Lead Stories


Fri May 29, 2015


Fri May 29, 2015

'Madding Crowd's' Latest Film Iteration Gets Inside The Novel

Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdeen in 'Far From The Madding Crowd.'
Alex Bailey Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

At first glance, Thomas Vinterberg is not an obvious choice to direct a film adaptation of a major 19th century English novel. It’s not that he’s Danish; it’s that his best work by far is 1998's The Celebration, one of the essential works of the short-lived but intense neo-realist Dogme ’95 movement.

The Dogme certificate required filming only with hand-held camera on actual 35mm film, and forbade external music and any artificial lighting. The camera in the beautifully polished Far From the Madding Crowd, which also has external music, is rock steady. Vinterberg’s lighting, with cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, is gorgeous and elegant, and is surely not done only with natural light, although Vinterberg did shoot real film.

Read more


Fri May 29, 2015

Grandpa The Gardener Helped Nurture Seedling Grandson

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:07 am

Santiago Arredondo with his wife, Aimee, at StoryCorps.

Jose Guadalupe Enrique Sanchez was a gardener for more than 50 years.

"He had, very dark skin, you could tell he spent his whole life out in the sun," Jose's grandson, Santiago Arredondo said to his wife, Aimee, during a recent visit to StoryCorps.

"His hands were those of someone who worked since the age of six, but he was the cleanest gardener you would ever see, always wore button down shirts from JCPenneys," 32-year-old Arredondo said.

"And, as a kid, on top of me being overweight, I also stuttered," he continued.

Read more


Thu May 28, 2015

New Poll Says Colorado Springs Bumps Boulder As The Slimmest

Downtown Colorado Springs Oct.17, 2009.
Jason Miller Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado Springs residents are the slimmest in the nation, according to polling.

Gallup and Healthways polling found that in 2014, Colorado Springs had the least obese population of any city. Just 19.6 percent of Colorado Springs residents qualify as obese, compared to the highest obesity rate in Baton Rouge Louisiana, where more than a third of the population 35.9 percent, are obese.

Read more


Thu May 28, 2015

Feds Announce New Plans For Sage Grouse Protection

Bob Wick, Bureau Of Land Management Flickr - Creative Commons

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service has announced a new plan to protect the greater sage grouse from extinction, while hoping to prevent the bird from being added to the endangered species list.

The sage grouse population has dropped from 16 million birds to less than half a million, mainly due to lost sagebrush habitat. The bird's range spans 11 western states including Colorado.

"As land managers of two-thirds of greater sage grouse habitat, we have a responsibility to take action that ensures a bright future for wildlife and a thriving western economy," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the announcement in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Read more