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February 18, 2011

Lawrence Leighton Smith: A Career Retrospective

The 2010-2011 season marks Lawrence Leighton Smith’s 11th year as Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony and Philharmonic, and his final one on the job. What should have been a triumphant retirement year for Smith has been darkened by news of his recent diagnosis with Binswanger’s Disease, a form of dementia. But Smith was in high spirits as he looked back on his career with KRCC’s Michelle Mercer, who offers this retrospective.

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Disclaimer: the Philharmonic is an underwriter of KRCC.

Filed under: Arts & Culture,Colorado Springs,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer — andrea @ 8:29 am

February 10, 2011

Film Production as Economic Development

Movies like How the West Was Won starring Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck, the original True Grit with John Wayne, and Sleeper with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have given places like Canon City, Denver, Durango, and Bent’s Old Fort near LaJunta visibility on the silver screen. But as other areas began offering large incentives, Colorado’s desirability seemed to fade into the background. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin examines the current state of on-location shoots in Colorado, and how one county is looking to the film industry as part of its economic future.

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This piece aired as part of the February edition of Western Skies. See a slideshow and some video shot in Crowley County by clicking here.

Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,Arts & Culture,KRCC News — andrea @ 7:33 am

February 9, 2011

Rainbow Falls, Graffiti Art, and “Graffiti Falls”

Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

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This piece aired as part of the February edition of Western Skies. See a slideshow by clicking here.

September 14, 2010

Round-Up: Fire near Loveland 20% contained, “Over the River” DEIS comment period ends

Warm, dry weather is fueling the nearly 1,000 acre Resevior Fire burning west of Loveland…and, the last day for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement regarding the proposed “Over the River” art project is today, ending a 15-day extension issued by the Bureau of Land Management.

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August 17, 2010

Changes in Store for the Air Force Academy Band

The United States Air Force Academy Band has been a proud Colorado Springs tradition for over 50 year. The internationally-renowned Academy Band tours widely, performing for official military functions, and most of its 60 members are also active on the local music scene. But now, as KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports, the Academy Band’s status is changing, and many are worried its role in the community will change too.

Photo: Michelle Mercer

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,KRCC News,Michelle Mercer,Military — andrea @ 5:44 pm

August 3, 2010

Round-Up: Medical Marijuana Licenses, Senate Debate in Pueblo canceled, and more

More than 2,000 Colorado businesses, from growers to dispensaries, have applied for new state medical marijuana licenses…A Senate debate planned for Wednesday in Pueblo has been canceled due to an apparent lack of interest…Proponents of a ballot measure aimed at creating a strong mayor in Colorado Springs turned in signatures to the City Clerk today, according to KOAA…and, a Colorado fife-and-drum duo that became a fixture at tea party gatherings has split up over political differences.

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July 23, 2010

Round-Up: Fuel tanks found, BLM to open public comments on “Over the River,” and more

A search team has found two empty fuel tanks that were jettisoned from an F-16 jet fighter during an in-flight emergency over Colorado…The Bureau of Land Management is looking to open a public comment period on artist Christo’s proposed “Over the River” project…and, federal scientists say an exotic fungus spreading through Rocky Mountain forests is threatening Colorado’s oldest trees.

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July 16, 2010

Round-Up: McInnis to return money, and more

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis (R) says he will fully repay the $300,000 he received for plagiarized essays about water rights, and he says it should bring the issue to a close…Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D) blasted Republicans today for stalling unemployment benefit extensions…and, the Bureau of Land Management has released its draft environmental study on an art project that aims to drape fabric over several miles of the Arkansas River.

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May 3, 2010

Cultural Services and the City Budget

After budget shortfalls and a failed ballot initiative in Colorado Springs, cultural services found itself on the chopping block. That means the Pioneers’ Museum, Rock Ledge Ranch, and other facilities and programs were facing closure. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska recently checked in with the museum and the ranch to see how they’re faring.

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Filed under: Arts & Culture,Colorado Springs,Economy,Kate Jonuska,KRCC News — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 7:49 pm

April 6, 2010

Round-Up: CO's Roadless Plan, and Cripple Creek District Museum Gets Recognition

Governor Bill Ritter has submitted a revised state petition to the federal government on how to manage millions of acres of remote national forest land in Colorado…and, True West Magazine has named Cripple Creek District Museum in its top 10 western museums for 2010.

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Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,AP,Arts & Culture,Forest Plans,KRCC News — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:32 pm

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