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In Colorado Springs, there are over 100 unsolved homicides dating back to 1949 that have surpassed the one-year investigative grace period, designating them as "cold cases." Someone, somewhere has the answers that could crack these cases wide open, and detectives are eager to hear from those individuals who might have information.

This week on KRCC Presents...Colorado Cold Case, it's another segment of 2017 unsolved homicide of Nate Czajkowski.  Listen in as we examine Colorado cold cases Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

We hope you will agree that KRCC presented some truly memorable music underneath the Colorado Avenue Bridge during the past thirteen years.  Every summer since 2006, KRCC's Blues Under the Bridge Festival featured artists the likes of Koko Taylor, Robert Belfour, Charlie Musselwhite, the Holmes Brothers, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Booker T. Jones, Chris Thomas King and the Blind Boys of Alabama, along with local musicians like John-Alex Mason, Jake Loggins, Grant Sabin, Hazel Miller, Mike Clark and Sugar Sounds, the Informants, Austin Young, and Jeremy Vasquez. 

The festival became a regular showcase for authentic blues music in a gritty urban setting - under a bridge and in front of the Union Pacific - Rio Grande railroad tracks in downtown Colorado Springs. It also happened to be a wonderful coincidence that the venue under the Colorado Avenue Bridge was only a stone's through away from where artists like Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, and Etta James had performed between 1948 and 1975 at Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club.

Todd Meir

For our sixth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Anthony Doerr.

A writer of short stories, memoir, and novels, Doerr is perhaps best known for the book, All The Light We Cannot See. Released in 2014, that book earned Doerr a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was a huge commercial success, living on the New York Times Bestseller List for 130 consecutive weeks.

History Colorado / Lost Highways

This Sunday at 6pm, KRCC Presents...Lost Highways, Episode 4 - The Dearest Field.

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, all-Black settlements sprang up throughout the West as formerly enslaved people and their descendants sought to build a better life. In this episode, Noel and Tyler look back at one of those communities in Colorado. 

Springs Recovery Connecion

Springs Recovery Connection (SRC) considers itself theregion's "Welcome Center to Recovery." Using innovative approaches unavailable elsewhere in our community, SRC offers fresh hope to individuals and families that are struggling with substance abuse disorders. Recovery support services are provided by trained adults who share their personal life experience of addiction and recovery. At SRC, there are no fees, no forms, and no criteria to be met, and no insurance is required.  

CONO

The Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) helps create neighborhoods that are safe, thriving and healthy. Through education, connection and action, CONO creates a robust public process, builds the capacity of neighborhood leadership, and connects community to critical resources.

You can contribute to CONO through this year's Indy Give Campaign, or by visiting the CONO website.

The Tuesday Agency

For our fifth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Carmen Maria Machado.

Machado is an author, essayist and critic, best known for her debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Blending elements of horror, fantasy and stark realism, her work explores themes of power and sex, pleasure and alienation, and the particular way these forces shape the lives and experiences of women. 

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Thursday. It’s tradition for the commander in chief to address graduates at one of the military service academies each year during the president’s term in office. Thursday marked Trump’s first time speaking at the Academy.

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.

City of Colorado Springs

The City of Colorado Springs is asking residents to share their experiences in the local housing market through an online survey.

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.

Colorado Springs Finishes Tree Canopy Assessment

Feb 7, 2019
City of Colorado Springs

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.

City of Colorado Springs

 

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.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

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.

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.

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

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.

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

 

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. 

Souza

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.

 

Blue Flower Arts

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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