More residents close to the wildfire burning near Westcliffe have been warned to be ready to evacuate. The blaze has burned almost four square miles. Forest officials are holding an information meeting at 6 at the Custer County School in Westcliffe. In New Mexico, residents in several neighborhoods closest to Raton have been allowed [...]

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The Track Fire in Colfax County, New Mexico north of Raton has now consumed over 24,000 acres…An Ice Age horse is now among a long list of animals that once lived near Snowmass Village.

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The so-called Duckett Fire located in northwest Custer County on the San Isabel National Forest has burned around 1000 acres…and, a wildfire in Colfax County, New Mexico north of Raton has consumed over 6,000 acres and burned two structures.

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A wildfire in Teller County northwest of Cripple Creek has burned over 50 acres as of early this afternoon…and, several other fires continue to burn in southern Colorado, and dry winds and months of low moisture in the region have prompted fire restrictions on some federal land.

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The Colorado health department says an advisory for southern Colorado because of smoke from fires in Arizona has expired…and, some ranchers in eastern Colorado might have issues with grasshoppers this year.

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For many, flipping a light switch is a common occurrence. Flip a switch, and a light turns on almost instantaneously. This month we’re taking a look at some of the issues that enable that lightbulb to power on, or enable cars and buses to take you from point A to point B. Today, we’re [...]

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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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The Interior Department says it will work with Colorado on three water and land conservation projects…and, officials have closed the Baca County Fairgrounds as a precaution until further notice due to the recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus.

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers are challenging Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR…The Pike and San Isabel National Forest are experiencing heavy snow late in the season and a slow snow melt, which is impacting some opening dates for campgrounds…and, while some areas are concerned about flooding, others, like southeastern Colorado, need the rain.

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The final ballot count is in for the strong-mayor runoff election in Colorado Springs, and the rates barely budged from their initial posting last night. Steve Bach garnered about 57% of the total vote, with Richard Skorman receiving about 43%…The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vestas with violations at its wind turbine [...]

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A search team has found two empty fuel tanks that were jettisoned from an F-16 jet fighter during an in-flight emergency over Colorado…The Bureau of Land Management is looking to open a public comment period on artist Christo’s proposed “Over the River” project…and, federal scientists say an exotic fungus spreading through Rocky Mountain forests is [...]

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The two Republican candidates running for El Paso County Sheriff came together last night for a debate about issues facing the department. KRCC was a media sponsor of the event. Knox Graham was there, and has this report.

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Ballots for the August primary election start going in the mail today to voters affiliated with major political parties…and, river otters are thriving in Colorado, and state wildlife officials say they’re considering lifting protections because the species is doing so well.

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Pueblo City Council is expected to decide tonight on whether to put the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries up to voters. The Chieftain reports that in addition, the council is also expected to decide whether or not to ask for sales tax for medical marijuana and paraphernalia…The El Paso [...]

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The bomb squad was called in this morning to the Colorado Springs police department after a box of blasting caps was dropped off at the Nevada Avenue location. KKTV reports the situation as secure as of late morning, and the Gazette reports the explosives posed no danger to the building…Colorado residents [...]

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The Medano Fire in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been burning for over a month…Republican Party Chair Michael Steele is heading to Colorado afterall. The announcement comes one day after pulling out of the Aspen Ideas Festival, where he was supposed to appear today…and, US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is in Denver [...]

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Colorado Springs residents are getting the first chance to hear about plans for a major thoroughfare in the city…and, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is in Denver for the group’s 27th annual conference with speakers that include U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Five schools in the Colorado Springs area have made Newsweek‘s annual America’s Best High Schools list…Peterson Air Force Base is repairing the roof of a damaged hangar that was torn by high winds last month…and, a hiker has died while trying to climb a 14,000-foot mountain in southern Colorado near Alamosa.

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About 100 people are marching from the Colorado state capitol to the federal courts in downtown Denver to call for changes in the country’s immigration laws…Dave Munger, a retired small businessman in Colorado Springs, and the current president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, says he’s entering the race for mayor, according to the [...]

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Las Animas County and Trinidad city officials have commissioned a feasibility study on the prospects of acquiring Trinidad State Nursing Home…and, Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site and the Army’s proposed expansion.

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The Bureau of Land Management is reassessing how the agency manages wild horses and burros…and, the four Senate candidates from the two major parties spoke on health care at a trade group meeting.

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Emergency responders are participating in a full-scale exercise tomorrow in El Paso County…and,the Colorado snowpack is melting more quickly than usual, boosting reservoir storage above average across the state.

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The White House says President Barack Obama was unaware one of his top advisers may have suggested job opportunities to a potential Colorado Senate candidate in hopes of persuading him not to run…Colorado’s 4th District Representative Betsy Markey (D) hit the road today by kicking off a so-called “Blue Collar Jobs Tour”…and, Colorado Supreme Court [...]

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News

October 23, 2014 | NPR · The rate for routine vaccinations of babies used to be 97 percent. Now the figure is 27 percent. Blame it on the rippling effects of the oubreak.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The blunt-talking Moshe Ya’alon says that Syria, Iraq and Libya have all been shattered by fighting in recent years and that the future map of the Middle East will look very different.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The mayor of Iguala and his wife, accused of being connected to the disappearance of 43 students, are now fugitives. Thousands of protesters marched in Mexico City Wednesday demanding justice.
 

Arts & Life

Luma Bites
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

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October 22, 2014 | WXPN · The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.
 

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