Fort Collins


Thu July 23, 2015

A Booming Colorado Music Scene Means Fierce Competition For Festival Slots

The Burroughs were one of more than 200 bands to play the 2015 Fort Collins Music eXperiment. About 2,000 bands applied to perform at the music festival.
Stacy Nick KUNC

For six years straight, Fort Collins band Stella Luce has applied for a slot at the local music festival Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. For six years straight, they haven't gotten in.

On their sixth rejection, frontwoman Alana Rolfe took to Facebook:

"For six years, Stella Luce has been deemed unworthy of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. This year we're having an anti-festival party at Hodi's Half Note. Yeah. I said it."

It was meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek, rejection is just part of the reality for bands and festival organizers. Because as Colorado's music scene continues to heat up, the competition to make it into festivals does too.

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Thu July 23, 2015

'Govt Dinosaur Project' Or Growth Necessity? NISP Debate Continues

A large crowd gatehred in Fort Collins Wednesday night to offer comments on the Northern Integrated Supply Project.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

More than 400 people filled a room at the Fort Collins Hilton Wednesday night. They were waiting to speak their mind about a proposal to build two new reservoirs in Northern Colorado -- a project called the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

Their purpose is to provide water -- about 40,000 acre-feet -- to smaller Front Range communities, towns like Fort Morgan and Frederick, who lack water to supply their fast growing populations.

The water for Glade Reservoir, which at 170,000 acre-feet would be a bit larger than Horsetooth, would come from the Poudre River. Because of this, it has many opponents.  

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Wed July 22, 2015

Energy Storage That Can Free Us From The Grid Remains Elusive

Jim and Lyn Schneider use a combination of solar and batteries to meet their energy needs at their off-the-grid rural home near Alcova, Wyoming.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

For Jim and Lyn Schneider, the decision to invest in $50,000 worth of solar panels and battery storage was easy. There were no power lines near their property in a remote area near Alcova, Wyoming. The utility company estimated it would cost the couple around $80,000 to get electricity in their new home.

"It's like wow, we're gonna have to be really primitive! We're gonna be cooking on a campfire! We're gonna have to really like each other," Lyn Schneider said between bursts of laughter.

Their system of relying on solar during the day and battery power at night has worked pretty well in the four years they have lived in Wyoming.

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Mon July 20, 2015

Music By Danielle Ate The Sandwich Helps Uncover Lost Artist In New HBO Doc

Painter Edith Lake Wilkinson is the subject of the film 'Packed in a Trunk: The Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.'
Courtesy of Barbara Green

In the early 20th century, Edith Lake Wilkinson was an unconventional woman.

An artist who left her home in Wheeling, West Virginia to pursue art in New York City, her bohemian lifestyle eventually led to her institutionalization. She would have remained unknown save for the discovery of several packed trunks of her artwork.

That's the focus of a new HBO documentary that follows Wilkinson's story, one partially told through the music of Fort Collins singer-songwriter Danielle Anderson – best known as Danielle Ate The Sandwich. Someone who is just as unconventional in her music.

"How do I do this? I don't know," Anderson questioned while working on the soundtrack. "She was older than me. She, like, lived so long ago. I don't want to, like, offend her by singing lyrics about hot dogs like I usually do."

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Thu July 16, 2015

Poudre Allies Mobilizing To Oppose Long-Sought NISP Reservoirs

Signs outside of Avogadro's Number. Save The Poudre is organizing to make comments on the latest NISP proposal.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Surrounded by “Save The Poudre” stickers, banners, books and swag, more than 100 people filled the community room at Fort Collins' Avogadro’s Number to learn about a proposal to build two new reservoirs in Northern Colorado. Or, more correctly -- to learn how to oppose it.

“I want to be point-blank and loud and clear that you are getting a perfectly biased viewpoint from an organization whose mission is to protect and restore the river and we will do everything we can to fight to stop this project for as long as it takes,” said Gary Wockner, director of Save The Poudre, the group organizing the event.

He then led the crowd through a 10-point presentation of why the latest analysis released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Northern Integrated Supply Project was flawed.

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