Monday, March 29, 2010


Books by Todd Dean
# 1 International Bestseller "More Money Than Month: Stop Stressing over Your Finances and Take Control of Your Life"

Many of you are familiar with Todd Dean from the Saturday Morning Show and his segment... "Inside Business With Todd Dean." Now Todd is doing his own show here on KVOR. The program airs on Sunday evenings from 8:00 pm to 9:00. I love Todd and the advice he brings to the table no matter whether it is your individual finances, small business, or charity and non-profit. Give him a listen, and be prepared to be impressed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


KVOR, and our sister stations are looking for a sales representative. I work with people who not only have character...they ARE characters. That makes this a very fun place to be. These motivated, talented folks are so good at what they do. It's great to be part of that team. So, you're interested! Good! Now call Darci at 593-2702. Or call me and send me your resume. I'll be happy to pass it along to her.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


We recently did a Local History segment on Bent's Fort. Here is some information from their website:

It is a close drive from the Springs, and you will feel like you have walked back in time. Check it out.


If you should be lucky enough to spend a quiet evening in the fort, perhaps with a full moon casting its pale light into the placita, you maybe can even sense the spirits of those that have gone before. I know, I have. Reconstruction of Bent’s Old Fort:

Following its abandonment in 1849, the fort was used at intervals successively as a stage station, a post office, line camp and cattle stockade. By the 1880s, settlers along the lower Arkansas River in Colorado found that what remained of the structure was an excellent source of ready-made building materials and hauled off adobe bricks by the wagon-load. By the turn of the 19th century the fort was little more than rubble and ruin.

Because of the important role the fort played in the development of Colorado and the American Southwest the historical significance of the site was recognized hardly more than 60 years after the structure had been abandoned by William Bent. The La Junta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a stone archway, which still stands, near the site’s entrance in 1912. Then in 1920 the DAR was granted 4.5 acres of land which included the fort ruins.
The State of Colorado purchased the property in 1954 for the Colorado Historical Society. That same year the Historical Society funded a 42 day archeological investigation of the site.
The National Park Service became interested in the site in 1957, recognizing the importance of the site in association with the period of westward expansion. On June 3, 1960, President Dwight D Eisenhower signed the legislation that created the Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. There followed a period of intense historical investigation by Dwight E Stinson, Jr. Stinson was able to locate 20 written accounts which described the fort, or portions of the fort, as well as ink drawings and watercolor depictions completed in 1845 and 1846 by James Abert of the United States Topographical Engineers. The above drawing is one of Abert’s drawings as-built engineering plans of the Fort. To see the full size image click on the drawing. It has been estimated that approximately 30 percent of the information necessary for reconstruction of the fort was provided by James Abert’s drawings.

A second archeological investigation was commenced in 1963, lead by Jackson W Moore. This investigation lasted for three years, and revealed the first floor layout of the fort and determined the most likely use of each of the ground floor rooms. The archeological investigation provided another 30 percent of the information used in reconstructing the fort. The remaining one third of the design was provided by intelligent speculation and common sense.

The National Park Service convened a blue-ribbon committee in 1965 to decide whether or not to rebuild the fort. Objections to reconstruction centered on obliteration of the archeological site and on the large amount of conjecture that was required for reconstruction, especially for the upper levels of the fort. Eventually a decision to rebuild was reached, and President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation authorizing reconstruction on August 31, 1974.

Construction work commenced on May 27th, 1975 on the exact same floor plan and on exactly the same site occupied by the original structure. Adobe, consisting of clay, sand and straw, was mixed by front end loaders in a 30 by 50 foot pit. A custom designed and built brick machine was used to manufacture the 4 by 9 by 18 inch adobe brick used in the reconstruction. This machine was capable of producing 4,000 bricks per day and by the end of the project had manufactured 160,000 bricks.

Craftsman skilled in historic woodworking techniques hand cut and shaped the cottonwood and ponderosa pine logs used for the beams and supports. Handcut lumber was used for the doors, doorframes, window sills and shutters. Hinges, latches and other iron hardware was forged inside the reconstructed blacksmith shop.

Acquiescencing to modern building codes and for safety reasons, the reconstructed fort was built on a foundation of concrete rather than directly on the ground, and the ground floor rooms were provided with cement floors instead of packed clay. The reconstructed structure also hosts a bookstore/gift shop and park administrative offices.

The reconstruction effort was completed and the fort was opened to the public on July 25, 1976.


Southern Colorado Tea Party Meeting

March 18th, Thursday 6:00p.m.
(5:30p.m. arrivals are encouraged in order to see the Museum memorabilia)
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
31001 Magnuson Avenue
Pueblo 81001

Tentative Speakers
Steve Barton- Candidate for U.S. Senate
Lu Busse- Colorado Coalition 9-12 Project Chairman
Dan Maes- Candidate for Colorado Governor
Freida Poundstone-former Mayor of Greenwood Village, Co
Jack Rink- Pueblo County Republican Party 1st Vice Chair
Jake Segrest- Candidate for 3rd Congressional District
Tom Weins- Candidate for U.S. Senate

Please feel free to bring refreshments for the social time !


Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Republican Candidates for US Senate

Steve Barton
P.O. Box 663
Penrose, CO 81240

Ken Buck
PO Box 101465
Denver, CO 80250
County Campaign Chair: Robin Coran

County Campaign Chair:

Vincent Martinez
County Campaign Chair:

Jane Norton
PO Box 3008
Greenwood Village, CO 80155
County Campaign Chair: Chuck Broerman

Cleve Tidwell
3773 Cherry Creek Drive North, Suite 575
Denver, CO 80209
County Campaign Chair:

Tom Wiens
PO Box 1445
Castle Rock CO 80104
County Campaign Chair:

Republican Candidates for 5th Congressional District

Doug Lamborn
PO Box 64107
Colorado Springs, CO 80962

Republican Candidates for Governor

Dan Maes
County Campaign Chair:

YJ Yoon Mager
County Campaign Chair

Scott McInnis
PO Box 8806
Denver, CO 80201
County Campaign Chair: Commissioner Sallie Clark

Republican Candidates for Attorney General

John Suthers
P.O. Box 40300
Denver, CO 80204

Republican Candidates for Treasurer

JJ Ament
P.O. Box 750
Littleton, CO 80160
County Campaign Chair:

Ali Hasan
PO Box 7935
Avon, CO 81620
County Campaign Co-Chair: Bob Shirilla

Walker Stapleton
PO Box 370264
Denver, CO 80237
County Campaign Chair:

Republican Candidates for Secretary of State

Scott Gessler
PO Box 13948
Denver, CO 80201
County Campaign Chair:

Republican Candidates for CU Regent

Steve Bosley
4370 Nelson Drive
Broomfield, CO 80020
County Campaign Chair:

Republican Candidates for State Board of Education

Ann Elrod
6660 Delmonico Drive # 130
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
County Campaign Chair: Vicki Taylor
Paul Lundeen
PO Box 223
Monument, CO 80132

Monday, March 15, 2010


This Saturday Morning on the Red Wing Shoes - Local History Segment we'll take a look at the old "Ski Broadmoor"

Ski Broadmoor

Dates of Operation: 1959 - 1991
Area Stats: (1984)
*Elevations: Summit 7,084; Base 6,569; Vertical Drop 600 ft
*Slopes: Beg 60%; Int 20%; Adv 20; Longest Run 3/4 mi
*Lifts: 1 double (Riblet); 1 tow; Capacity 600 p/h
*Season: Thanksgiving - March; opened 6 days per week from 10 am -
10pm (night skiing)
*Ticket prices: Adult $11
History: Ski Broadmoor was built and operated by the famous
Broadmoor Hotel. They sold the resort to the City of Colorado Springs
in 1986. The city ran the resort for two seasons until Vail bought the
area in 1988. Vail never made any profits here, so without any buyers it
was closed in 1991. The extremely low elevations at Ski Broadmoor
meant that they had 100% snowmaking capabilities. Their snowmaking
equipment was bought from the also defunct Magic Mountain Ski Area
in Golden, Colorado.



U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., – Funeral services for the Air Force Academy’s sixth superintendent, Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. A.P. Clark, are scheduled for Wednesday.
The General died March 8 at the age of 96. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., General Clark was the sixth superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, from Aug. 1, 1970, to July 31, 1974.
Services start with a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in the Cadet Chapel, followed by a graveside service at the Academy Cemetery.
The general was a 1936 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and went on to a flying career after graduation. He went to England in June 1942 with the 31 st Fighter Group, the first American fighter unit in the European Theater of Operations. He was shot down over Abbeville, France, in July 1942, and spent 33 months as a Prisoner of War. As a POW, then-Lt. Col. Clark continued his efforts to resist the enemy by managing the production and hiding of escape supplies for his fellow prisoners. His efforts helped support the 1944 escape of 76 POWs from Stalag Luft III, and that escape served as inspiration for the 1963 film, The Great Escape.
After World War II, he progressed through key staff and command assignments stateside and overseas, culminating in his 1970 appointment to be the sixth superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart.
After retiring from active duty, the general stayed active with the Air Force Academy. He headed up the Friends of the Library, which benefits the Cadet Library, concentrating on the library’s Special Collections. General Clark on was instrumental in creating an extensive collection of materials and histories from his POW days in Stalag Luft III.
Flags at the Academy will be at half-staff on Wednesday for General Clark.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


On Saturday mornings we are proud to be teaming with Redwing Shoes and adding a new segment that will discuss local history. Travis Rogers will join me at 6:45 every week to talk about the people, places, and events that have shaped Southern Colorado.

Travis Rogers will join me to talk about things like Outlaws, Gold Strikes, World War Two POW camps, The Spanish Flu of 1918, The KKK in Colorado, etc.

If you have an idea for a future segment, please contact me at

Red Wing Shoes is a footwear company based in Red Wing, Minnesota that was founded by Charles H. Beckman in 1905.

Within 10 years of its inception, Red Wing Shoes was producing more than 200,000 pairs of boots per year and was the primary company manufacturing footwear for American soldiers fighing in World War I. Red Wing Shoes continued its tradition of producing footwear for wartime use by manufacturing boots for American soldiers during World War II.

In addition to manufacturing footwear under their own name, Red Wing Shoes also manufactures shoes under the Carhartt, Irish Setter Boots, Vasque, and Worx brands. In 2008, Red Wing Shoes began making shoes under the Red Wing Heritage Lifestyle moniker with models drawing inspiration from past styles within the company's century-long history.

Red Wing Shoe Stores:

975 N Academy Blvd,
Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: 719-597-7463

4929 North Elizabeth Street
Pueblo, CO 81008
Phone: 719-546-0392


Republican Gov. candidate Dan Maes was a guest on The Richard Randall Show on Monday and will be back again on Tuesday. He was asked a lengthy, detailed question at the very end of the show and there simply wasn't enough time in the show to allow him to answer, so I will have him back on the show to answer that question and take more calls.

I have ALWAYS instructed Anne Boswell that it is perfectly OK for supporters of other candidates, and even campaign managers or candidates to call in with questions for a guest. This has happened a number of times in the past and I am fine with it. I don't allow one candidate to call another and turn it into a debate, but one question, just like other callers, that's fine. As a matter of fairness I expect the caller to identify themselves as a candidate or campaign worker if that is the case. If the question is.... "Richard isn't there something wrong with Sallie Clark calling in with a question for Dan Maes?" Nope. I have no problems with it, in fact I think it is interesting. I was accused of it being a "setup". It was not. Until I saw the name Sally (that is how it was spelled) on my computer screen I had no idea who was calling. Until I heard her voice I didn't know it was Sallie Clark. She was given no advance warning or preference in calling. At the same time there would be no problem with a supporter, campaign worker, or even Dan Maes calling in with a question for Scott McInnis. I DO NOT endorse candidates. I give them a fair and equal chance and let the voters decide.

This is from his website, to give you a headsup on where he stands on the issues.

How Would Dan Have Voted?
Faster Legislation (Higher Veh. Registration Fees) - No
Retain Death Penalty - Yes
In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants - No
In-state Tuition for Veterans - Yes
Tougher Petitioning Policy - No
Death Penalty for Sex Offenders - No
Unionizing State Employees - No
Tougher Oil and Gas Regs - No

What will I do as Governor?
First and foremost, I want to serve the needs of the citizens of Colorado as your employee. Servant leadership is a goal to be aspired to and I will strive toward it daily. We are a diverse state and I will do my best to address the needs of as many as possible while honoring my traditional, conservative positions. It is time to unify our states diversity via respect for one another and the ability to agree to disagree when required. With that said, here are my priorities.
1. Reverse the executive orders that created the state employees union, and funding for Planned Parenthood.
2. Initiate efficiencies in the area of FTE counts thus reducing the size of state government freeing up funds for other priorities.
3. Restructure the content of the COGCC and work toward a more energy friendly regulatory environment in order to drive tax revenue to its highest in the state’s history while encouraging new energy models.
4. Support the reversal of FASTER legislation, and property tax increases.
5. Identify areas for program consolidation or elimination including commissions that duplicate the purpose of an executive’s responsibility.
6. Reduce the personal income tax to a level 4.5% by 2012.
7. Give tax incentives to all small businesses that hire at least 1 new employee in 2011.
8. Set the goal of a 5% unemployment rate by the end of 2013.
9. Initiate a new era of stricter enforcement of exisiting legislation and state laws including those covering vehicle registration, drivers licenses, DUI, and illegal immigration.
10. Limit new legislation to 3 bills per member of the assembly.
11. Select judges that interpret and apply exisiting law as per the state constitution rather than participating in judicial policy making.
12. Support choice in education including home, charter, public and private options. Work for a tax credit for those who choose home or private schools.