The giant chess set and oversized Connect 4 that showed up in Acacia Park this summer are among many efforts underway — by citizens and the city — to energize and revitalize Colorado Springs parks. It’s not just about games; parks mean business in the Springs. The 2017 Economic...
  A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.   The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities, such as factories and power plants, as well as automobile tailpipes.   A...
Fort Carson was recently recognized as No. 66 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users in the nation. Fort Carson also ranks  No. 4 on the Top 10 Federal Government list. Fort Carson uses nearly 82 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually,...
Deep in the heart of Pike & San Isabel National Forests (PSI) are thousands of winding and bifurcating passages resembling an intricate network of arteries and veins. These 2,500-plus miles of trails and roads in forestlands spanning 15 Colorado counties transport nature lovers and recreationists to and from some of...
Sustainable living and renewable energy options have become trendy in today's society. And in Colorado Springs, people interested in lowering their energy bills can tour 15 net-zero homes, houses and businesses, as well as view the 6-megawatt solar array at the Air Force Academy at Saturday’s Pike’s Peak Tour of Sustainable...
As the drought afflicting Colorado Springs and much of the rest of the state continues, tempers are hot over a deal in which the city utility sold an additional three million gallons of water to irrigate a golf course. The Broadmoor Hotel was sold city drinking water to irrigate its...
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...
Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for federal disaster declarations for a total of nine Colorado counties. This week, Hickenlooper asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid in drought-stricken counties in Colorado – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties. “Drought impacts are resulting in the loss of native grass, mixed...
It now appears that chemical pollution from U.S. Air Force bases is a nationwide problem, and one that is likely to bedevil the Department of Defense for many years. While Colorado regulatory authorities have so far been conciliatory and cooperative in their interactions with Peterson Air Force Base, at least...
The comment period is ending for the Army's request to bar mineral development at Fort Carson and a southeast Colorado training area for another 15 years. The deadline for public comment is Tuesday. About eight square miles of surface public lands and 221 square miles of subsurface federal minerals within Fort...
David Leinweber has built his Colorado Springs fly fishing business on Colorado’s clean water. And, he’s not happy with Supreme Court rulings that have changed the Clean Water Act, making some of Colorado’s waterways vulnerable to pollution. He joined about 100 other Colorado business owners, lawmakers, farmers and environmental activists in...
Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move, to be announced Friday, is likely to win support from environmental groups and public health advocates but exposes the president...