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Lance Benzel

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  • 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...

  • Help sought for trail work at Florissant Fossil Beds

    Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Operators of the Florissant Fossil Beds are asking for volunteers to help maintain 14 miles of trails that wind through the park. The trail maintenance day is being hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers of all skill levels are invited. Children 10 and older should be...

  • Waldo Canyon Trail, ravaged by fire, may open seasonally

    Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    A U.S. Forest Service official says the fire-ravaged Waldo Canyon Trail could be reopened this fall, once flood risks have subsided for the year. But that doesn't mean it will stay open. "We were hoping that once we get through monsoon season - that's, from the Weather Service,...

  • Lamborn spotlighting Bear Creek Basin trail closures in upcoming meeting

    Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will preside over a meeting Monday to address trail closures in the Bear Creek Basin related to a unique species of trout. The meeting - scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. - comes after Lamborn sent a letter to the U.S....

  • Springs lags on spending for our parks, study finds

    Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Colorado Springs is at the bottom of the pack among major cities when it comes to spending on parks - pitching in less than half of what Denver and Aurora spend per resident. That's among the findings of an annual study by The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that ranks the...