Andrea Chalfin

Managing Editor/Fill-In Host

Andrea came to KRCC in 2008 by way of Missouri. She’s responsible for KRCC’s overall news presence, and oversees a cadre of staff, freelancers, and students.  Her award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC. The Ohio native loves music and media, food, and the open road; it’s also not uncommon to see her taking a walk through downtown Colorado Springs.  Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaChalfin or send an email to achalfin@krcc.org Have a press release? Please email news@krcc.org.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Drinking water near the U.S. Air Force Academy has tested safe from potentially toxic chemicals. 

Laura Bittner / Flickr/Creative Commons

A tight margin separates the candidates for Manitou Springs mayor. John Graham leads Alan Delwiche by 71 votes. 24 votes separate the yays and nays on Manitou Springs issue 2D aimed at supporting the arts, while voters there have overwhelmingly supported 2E, which is a TABOR retention measure aimed at public improvements.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Temple Emanuel in Pueblo plans to install security cameras after the arrest of a man who allegedly planned to blow up the synagogue over the weekend. A statement from Temple Emanuel says police have also increased area patrols. A Southern Colorado man has been charged with a federal hate crime.

Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

Independence Pass is closed for the season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, which manages the scenic byway, says the closure comes earlier than usual. For the past eight years, the agency says the pass had closure dates falling in early to mid-November.

ManitouSpringsGov.com

This November, voters in Manitou Springs will select the town's next mayor, vote on city council members and decide on two local issues. Recently, a forum was held to debate the issues and hear from the candidates. 

Decker Fire Facebook Page

Last updated Sat., Oct 19, 7:45 a.m.

At last update, officials say the blaze has grown to 8,694 acres and remains 30 percent contained. Officials says current cost of fighting the fire has reached $16.4 million.

Earlier this week, authorities in Chaffee County have lifted additional evacuation notices for some residents living near the Decker Fire. As of 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, evacuations for CR 101, Bear Creek were shifted to a pre-evacuation status.

Officials say CR 101 will remain closed to traffic, with the exception of residents living on the road. CR 108 remains closed to all traffic, with the exception of residents of Boot Hill and Methodist Estates.

On Tuesday, the evacuation notice for Chaffee County residents of Silverheels Drive and directly west of there was reverted to pre-evacuation status. 

In Fremont County, residents of Swissvale and Wellsville were be allowed to return to their homes earlier this week, but remain on pre-evacuation notice.
 

A grand jury will decide whether two Colorado Springs police officers were justified in the August shooting of 19-year-old De'von Bailey. 

Photo Courtesy of Kara Ryan

Updated 2:13 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

The Decker Fire burning near Salida is nearing 6500 acres, but now has 14 percent of the perimeter contained. Nearly 900 personnel are actively working the fire.

Hugh Fairfield-Smith / Decker Fire crew member via Decker Fire Facebook page

Last Update: 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, 10/8/19

Effective Wednesday at 10 a.m., Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze is lifting evacuation notices for the residents of the Methodist Estates and Boothill subdivisions, as well as other residents who access their homes via County Road 108 and the Chaffee County residents who access their homes via County Road 101, Bear Creek. Valid ID or rapid tag ID is required to gain re-entry. All residences remain on pre-evacuation notice.

In Fremont County, Pine Ridge remains on pre-evacuation notice, as well as portions of Howard.

Decker Fire Facebook page

Smoke from the Decker Fire burning in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness area moved into Colorado Springs Monday afternoon. The heavy smoke is also seen in Southern Douglas County.

courtesy Fort Carson

A Fort Carson-based soldier has died in an overseas training-related incident in South Korea.

Screenshot: U.S. Space Command Facebook Page

A ceremony Monday at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs marked the official re-opening of the U.S. Space Command. 

Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex / U.S. Air Force

The Pentagon is diverting $8 million in construction money from Peterson Air Force Base to help pay for fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

Governor Jared Polis is supporting calls for an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs that resulted in the death of 19-year-old De'Von Bailey. 

Public Information Office / Colorado Springs Police Department

The Colorado Springs Police Department has released body camera footage and other information related to the officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death 19-year-old De'Von Bailey. The shooting sparked community rallies, a call for patience from Mayor John Suthers and a press conference with the family.

Colorado Attorney General's Office / coag.gov

Colorado's Attorney General Phil Weiser is joining a lawsuit with 12 other states aimed at blocking a new rule from the Trump administration that seeks to redefine terms on public assistance when it comes to granting legal status to immigrants.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is planning to release footage from body cameras worn by officers involved in a deadly shooting this past weekend pending the completion of an investigation into the incident, according to a joint statement with the city. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has officially identified the victim in an officer-involved shooting Saturday in Colorado Springs as 19-year-old Devon Bailey. His death prompted a march from City Hall to police headquarters with residents calling for justice Monday. The protest was disbanded by police when two men separate from the demonstration showed up with weapons.

Pikes Peak cameras, 7/30/19, 4:40 p.m. / City of Colorado Springs

Efforts to pay for the new Summit Complex at the top of Pikes Peak are a few cents closer, after Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers emptied his pocket change and became the first donor to a new fundraising campaign.

Credit: Colorado Judicial Branch

The Colorado Supreme Court says a ballot measure aimed at eliminating the state's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR amendment, can move forward.

John Suthers State of the City 2016 / Colorado Springs

Colorado is set to begin looking into specifics of what it would take to create a passenger rail line along the fast-growing Front Range. The state's transportation department, along with its Commission on Passenger Rail, is now accepting proposals for a study aimed at connecting Pueblo to Denver and Fort Collins by rail. The request also includes Trinidad and asks for the anticipation of a link to Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

National Weather Service

Residents are cleaning up after a late winter storm blew through the Pikes Peak region, downing tree limbs, closing and delaying schools, and creating sloppy and hazardous driving conditions.

courtesy U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force has confirmed four locations in Colorado as among the six finalists for its new Space Command headquarters. Three Colorado Springs locations were named as possible locations—Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base—as was Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

National Weather Service

Much of eastern Colorado is bracing for another round of wintry weather, which includes a blizzard warning for northeastern Colorado, north of the Palmer Divide, and a Winter Storm Warning for Teller County. The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Warning for much of southern Colorado, including southern El Paso County, Otero County, and Pueblo County. That is set to expire Thursday at noon. A Red Flag Warning for much the same area is set to expire Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.: All evacuations have been lifted and mop up efforts are underway. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

(UPDATED 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019) The final, unofficial count is in and Colorado Springs voters have elected some familiar faces to city government.

courtesy photos

The city of Colorado Springs is holding a general election for mayor on April 2, 2019. There are four candidates in the race. 91.5 KRCC's Andrea Chalfin spoke with each of them, and condensed the interviews into the following highlights, including discussions on homelessness, the future of the city, and public safety, among other topics.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Denver is fully open as of around 3:00, although drivers are still urged to proceed with caution. Some roads, particularly in the eastern and northeastern plains, remain closed.

Ali Budner / 91.5 KRCC

UPDATE Thursday, 3/14/19, 6:10 a.m.: Many roads throughout Colorado remain closed after yesterday's severe winter weather, including northbound Interstate 25 at Woodman. Officials are still encouraging residents to stay home, and, if they must go out, to check routes. You can also check the latest closures here.

Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

On Saturday, President Donald Trump proposed a deal to congressional Democrats that would, among other items, protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for three years in exchange for $5.7 billion to fund the border wall. Following that announcement, several Colorado lawmakers in the 91.5 KRCC listening area released statements about the proposal.

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