As Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund Border Wall, Democrats Promise A Fight

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. In circuitous remarks in the Rose Garden, Trump said he was declaring an emergency because of "an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs." The move came a day after Congress approved a...

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As 31-year-old Travis Kauffman thrashed at the bottom of a gully, wrestling with a mountain lion that wouldn't let go of his wrist, the Colorado man realized it might be his last day alive.

"Well, this would be a pretty crappy way to die," Kauffman remembers thinking. He told Luke Runyon of member station KUNC about it in his first sit-down media interview. "It very much turned into a full-on fight for survival."

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Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. More than a hundred state-level gun laws have been enacted since then, including several in the Mountain West. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency released an action plan Thursday regarding potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals have been detected in drinking water in Security, Widefield, and Fountain, among other locations across the country.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. ET

After a long night of bargaining, teachers in Denver who were on strike over wages and bonuses have reached a tentative agreement with school district officials to end their walkout. The strike began Monday, after 15 months of negotiations ended without a deal.

The teachers are expected to be back in most classes today.

Updated at 9:14 p.m. ET

President Trump will support a border security funding compromise, averting a partial government shutdown early Saturday — but he also will declare a national emergency in order to build the wall he has pushed for along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Colorado Ballet Society, and Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble will join forces to bring Aaron Copland’s magical Appalachian Spring to life in full choreography and its original musical version at 7 p.m. on Saturday, at the Ent Center for the Arts.
  • Also on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., the Southern Colorado Handbell Alliance will present its 36th Annual Festival and Concert at City Auditorium in downtown Colorado Springs. The performance is free, and the evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a demonstration and sing-along with the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
  • The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will present Native American comedian Adrianne Chalepah on Tuesday the19th at 7 p.m.
  • Check out peakradar.com for more information on these and other events.
  • The Peak Radar Minute is made possible by the Tiemens Foundation

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Public libraries are a place to find answers—maybe for a research question or a book recommendation. But they’re increasingly places where people seek help locating social services, benefits and housing. And to better meet those needs, libraries across the country are adding social workers to their payroll. As of October, that includes the Pikes Peak Library District.

One year after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the urgency for new gun restrictions has declined, but roughly half the country is concerned a mass shooting could happen at a school in their community, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.

In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine's Day, 71 percent of Americans said laws covering the sale of firearms should be stricter. Now, it's 51 percent.

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The Valentine Day's edition of 91.5 KRCC's music newsletter is an up close and personal view of the tender hearts who work at your favorite radio station.  Let love rule!

Jake Brownell - (Reporter/Producer) - Leonard Cohen - "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" - I'm not sure if this a love song or a break up song, but it's romantic all the same.

Jeff Bieri - (Program Manager/On-Air Host/Voice) - Muddy Waters - "I Want To Be Loved"  - A poignant plea. Umm, I'm not kidding....

Shawn Rosvold - (Morning Edition/All Things Considered On-Air Host) - The Jefferson Airplane - "Comin' Back To Me" - It takes me back to my first love.  That person you will never forget.

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New York City third wave ska band, The Toasters, warm up the winter night on Sunday, February 24 at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs.  Known for their high energy shows and masterful blending of r&b, pop, rap and calypso with off beat rhythms and walking basslines, The Toasters will host one amazing dance party.

Tickets are available at the door or buy online at www.BlackSheepRocks.com.  Listen for guest list giveaways on 91.5 KRCC's evening music mix.

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