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Lance Benzel

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  • 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...

  • Time set for Monday's Manitou Springs Incline closure; hikers encouraged to make last trip

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Act fast if you're looking to hike the Manitou Incline. The heart-pounding climb in Manitou Springs will close at 6 a.m. Monday for four months of repairs, said Colorado Springs parks officials, who announced the time of the closure at a news conference Tuesday held at the base of...

  • Warnings, not citations, issued to recreational shooters in banned Mt. Herman

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The lead's still flying at Mt. Herman. A month after the U.S. Forest Service implemented an emergency ban on recreational shooting at Mt. Herman in Monument - citing near-misses in which bullets have whizzed past other trail users - the shooters keep on arriving, locked and loaded....

  • Forest Service bans recreational shooting in Mount Herman area

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    A strip of U.S. Forest Service land between Monument and Woodland Park is now off-limits to recreational shooters. The Forest Service said safety concerns stemming from increased use in the Mount Herman area led to its decision to ban recreational shooting along Mt. Herman Road, or...

  • No Manitou Incline, no problem. Satisfy that Incline itch with these area trails

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    On a rebar-studded slope in Pikes Peak's shadow, it packs more pain per square foot than some hikers care to endure. Many others grow hopelessly addicted. It's true: There's nothing quite like the Manitou Incline, a heart-pounding, mile-long ascent up an old tourist railway that's...

  • Conflict over Manitou Incline closure date results in no change

    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Organizers of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are pushing for an earlier closing date for the Manitou Incline, saying that a potential boom in Incline-related foot traffic could slow or endanger competitors. Colorado Springs parks officials - who are overseeing a planned $1.6...