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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Colorado conservationists hail 50 years of protections under the Wilderness Act

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    What started as a vision for keeping America's wildest places "untrammeled by man" has reached a milestone. The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, and Colorado conservationists are celebrating with activities meant to highlight its landmark protections, which have been extended to...

  • Popular Colorado Springs trail will remain shut down until next year

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Eager to resume your hikes on Palmer Trail in the city's western foothills? Look elsewhere until spring of 2015. That's the word from Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, which estimates it will take up to a year to fully reopen the 6-mile Palmer Trail/Section...

  • Colorado Springs-area parks receive grants to repair damage

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    El Paso County parks will receive nearly $300,000 in Great Outdoors Colorado grants to repair damage to two popular recreational areas caused by last year's flooding. Most of that sum - $200,000 - will go toward repairing 5.7 miles of trail, a pedestrian bridge and 3.7 acres of land...

  • No new trial for Colorado Springs man convicted of arson deaths of his 3 children

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A judge Wednesday shot down a request for a new trial by Timothy Nicholls, a Colorado Springs man convicted along with his wife in a 2003 arson plot that resulted in the burning deaths of their three children. Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller rejected arguments that...

  • Dark times for neon

    Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    t a hole-in-the-wall storefront south of downtown Colorado Springs, Boyd Struble bends glass tubes that help light this town. He's among the last of the city's neon tradesmen, and his work - produced with practiced hands and a selection of torches that spew a sapphire-blue flame -...

  • Some Colorado ski resorts extending season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    After great early-season snow, a powder-filled winter and big spring storms, some of Colorado's top ski areas want the excitement to continue. Aspen Mountain, Copper Mountain and Winter Park Resort are among the resorts that announced season extensions this week to take advantage of...

  • Vigorous, self-guided gravel grinders gaining in popularity among cyclists

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    There's no asphalt, no trails and no prizes. As cycling races go, theAntiEpic 160 might test riders' expectations as much as their bodies, delivering 168 miles of punishment strictly on gravel roads. So you might want to bring a spare tire. The race, set for Saturday morning on a...

  • Colorado Springs group reaches out to those in court

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Sometimes, all you've got is a prayer. That's the principle behind Courtside Ministries. Its volunteers stand outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex and offer to say a prayer with those about to enter. "Our purpose here is just to bring a sense of peace through God to the...

  • Small eastern Colorado town banking on the birds

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    KARVAL - Filled with tumbleweeds, cow patties and dust, the fields surrounding this century-old homesteaders' outpost harbor an unlikely secret. They're where a rare bird goes to get busy. Every April, a migration of mountain plover on the prowl turns tiny Karval - population 30 -...

  • Spring season key for Colorado ski areas' bottom lines

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    As spring breakers make their annual trek to Colorado's ski areas, hungry for adventure on white-capped peaks, the operators of regional favorite Monarch Mountain will be setting their sights on more earthbound concerns. They're watching the bottom line. "Here at Monarch, it is a...

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