The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon first learned of the proposed land swap between the city of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor hotel on Jan. 14, 2016. Since then, the board of directors has examined all aspects of the proposal’s details, as we know them. We have viewed the land within...
The vast mining operations of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. cover thousands of acres, almost all the area of the historic Cripple Creek mining district. It’s an open-pit mine, one so large that it’s visible from outer space. Engineering and planning for the mine began in 1993....
The Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District — it’s an impressive name for an agency with equally impressive responsibilities. The district’s job is to prepare flood restoration master plans for the entire Fountain Creek drainage from Woodland Park to Pueblo, put together complex funding packages to accomplish the...
By Michael Barton Ever wonder what ozone smells like? According to Smithsonian Magazine, it’s “the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain.” That familiar scent is a combination of plant oils, bacteria and ozone. But when highly concentrated, it can actually be a pollutant. That’s why the United States has...
Los arboles purifican al aire, said the standard brown road sign on the side of the Pan American Highway heading south into Quito. We passed it so quickly I wasn’t sure what I’d seen. Trees purify the air? Then around the next curve came another: No botar basura y...
Real estate trend tracker CoreLogic released data today indicating that nearly 900,000 single-family houses in the U.S. are at “high” or “very high” risk for wildfire damage, including 14,282 homes in Colorado Springs. The total homes, spread across 13 states, are estimated at $237 billion in reconstruction value, while the homes...
Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to participate at a regional sportsmen's roundtable in Colorado Springs at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The meeting is part of the ongoing statewide Sportsmen's Roundtable process set up by CPW to assure that...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today added the former Colorado Smelter site in Pueblo to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites to protect public health and the...
The Manitou Incline officially opened Friday, Dec. 5, with anxious climbers lining the entryway, awaiting the official ribbon cutting. Colorado Springs City Council’s Jill Gaebler, Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder and the project’s manager, Sarah Bryarly were among those who spoke prior to the opening. “The Manitou Incline is part of...
Fifty years ago the Wilderness Act revolutionized the way the United State would conserve its most pristine wild lands for future generations. Today, nearly 110 million acres of wilderness have been protected due to the act. In recognition of the anniversary, the Pikes Peak Chapter Sierra Club and Imagination...
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute announced Friday that it has selected a new executive director. The Colorado Springs-based nonprofit has chosen Jennifer Peterson from Texas A&M University to fill the post beginning early next month, according to a news release. “ brings extensive experience in education, stewardship, research, stakeholder engagement, and...
When Jeff Hulsmann bought O’Malley’s Steak Pub in 1986, the longtime local bar was just across Highway 105 from a healthy Palmer Lake. Now, the restaurant’s eastward-facing deck overlooks small patches of water scattered throughout an overgrown pasture — displaying few clues to its former life as a thriving body...