Voters across the country took part in election night watch parties yesterday, and El Paso County was no exception. KRCC reporters attended the Democratic and Republican gatherings in the county, and this report starts with Kate Dunn, who spent the evening with the El Paso County Republicans.

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Colorado will provide this year’s U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree comes from White River National Forest in Northwest Colorado, near the town of Meeker, and it begins its journey today. KRCC’s Kate Dunn reports.

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The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey. KRCC’s Kate Dunn says the report shows conservation continues to be an important issue for many sportsmen.

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With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced the formation of what he’s calling the Pension Solutions Team…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey…and, more.

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Two separate interest groups plan to air advertisements before Wednesday’s presidential debate held at the University of Denver.

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This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently…Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire…Chimney Rock to be designated a National Monument.

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Next fiscal year’s 19 billion dollar state budget cleared the house today with only one no vote…

The state task force charged with examining jurisdictional conflicts over oil and gas drilling regulations is recommending more collaboration between Colorado and local governments…

The Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, or PPFC, plans to hold a congressional candidate […]

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Federal officials say they arrested 92 immigrants in Colorado who were convicted of serious crimes, immigration violations, or were immigration fugitives…and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall wants to create a national monument and wilderness area along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is researching migratory patterns of bighorn sheep and elk in the San Juan Mountains…and, Forecasters say February snowstorms have helped to increase below average snowpack in Colorado, but levels are still low.

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Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to legalize gold and silver coins as usable currency amid fears about the nation’s financial stability…The Bureau of Land Management has raised fees for two popular campsites along the Gold Belt Scenic Byway.

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El Paso County Health plans to relocate its Montebello and Lake Plaza Women, Infants, and Children centers to the department’s main location on Garden of the Gods Road…Colorado 4-year-olds will have the opportunity to all read the same book through the “One Book 4 Colorado” initiative announced today by Lt. Governor Joe Garcia…and, An […]

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Pueblo Community College or PCC broke ground today on a project to expand its student center…and, El Paso County officials are seeking public input regarding proposed Highway 105 improvements.

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