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

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Colorado Springs has completed its first ever Tree Canopy Assessment.

The city used aerial imagery to map its trees and found that the canopy covers roughly 17 percent of Colorado Springs. The study also identified parts of the city that could benefit from more trees, including parks, medians, and the area surrounding a planned sports complex and the under-construction Olympic Museum near downtown Colorado Springs.

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For our fourth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Karen Russell.

A novelist and short story writer, Russell is perhaps best known for her novel, "Swamplandia!"

 

Set in the waterlogged wilderness of south Florida, it tells the story of a family of alligator wrestlers struggling to cope with tragedy and dealing with a string of bad luck that threatens their roadside theme park. It’s a book about grief and survival, and a haunting, deeply affecting coming-of-age tale.

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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.

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Colorado is launching a new nonprofit, called The Colorado Clean Energy Fund, to help finance clean energy projects in the state.

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A task force charged with evaluating Colorado’s juvenile justice system released its final report this month. It points to shortcomings in the system and puts forth a number of policy recommendations.

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

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An archaeological dig in Garden of the Gods Park has uncovered artifacts linked directly to Colorado Springs founder William Jackson Palmer.

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On this episode of Air Check, UCCS Professor of Music Jane Rigler joins us for the roundtable music review and talks about the power of voice, and Grace Easly and Gordon Lewis of Roma Ransom stop in to play a couple songs in-studio and chat about their work and musical relationship.

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For our third episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Edwidge Danticat.

Danticat is the acclaimed author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Dew Breaker, and Brother, I’m Dying. She is also a prolific writer of short stories, essays, children’s books, and more.

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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.

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Colorado Springs has finalized the purchase of 64 acres of open space near Blodgett Peak on the city’s northwest side.

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A Southern Colorado pioneer is set to be inducted into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame this month. Maria Teresita Sandoval, an early settler in the area, is being recognized for her role in founding the city of Pueblo.

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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.

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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.

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With more than 4 million listings worldwide, Airbnb is considered the largest lodging company in the world. And its impact has been felt in cities all over, including Colorado Springs. As Airbnb and other sites have increased the demand for so called “short term vacation rentals,” these properties have sprung up across the city -- but there are currently no laws on the books to regulate them. Colorado Springs officials are looking to change that.

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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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The 12th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival gets underway this Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a pre-festival party featuring Chris Thomas King and Colorado's A.J. Fullerton in the Gold Room at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange.

Los Lobos

91.5 KRCC is giving away dozens of pairs of concert tickets this summer. Subscribe to the weekly 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter, and opt in to be eligible to win tickets to some incredible summertime concerts!  

This week, 91.5 KRCC is giving away tickets to the 12th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival on Saturday, July 7th.  Headlining the festival this year are Los Lobos, and Chris Thomas King.  Local talent will include Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, Grant Sabin's Juke Joint Highball, and Vegan Wolf.  

Sign up here for your chance to win.

 

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For our second episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by poet Richard Blanco.

If you watched the second inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, then you're familiar with Blanco's work. The White House asked him to write and read a poem for the occasion, making him one of only five writers ever to have held the title, “Inaugural Poet,” a distinction he shares with Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He was also the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to hold the position.

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PRI and WNYC have named Tanzina Vega as the new host of the nationally syndicated show The Takeaway which can be heard weekdays from 9 to 10am on 91.5 KRCC. 

Previous to hosting The Takeaway, Ms. Vega was a digital correspondent for CNN Politics, and before that, she spent 8 years as a reporter for The New York Times.  Listen for Tanzina Vega beginning next Monday, May 7th at 9am on 91.5 KRCC.

Ten years ago today — on April 22, 2008 — NPR Music published our first Tiny Desk concert. Laura Gibson was the inspiration, and the event that sparked the idea of concerts at my desk came from NPR Music's Stephen Thompson. He and I were at the SXSW Music Festival, at one of those lousy shows where the audience chatter was louder than the performer.

91.5 KRCC and Pikes Peak Library 21c are hosting the StoryCorps mobile recording studio April 30th through May 11th as part of the Military Voices Initiative.  

Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories, and in doing so, we will honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we - as a nation - are listening.

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As the march for gun reform in downtown Colorado Springs was winding down this weekend, 91.5 KRCC noticed something a little bit unexpected. Seated at a table in Acacia Park on the periphery of the rally were a man and woman wearing hats that immediately betrayed their political differences.

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Hundreds of people, possibly 1000 or more, turned out in Colorado Springs Saturday to protest gun violence and call for legislative action on the issue. The downtown rally was part of a nationwide action, dubbed #MarchForOurLives, organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Rocky Mountain Food Report

Distillery 291 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wins 'Best American Rye" for the second time at the World Whiskies Awards on Tuesday, February 27, at Brandy Library in New York City. Whisky Magazine, based out of the UK, categorizes select countries for the first round, from there the winners move forward onto the global awards in London that take place on Thursday, March 22. RMFR catches up with Michael Myers, owner of Distillery 291, while he’s still on the East coast and he shares with us how he’s savoring the moment.

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On this episode of Air Check, local musician Nina de Freitas picks a favorite new tune and sits in on the musical roundtable discussion, Dar Williams plays a couple songs in the 91.5 KRCC studio and talks with Vicky about her love affair with America's towns and cities, and some local music aficionados tell us about their concert picks in the weeks to come.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics came to a close in Pyoengchang this past weekend. Meanwhile, the city of Denver is actively exploring whether to make a bid for the Winter Games in coming years. With all this Olympic news swirling around, we thought it would be a good time to check in with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, to discuss the impact of the games on Colorado Springs -- so called Olympic City, USA.

Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery via Rocky Mountain Food Report

Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, Colorado Springs' innovative, gluten-free restaurant, grows their brand with expertise from new hire, Johnathan Shankland, operations manager, formerly at The Antler's, A Wyndham Hotel. Since starting his position in November 2017 Shankland says the purpose of his role is to allow Michelle and Turu Marx, co-owners and mother/daughter team at Coquette's, "to start looking outside of these four walls."

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The 2018 Concert Season is well underway, and 91.5 KRCC will be giving away a pair of tickets every other week through the 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter. Sign up here to get the newsletter, (and your chance to win) delivered to your inbox Thursday mornings. 

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