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, which is enough green power […]
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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 our great legacy in […]
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A campaign comprising more than 280 businesses, farmers, ranchers, local officials, civic and environmental organizations and 11,000 people called on Gov. Hickenlooper and other state leaders to support solar energy. The campaign is called 1 Million Solar Roofs. The campaign sets a goal of installing 3 gigawatts of solar energy in Colorado by 2030, or […]
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The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is about to “Letter Rip” with a recycling day that aims to save trees and protect consumers from identity theft. The organization is teaming with Mobile Record Shredders and Blue Star Recyclers to host a document shredding and electronics recycling day from 10...
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 golf course while the rest […]
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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...
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 at risk in Colorado Springs […]
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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 been working to reduce […]
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  A group opposing the artist Christo's Over the River project is getting a chance to air objections with the Colorado Transportation Commission.   The group Rags Over the Arkansas River, or ROAR, claims the proposal to suspend huge fabric panels over portions of the Arkansas River along U.S. 50 is too...
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. “[Peterson] brings extensive experience in education, stewardship, research, stakeholder engagement, and watershed restoration,” according to […]
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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...
Drive west to the mountains, the ski resorts and the picturesque towns of the Western Slope, or north to Denver and Wyoming, or east to the sprawling ranches and farms of the high plains, or southwest to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. You’re not just traveling; you’re visiting enemy territory. “Whisky’s for drinking, […]
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