Snow over the weekend may not mean much help for the state’s average snowpack…

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With the pending sequestration comes across the board government cuts, but many entities are already feeling the heat, including the Department of Defense. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor has more on what that means for some local military establishments.

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La Junta and Pueblo Water Use

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Pueblo won’t be considering seasonal water restrictions amidst exceptional drought in south eastern parts of Colorado…

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After skipping out last year, Representative Lamborn chooses to attend the State of the Union tonight…

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A Fort Carson police bill passed unanimously in the state senate earlier this week. The bill would provide a new classification and more training to officers at the Mountain Post. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year…Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has introduced a bill in the House to end prohibition of marijuana at the federal level…Pueblo’s City Council is considering a proposal that would allow Fort Carson’s HAMET program, or High Altitude Mountain Environment Training, to rent space at the Pueblo Memorial Airport.

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Army helicopters may soon be flying in and out of the Pueblo Memorial Airport…

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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Flood Preparedness Meeting

On January 28, 2013 By

Colorado Springs’ Emergency Management department will discuss flooding at a resident preparedness meeting tomorrow night.

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The reintroduction of lynx into the San Juan Mountains is shifting its focus to tracking the cats. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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An 85 year old bridge is being replaced by CDOT just east of Florence.

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Hyped as the “Worlds Best Beer” by many, Westvleteran Xll will be available for a very short time.

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Updated Fire Codes

On December 13, 2012 By

Colorado Springs CIty Council has given initial approval to new fire codes.

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Lottery Influx

On December 6, 2012 By

The Colorado Lottery recorded its highest week of sales ever, thanks to the recent $550 million Power Ball jackpot.

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Six community meetings will address a series of recommendations including, redrawing school boundaries and repurposing buildings.

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Warm and Dry November

On November 29, 2012 By

Colorado Springs has seen less than an inch of precipitation so far this fall. Continued drought could impact water use.

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Colorado Springs City Council yesterday gave initial approval to regulations concerning oil and gas drilling within city limits…Council also voted in favor of a ban on panhandling in the downtown area…Fort Carson is hosting nearly 300 soldiers and 30 helicopters from Fort Riley in Kansas for high altitude training…Firefighters battling the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park have ordered more resources to help contain the blaze.

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Protestors gathered outside City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs today as Council prepared to hear a first reading for oil and gas regulations.

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Two of four middle schools in Pueblo will have previously revoked funding reinstated…

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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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The city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau started its “Welcome Back” campaign in July in an effort to draw people back to the region….

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Funds given to four middle schools have been suspended due to poor test scores.

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95 percent of parking meters in downtown Colorado Springs will now have longer time limits. As KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports, the goal is to help promote downtown businesses.

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