Colorado Springs

6:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Fine Art

For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:11 am

Eric Bransby, pictured above in his home in Colorado Springs, is still creating art at 98. "I try to make each mural a project that will somehow expand my abilities a little bit more," he says.
Nathaniel Minor Colorado Public Radio

Eric Bransby is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. He studied with one of this country's most famous muralists — Thomas Hart Benton — and went on to create his own murals in prominent buildings across the west. The artist is now 98 and still painting.

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1:28am

Fri January 2, 2015
StoryCorps

Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 8:54 am

Megiddëh Goldston (left) with Heidi Hameed (right) and her husband, Raphael, at StoryCorps in Colorado Springs, Colo. Raphael holds photos of his son, Ish — short for Ishaq — who was killed in July when he was struck by a car driven by Megiddëh's sister.
StoryCorps

Six months ago, Raphael Hameed was walking with his 5-year-old son, Ish, in Colorado Springs, Colo., when they were hit by a speeding car.

Raphael was seriously injured. Ish, his only child, was killed. And while the driver is awaiting trial for vehicular homicide, her sister, Megiddëh Goldston, has formed a bond with the Hameed family. They connected after the accident, and Megiddëh visits Raphael and his wife, Heidi, to help with their day-to-day life.

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2:02am

Fri December 19, 2014
StoryCorps

NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 7:45 pm

Col. Harry Shoup came to be known as the "Santa Colonel." He died in 2009.
Courtesy of NORAD

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

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6:15am

Tue September 2, 2014
Firefighters

Statewide, The Volunteer Fire Force Is Critically Understaffed

Lt. Mike Heckard talks to firefighters at the beginning of their weekly training session at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado’s residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state’s land surface.

And they are significantly understaffed.

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7:00am

Sat June 14, 2014
Business

For Small Business Friendliness, Fort Collins Tops Denver

Fort Collins received high rankings from small business owners.
Credit Aaron Olaf / Flickr - Creative Commons

Fort Collins and the rest of the Front Range are no strangers to ranking high in economic development. A new survey places the city as the second highest in the nation when it comes to hiring new workers. Colorado Springs also received high rankings, but Denver’s reputation is faltering.

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