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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Hang 'em high: Ready for hammock camping?

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    How's it hanging? The question might sound fresh, but for campers who swap their tents for hammocks when bunking in the backcountry, it's hardly untoward. Think of it instead as an invitation to boast about that rarest of camping coups: the full night of rest. Increasingly...

  • Michigan's Lakeshore Trail a dream destination for hikers, backpackers - but beware bugs

    Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Among early mariners of Lake Superior's frigid, storm-prone waters, few places were as feared as Point Au Sable. There, from a picturesque bluff topped by an 19th century lighthouse, a series of sandstone reefs reach out beneath the dark blue surface for up to a mile, poised to rip...

  • Repaired Manitou Incline will remain 'a crazy climb'

    Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The Manitou Incline is getting a face-lift, but don't go expecting a beauty queen. When the $1.6 million transformation begins this fall, a chief goal will be adding enough retaining walls and culverts to slow the water that cascades down and threatens to wash the trail from the...

  • Bear Creek Basin trails to temporarily reopen

    Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Trails in and around Bear Creek Basin will temporarily reopen to most recreational use on Friday morning. Opening to hikers and cyclists are trails 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, 720 and 720A, including Bear Creek Trail and Cap'n Jacks. The trail network was closed to all use after...

  • Snow-sports season in the books with 12.6M visits

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    It's official: The best year of snow in memory brought Colorado its best snow-sports season on record. Ski resorts across the state drew an estimated 12.6 million skier visits, according to Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade organization representing 21 of the 25 resorts in Colorado....

  • New claim against Sheriff Maketa alleges criminal wrongdoing in missing file case

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    For months, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa turned his office upside down in search of a missing Internal Affairs file he claimed was stolen by backers of a sheriff's candidate he called a "liar" and "corrupt." But according to five sheriff's employees, the saga of the missing...

  • Woodland Park coach reflects on kayaking history

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Dannie Makris remembers what little advice he received heading into his first brush with Arkansas River whitewater. It was 1958, and Makris - then a 21-year-old novice kayaker breaking in his first boat - somehow had stayed afloat long enough to witness his guide for the day get...

  • Popular Colorado Springs trail network could reopen next week

    Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    A popular trail network in Bear Creek Basin west of Colorado Springs is expected to be reopened to most users by next week. The lifting of a controversial U.S. Forest Service closure applies to all trails that were barred from public use after September flooding, including Cap'n...

  • Cañon City's rugged new draw: Challenging system of mountain biking trails with top-notch views

    Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Looking for Canon City's spin on singletrack glory? Bring a good map and a spare tube and prepare to take your lumps. Tucked away in a city best known for its barbed wire-encircled prisons is a rugged new draw: 10-plus miles of rocky biking trails packing panoramic views and enough...

  • Free fishing this weekend thanks to Parks and Wildlife

    Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    It's amnesty for anglers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving the need for fishing licenses for the first weekend of June as part of its annual Free Fishing Weekend. Friday through Sunday, families are encouraged to try out the sport at any of Colorado's waterways without the...

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