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  • New Castle Rock city park has something for everyone, including mini incline

    Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    After her second trip to the summit - a 200-stair climb straight up a ridge - Diana Pine could have been forgiven for cursing. Instead, she was full of praise. "This is the best thing they could have done for me," the Castle Rock woman exclaimed between gasps, grateful for a...

  • Colorado Springs graffiti artist fights urban decay with spray paint

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    For graffiti artist Larry "Fuse" Masters, spray cans are weapons against urban decay - capable of blasting though blight with elegant lines and bursts of color. For proof of concept, see the eye-catching displays that ring a low-slung warehouse just under the downtown Colorado Avenue...

  • Colorado mountain biking trail network rises from the ashes

    Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    In a sense, the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area was born of fire. It was around 1990 when a group of U.S. Forest Service firefighters recognized the raw potential in the rolling, wooded hills near Pine while preparing for a prescribed burn. "We're all out there digging line and we...

  • Pickleball goes beyond junior high gym class, finds popularity in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    At the Monument Valley Park pickleball courts, Nancy Steffy deals in lobs, kills and dinks. Those are some of the shots that spell victory in pickleball, and Steffy, a retired physical education teacher, has employed them with enough panache to earn a 4.0 player's rating on the...

  • Big hike brings big questions for Colorado Springs man

    Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    When Wesley Trimble wrapped up a 2,660-mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail in September, he might have become the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the hike. The experience offered more proof that a permanent limp can't deter him, but it also spawned a vexing question....

  • Colorado College geology professor makes discovery of career

    Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Colorado College geology professor Christine Siddoway made the discovery of her career from the saddle of a road bike. It was during a climb through North Cheyenne Cañon Park that Siddoway, 52, glimpsed alternating bands of sandstone and granite fused vertically in a rocky slope off...

  • Long section of Mount Herman Road to close for repairs

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Gag order placed on dead horses case A gag order has been issued in an animal cruelty case involving 10 horses found living among the skeletal remains of more than a dozen horses on a Black Forest property last month. Investigators, attorneys, law enforcement officers and Humane...

  • Warm weather scuttles opening day at two Colorado ski areas

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Skiers and snowboarders will have to wait a little longer to hit the slopes at Copper Mountain and Keystone. The ski areas announced Tuesday that unseasonably warm weather would delay openings planned for Friday. Copper Mountain says it will begin running chairlifts 
Nov. 7....

  • Study: USA Pro Challenge '14 brought $130M in spending to Colorado

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The USA Pro Challenge, a seven-day professional cycling race, brought an estimated $130 million in spending to Colorado in August, according to a study commissioned by the race organizer. Sponsorship Science, a sports research firm, said spending from this year's event increased 12...

  • Cycling deaths increase across U.S.

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Bicycle fatalities are on the rise in the U.S., fueled by an upward trend in bicycle commuting in the nation's urban centers, a recent study found. A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association charted a 16 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities between 2010 and 2012, jumping...