We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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Cripple Creek is a gold-mining town, ever since the first lodes were found in the 1800s. But, it’s also a gaming town, with limited-stakes gambling approved by voters statewide in 1991. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska traveled to Cripple Creek to investigate these two industries’ complex relationship with the city and with each other. She has […]

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This month we’re taking a look at mining, the history of it in Colorado, and how towns have evolved as the ebb and flow of the industry cycles through.

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As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids […]

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Since 1936, American farmers and gardeners have been able to select plants best tailored for their land by using the Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which is produced by the Agricultural Research Service, a branch of the USDA. The map uses average extreme low temperatures to divide the nation into climate zones. The 2012 version of […]

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year […]

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This month we’re doing things a little differently. KRCC belongs to a network of stations called Rocky Mountain Community Radio, so this month, we’re going to sample some work from a few of these stations, including our own.

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Occupy Wall Street is a protest movement that’s caught on around the country and around the world, including here in Colorado. According to Occupy-Together-dot-com, there are gatherings not only in Denver, but also Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. Recently, KRCC’s Kate Jonuska checked in with the Occupy Colorado Springs group several times over […]

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Many Colorado Springs residents are aware of ongoing construction at Penrose Hospital between Cascade and Nevada. Tomorrow, the former hospital guest home, known as the Stearman House, will be torn down to make room for new parking spaces. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska recently took a tour of the home and brought back this report.

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Known as Colorado’s own Steel City, Pueblo has an industrial base that continues to evolve today. The city has a rich cultural history and strong community ties. For this edition of Western Skies, we’re going to be exploring the history, industry, and culture of Pueblo.

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Despite the fertility of the Arkansas River Valley, not every seed will grow. Such was the case with the African-American homesteaders who settled “The Dry,” which was abandoned due to irrigation issues. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska reports on a recent archeological dig that is attempting to bring The Dry’s history back into the light.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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The branding mission for Colorado Springs is currently underway, with local marketing firm Stone Mantel leading the project. The company has previously worked with other cities such as Anchorage, Alaska and Pensacola, Florida. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska has this glimpse into the process of branding Colorado Springs.

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An oratorio began as a religious concert, which was coupled with narration to tell a story. Now many communities, including the city of Pueblo, are using the art form and some advanced technology to tell their town’s rich and often poignant history. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska recorded an early rehearsal of “The Song of Pueblo,” […]

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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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Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

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We bring back Western Skies with a look at arts in the region. We take the time to look at the Colorado Springs scene, film production as an economic driver, the Broadmoor Art Academy, and more.

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With budget cuts across the board, city officials have taken an adoption approach in order to help fill some of the gaps. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska caught up with two residents on garbage patrol, and takes a closer look at the city’s adopt-a phenomenon.

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After budget shortfalls and a failed ballot initiative in Colorado Springs, cultural services found itself on the chopping block. That means the Pioneers’ Museum, Rock Ledge Ranch, and other facilities and programs were facing closure. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska recently checked in with the museum and the ranch to see how they’re faring.

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With Earth Day today, many communities around the Pikes Peak region are beginning celebrations and events tied to environmentalism. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska previews one event coming up in Colorado Springs that seeks to inspire a little spring-cleaning.

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Most people know by now that the country is beginning its national head-count, known as the census. The word “census” comes from Latin, and the head-count idea dates back to the Roman Empire. These days, every ten years, questionnaires show up in mailboxes in order to help provide a statistical picture […]

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Police say they responded to a 911 call from someone who said he had opened fire in a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · At first the teachers were skeptical, but after two weeks they joined in “because the music is full of energy … it really gets the happiness flowing,” Zhang Pengfei told a local newspaper.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s chairman, said the White House appeared “to have disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information” — and he wants to know more.
 

Arts & Life

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · The Lithuanian-born director, poet, archivist and critic, who died Wednesday, not only made dozens of experimental films — he helped carve a place for countless other filmmakers to do the same.
 

January 23, 2019 | FA · Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast Ear Hustle when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods’ sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life behind bars.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · For many, Afghanistan does not at first conjure up images of black bears and musk deer. But that’s just what Alex Dehgan found when his team went there in hope of establishing the first national park.
 

Music

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Yo-Yo Ma, the world’s most famous living cellist, performed formally and informally in Mumbai this week, part of a long-term project to play Bach’s six suites for cello in 36 places around the world.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · This week’s Alt.Latino playlist stretches the boundaries of the conventional. These genre-bending tracks celebrate female prowess, camaraderie and an artist’s destiny.
 

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January 23, 2019 | WXPN-FM · Recommended by locals, Martha Ffion treated World Cafe to songs from her debut full length album, Sunday Best.
 

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