Lead Stories


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.

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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.

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Thu May 28, 2015


Thu May 28, 2015

Wyoming's Smart Grid Reality Hasn't Caught Up To The Promise

Power transmission lines march across the Shirley Basin in central Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

Early in his presidency Barack Obama made a pledge to modernize the nation's power grid, comparing its state at the time to early roads before the Interstate system.

"It was a tangled maze of poorly maintained back roads that were rarely the fastest or the most efficient way to get from point A to point B," the president said.

$3.4 billion in stimulus money from the 2009 Recovery Act was promised to do for power what the Eisenhower administration did for roads. The new grid would be smart and efficient, bringing the tech revolution to electricity. It would incorporate more renewable energy. It would have the ability to fix blackouts more quickly. It would save customers a lot of money.

So whatever happened to that plan?

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Thu May 28, 2015
Arts Ed

Universities Aim To Change 'Starving Artist' To 'Working Artist'

Students in Colorado State University's LEAP program argue legal issues, including copyright infringement, in a recent Law and the Arts class.
Stacy Nick KUNC

Patrick Weseman already has two bachelor's degrees; one in math and one in music. After graduation though, Weseman realized he didn’t really want to be a mathematician – or a musician for that matter.

“I wanted to start thinking of my life a little more practically,” he said.

That desire brought him back to school and into a program mixing the arts and practical business sense. These entrepreneurial programs are preparing the folks who will work both in front of, and behind, the curtain.

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