Matt Steiner

News Reporter

Matt joined The Gazette in 2005, left briefly, and rejoined in August 2015.

The view from U.S. Highway 115 shows the hill, behind the sign, where the Hitch Rack Ranch rock quarry would be built behind. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Flames continue to burn off Burgess Road through the night early Thursday morning, June 13, 2013 as crews work to contain the Black Forest fire. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette
El Paso County
More than two dozen big cats once housed at the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center in Calhan have been taken to a sanctuary in Arkansas. .Serenity Springs was acquired in late September by the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Ark. Tanya Smith (left), president and co-founder of Turpentine Creek, and a team of volunteers are in Calhan to renovate the facility, attempt to bring it up to Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries' standards, and try to obtain a Colorado license to continue operations at the Wildlife Center. While 27 lions and tigers were taken out of state after the purchase of the property 53 big cats and nine bears remained at the Calhan facility Monday while the work is being done. One of the changes that the new owners are making will be larger and safer enclosures for the remaining animals. A black bear looks through the current fencing on Monday, October 17, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Nick Lathen, 19, left, loads scrap decking into a frontend loader with crew member Charles Stoddard Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, while replacing a bridge on Elbert Road. Lathen was one of the first graduates from El Paso County's maintenance workers training program and now works with the road decking crew. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A water tower overlooks the community of Security in the foreground of Pikes Peak on June 8, 2016. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)
A test site for the proposed rocky quarry in Little Turkey Creek Canyon can be seen from the road that drives through the Hitch Rack Ranch Friday, July 22, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)