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KSPK-FM is a locally owned and operated country music radio station, located in Walsenburg Colorado and broadcasts to all of Southern Colorado. KSPK's format consists of the new country hits with some of the older country favorites mixed in. KSPK-FM carries various High School Athletic Games from various High School's in Southern Colorado. KSPK is also the exclusive broadcast partner for Adams State University Athletics from Alamosa. KSPK's coverage area extends from Colorado Springs Colorado in the North to Raton New Mexico in South; South Fork Colorado in the west and Lamar Colorado in the east. With such a large area of coverage KSPK remains to this day Southern Colorado's Largest Radio Station.

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June 14th 2024

CPW announces wolf den in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, during a CPW Commission meeting yesterday, said that it is aware of one wolf den in Colorado this year. CPW biologists have no yet seen any wolf pups or the actual den, however, the unique movement and behavior of the female is typical for a denning female, so there's no other reason she would be doing what she is doing. If a female did have pups, they are likely about 15 pounds by now. Wolves typically give birth in April at a den, where the pups spend their first couple months of life. Currently, Colorado is home to 11 known adult wolves. Nine were introduced in December. Two had previously moved into Colorado from Wyoming. Two of the wolves have non-functioning collars, but they are traveling with other wolves with working collars. One of the introduced wolves was killed by a mountain lion in April. A wolf that died in Elbert County in April was not known by CPW, which is still working through that case.

CO REP Boebert's Ex husband pleads guilty to charge.

Jayson Boebert, the now ex-husband of Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, agreed to plead guilty in Garfield County Court Wednesday, to a charge of reckless endangerment. The plea deal comes after Jayson was charged with assault and other counts earlier this year. As part of the deal, the remaining charges were dropped. The charges stemmed from a January 9th, 2024, case. Charges from a January 6th, 2024, case were also dropped. Jayson Boebert was sentenced to 6 months of unsupervised probation. Lauren Boebert, a Republican, has served two terms representing Colorado's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Boebert is currently running in the 4th Congressional District.

Pueblo County D70 staff could see salary increase.

Certified Pueblo County School District 70 staff could see a salary increase of just over $1,000 this fall after a tentative agreement with the pueblo county education association was reached on Monday. The tentative agreement would increase salaries by 2.5%, meaning that base teacher salaries for the 2024-25 school year would be about $42,500. The base pay increase will also apply to preschool staff and classified staff members through the tentative agreement. The tentative agreement is pending ratification by the Pueblo County Education Association membership and approval by the Pueblo District 70 Board of Education.

Baca County Commissioner arrested again.

Baca County Commissioner Shiloh Freed has been arrested again. Freed is currently facing five misdemeanor charges relating to a DUI crash he tried to cover up in January of 2023. Freed was arrested in July of 2023. This time he was arrested for failing to comply with the terms of his bond. Freed was also arrested in 2010 and was charged with driving while ability impaired, driving under restraint, and a misdemeanor assault. Freed pled guilty to the driving while ability impaired charge. The two other charges were dropped. Freed also has a reckless driving charge from back in 2007.

More Pueblo I-25 single lane closures begin Sunday.

Beginning on Sunday, June 16th, there will be a single right lane closure and shoulder closure on Southbound Interstate 25 from Mile Marker 102 to 101 in Pueblo. Southbound I-25 will be transitioned to one through lane for the duration of the concrete panel replacement which is expected to take two weeks to complete. The panel replacement will improve drivability for motorists and will eliminate severe bumps in the area. Nighttime milling and paving operations will also continue from Mile Marker 94 to Mile Marker 97.5 in both the Northbound and Southbound lanes of I-25.

June 13th 2024

CBI investigating murder/suicide in La Junta.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating an apparent murder/suicide that took place in La Junta late on Tuesday night. According to CBI, La Junta Police Officers were called to a home in the 11 block of Smithland Avenue in La Junta at 11:30pm Tuesday Night. Two adults and two children were found shot in the residence. Three people (both adults and one of the children) were pronounced dead at the scene. The second child was still alive and was transported to a Denver-area hospital, but was later pronounced deceased. The CBI says that initial information indicates that this was not a random incident, and that the deceased were known to each other. CBI is asking anyone with any information about the incident to call them at 719-384-2525.

Former Alamosa bail bondsman Trial underway.

The trial of Robert Thrash, 31, got underway this week in Alamosa district court with jury selection on Monday and opening arguments on Tuesday. Thrash is charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree murder in connection with the December 8th, 2022, fatal shooting of Phil Lucero. Thrash was employed as a bail bondsman for always open bail bonds at the time of the shooting. He had been advised that Lucero was staying at a residence in the 2900 Block of West 6th Street in Alamosa. Lucero had bonded out of jail using always open bail bonds, but missed his court appearance, so thrash, along with a partner, were attempting to apprehend Lucero when the shooting occurred. The prosecution is arguing that thrash did not have permission to enter the house. The defense is calling the shooting "self-defense". The trial is expected to last through next Tuesday.

Suspect in KOA shooting sentenced.

54-year-old Steven Hollingsworth was sentenced to 24 years in the department of corrections yesterday in Pueblo district court for a shooting a 30-year-old man multiple times at the KOA Campground near I-25 and Purcell Blvd in the northern part of Pueblo County on Friday, December 29th, 2023. Hollingsworth pled guilty in April to attempted second-degree murder. He has been held in the Pueblo County jail on a $500,000 bond since his arrest. Hollingsworth was still at the scene following the shooting and was arrested without incident. The man who was shot had to be flown to Colorado Springs due to life-threatening injuries. He did recover from his injuries. No one else was injured.

Alamosa School District to pay one time bonuses.

The Alamosa School District will pay one-time $1,000 bonuses to teachers and staff who return for the 2024-25 school year under an annual budget that has been adopted by the school board. The district and The Alamosa education association have also agreed to a new working contract that yields a 2.4% increase in pay and has the school district covering a 7% hike in insurance costs. The Alamosa School Board adopted a fiscal year 2024-25 budget that shows a general fund of nearly $31.3 million. Of that amount, about $21.2 million will go to pay salary and benefit costs for teachers and staff.

CDOT to begin roadway surface improvements to US 160.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin roadway surface improvements to U.S. Highway 160 beginning on Monday. The work will include approximately 36 miles of chip seal overlay at two separate highway segments located both west and east of Durango. On Monday, work will begin on US 160 near Twin Buttes, west of Durango. for several weeks, operations will continue west along the 20 mile segment towards Mancos. Later this summer, work on the second 16 mile segment will take place between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs. Work hours will be from 7am to 7pm weekdays. motorists should expect up to 20 minute delays in the construction areas.

June 12th 2024

CO State Republicans calling for special meeting.

Colorado State Republicans are calling for a special meeting to decide the fate of current party Chairman Dave Williams. Jefferson County Republicans said on Monday that it had collected signatures from more than 25% of the state central committee to call for the meeting. The group planned to give an official letter to Williams yesterday. The calls for removal of Williams as party chairman come following a blast email from the Colorado GOP, and signed by Williams, that accuses the LGBTQ+ community of being “godless groomers” who want to harm children. Williams, who is also running for congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, said Monday that he will not apologize and plans to publicize the list of those who signed the letter calling for the special meeting. He has also refused to step down. Once Williams receives the letter, it is his responsibility to set the time and location of the meeting where the decision on his removal will be made by the 400+ voting members. The vote must be at least 60% in favor of his removal for Williams to be removed.

CPW responds to aggressive deer incident in El Paso County.

Last Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to an incident northwest of Colorado Springs in unincorporated El Paso County involving an aggressive female deer that stomped on a person's dogs and charged a pregnant woman before her father shot and killed the deer. The woman told CPW that she heard screaming from her fenced-in backyard that turned out to be her 2 dogs getting stomped on by a deer. She rushed in to try to scare the deer away when it turned, reared up its hind legs and charged toward her. The woman's father came outside and shot the deer with rubber buckshot, but the deer ignored the shots, so the father shot and killed the deer. Colorado law allows the public to use lethal measures to protect human health and safety from wildlife. CPW investigated the details of this case and did not issue a citation for the incident.

Saturday night shooting in Trinidad injures one.

A shooting took place on Saturday at 7:55pm in the 500 block of Baca in the City of Trinidad. One person was injured and was transported to the Trinidad hospital for treatment. The victim's condition is not known. Trinidad Police say they believe this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the community. The investigation into the incident is on-going and more information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone who may have any information about the incident is asked to call the Trinidad communications center at 719-846-4441, or Trinidad police at 719-846-2993, extension 205.

Suspect sentenced in Pueblo West case.

34-year-old Laramie Fields has been sentenced to 10 years in The Colorado Department of Corrections for assaulting a deputy, according to The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. Fields pled guilty to one count of second-degree assault on a peace officer for hitting a deputy with his vehicle as he attempted to elude law enforcement. In August of last year, fields was spotted sleeping in his truck in a parking lot in Pueblo West. He was also wanted on several warrants. After positively identifying him, deputies used their vehicles to box fields in. Fields tried to drive away and struck a deputy's vehicle. The vehicle then struck a deputy who was on foot and injured his leg. Fields was taken into custody following the incident.

San Luis Town Manager receives award.

San Luis Town Manager Susan Sanderford has received the Colorado Preservation Inc. Mark Rodman Award. Sanderford is the second individual to receive this award as a result of her commitment, vision, dedication and partnerships - often spearheading preservation projects within the community of San Luis. CPI recognized Sanderford on May 20th and commended her ability to move preservation forward locally. CPI is a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization that advocates for the preservation of a place.

June 11th 2024

CO Gov Polis signs firearmes dealer requirements and permit into law.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Friday signed HB24-1353 entitled "firearmes dealer requirements and permit" into law on Friday. While gun dealers who sell, manufacture or import firearms and ammunition must have a federal firearms license already, the new law now requires an additional state permit on top of the federal license. To be eligible for a state permit, the new law says a dealer must have a federal license, not have had a firearms license revoked, suspended or denied within the past 3 years, and not have violated any state or federal firearms laws in the three years before applying for the license. The law also requires employees to complete background checks every three years, theft prevention training and random/regular inspections of stores. The state permit costs $400. Gun dealers must obtain the state permit by July 1st of 2025 or face a fine of up to $250,000.

Suspect who drove into Santa Fe Trail Festival identified.

Samantha Hughes, of Trinidad, has been identified as the woman who was arrested on Friday night for allegedly crashing through barricades at the Santa Fe Trail Festival. According to Trinidad Police, the incident took place around 8:45pm Friday. After driving through the festival on North Animas Street, the vehicle came to a stop in front of The Carnegie Public Library. Before officers arrived, people in the crowd reportedly pulled Hughes out of the vehicle. She sustained injuries during the incident. Hughes was taken to The Las Animas County Detention Center on charges of DUI, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, child abuse and criminal mischief. She was being held on a $1,500 cash/surety bond.

Denver Air connection awarded federal essential air service subsidy.

Denver air connection has been awarded the federal essential air service subsidy by The U.S. Department of Transportation to continue serving The San Luis Valley Regional Airport in Alamosa. Under the terms of the agreement, the airline will use 30-seat Dornier 328 and 50-seat ERJ-145 jet aircraft between Alamosa and Denver for the next two years. The two year term runs from July 1st, 2024, to June 30th, 2026. Denver air connection will provide Alamosa with a total of 12 weekly nonstop round stops to Denver International Airport. The airline will receive a subsidy of just over $5.6 million for the first year, and just over $6 million for the second year.

Authorities announce restricted use of Arkansas River.

The Pueblo City Fire Department, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have announced restricted use of the Arkansas river from the Pueblo dam to the Pueblo County/Otero County line due to the dangerously fast flowing and high water on the river. The restrictions take effect today. Activities prohibited on the river currently include whitewater canoes, kayaks, recreational swimming (including with a life vest) and use of any single-chambered air-inflated devices to include inner tubes, inflatable mattresses and inflatable rafts and any multiple chamber inflatables. Violators will be cited. Trails along the river are still open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, however, those using the trails are urged to remain cautious and aware of the river flow and to avoid areas where there is water on the trail.

Huerfano County voters being urged to destroy Primary Ballots.

Huerfano County voters, Democrat, Republican and Independent, are being urged to destroy the Colorado Primary Ballots that they should have already received due to an error on the ballot. The error regards The State House District 47 and District 62 races where those living in District 47 had the District 62 race placed on their ballots. Those living in District 62 had the District 47 race placed on their ballots. Huerfano County Clerk and Recorder Erica Vigil said yesterday that Huerfano County voters should receive new, corrected primary ballots in the mail by the end of this week, or early next week.

June 10th 2024

Some Colorado Republicans calling on State Party Chairman to resign.

Some Colorado Republicans are calling for the resignation of Republican State Chairman Dave Williams after Williams sent out an email a week ago declaring "god hates flags" and "god hates pride" among other rhetoric. Williams also reportedly posted on X calling for the burning of all pride flags. Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nancy Pallozzi sent out a letter on Friday calling on Williams to resign immediately, saying Williams' comments do not reflect the attitude of the larger Colorado Republican Party. Pallozzi also accused Williams of creating division in the party instead of promoting unity. Hope Scheppelman, The Colorado Republican Party Vice-Chairwoman, said in a statement that "we make no apologies for standing against pride month as it's a destructive agenda that harms children and undermines parental authority..."

Pueblo Fire Department rescue people from Arkansas River Saturday.

The Pueblo Fire Department on Saturday rescued four people from the Arkansas River after they reportedly got stuck in the river just below The City Park. Upon arrival, firefighters launched their raft and the swift water rescue team. The rescue was successful, as all four people were taken safely from the water. All four people were wearing life jackets, which the fire department says was key in making sure no one suffered any injuries. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging the public to stay out of the Arkansas River below the Lake Pueblo State Park Dam as flows have exceeded 3,000 cubic feet per second, due to recent normal runoff from spring snow melt in the mountains and locally heavy rains. Besides currents in the river fluctuating dramatically, the water is also extremely cold below the dam.

Huerfano County Residents sent incorrect primary ballots.

Huerfano County Residents should be aware that the ballots they have been sent for this month's Colorado primary election are incorrect. Huerfano County is split between two Colorado House Districts. The problem is reportedly that those in Huerfano County living in Colorado House District 47 have received ballots with the House District 62 race appearing on them. And, the opposite also appears to be true, that those living in Colorado House District 62 have received ballots with The House District 47 race appearing on them. The mistake was made on both Republican and Democratic ballots. Huerfano County Clerk and Recorder Erica Vigil, in a memo sent to both Democrat and Republican Party Chairs this weekend, says voters should destroy their primary election ballots. Vigil says her office is working with the Secretary of State's Office and the Ballot printing and mailing vendor, to send correct ballots to all voters in Huerfano County.

Alamosa Residents being encouraged to participate in riverfront meeting.

Alamosa Residents are being encouraged to participate in the first Alamosa riverfront project public input meeting, which will take place at the Rio Grande Farm park on Thursday, June 20th, beginning at 6pm. The riverfront project team has been working since February developing concept designs for a community-driven project that will bring river recreation opportunities to the Rio Grande at Cole Park, while also improving river health and downstream agricultural infrastructure. During the public meeting, community members will meet the team over dinner to learn more about the project and to give input on conceptual designs to help shape the future of Alamosa's riverfront. RSVPS are appreciated, but not required. Email alamosariverfront@gmail.com for more information.

Suspected Drunk Driver drives into Santa Fe Trail Days event.

A suspected drunk driver drove through a barricade at The Santa Fe Trail Days event taking place in Trinidad on Friday Evening. According to Trinidad police, the incident took place between 8:30 and 9pm around the 200 block of Animas Street. Police said that the suspect did not have any reported injuries, however, one child was reported to have been injured after being struck by one of the barricades. No further information about the incident was made available.

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