Big Spending In Colorado Governor Race Has Some Wondering If Politics Belong To The Wealthy

This year's governor's race is like no other in Colorado history -- at least in terms of money. The $29 million contributed so far to candidates shatters prior records. A large chunk of that money comes from millionaires, spending big in hopes of being elected to a job that pays $90,000 a year. "There actually are no limits to what an individual can contribute to their own campaign," said Steve Bouey, a manager with the elections division of the Secretary of State's Office.

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Colorado Springs plays a leading role in a new film by director Spike Lee, which opens in theaters this weekend. 

BlacKkKlansman tells the story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. 

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Some Steamboat Springs, Colorado residents are welcoming the Interior Department Secretary with a protest Friday evening.  Ryan Zinke is the keynote speaker at the Steamboat Institute’s annual ‘Freedom Conference,’ a private event.

Since the Holy Fire ignited Monday in Orange County, Calif., the blaze ravaged more than 10,000 acres, destroyed at least 12 structures and forced more than 21,000 people to evacuate their homes by Thursday night. But amid all these grim and rising numbers, California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has listed just one cause: "human."

Over the next few weeks, we're going to take you on a tour of some of our favorite public lands.  

Most people visit Curt Gowdy State Park in Southeastern Wyoming for the world-class mountain biking, reservoirs filled with rainbow trout, and hikes through steep granite formations.

But entomologist Christy Bell comes for the bees.

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A new study shows air pollution like soot, dust and smoke is down around the country with one exception: wildfire prone areas like the Mountain West.  

Photo Courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo says two additional animals were killed in a hail storm early this week that caused significant damage and injured animals and people. In a press release, Jenny Koch, the zoo’s marketing director, said a meerkat pup that was missing underground has not been recovered, and they assume it has passed away.

“One of our peacocks also passed due to hail injuries,” Koch said.

Vice President Pence described the White House's plans for a Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be responsible for operations in outer space, in a speech on Thursday.

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will," Pence said in his speech at the Pentagon.

Salida Steam Plant

The SteamPlant Event Center will host the first Salida Jazz Festival in Riverside Park on August 25th, 2018 featuring Gerry Gibbs' Thrasher People Band with special guest Nicholas Payton. The festival is free, and will also include the fireworks show that was planned for this past 4th of July (weather permitting).

  • Comedian Tim Allen will perform at the Pikes Peak Center tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
  • One Nation Walking Together, a local Native charity, will host its 10th Annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Norris Penrose Event Center. 
  • Also on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Gran Fondo will feature a non-competitive fun ride that give cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on Pikes Peak.
  • Check out peakradar.com for more information on these and other events.

The Denver Post wasn’t dying, says Larry Ryckman; it was being murdered.

“We were under attack by our own owners,” says Ryckman, who was until recently senior editor of news at the newspaper.

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1A Moves To 9 - 11 a.m., The Takeaway Airs At 11 a.m.

NPR's 1A Has Moved To 9 a.m. Following Morning Edition

1A has moved to 9 - 11 a.m., and the Takeaway airs at 11 a.m.

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