Safety, Staffing Concerns Loom At DIA In Face Of Prolonged Government Shutdown

More Americans are being impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, the already stressful world of air travel is feeling the pinch as Transportation Security Administration workers call in sick. But for now, things are still operating smoothly at Denver International Airport. DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams said the average wait time at security checkpoints averaged about 10 minutes on Sunday.

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Our region has a disproportionate number of federal workers and last Friday many of them went without a paycheck for the first time under the shutdown. Thousands have turned to GoFundMe pages while others are selling their belongings on Craigslist.

A Jan. 31 deadline is approaching for the Drought Contingency Plans, a set of agreements between seven states about how to manage dwindling water supplies, including here in the Mountain West.

The region has been in a drought for 19 years now, and water levels continue to retreat in major reservoirs.

Looking Up: Is It Better To Burn Out Or Fade Away?

Jan 14, 2019
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This week on Looking Up Hal spotlights Bellatrix, one of his favorite stars in the constellation Orion.

The mighty constellation of Orion dominates Colorado’s winter sky, and it’s a wonderful area of the sky to observe with a telescope, binoculars, or just naked eye.

City of Colorado Springs

 

Colorado Springs City Council has given preliminary approval to a new comprehensive plan, called PlanCOS. The plan replaces a previous one dating back to 2001, and lays out a vision for future development in the city, which is expected to grow by more than 200,000 people over the next 20 years.

Senior Border Patrol officials are taking up President Trump's call for more miles of border barrier, pushing back against congressional Democrats who say additional fencing is unnecessary.

Democrats applauded as Gov. Jared Polis outlined his administration's priorities in his first State of the State Thursday. He touched on topics from full-day kindergarten funding to paid family leave and oil and gas development.

But the governor's address was criticized by Republicans for its lack of specifics on where all the money for his agenda will come from.

  • On Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., the Fountain Creek Nature Center will host its annual Winter Bird Count, where birders of all experience levels are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations.
  • The Colorado Farm and Art Market will host their first Indoor Winter Market of the new year this Sunday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. 
  • In celebration of its 34th birthday, the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society will present a special concert on Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Olympian Plaza Reception Center featuring great swing hits, toe-tapping Dixieland, sweet Latin favorites, perhaps a waltz or two, and even a polka.
  • For more information on these and other events check out peakradar.com
  • The Peak Radar Minute is made possible by the Tiemens Foundation

There's no doubt skiing can be a very expensive sport, and now there's a concern that mergers and acquisitions could make it even more pricey. So is it increasingly a sport for the wealthy?


Mike Procell, 91.5 KRCC.

Conservation groups are planning to buy a ranch near Trinidad that includes the landmark Fisher's Peak. The $25.5 million acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of February with a goal of eventually allowing public access to the land.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

 


A Colorado Springs man has been living at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for the past week to avoid deportation back to his home country of El Salvador.

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