KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee http://whqr.org en Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' http://whqr.org/post/pastor-leads-new-brand-church-sinners-and-saints It's Sunday evening, and services are just getting underway at the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Nearly 200 worshipers sit in circles of plastic chairs around a simple altar table. Together they follow traditional Christian rites. They sit. They stand. They sing.<p>The congregation here resembles the crowd at a downtown bookshop — hipsters and college professors, gay couples and Democratic grandmas. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:42:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 48038 at http://whqr.org Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' Student Opens Fire At Colo. High School, Wounds 2, Kills Self http://whqr.org/post/student-opens-fire-colo-high-school-wounds-2-kills-self A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Colorado high school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday. Police said the shooter injured two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., before killing himself. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 47552 at http://whqr.org Gun Control An Emotional Issue For Citizens, Lawmakers In Colorado http://whqr.org/post/gun-control-emotional-issue-citizens-lawmakers-colorado Colorado's Legislature is poised to pass sweeping gun reform. The House passed bills that limit high-capacity magazines and require background checks on private gun sales. The bills will now be debated in the Senate, which promises bills of its own. Colorado has experienced two of the worst mass shootings in the nation, the latest in July 2012. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:24:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 31963 at http://whqr.org New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred http://whqr.org/post/new-lives-emerge-colo-wildfire-ashes-still-scarred West of the city of Colorado Springs, trees charred by the summer's wildfire scar the steep foothills. The Waldo Canyon fire destroyed more than 300 homes in June.<p>Now, that devastated neighborhood is coming back to life, with construction workers swarming over half-completed houses. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:11:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 29154 at http://whqr.org New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches http://whqr.org/post/aurora-colo-tries-capitalize-its-ethnic-riches Aurora, Colo., became a familiar name this summer, in the wake of a mass shooting at a local movie theater.<p>But there's much more to this Denver suburb than the recent tragedy. Just ask Ethiopian immigrant Fekade Balcha. Balcha's apartment, on Aurora's north side, sits in a dense neighborhood of squat brick apartment buildings and tiny homes.<p>"You see, in our apartment, there are Russians, Mexicans, Africans," Balcha says. "From Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria, and something like that."<p>Aurora is a real mixing bowl of a city, with more than 90 languages spoken in the public schools. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 24834 at http://whqr.org Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora http://whqr.org/post/residents-struggle-tragedys-stain-aurora As investigators dig deeper into Friday's mass shootings at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, residents also are trying to piece together what happened and what it means for their city.<p>Aurora is Colorado's third-largest city, but it's probably not one many people had heard of before now.<p>Sitting in a cafe, life-long resident Joseph Nguyen says it's unfair his city will now be associated with the tragic attack that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.<p>"I mean it's definitely a stain onto our city," he says, "but there's nothing specific about this incident that says Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:05:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 20868 at http://whqr.org Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In http://whqr.org/post/fairplay-colo-burro-racing-packs-em <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz7EDScdakA</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 20676 at http://whqr.org In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In 6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo http://whqr.org/post/6-miles-silver-ribbon-locals-protest-christo Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado holds a chuckling ribbon of water, with a highway running alongside. Artist Christo wants to drape sections of it — almost 6 miles' worth — with long, billowing panels of silvery fabric.<p>"The silver-color fabric panel will absorb the color," he says. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:24:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 11818 at http://whqr.org 6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones http://whqr.org/post/blind-adopt-new-technology-push-braille-aside Like a lot of smartphone users, Rolando Terrazas, 19, uses his iPhone for email, text messages and finding a decent coffee shop. But Terrazas' phone also sometimes serves as his eyes: When he waves a bill under its camera, for instance, the phone tells him how much it's worth.<p>Terrazas is blind, and having an app to tell bills apart can be a big help. For one thing, it means he doesn't have to trust clerks to give him correct change. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:47:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 11544 at http://whqr.org Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles http://whqr.org/post/secretaries-state-center-election-battles In his first year as Colorado's secretary of state, Republican Scott Gessler has been sued eight times.<p>He has outraged Democrats by rewriting the state's campaign finance rules, tangled with counties over which voters they can send mail-in ballots to, and attracted national attention for participating in a fundraiser to pay off a campaign finance fine levied by his office.<p>"We've definitely shaken up the status quo, and I think that's happened a bit in some other states, too," he says.<p>Gessler came to the office from a career as one of Colorado's top Republican campaign lawyers, and he Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:39:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 10220 at http://whqr.org Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles