Preliminary estimates show insurance companies will pay almost $300 million dollars to homeowners affected by the Black Forest Fire.

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Despite fierce winds in and around Fort Collins, fire crews continue to make progress battling the Galena Fire in the foothills northwest of town.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is laying off workers at its Windsor and Brighton blade factories, the company announced today. The reduction affects 10% of Vestas’ statewide workforce of 1100 employees, and comes after Congress renewed a Wind Energy Tax Credit at the end of last year.

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military will extend some benefits to same-sex partners. KUNC’s Grace Hood has more on what the move will mean for the 26-thousand men and women serving at Fort Carson.

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Some state lawmakers spent time at the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas today, considering whether to repurpose the prison under a proposal from Governor John Hickenlooper…Colorado’s Latino and black residents are falling further behind the state’s white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress…and, Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver today.

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Two children have died from flu in Colorado, one in El Paso County…El Paso County Commissioners gave final approval to an ordinance that bans recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county…Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is now completely employee owned.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has filed a federal lawsuit in Denver after the Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to approve a panhandling ban…While Washington lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, Colorado Senator Mark Udall continues to press fellow members of Congress for an extension of the Wind Production Tax Credit.

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Southern Colorado’s Congressmen are re-elected…County-wide measures in El Paso County pass…and more results.

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson addressed dozens of supporters in Fort Collins today about national security, a balanced budget, and the war on drugs.

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Pueblo City Council last night voted to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees, the Chieftain reports…Dozens of personnel and several fire engines are at work containing a 400-acre wildfire on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park…About 1800 enthusiastic supporters turned out at the Fountain Middle School gymnasium as First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Colorado in support of the President.

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It’s been almost two months since the country saw the devastating pictures of the Mountain Shadows subdivision burning in Colorado Springs. Those images drove down lodging numbers 13% in July according to a recent report. Today as the USA Pro Challenge rolls into town, officials hope a new image will emerge—and a brighter future […]

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Thousands of fans and more than one hundred professional cyclists were in Colorado Springs yesterday to kick off the seven-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This inaugural race will be televised across the world and is being plugged as an economic engine for the Colorado cities in its path. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member […]

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Education cuts are on the table once again in this year’s budgeting process. This month, we’re spending time taking a look at those cuts, and at education in general in Colorado.

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The economic recession has not been kind to nonprofits – especially as discretionary and leisure dollars have tightened for families. But this trend isn’t uniform across the board. As KUNC‘s Grace Hood reports as part of a series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, one organization is finding fewer dollars in […]

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Rupert Murdoch keeps Fox News and Fox TV but sells off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn’s impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · The Girl’s Trip actress has had what seems like a meteoric rise over the last year: a blockbuster movie, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live, and now a new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.
 

December 13, 2017 | NPR · Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.
 

December 13, 2017 | NPR · A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.
 

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December 14, 2017 | KCRW-FM · Watch the Toronto indie-pop band perform a romantic track from its sophomore album, Antisocialites, live at the KCRW studio.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · The modern day torchbearers of Mississippi blues make their third appearance on Mountain Stage and play songs from their latest release, Prayer For Peace.
 

December 13, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Gayla Peevey, who sang the original version of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” in 1953. That song helped the Oklahoma City Zoo get its first hippo — and this past week, Peevey welcomed the zoo’s newest hippo addition.
 

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