A proposal to create an “energy park” in Pueblo County that could include a nuclear power plant is going before the county commissioners…Colorado Republican congressman Scott Tipton is planning to tour the Army’s Pinon Canyon training site in southeast Colorado and then hold a town hall meeting in Trinidad to discuss the future of [...]

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Pueblo County Health Officials say a third skunk has tested positive for rabies…Monday is the last day for Colorado Springs residents to register to vote before the Mayoral Run-Off election….Lawmakers charged with congressional redistricting met today and found the plans vary quite a bit…and, a federal official says his agency is committed [...]

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([Scarfer, CF&I], by Myron Wood, January 1966. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-1497.)

Man wearing heavy clothing and with goggles pushed up on his forehead holding gas torch. Photo identified on back as “John Norton, scarfer, Colo. Fuel & Iron, Pueblo, Colo.”

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Pueblo County officials are holding the second of two consecutive hearings tonight to talk about a proposed energy project that could include a nuclear power plant…Midwives in Colorado would have additional authority under a bill that’s been approved by the state Senate. The Senate voted 32-3 today to allow midwives to suture women who [...]

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The Census Bureau says El Paso County has officially surpassed Denver as Colorado’s most populous county and that Hispanics of any race now account for one-fifth of the state’s population…and, a team from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs recently returned from Panama as part of an amphibian conservation effort.

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Crews have contained a grass fire that was threatening buildings near Ellicott in El Paso County…Crews are beginning to remove rock from US 50 west of Cotopaxi, and aim to have the highway reopen by the weekend…Army officials say President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $477 million for destroying obsolete chemical weapons stored in [...]

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If the “green economy” seems like little more than an abstraction then you’ll want to take a peek inside the new Vestas Wind Tower Factory in Pueblo where KRCC reporter Shanna Lewis visited for this report and slide show from the KRCC Newsroom.

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Wind tower manufacturing giant Vestas opened a new factory south of Pueblo earlier this year. Two accidents, one of them fatal, marked its first six months of operations, along with the announcement that the international company was laying off some 3000 workers in Europe. Nonetheless, Vestas created some 450 jobs in the Pueblo area, [...]

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The number of foreclosures in El Paso County rose last month while its southern neighbor also saw a slight increase…and, a recent survey in Trinidad School District #1 shows parents still prefer the telephone as the primary means of communication with school officials.

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The Colorado Springs 2011 general fund budget proposal is up for review…Vestas Wind Systems celebrated the official opening of a new wind tower factory in Pueblo today….and, An instrument designed by University of Colorado-Boulder students has traveled 1.67 billion miles from Earth.

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Late last month, Craig Richardson and I, having heard only rumors of its passability by boat, decided to take a trip down the lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale. So we purchased a used Mohawk canoe from a gentleman on Craiglist for $220, borrowed some paddles and life jackets and, drove to Pueblo and …

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Advocates on both sides of a ballot initiative regarding abortion are beginning their campaigns…One of three companies with federal leases to research and develop oil shale in Colorado says it plans to start testing its technology next year…Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has received an Air Force Academy award for contributions to U.S. defense [...]

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Pueblo’s Arkansas Levee mural is a great example of how something widely perceived as negative (graffiti, in this case) can be turned into a cultural opportunity. At 3-miles long and growing, it is (according to the Guiness Book of World Records) the world’s longest continuous painting.

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More than 2,000 Colorado businesses, from growers to dispensaries, have applied for new state medical marijuana licenses…A Senate debate planned for Wednesday in Pueblo has been canceled due to an apparent lack of interest…Proponents of a ballot measure aimed at creating a strong mayor in Colorado Springs turned in signatures to the City Clerk today, [...]

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis faces new plagiarism allegations just one day after issuing an apology for essays he claimed to write that contained passages written by someone else. The Denver Post reports that the new allegations concern part of a newspaper column McInnis wrote in 1994 that resembled a column [...]

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Click below to hear the new Western Skies theme song written and arranged by The Haunted Windchimes:

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U.S. Forest officials say they may have to shut down some national forests in Colorado and Wyoming…and, Pueblo’s Urban Renewal Authority is expected to begin its search for a new Executive Director tomorrow.

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The Department of Defense and the Colorado health department have reached an agreement on monitoring chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot…and, as the immigration debate gains traction in Congress, an advocacy group says Latino voters could make a big difference this November in tight Colorado races.

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The Colorado House has approved next year’s $18.2 billion budget and has sent it to the Senate…Colorado House Democrats are sending a letter to state Attorney General John Suthers opposing his decision to join a national lawsuit that seeks to block a federal law overhauling health care…A public comment period on the Pueblo Chemical Depot [...]

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Some residents in Pueblo County are asking county commissioners to make Xcel Energy shut down its new power plant until the utility can stop the noise that has driven some out of their homes…State offices will be closed Friday for another mandatory furlough day…and, a state report says that efforts to prevent the spread of [...]

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Colorado officials say a judge was wrong when he ruled they can’t require the Army to set a legally binding deadline to destroy chemical weapons stored in the state…A wind farm in northeastern Colorado with 273 turbines is looking at adding more…and, Democratic Senator Mark Udall says he is introducing a bill to extend residential [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are debating a bill that would punish people who kill a fetus while committing another crime, but opponents say it’s an attempt to pave the way for a ban on abortion…and, the Army has released an environmental assessment of a new plan to accelerate the destruction of mustard agent at the [...]

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Officials with Pueblo County school district 70 are considering going to a four-day school week, which could save up to $1.1 million a year…A new study from an environmental advocacy group says a bill in the state legislature that aims to increase renewable energy standards will create new jobs if approved, while critics question the [...]

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa’s health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The “not our problem” response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Four decades after Studs Terkel’s famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · The process of becoming a man isn’t always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that’s exactly how Beck’s music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck’s posthumous release, “Get Me Joe Beck.”
 

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