Colorado Springs

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

On June 8, The Crystal Park, Upper Skyway, and Crystal Hills neighborhoods will participate in a wildfire evacuation drill. The City of Colorado Springs, City of Manitou Springs and El Paso County will host the exercise through the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.

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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.

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Construction of the United States Olympic Museum is well underway in Colorado Springs. Once finished, officials hope it will become a major draw for the city and a new centerpiece of the downtown landscape. Organizers also hope it will be something else: one of the most accessible museums in the world for folks with disabilities.

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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.

Jake Brownell

Colorado Springs is asking residents to take photos of plants, animals, bugs, and any other natural feature within the boundaries of El Paso County this weekend as part of a worldwide campaign called the City Nature Challenge.

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Ansel Adams is known for his iconic black and white photographs of Yosemite National Park and of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, among other work. According to a biography from the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, he “endlessly traveled the country in pursuit of both the natural beauty he revered and photographed and the audiences he required.”

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

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(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.

Iman Jodeh

New Zealanders just held a national memorial for the victims of the recent terror attacks there.  Muslim communities are still reeling from the tragedy – including here in the Mountain West.  


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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.

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There are 11 candidates vying for three open at-large positions on the Colorado Springs City Council. Earlier this month, all shared a stage at Colorado College in a debate focusing on trails, parks and open spaces, as well as renewable energy. 

Ali Budner / 91.5 KRCC

The recent terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 worshippers has had ripple effects across the globe, including here in Colorado Springs.  

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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.

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The City of Colorado Springs is working to clean up downed limbs and trees from the blizzard last week, with a rough cost estimate to remove and replant the damaged trees reaching as much as a quarter of a million dollars. 

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is 100 years old this year. It began in the former home of philanthropists Julie and Spencer Penrose in 1919 as the Broadmoor Art Academy. By the 1930s, what was initially a local art colony had become a major force in the art world. 

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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.

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:

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Colorado Springs has had a record number of traffic fatalities this year. To date, 47 people have died in crashes on city roads: 12 pedestrians, 4 bicyclists, 23 in vehicles and 8 motorcyclists. The city's growing population could be a factor in the number of deaths, but officials say there is a human element in the crashes that cannot be ignored. 

Rocky Mountain Vibes

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have a new name. The baseball team unveiled the new moniker Monday after months of build-up.

COS Homelessness Action Plan—What Has The City Learned?

Nov 15, 2018
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Colorado Springs has held several public town halls regarding the city’s Homelessness Action Plan for the coming year. The next meeting is Thursday, November 15. Andy Phelps, the city’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator, put the plan together. 91.5 KRCC’s Abigail Beckman sat down with Phelps to discuss the feedback he’s heard so far.

On services for families facing homelessness:

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The economic outlook for Colorado Springs and El Paso County continues to be positive. According to a forecast by Dr. Tatiana Bailey with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the gross metropolitan product (GMP) is expected to grow faster than the national GDP by about 1 percent, as it has steadily done for the past few years. 

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For a few hours on Sunday, October 7th, vehicles were not allowed Garden of the Gods. A gloomy, crisp morning didn’t keep people away from the park’s second so-called Motorless Morning. Bikers, runners and walkers roamed freely throughout the park, appreciating the landscape and the wildlife—and no one seemed to miss the traffic. 91.5 KRCC’s Abigail Beckman was there and has this audio postcard...

A class action lawsuit is alleging the U.S. Olympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs tolerated sexual abuse, exploitation and forced labor. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not specifically named as a defendant in the suit, but that could change as the suit moves forward. 

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This Sunday morning, Garden of the Gods will once again be closed to vehicles. Motorless Morning is an opportunity for cyclists and pedestrians to take in the park without the sounds, commotion and worry of traffic. 

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.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers delivered his annual State Of The City address Friday. In an upbeat, 35-minute speech, Suthers highlighted the city’s strong economy and touted recent rankings in U.S. News and World Report, including one that called Colorado Springs the “most desirable place to live” in the country.

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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.

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Nearly three hundred names have been added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs. Occupational cancer claimed many of those lives.

Confronting The Urban Deer Population In Colorado Springs

Sep 12, 2018
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The city of Colorado Springs is trying to figure out how to manage the large number of deer living within city limits. Frank McGee is the area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He is also a member of the city’s Urban Deer Task Force. He says several ideas are on the table, although, residents are divided about one proven method of reducing the population -- culling. 

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