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Lance Benzel

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  • El Paso County commissioner calls on Maketa to take leave or resign, new allegations made

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Embattled Sheriff Terry Maketa on Tuesday said in a statement that he intends to complete his third term in office, rejecting a request by El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton that he resign or place himself on unpaid leave. "Sheriff Terry Maketa will not be commenting on the...

  • Rail revival in Colorado Springs could mean added car to historic railway

    Updated: Mon, May 26, 2014

    For 10 years, the old train car sat exposed to the elements in a valley south of Chama, N.M., slathered in lime-and-water whitewash. Thank heavens for a rancher's thrift. "Whitewashing is really what saved it," said John S. Engs of Colorado Springs, recounting the story of how...

  • 90-year-old Colorado Springs stamp collector, business owner ready to retire

    Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    A sign on the wall at Ackley's Rocks & Stamps in Colorado Springs invites customers to "Help a Philatelist - Lick a Stamp Today." In this case, there's a milestone to celebrate, so feel free to lick the whole book. After five decades in the business, Art Ackley, one of Colorado...

  • Colorado's dandy dozen: These 12 state parks are the most popular for camping - and it is easy to see why

    Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Call it the wisdom of crowds. In Colorado's state parks, 12 locations dominate when it comes to camping - packing enough attractions to draw visitors by the thousands. While those seeking tranquility might want to look elsewhere, a glance at the state's 12 most camped parks shows a...

  • Fun Guide: Hit the road

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    - Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, tinyurl.com/lwffhka: Follow this road to glimpse the headwaters of the Colorado River. The 80-mile route begins at Grand Lake, an old resort town on the shores of Colorado's largest natural lake, and ends on a gravel road through spectacular...

  • Fun Guide: Hot Springs

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    - Conundrum Hot Springs, 1.usa.gov/1sm2gyG: A favorite of adventurous soakers, this remote backcountry springs has a series of undeveloped mineral pools between Aspen and Crested Butte. Getting there involves climbing 3,000 feet over an 8.5-mile trail. Camping is encouraged. Clothing...

  • Colorado Springs-area nature trails will soon be one

    Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    For decades, the Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail lay in two pieces no more than a mile apart, but separated by a mountain of conflict. Soon, the two pieces will be united. After 20 years of legal battles between the city of Manitou Springs and two local landowners, trail...

  • Forest Service warns of booby trap on Rampart Range-area trail

    Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The Forest Service is on the hunt for saboteurs after dirt bikers found a homemade spike strip buried in a trail in the Rampart Range area in Douglas County. Recreationists discovered the spike strip on May 5 in the Pike/San Isabel National Forest, according to a news release that...

  • $1.6M raised for stabilization work on popular Manitou Incline

    Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Think hiking the Incline is a bear? Consider the efforts of volunteers and Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services personnel who raised some $1.6 million to cover repairs to the bruising yet beloved trail in Manitou Springs. "We've raised the necessary funds to...

  • Enthusiasm, knowledge help Black Forest teen earn birder of the year honor

    Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    After the devastation of the Black Forest fire, 15-year-old Alec Wyatt learned firsthand about the resiliency of birds. Taking it upon himself to check on nest boxes affixed to charred trees, the Black Forest resident and teenage bird enthusiast was astonished to find dozens of eggs...

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