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Last updated Tues., Oct 15, 1:30 p.m.

Authorities in both Chaffee and Fremont Counties are once again lifting some evacuation notices. Effective Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., the evacuation notice for Chaffee County residents of Silverheels Drive and directly west of there will revert to pre-evacuation status. Those in Chaffee County on CR 101, Bear Creek, remain under evacuation notice.

In Fremont County, residents of Swissvale and Wellsville will be allowed to return to their homes with proper identification at 3:00 p.m., but will remain on pre-evacuation notice.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5:15 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Avenue in Salida.

 

Tracy Wahl / 91.5 KRCC

As temperatures plummet, some hemp farmers in Southern Colorado are worried about how the first freeze will affect a crop that is especially sensitive to cold. 

Photo Courtesy Don Sanborn

The City of Colorado Springs is gathering reflections from community members on their personal connections to Pikes Peak. It’s part of a campaign called “My Mountain,” leading up to completion of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex next year. The city has shared audio versions of several stories with 91.5 KRCC, which we are editing for broadcast. 

Courtesy of Monica Perez

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the DACA program. Meanwhile, several dozen child-advocacy groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently filed an amicus brief in the case.

States in the Mountain West could follow California’s lead in allowing student-athletes to seek sponsorships and other business deals while in college.

The Bureau of Land Management is moving more staff and—perhaps most significantly—its headquarters to the Mountain West.

Depending on who you ask, relocating the BLM’s headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, Colorado will make the agency more efficient, give preferential treatment to the fossil fuel industry—or even functionally dismantle it.

When Gov. Jared Polis used an executive order to create his new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care eight months ago, he said it was the first office of its kind.

Extinction Rebellion Denver

A radical environmental movement that originated in the UK is now going international, with several chapters in the Mountain West. 

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El Paso County is one of seven sites across the country where researchers will be studying the human health effects of drinking water contaminated by potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The project is set to start within six months and will be led locally by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

A grand jury will decide whether two Colorado Springs police officers were justified in the August shooting of 19-year-old De'von Bailey. 

Photo Courtesy of Kara Ryan

Updated 2:13 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

The Decker Fire burning near Salida is nearing 6500 acres, but now has 14 percent of the perimeter contained. Nearly 900 personnel are actively working the fire.

Greg Shine / BLM

As the Bureau of Land Management pilots a new livestock grazing initiative on public lands in six Western states, a conservation group is suing to get the agency to release more information about the program.

Hugh Fairfield-Smith / Decker Fire crew member via Decker Fire Facebook page

Last Update: 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, 10/8/19

Effective Wednesday at 10 a.m., Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze is lifting evacuation notices for the residents of the Methodist Estates and Boothill subdivisions, as well as other residents who access their homes via County Road 108 and the Chaffee County residents who access their homes via County Road 101, Bear Creek. Valid ID or rapid tag ID is required to gain re-entry. All residences remain on pre-evacuation notice.

In Fremont County, Pine Ridge remains on pre-evacuation notice, as well as portions of Howard.

Over the last few years, oil production has spiked in the U.S., with help from states such as Wyoming and Colorado. And the boom brought a nearly 50 percent increase in natural gas flaring between 2017 and 2018, according to the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, which is managed by the World Bank.

Vijay S. Limaye, et al.

We know the climate crisis affects public health. But what do those health impacts cost us?

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. 

Dee Smith didn't know De'Von Bailey. But he knows Bailey's family, and says he was angry when he heard that the 19-year-old had been killed by Colorado Springs police this summer.

Now, standing by the memorial and the stained asphalt on the quiet corner where it happened, Smith is speechless.

"(Because) then you just imagine that it could be me, it could be my nephews, somebody else, friends that I know that's from the neighborhood," Smith said. "Just the fact that it's from here. I was born and raised out here. It has a little different meaning for me."

Dan West / Colorado State Forest Service

Spruce beetles have already affected about 40% of spruce firs in Colorado, leaving their mark on hundreds of thousands of acres of conifer forest. As temperatures increase, researchers at Colorado State University predict it’s likely the infestation will follow suit across the Rockies.

Decker Fire Facebook page

Smoke from the Decker Fire burning in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness area moved into Colorado Springs Monday afternoon. The heavy smoke is also seen in Southern Douglas County.

courtesy Fort Carson

A Fort Carson-based soldier has died in an overseas training-related incident in South Korea.

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DENVER (AP) — The press operation for Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is being criticized after asking two small town newspapers to remove a story by a news organization it deems biased. 

This Saturday, September 28, is National Public Lands Day. It's called the largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands.

Courtesy photo / https://www.360durango.com/Attractions/durangoandsilvertonrailroad.html

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says nearly 50 fires in Colorado were ignited by a railroad company in the weeks leading up to a major wildfire.

David Zalubowski / Associated Press

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge says prosecutors have enough evidence to hold a trial for a teenager charged in a school shooting that killed one of his classmates in a Denver suburb.

Courtesy photo Fountain Creek Watershed District / https://www.fountain-crk.org/projects/

The 6th Annual Creek Week begins this Saturday, Sept. 28, and continues until Sunday, Oct. 6. During those nine days volunteers will gather to remove litter and debris along creeks, trails, parks and open spaces from Palmer Lake to Pueblo and beyond. Alli Schuch, Fountain Creek Watershed Outreach Coordinator, sat down with 91.5 KRCC’s Abigail Beckman to talk about the event.


Taxpayers are willing to spend way more than they currently do to fund and protect national parks, according to a recent economic analysis compiled by professors from Harvard and Colorado State University. 

America’s biggest supermarket chain is removing free publication racks from its stores beginning this month, prompting criticism from alternative weekly newspaper publishers. 

“These are some of our largest distribution sites,” said John Weiss, founder of the Colorado Springs Independent. “As fewer people are reading the dailies, more people are getting their newspaper fix from a free weekly. It’s hard to beat our price.”

Reservoirs can get messy after a big wildfire. The issue isn’t the fire itself, it’s what happens after. 

Department of Interior

The Bureau of Land Management has leased office space for its new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and one public lands watchdog isn’t pleased with who the agency’s leadership will be sharing the elevator with.

For a lot of people, when they hear about forensic science that's used to solve crime, they think of the CSI television franchise that's set in places like Miami, New York and Las Vegas. But in fact, one of the most advanced forensic laboratories in the country is here in the Mountain West.

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