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Smelter site now on the Superfund list

Smelter site now on the Superfund list

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 environment. “Listing the Colorado Smelter site… Continue Reading Smelter site now on the Superfund list

Incline open for business

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Incline open for business

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… Continue Reading Incline open for business

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Imagination Celebration recognizes 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

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 Celebration are throwing a party beginning… Continue Reading Imagination Celebration recognizes 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

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RMFI names new executive director

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RMFI names new executive director

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… Continue Reading RMFI names new executive director

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Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

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Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

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 of water. Hulsmann heads the… Continue Reading Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

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New organization to help small farms take root

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New organization to help small farms take root

Corner Post Meats is a 40-acre farm located just west of the Highway 105-Highway 83 junction in the northern portion of the county. The business is comprised of Adrienne Larrew, whose family owns the farm, and Dan Lorenz. The two manage the land, the livestock and all marketing, sales and distribution of grass-fed beef as… Continue Reading New organization to help small farms take root

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Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens founder Larry Stebbins’ duties are too numerous to fit on a business card. Botanist, community advocate, unifier and oasis-maker are just the tip of the radish. On one summer day or another, through an undistinctive parking lot lined with barbed-wire-topped fences, Stebbins will trek across a pitted driveway to the north… Continue Reading Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

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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… Continue Reading Council ready to put its stamp on Regional Drainage Authority

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute a force for good

Mark Hesse would be proud of his legacy. The founder of the American Mountain Foundation died early this year in an indoor climbing accident in Boulder. His organization, however, which started as a climbing advocacy program 30 years ago, has since morphed into the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, an organization focused on environmental stewardship that… Continue Reading Rocky Mountain Field Institute a force for good

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Colorado ranks 8th for LEED-certified buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council released the Top 10 States for LEED rankings on Tuesday. Colorado placed eighth in the nation. Regions around the country at the forefront of sustainable building design, construction and operation were recognized. LEED-certified spaces save money for businesses and taxpayers; use less water and energy; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute… Continue Reading Colorado ranks 8th for LEED-certified buildings

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