Governor John Hickenlooper says a lack of water in Colorado poses a series challenge for the state’s tourism industry. The Governor answered questions from industry representatives as part of the annual tourism day at the state capitol. Bente Birkeland has more.

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The ski industry runs on snow, some resorts more than others. Ski towns like Aspen and Vail still get business in spite of poor snow. Last year while many resorts took a huge hit, Aspen did well because of one type of guest: the international visitor. This sought after tourist books longer vacations, spends […]

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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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Colorado’s unemployment rate ticked down two-tenths of a percent last month, to 8 percent…The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars into the state.

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The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars in to the state.

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The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs. Officials say they’ll take a look at better ways to market the state, but as Bente Birkeland reports, they’ll also discuss messaging, especially in the face of uncontrollable events such as wildfires.

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The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs….AAA says Coloradans are paying less at the gas pump than last week…Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tonight night in Pueblo…Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine native to LaJunta has been buried with military honors.

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Funding for a program that helps beautify roads across Colorado is ending this month. Congress passed a Transportation Bill earlier this year that scraps funding for the National Scenic Byways program. The program pays for things like signs, pull-outs and other tourist attractions alongside several highways. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s […]

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit yesterday in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot…A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years…

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The tourist destination has scheduled its last ride for this Sunday, after more than 50 years in service.

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Voters will see three statewide ballot questions this November. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers finalized the ballot language today…The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is receiving $100,000 from the federal government to try to lure visitors to town after tourism numbers fell due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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It’s been almost two months since the country saw the devastating pictures of the Mountain Shadows subdivision burning in Colorado Springs. Those images drove down lodging numbers 13% in July according to a recent report. Today as the USA Pro Challenge rolls into town, officials hope a new image will emerge—and a brighter future […]

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The Big Something’s intrepid interns Brian Wray and Jacob Brownell were wondering what all the fuss over Seven Falls, one of Southern Colorado’s most popular tourist destinations, was about. It’s a little hard to explain the nuanced majesty of the place so we sent them off with a camera, a microphone and our […]

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Not long after Highway 24 reopened in the Pikes Peak Region, a large hole has altered traffic along the route between Minturn and Leadville in the central part of the state. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, it’s not your average sinkhole that’s causing commuter headaches in the mountains.

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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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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is replacing the state’s outdated, 20-year-old fingerprint system…Colorado tourism officials are launching a new advertising campaign urging people to come explore the state.

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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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Rick Steves, famous for his public broadcasting Europe through the Backdoor programming, places Europe on the back burner as he sets his sights on the United States over the next month. Steves is taking a road trip from Seattle to Florida, visiting 20 cities in 20 […]

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Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs plans to skip the President’s State of the Union Address tomorrow. Lamborn issued a statement this morning saying he doesn’t agree with the policies of the president and that he will not attend the speech…and, Colorado’s tourism figures are up despite the still struggling economy.

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Colorado tourism leaders are set to converge on the state capitol on Monday to promote the industry and discuss trends. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more about the annual event.

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For as much as Colorado Springs seems to have reinvented itself over the years, not much changes where the marketing is concerned: the natural beauty and wonder, the healthy/sporting lifestyle, curious trains and dangerous roads to the tops of mountains, exotic/luxurious attractions on said mountains, etc., the military, (oh, and the arts). Wait, did we […]

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While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s […]

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