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Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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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 Buildings. The tour is essentially… Continue Reading Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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City council approves SunShare initiative

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The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved regulations Tuesday that will allow a local start-up to build a community solar garden. Several community members showed up to voice their support for the initiative that will allow Colorado Springs Utilities customers to lease solar panels in a remote community solar garden and collect the credits for… Continue Reading City council approves SunShare initiative

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Oil leases down, revenues up

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Federal oil and natural gas leasing was down significantly in the Rockies during this fiscal year, according to reports from the Western Energy Alliance. Lease parcels declined by 70 percent, acreage by 81 percent and revenue by 44 percent since 2008. The only exception is North Dakota, which is experiencing a leasing boom in the… Continue Reading Oil leases down, revenues up

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As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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The drought in the Southwest may help 29-year-old Chad Bicker get to his goal of being a full-time farmer and rancher by the time he’s 40. As farmers in Texas and other bone-dry areas sell cattle because they can’t grow hay or afford to buy feed, Bicker has been buying animals for his farm in… Continue Reading As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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Venoco to build pipeline in California

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Venoco Inc. said Monday that a subsidiary has received final approval to build a pipeline in California. The Denver energy company said the pipeline will reduce transportation costs from the South Ellwood field and reach more refineries. That will allow the company to realize $5 to $7 more per barrel of oil it produces. Venoco… Continue Reading Venoco to build pipeline in California

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Fort Carson finishes buffer zone purchase

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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… Continue Reading Fort Carson finishes buffer zone purchase

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Comment deadline arrives for Pinon Canyon plan

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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 Carson and the Pinon… Continue Reading Comment deadline arrives for Pinon Canyon plan

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Ozone alert issued for Front Range

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The Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have issued an ozone alert for the Front Range. Officials say hot temperatures, clear skies and light winds may lead to increased ozone throughout the region. The alert is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Ozone can trigger attacks for people… Continue Reading Ozone alert issued for Front Range

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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… Continue Reading Colorado company joins Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to save orangutans

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A potential buyer has expressed interest buying the full capacity of a planned transmission line to carry Wyoming wind power to Colorado. LS Power is the developer of the Wyoming Colorado Intertie line, which will stretch 180 miles from near Wheatland to near Brush, Colo. Adam Gassaway of LS Power has declined to identify the… Continue Reading Wyo-Colo wind power line gets buyer interest

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