in response to Colorado’s Amendment 2 and the climate that made its passage possible. Executive Director Kristy Milligan came by to talk about the mission of the organization and a few of the many ways that Citizens Project has contributed to civilizing Colorado Springs.

The 20th Anniversary [...]

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Rainfall this week over the Waldo Canyon burn scar has prompted flooding alerts and warnings throughout the Pikes Peak region, and even closed Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs for much of Monday night….Colorado to take center stage in presidential politics.

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The presidential election of 1896 was contested between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley, one of the central issues of the campaign was the utilization of silver as a peg for the valuing of the US Dollar. This was a major issue for silver mining states, Colorado chief among them. Cripple Creek Gold Baron Winfield [...]

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler says Teller County needs more help to ensure a fair election in next week’s primary…First lady Michelle Obama campaigned for her husband in front a crowd of 2,800 community members today at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before heading south to Pueblo.

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Ballots for the June primary election are due next week on Tuesday. Perhaps one of the biggest regional races comes on the Republican ballot, where Robert Blaha is challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn.

KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin spoke with both candidates. In case you missed it, here are the conversations that aired, and the [...]

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The date for turning in primary election ballots is fast approaching. Perhaps one of the biggest regional races comes on the Republican ballot, where Robert Blaha is challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn for the nomination in the 5th Congressional District. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down to talk with both candidates. Yesterday, we heard [...]

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The date for turning in primary election ballots is fast approaching. Perhaps one of the biggest regional races comes on the Republican ballot, where Robert Blaha is challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn for the nomination in the 5th Congressional District. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down to talk with both candidates. Tomorrow we’ll hear [...]

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Now that the legislature’s special session has finished and some dust has settled, Bente Birkeland sits down with Governor John Hickenlooper to take a look back at how the controversial civil unions bill was handled, and whether he regrets his unusual decision to call for a special session.

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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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Colorado College assistant Spanish professor, Daniel Arroyo-Rodriguez, presents a microLecture on how film and literature have helped recuperate the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War. Arroyo-Rodriguez received his BA in Philology from the University of Seville, in Spain, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Romance Languages [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are gearing up to come back to the capitol for a special session to address civil unions and several other bills that got caught in its crossfire and failed in the waning hours of the session. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the unusual [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has officially set Monday as the start of a legislative special session to address seven topics, including legalizing civil unions and funding Water Conservation Board projects…Colorado Springs Utilities has agreed to meet with a group of downtown business leaders regarding Drake Power Plant…and, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering reducing big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.

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