From The Tricolour To The Lone Star, Why Are There So Many Flags On Pueblo’s Seal?

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Troubled Horses And Broken Humans Help Each Other At Alternative Prison Ranch

Seven years ago professional horse trainer Ginger Gaffney got an unusual call for help. An alternative prison ranch near her northern New Mexico home had horse troubles. Troubles like she’d never seen before. She’s written about it in her new memoir “Half Broke.”

Ginger Gaffney and Ayla Jarvis, a former resident of the ranch, talk with the host of Colorado Matters about their experiences at the ranch and in life. You can listen to their conversation during the second half hour of the Colorado Matters podcast.

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The Dry: a community built by black homesteaders in southeastern Colorado

Alice McDonald says The Dry is a joyful place to be, and if you are quiet and observant you’ll see all kinds of wildlife, perhaps a herd of antelope, a snake slithering by, a rabbit hidden in the shade of a cactus and you’ll even hear the bugs rustling in the grass.

She was born during The Dust Bowl in 1934 and grew up on The Dry south of Manzanola about an hour east of Pueblo.

Listen to her conversation about The Dry on Colorado Matters.

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Human hubris is dangerous in avalanche country

When you are heading out into the back country for some winter fun, you may not  think about dying – but maybe you should. Nearly 1,100 people have been killed by avalanches in the United States since 1950 – and it turns out that what may cause the most danger is not nature. It’s human nature. New York based writer Heidi Julavits recently wrote about this for the New York Times.

Listen to her conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner at cpr.org

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Thinking about your Colorado garden and lawn this winter? You should be!

Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener Loni Gaudet answers listener questions on Colorado Matters.

Listen to this conversation in the second half of the Colorado Matters podcast at cpr.org

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Pueblo Mountain Park Marks 100 Years

On Jan. 15, 1920 the city of Pueblo bought some 600 acres in the Wet Mountains about a half hour southwest of town. This forested land near Beulah became Pueblo Mountain Park.

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Artists Ready To Paint On Fresh Concrete Canvas In Pueblo And Regain The World Record for Largest Outdoor Mural

The last section of the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo will be resurfaced this winter. Here, the old surface containing the mural is being taken down, while the new surface is clean. Planning for new art is underway.

The last section of the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo will be resurfaced this winter. Here, the old surface containing the mural is being taken down, while the new surface is clean. Planning for new art is underway. – Photo by Shanna Lewis

Huge paintings once lined most of the 2.8-mile long levee that helps protect downtown Pueblo from flooding along the Arkansas River. But they were destroyed during repair work that started on the levee five years ago.

Artists began painting on the levee in the 1970s. Back then it was considered vandalism, and the first mural went up in the dark.

Eventually the Pueblo Conservancy District, which oversees the levee, decided not to fight the muralists and asked local artist and teacher Cynthia Ramu to help coordinate the artwork that ultimately claimed the Guinness record for the world’s largest outdoor mural.

Now, artists are gearing up to paint new murals on the levee’s blank canvas.

Read more, see more photos and hear more by checking out these radio and digital stories at 91.5 KRCC and Colorado Public Radio.

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Alabama’s First Sandhill Crane Hunt In More Than A Century

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Autumn Colorado Gardening Questions, Answered

Early fall means harvesting giant zucchinis, festive pumpkins and all kinds of other produce from your garden. But it also may mean dealing with aphids on your kale, brown spots in your lawn and other scourges threatening your yard’s flora. Master gardener Loni Gaudet of CSU Extension answers gardening and landscape questions. Listen on Colorado Matters.

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Biking Legend Jonathan Vaughters On Doping And Repairing Cycling’s Damaged Reputation

Colorado’s Jonathan Vaughters, a legend in the cycling world, has a new memoir. It’s called “One Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels.” Vaughters recounts his entry into the sport as an undersized junior racer in Colorado and his rise to the top of the field. He also talks about his part in the rampant doping of the 1990s.

Listen to his conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner at cpr.org

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