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Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

The family of De'Von Bailey is calling for an independent investigation into his death. The 19-year-old was a suspect in a robbery when he was shot and killed by the Colorado Springs Police Department on August 3.

Ali Budner / 91.5 KRCC

Around 100 peaceful demonstrators gathered Saturday morning near downtown Colorado Springs to march in protest against police brutality. 

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.

Katie Lawrie / 91.5 KRCC

In a kick-off event Wednesday, Colorado Springs community leaders including Mayor John Suthers and City Council President Richard Skorman announced preparations for the city's 150th birthday. In the lead-up to a large-scale celebration in July of 2021, the city is encouraging businesses and community groups to plan for commemoratives and help organize events. 

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.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

The City of Colorado Springs is beginning construction on a stormwater detention and sediment collection facility in the far northeast corner of Garden of the Gods Park. According to the city, the facility will be constructed to temporarily store floodwaters before letting them downstream at a more controlled flow rate. 

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe recently sounded a bit like a politician from the Cold War era, when tensions were high between competing global powers.

"National Defense Strategy directs our national military to prepare for the return of great power competition," the Republican senator from Oklahoma said. "This means we must be prepared to deter and, if necessary, decisively defeat potential near-peer adversaries. Obviously, we're talking about China and Russia."

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.

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.

At U.S. Olympic Museum, Accessibility Is Paramount

May 21, 2019
Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

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.

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.

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.

Ansel Adams / Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Jesse Metzger / 91.5 KRCC

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.  

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.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

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:

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

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. 

Colorado Springs Sky Sox Get A New Name

Nov 19, 2018
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
File Photo/Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

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. 

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

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...

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