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The Top 5: A Look Back At Our Most Popular Stories Of 2019

Dec 19, 2019
Clockwise from top left: Ali Budner/91.5 KRCC; ANSEL ADAMS / COURTESY OF SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL; ANDREA CHALFIN / 91.5 KRCC; BRENNAN LINSLEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS; COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE

As we prepare to close the books on another year, we'd like to take a moment to look back at some of our most popular stories and interviews from 2019.

Below are the local and regional pieces from the past year that drew the most traffic to our website, with comments from our reporters as they reflect on the stories.

National Forest Service

We want to inform our listeners in Villa Grove, Salida and Buena Vista that the Decker Fire has surrounded KRCC's 95.7 FM tower site, which sits atop Methodist Mountain at an elevation of 11,800 feet. 

If, in the event that KRCC's tower site and/or the utilities powering KRCC's 95.7 FM transmission are damaged by the fire, we will continue to post updates here on our website, and audio streaming services will be available at KRCC.org.

Police have identified 24-year-old white male Connor Betts from Bellbrook, Ohio, as the shooter who claimed nine lives and injured 27 others in Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday morning.

Among the nine dead was the shooter's sister, Megan Betts, 22, said Lt. Col. Matt Carper at a news conference Sunday.

Noel Black / 91.5 KRCC

Charles Rockey, a beloved Manitou Springs painter known for his impressionistic depictions of the mountain town, died Sunday night. He was in his late 80s.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and three at-large city council members were sworn into their roles Tuesday at a ceremony on the steps of the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs.

Thursday Newscast, 4/11/19 8:04 a.m.

Apr 11, 2019

Newscast for Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:04 a.m.

Colorado Springs Welcome Sign To Get A New Look

Apr 4, 2019
City of Colorado Springs

A local Colorado Springs landmark will soon be getting a facelift.

Thursday Newscast, 3/28/19, 5:32 p.m.

Mar 28, 2019

Newscast for Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

Updated at 4:58 p.m. ET

After nearly two years of waiting, special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election is finally done. And there's growing bipartisan pressure on Attorney General William Barr to make it public.

Thursday Newscast, 3/21/19, 5:32 p.m.

Mar 21, 2019

Newscast for Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

Ballots have been mailed to Colorado Springs residents for this year’s municipal election. In addition to mayor and three at-large city council seats, voters will weigh in on a single ballot initiative -- Issue 1 -- which would grant firefighters a collective bargaining contract with the city.

The Top 5: A Look Back At Our Most Popular Stories Of 2018

Jan 1, 2019
Clockwise from top left: Georgina Owen/Colorado Department of Education; National Archives and Records Administration; Fortress Press; Jake Brownell/91.5 KRCC; Jake Brownell/91.5 KRCC

As 2019 gets underway, let’s take one last opportunity to revisit stories and interviews from 2018 that made a mark on you, our listeners and readers. 

Here are the top five local and regional stories that drew the most website traffic in 2018:

Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn has represented Colorado’s 5th Congressional District since 2007. This year, he’s running for his 7th term in office, and he’s facing a challenge from Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding.

Courtesy of Stephany Rose Spaulding

 

Ballots are out and voting is underway in Colorado ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election. Here in Southern Colorado, Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding is running to unseat Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn in Congressional District 5, which covers El Paso, Teller, Fremont and Chaffee counties, as well as parts of Park County.

Anticipation is growing along with the zeros in the Mega Millions lottery winnings. The prize hit $1.6 billion after no one won the jackpot in a drawing on Friday night.

That's the largest lottery jackpot in history, surpassing the $1.586 billion Powerball prize in January 2016.

Mega Millions lead director Gordon Medenica called it "uncharted territory."

A winner who wants the money in a lump sum can opt for the cash option of about $905 million.

The next drawing will be on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy just about anything online and have it shipped to you in a few days or less.

The process is reminiscent of the early 1900s, when people turned to mail-order catalogs to find things to buy. And — amazingly, for the time — they could even order homes via catalog.

Jennifer Coombes / Colorado College

If you've seen Spike Lee's new film, BlacKkKlansman, then you know Ron Stallworth. Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the film tells the story of his most improbable investigation.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

As Colorado Springs continues to grapple with a growing homeless population, City Council is looking at spending $500,000 to expand capacity at the city’s shelters.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

The Colorado Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over a controversial land exchange between the Broadmoor Hotel and the City of Colorado Springs. Plaintiffs say it may be the end of their years-long fight over a parcel of parkland called Strawberry Fields.

Niels Sienaert / Creative Commons, Flickr

Traffic fatalities are up significantly in Colorado Springs this year. The city has counted 38 traffic deaths so far in 2018, compared to last year’s record high of 39 overall.

Beginning this Saturday, Sept. 15, 91.5 KRCC will be airing The Politics Show from NPR from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Politics Show from NPR is the definitive guide to the 2018 midterms--a one-hour roundtable discussion airing for nine weeks that presents a deep dive on the major races, themes, and issues defining these historic elections.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

 

El Paso County’s Board of Commissioners approved a settlement with the ACLU of Colorado at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. The suit was filed on behalf of a woman held in jail for nearly a month because she couldn’t pay a $55 administrative fee.

NPR/WAMU

Starting next Monday, August 13th, the show 1A with Joshua Johnson will be moving to 9 a.m. following NPR's Morning Edition. The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega will move to 11 a.m.

Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet.

And that’s a good thing.

City of Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs will soon be home to two new sports and events centers, according to plans released by the city Wednesday.

National Weather Service

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Flash flood warnings have been issued for Cripple Creek, Midland, and La Veta.

Ali Budner

Updated Tuesday, 9:35 a.m.

Southern Colorado is recovering from thunderstorms that caused widespread flooding, mudslides and other damage Monday.

Officials warn that more storms are possible in the region Tuesday, but the National Weather Service says those storms are expected to be "less widespread/less severe" than Monday's.

The National Weather Service provided this radar look at Monday's storms:

Robert Edgell has grown accustomed to seeing bald eagles soar over the family farm in Federalsburg, Md., so, when he discovered the carcasses of more than a dozen dead raptors on the property two years ago, he "was dumbfounded," he told The Washington Post.

"Usually you see one or two soaring over the place, but to see 13 in that area and all deceased. ... In all my years, I'd not seen anything like this," Edgell said.

Lewis "Lew" Tilly / Pikes Peak Library District, Digital Photo Archive, Image no. 099-10711

 


"Everybody Welcome” was the catchphrase of Colorado Springs businesswoman Fannie Mae Duncan.

United States Drought Monitor

Hot, dry weather is forcing fire bans across southern Colorado. Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs are the latest to enact restrictions.

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