The US Senate has passed legislation to speed government contracts to modernize the aging fleet of Forest Service tanker planes that dump suppressants on Western wildfires..A 227-acre wildfire in northern Colorado is fully contained…and, Drivers in downtown Colorado Springs may find traffic detours this weekend.

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Colorado’s utility regulators don’t follow state travel policies and don’t keep adequate track of private meetings with the industries they regulate…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County…Larimer County sheriff’s officials say a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado was started by lightning.

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High staff turnover is partially to blame for the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s failure to account for millions of dollars in expenses. The state released an audit report today examining what led the division to miscalculate the money. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has named a new Chief Financial Officer…A new survey lists Colorado Springs as a top city for starting a small business…A nearly six-square-mile wildfire in southern Colorado near Pagosa Springs has grown more than 600 acres and is 4 percent contained…and, a 14-year-old from Parker is among the finalists in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Pueblo’s City Manager is stepping down after leaving the scene of a minor traffic incident…Manitou Springs has leased a parking lot in an effort to help ease traffic issues this summer…Fire managers have requested an additional helicopter to help fight a nine-square-mile wildfire in southwestern Colorado near the Utah border…and, anti-tax activist Doug Bruce is expected to be released from Denver County Jail tomorrow.

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A man involved in the shooting of a police officer is back in custody after he failed to return to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo…Governor John Hickenlooper has until June eighth to decide the fate of 61 bills that were passed during the legislative session.

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Proponents of an initiative that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a Colorado driver’s license say they face a long road to get enough signatures for the ballot this November…Canon City Police Chief Duane McNeill has resigned after an audit alleged the department has management and morale issues…and, Firefighters are mopping up a wildfire that burned about 12 square miles in northern Colorado.

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The Colorado Health Access Survey finds more than 600,000 Coloradans have insurance they know won’t pay enough. When an unexpected illness hits, the coverage falls short. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News found one health care advocate who has taken to the road to warn even more Americans to be sure they understand exactly what their policies won’t cover.

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is praising a plan to protect four-point-two million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado…A large overhaul of a subsidy for telephone providers is in doubt during the last days of the Colorado legislative session.

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About two-dozen victims of the Lower North Fork Fire were at the state capitol yesterday to hear lawmakers debate a bill that would create a commission to help compensate them above current state requirements. The Republican proposal has pushback from some Democrats and Governor John Hickenlooper. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Air Force says a proposed expansion of a flight training area in eastern Colorado and western Kansas would have no significant environmental impacts…The costs of health insurance have become so high in Colorado’s rural areas that the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says many farmers and ranchers carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. As a result, the organization is using a familiar business model and forming a healthcare co-op.

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A spokesman for the Governor has criticized Republicans for attempting to politicize the tragic situation of last month’s Lower North Fork fire. GOP lawmakers have announced a commission to try and find a way to compensate victims who their lost homes. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Pueblo County sheriff’s officials say a 53-year-old man has died after an accident at Evraz North America’s rod and bar mill in Pueblo…

Warm weather in Colorado has come early this year and so has an abundance of miller moths…

CDOT held a memorial service today for workers killed in highway accidents through the [...]

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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Do It Right by Melting Temple

The Colorado Springs-based alterno-garage-psych-punch band, Melting Temple, will release their Hunter’s Moon EP Saturday, April 7th at the Ancient Mariner in Manitou Springs, the show begins at 8pm and will feature the Flumps, Smokestack Relics, and the Good Morning Accordion Terrorist. More details available at the [...]

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Under provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, six new test sites for unmanned aircraft vehicles, or UAVs, will be established by the Federal Aviation Authority and the Department of Defense. As KRCC’s Molly Sinnott reports, several Front Range business groups have come together to promote Colorado as one of the new test sites.

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The Colorado legislature generates millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state thousands of dollars to print. In fact, many state lawmakers say they sometimes feel like they are buried in paperwork. But as state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland tells us, all that paper could one day be a thing of the [...]

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Thursday News Index

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Colorado Springs’ airport to be adding full-body scanners… Fort Lyon’s medium-security prison closes the doors permanently… Florence’s summer farmers market to offer canning classes… Custer County crackdown on non-permit holding home businesses… And more. Click for the full Index.

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Tuesday News Index

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Welfare recipients using issued debit cards at strip clubs… Environmentalist groups voice concern over Gov. Hickenlooper’s hydraulic fracturing advertisement… Colorado Springs’ downtown area to be fitted with surveillance cameras… Canon City School Board considered closing schools… And more. Click for the full Index.

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The Colorado House of Representatives gave lawmakers who live outside of the Denver area a 22% cost of living increase last week. The measure passed under the radar with no debate. But now some lawmakers are speaking out in advance of the bill heading to the Senate. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Tuesday News Index

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Bill proposes prohibiting discriminating against the unemployed… Pikes Peak Hospital to begin employing telemedicine… Pueblo Community College reporting high enrollment… Raton school board considers a new technology tax… And more. Click for the full Index.

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In the late 19th Century, the residents of Colorado Springs celebrated the fertility of their thriving new city by festooning themselves and all manner of their conveyances with flowers. The Flower Parade marched the streets of downtown Colorado Springs from 1893 to 1912, when it was transformed into a more “Cowboys and Indians” type [...]

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, or the PPACG, will provide $5 million worth of federally allotted funds as the Colorado Department of Transportation moves forward with a plan to widen a portion of I-25…and, a proposed land swap that would consolidate a ranch for billionaire William Koch is headed back to the [...]

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