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  • Colorado Springs council may need a year to have a Drake decommission plan

    By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    It could be a year before the Colorado Springs City Council makes a decision on when to decommission the Martin Drake Power Plant. The council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, asked Utilities staff Aug. 20 to run a number of scenarios describing what life would...

  • US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    LAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the...

  • Tour stresses importance of Colorado grown to state, local economies

    By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Fountain resident Sara Gudiel watched patiently shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday as Abram Martinez pulled long, freshly roasted green chilies from a container and placed them on a scale. Martinez, a worker at the Safeway store on Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain, handed Gudiel a sample...

  • Udall pledges to get permanent federal funding for watershed protection

    By mEGAN sCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall pledged Friday in flood-ravaged Williams Canyon to work at the federal level to secure permanent funding for watershed protection so future emergencies do not leave cities scrambling to find money for repairs. "We need to make the funding permanent. We need to...

  • Threatened Colorado fish gets new lease on survival

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    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...

  • Fort Collins OKs 5-cent bag fee despite opposition

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    FORT COLLINS — Shoppers in Fort Collins will have to pay 5 cents for every disposable bag they use starting next April. City councilors approved the fee Tuesday night after hearing from many residents who opposed the idea. The Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1thd96P ) reports...

  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

    ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER, Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who...

  • Weekend storms in Pikes Peak region skip burn scar; expect midweek storms

    By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Burn scars in El Paso County dodged proverbial bullets Sunday. Monsoon thunderstorm systems rolled into the Pikes Peak region, prompted a flash flood warning and soaked the area, but they didn't pack a punch. "The heaviest of the rain missed the scar. There really was no threat to...

  • Colorado Springs stormwater conflict could affect SDS water flow

    By MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace has closely followed the negotiations over the proposed El Paso County stormwater initiative and is crossing his fingers that political bickering won't keep the issue from the November ballot. Pace has talked about Colorado Springs' floodwaters for...

  • Snow makes a cameo on top of Pikes Peak; thunderstorms expected in Colorado Springs through weekend

    LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Snow made a brief appearance on Pikes Peak on Friday morning. It was gone by noon, though a chance of more snow on the summit is forecast for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. "Snow potential is in the grids on Saturday night into Sunday," said...

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