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...
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. Mine owners had to comply […]
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El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark testified before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources in D.C. on Tuesday. Clark discussed the severe impacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire and post-fire flooding on the Westside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Ute Pass, explaining how tight budgets and short-sighted management decisions […]
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Times were a lot simpler in the 19th Century. If you were a European explorer wandering through the Colorado mountains, you gave names to rivers and mountains, lakes and creeks, and whatever else caught your fancy. A mountain long known as Tava became James Peak, then Pike’s Peak, and later lost its apostrophe to become […]
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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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In government-speak, the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires were “unplanned biomass burning events.” As such, they fall into a statistical and scientific abyss. Scientists and regulators know that wildfires release enormous quantities of pollutants, but they have yet to develop tools enabling them to accurately measure the quantity...
A Colorado-based peanut butter company has teamed with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to save the orangutans. Justin’s Nut Butter, based in Boulder, will feature Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s “Orangutan Friendly” logo on its products, which are sold in Safeway, King Soopers, Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods stores in Colorado Springs. The logo aims to draw awareness to […]
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Fort Carson officials finalized plans for conservation easements on more than 7,000 acres of land bordering the Army post’s southern and southeastern boundaries. The final easement completes a nine-year process to development conservation easements on the 22,292 acres of land through the Army’s compatible use buffer program. The acquisition process was accomplished by The Nature […]
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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...
A new report shows that wind energy in Colorado displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 525,000 cars off the road each year. And the state’s current power generation from wind energy saves enough water to meet the needs of 23,300 state residents. The report comes from Environment Colorado and...
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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As City Council prepares to consider the absolutely, positively, for sure no kidding this time final version of the proposed intergovernmental agreement that will establish the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority, it’s interesting to consider the proposed entity from both a practical and political perspective. In most respects, Colorado Springs is the boss. The city […]
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