KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee http://kanw.com en Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' http://kanw.com/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 37348 at http://kanw.com Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred http://kanw.com/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 22246 at http://kanw.com New Lives Emerge From Colo. Wildfire Ashes, Still Scarred Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches http://kanw.com/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 21:55:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 18989 at http://kanw.com Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora http://kanw.com/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 21:24:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 15965 at http://kanw.com Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In http://kanw.com/post/fairplay-colo-burro-racing-packs-em <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz7EDScdakA</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:24:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 15821 at http://kanw.com In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In 6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo http://kanw.com/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 9130 at http://kanw.com 6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones http://kanw.com/post/blind-look-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 8901 at http://kanw.com Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles http://kanw.com/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 7762 at http://kanw.com Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles Gator Wrestling: 'Not A Thinking Man's Sport' http://kanw.com/post/gator-wrestling-not-thinking-mans-sport Standing in a pool full of 2-foot-long alligators, Jay Young starts teaching a class on gator wrestling.<p>"He who hesitates gets bit. Don't think about it," says Young, owner of Colorado Gators. "Alligator wrestling is not a thinking man's sport."<p>It takes a certain kind of crazy to want to pay $100 to handle animals sensible people run away from. People do sign up, however, ready to try their hands at this most extreme of sports.<p>The Rocky Mountain farm was originally a fish farm, founded by Young's parents in 1977. Sun, 04 Sep 2011 10:30:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Megan Verlee 1812 at http://kanw.com Gator Wrestling: 'Not A Thinking Man's Sport'