Communities across the state are gearing up for the second annual USA Pro Challenge cycling race next week. The race will bring some of the biggest names in cycling to compete in Colorado. Bente Birkeland sat down with Shawn Hunter, the CEO of the Pro Challenge to talk about this year’s race.

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This past weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marked its 90th running. Now the second oldest car race in the country, it began in 1916 when cars were decidedly more primitive. This quick slide show from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photo Archive (most of which are from Stewart’s Commercial Photography) gives [...]

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A couple of months ago, we presented a microLECTURE by Colorado College economics professor Daniel Johnson focused on his methodologies for utilizing the principles of economics to predict the number of medals any given country could be expected to win on the Olympic stage.  If you missed the microLECTURE, you can view [...]

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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 face, ranging [...]

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As Colorado gears up for the second USA ProCycling Challenge, cities statewide are adapting to some route changes. Last year, Colorado Springs hosted the Prologue with time trials through Garden of the Gods. This year, the race starts in Durango. KRCC’s Molly Sinnott has this look at what area businesses along the path of this [...]

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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A newly published study on health ranks Pueblo County near the bottom of 59 reviewed counties in Colorado, coming in with an overall rank of 54…and, as Olympians prepare to head to London for this year’s summer games, the third annual Warrior Games will have some competitors from across the Atlantic too.

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Colorado officials monitoring a prescribed burn apparently didn’t request updated weather forecasts for the area for three days before it erupted into a deadly wildfire…The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has released the routes for this year’s bike race, including Stage 5 in Colorado Springs.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is weighing in on Peyton Manning’s decision to play for the Denver Broncos. While he says it’s good news, he also says he doesn’t want to lose current quarterback Tim Tebow. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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If you aren’t a competitive figure skater, you probably aren’t aware that Colorado Springs is home to U.S. Figure Skating, The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, and an illustrious figure skating history filled with legends, triumphs and a few tragedies. This weekend will mark another historic moment with the [...]

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Colorado ski resorts are praising members of congress for passing a bill they say will boost summer tourism, create jobs, and expand outdoor activities for families. Democratic senator Mark Udall sponsored the bill. It would clarify which activities are allowed on National Forest Lands. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State records show Colorado has spent more than $160 million on homeland security gear since the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks….and, winter sports athletes went to Capitol Hill today to talk to lawmakers, saying Colorado stands to lose billions of dollars if Congress doesn’t do something about global warming.

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The committee redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts is holding its final public hearings this week…and, Colorado is considering a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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(all photos in this slide show by John Sondericker)

While we’ll admit that we’re not the biggest professional sports fans ever invented, we were admittedly taken with some of the excitement surrounding the first annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which ended in Denver yesterday with a win for American Levi Leipheimer. [...]

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The winner of the so-called Queen Stage of this week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Gunnison to Aspen was George Hincapie of BMC Racing Team. In his post-win press conference, Hincapie credited in part, food. Indeed, diet does play a role in an athlete’s performance. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited with [...]

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Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge have predicted the event could draw up to a million spectators at stages from Gunnison to Steamboat Springs. Enthusiasm for the race and the sport of cycling appears to be at an all-time high in Colorado – but it’s already looking like those predictions about crowd sizes [...]

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A federal review of Colorado’s Medicaid program found significant delays in determining applicants’ eligibility….and, two bear attacks in the Aspen backcountry over the weekend have wildlife officials warning people to be cautious as the area braces for roadside camping during this week’s bike race.

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Thousands of fans and more than one hundred professional cyclists were in Colorado Springs yesterday to kick off the seven-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This inaugural race will be televised across the world and is being plugged as an economic engine for the Colorado cities in its path. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member [...]

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The USA Pro Cycle Challenge kicked off today in Colorado Springs with a 5.2 mile individual time trial….and, state wildlife officers have killed the black bear believed to be responsible for attacking two campers in separate incidents near Aspen.

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Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range…and, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off next week, with an individual time trial held in Colorado Springs. The inaugural race is scheduled to begin in Garden of the Gods [...]

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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.

You can listen to the full episode, or download here.

You can also head to the individual segments for the audio and web extras:

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There’s been a lot of excitement and chitter chatter in these parts about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge hitting Colorado later this month to be televised on NBC and the Versus Network, home of the Tour de France. Though it’s great that Colorado, not to mention Colorado Springs which will host [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are nearing agreement on the state’s first uniform standards for which deaths get a forensic autopsy…Two groups and a Morrison businessman are challenging Colorado’s renewable energy standard…and, the Warrior Games are coming back to Colorado Springs this May.

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Following a decision by OPEC ministers not to cut production, crude prices have fallen to a four-year-low before rebounding slightly.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Patient X arrives. She ran a fever. Now it’s gone. But she has diarrhea. Should you test for the virus or not? That’s the kind of case history presented to health workers heading to West Africa.
 

Arts & Life

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. “I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade,” says director Jennifer Kent.
 

Music

November 28, 2014 | NPR · Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band’s history, including why its songs had some “anger” in them.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

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