• Why is Pikes Peak a giant lightning rod? Blame Denver

    By JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    America's mountain appears to be one of Colorado's biggest lightning rods. A 20-year composite map of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes across the state shows some of the highest concentrations across the Pikes Peak region, according to a National Weather Service analysis using data...

  • Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years. Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a...

  • Colorado Springs power plant not affected by Supreme Court's EPA ruling

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that blasted federal limits on toxic power plant emissions, Colorado Springs Utilities will continue installing multimillion-dollar scrubbers to reduce hazardous emissions. The ruling, though widely heralded by Republicans and lamented by...

  • Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his...

  • Environmental group files suit to halt Colorado ski resort

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    DURANGO — Environmental groups trying to halt a proposed development near the Wolf Creek Ski Area have filed a federal lawsuit to halt the land swap that would allow construction. The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1GJcAsB ) that a coalition of conservation groups filed a...

  • Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules

    The Associated Press
    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    CASPER, Wyo. — New federal rules for oil and gas development on federal lands, including one that would require disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, now won't take effect until at least mid-August after a judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to...

  • Earthquakes near Colorado wastewater well decrease

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    DENVER — The ground around a northern Colorado wastewater injection well has been relatively quiet for more than two months, offering hope that a 10-month string of more than 200 small earthquakes might have subsided. The bottom 450 feet of the 10,800-foot-deep well was plugged with...

  • BLM reviewing land use designations on 680,000 acres in central and eastern Colorado

    BY LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Bureau of Land Management is inviting public comments on an extensive review that will determine how the agency manages 680,000 acres of public land in central and eastern Colorado, including much of the Arkansas River corridor. Expected to take several years to complete, the...

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