Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Incline 2.0: A look at the new features, the numbers and sweat that went into an icon's remake

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    One challenge of repairing the infamous Manitou Incline: Hiking the darn thing six days a week for three months. It was all part of a wait-till-you-get-a-load-of-this gig for Hugo Benitez, a Timberline Landscaping laborer who shed 25 pounds doing his part to execute the trail's $1.5...

  • Some gifts to reflect upon the season

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    As the holidays approach, do your shopping with a personal challenge: Consider gifts that reflect the gravity of the season and will reflect the faith and spiritual lives of family members and friends. Know someone who has cherished their Bible until the binding’s gone bare? Reward...

  • Colorado ski areas offer deals, amenities to draw 'next generation'

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Two multimillion-dollar children's centers are among the big-ticket improvements coming to Colorado ski areas this season. The centers - slated to open in 2015 at Arapahoe Basin and Aspen-Snowmass - are among a slew of deals and new facilities aimed at attracting families. "We saw...

  • For Colorado Springs couple, serving God means serving the poor

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    If you're looking for a "Kitchen Confidential"-style showdown, just try serving a subpar dish while Evelyn Koprowski is in charge at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. A Catholic Charities volunteer for 26 years - along with her equally devoted husband, Dick - she asks that fellow...

  • New Incline, same crowd on re-opening day

    Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The first crowd up Incline 2.0 looked a whole lot like the old crowd. The day's top finishers turned out to be a sweat-drenched who's who of Manitou Incline fiends, from 12-time Pikes Peak Marathon champion Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs to Roger Austin and Jill Suarez, a Colorado...

  • The new Manitou Incline: By the numbers

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    The Manitou Incline reopens Friday after a three-month makeover. Here's a look, in numbers, at the project: $1.6 million: Budget for four-month overhaul 2,741: Steps on the Incline (before project) ?: Steps on the Incline (after project) 6,574: Starting elevation, in feet...

  • John Fielder photo slideshow celebrating 50 years of wilderness

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Nature photographer John Fielder plans to invite visitors to his upcoming slideshow in Colorado Springs on a vivid tour of the state's wildest places. Just don't be surprised if there's a jog into the wilderness of political division. "We've got 40 wilderness bills that are...

  • Admission for a day of family fun on southern Colorado railway: a donated toy

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    All aboard for the North Pole. There's a wintry new stop this year on southern Colorado's Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway, and the price of admission is a toy for the needy. On Sunday, families who bring donations for the Toys for Tots campaign - one donation per adult...

  • Manitou Incline set to open this week

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Let the punishment begin. The Manitou Incline - that brutal climb we love in spite of ourselves - is set to reopen at 10 a.m. Friday after a three-month overhaul. "It will be big," Colorado Springs spokeswoman Krithika Prashant promised of the trail's return. The city intends to...

  • Old Colorado City offers walk through time with 20th annual Holiday Tour

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Old Colorado City is perhaps best known for its charming cafes and inviting, brick-lined storefronts. But for the neighborhood's most ardent fans, it's the ghosts of history that give the place life. Reviving and celebrating those "ghosts" is the aim of the 20th annual Holiday Tour...