Lot by lot, the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs is showing signs of residential life again after this summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire. Eleven homes of the nearly 350 destroyed have been rebuilt, and about 80% of homeowners have resolved their insurance claims. But, as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the community still faces big obstacles.

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Construction is set to begin on Interstate 25 in north Colorado Springs. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the $66-million project is intended to relieve congestion.

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Colorado Springs’ City Council gave initial approval today to a new water ordinance aimed at getting consumers to save 5.8 billion gallons this year. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the proposal contains a variety of tools to get through what is projected to be a tough drought year….Council also approved Mayor Bach’s proposal allowing city employees to bring guns to work if they have a concealed-carry permit.

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Colorado Springs City Council will proceed with oil and gas regulations, despite calls among fracking opponents for a public hearing. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, council members on both sides of the issue feel time is running out.

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Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities’ Board, chose a contractor today to help its advisory committee study the possibility of selling its power plants. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the idea remains controversial.

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Voters to decide whether to pay City Council members a salary…

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Colorado Springs Utilities is preparing for a water shortfall this summer. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the utility is proposing water restrictions and would like to revise water rates to discourage heavy use.

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Wasson High School and two Colorado Springs elementary schools will close at the end of the school year. The District 11 Board of Education voted last night to shut down the three schools for the sake of improved efficiency. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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The Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on the closure of Wasson High School. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, passions are running deep.

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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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Special Election in Salida

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Salida residents are taking part in a special election tomorrow. The town is considering whether or not to become a home-rule city. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the question has stirred some controversy in this community of 5,300.

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The number of tech companies in Colorado Springs has grown by one. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, software maker Xledger announced this week that it has moved its North American headquarters here from Silicon Valley.

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Residents of Mountain Shadows who lost homes to the Waldo Canyon fire will have to abide by a stricter fire code when they rebuild. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, Colorado Springs City Council today passed new rules for the city’s hillside neighborhoods.

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Members of Colorado Springs City Council are paid barely over $6,000 a year, less than minimum wage for what they say is a full-time job. But as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, a proposal to boost their pay met with resistance at today’s informal session.

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Requests for concealed handgun permits have been flooding into the El Paso County Sheriff’s office since Friday.

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The El Paso County board of commissioners today gave initial approval to an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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As the state wrestles with how to regulate recreational pot use, El Paso County commissioners plan to consider a ban on commercial marijuana when they meet tomorrow.

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With the flip of a switch yesterday afternoon, the mayor of Colorado Springs illuminated an intersection and closed the book on a dark chapter of the city’s recent budget history. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin was there for the drumroll and has this report.

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The Salvation Army says two of its red donation kettles have been stolen in Colorado Springs this season. And, as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the campaign’s money troubles run deeper than that.

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The top state elections official was in Colorado Springs today to hear citizen feedback on last month’s election. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, an obvious partisan divide emerged.

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The Salvation Army stationed a bellringer in downtown Colorado Springs today as part of its holiday fundraising campaign. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, this year, the city’s new panhandling ban nearly kept them away.

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Colorado’s Secretary of State is planning to hold public meetings along the Front Range this week. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, he’s seeking feedback on last month’s general election.

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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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