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Lance Benzel

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  • Famed naturalist Zwinger dies

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ann Haymond Zwinger, a naturalist, author, artist and longtime Colorado Springs resident who had the first of her more than 20 books published at age 45, died last month in Portland, Ore. She was 89. Zwinger, who moved to Colorado Springs in 1960 with her husband, an Air Force pilot,...

  • Humans, not bears, to blame for dangerous encounters in Colorado

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    In the heart of one of Colorado's more scenic wilderness areas, they raid campsites, snatch food bags and shred tents. But black bears aren't to blame for the trouble in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, U.S. Forest Service rangers say. It's the people who attract...

  • Stretch of Ute Indian trail will soon be open to public

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A 3-mile segment of a historic Ute Indian trail in Manitou Springs will soon be open to the public. The Ute Pass Regional Trail will ultimately span 12 miles following a route once used to traverse Ute Pass. The finished segment begins at the Manitou Incline trailhead and ends in an...

  • Popularity of Colorado's 14ers source of most of their problems

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    After two weeks spent breaking earth and moving rocks in the shadow of Kit Carson Peak near Crestone, Joe Lavorini looked proud but weary. A field work supervisor at the Colorado Springs-based Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Lavorini and his colleagues had just finished leading a...

  • North Cheyenne Canon Park roads close due to flooding

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Flood damage roiled access to North Cheyenne Cañon Park on Wednesday, though repairs are expected to be complete by this weekend. Rain gouged deep ruts into Gold Camp Road above Helen Hunt Falls, prompting a closure just below the parking lot at the High Drive gate, said Kurt...

  • Colorado Springs man helped launch volunteer movement on public lands

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    When it comes to stewardship on public lands, volunteers are a force with which to be reckoned. And Bill Ruskin of Colorado Springs learned early how to harness their energy. Forty years ago, Ruskin formed the Volunteer Vacation Corps to enlist nature lovers from across the country...

  • Classic Colorado rides: 7 alternatives to Pro Cycling Challenge's seven challenging stages

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    As cycling fans worldwide tune in to this week's USA Pro Challenge, all eyes will be on Colorado. Fortunately, when it comes to one-of-a-kind cycling, the Centennial State has plenty to hold their interest. "You have a huge variety of terrain and experiences," said Dan Grunig,...

  • Threatened Colorado fish gets new lease on survival

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A unique subspecies of trout that spawned a legal battle over public access in the Bear Creek Basin is getting another shot at long-term survival in the wild. About 1,200 greenback cutthroat trout raised from fish captured in Bear Creek, which is west of Colorado Springs, were...

  • Runners sneak in final treks on the Manitou Incline before repairs

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    As the president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Colorado Springs, John Stumbo challenged his employees to tackle the notorious Manitou Incline at least once before it closed for repairs. Stumbo took up the challenge himself Monday morning - starting 11 minutes before the...

  • Colorado Springs woman's solo climb at Yosemite shatters speed record

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    In her early 20s, Jes Meiris of Colorado Springs fell into what she calls the "climber's vortex of addiction," when climbing became a daily pursuit. Still chasing thrills more than a decade later, the now 32-year-old fixture of the local climbing scene has pushed herself into rare...