• Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii's corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried...

  • Regulators issue final volumes in Nevada nuclear dump report

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Findings released Thursday by analysts in the federal agency with the power to give the go-ahead for a proposed national nuclear waste dump in Nevada appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open the repository, if decision-makers want to go forward....

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a...

  • Solar power firm to develop 5 'garden' projects, including one in Colorado Springs

    By Steve Raabe, The Denver Post -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Denver-based solar power firm SunShare is looking at brighter prospects with a big financial boost from utility powerhouse NRG Energy. On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal enabling SunShare to grow its community solar portfolio about eightfold. Under the transaction,...

  • How much impact does oil and gas tax revenue have on the Colorado Springs area?

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Every year, El Paso County gets a couple of hundred thousand in tax dollars from oil and gas and mineral extraction - which might seem odd, since the county has very little of either. But thanks to annual state severance tax and federal mineral leases, slivers of municipal budgets...

  • Earthship village will soon land in Colorado Springs

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Earthships aren't designed to take families out of this world to explore other galaxies. But they are taking off on this planet and will soon land in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Solar Village is seeking the greenest of the green to form a community of some of the most sustainable...

  • Colorado snowpack struggling in some river basins

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DENVER — The latest numbers for statewide snowpack show northwest and southwest Colorado are running behind where they should be for this time of year. Some of the driest conditions can be found in the Upper Rio Grande and the San Juan-Dolores-San Miguel-Animas river basins....

  • Colorado lawmakers gear up for battle over fracking

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado Republicans are proposing to compensate mineral owners when a local government bans or restricts fracking. The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land-use disputes among...

  • Colorado Springs improves flood insurance score

    By MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The city of Colorado Springs improved its score in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, which results in a reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents by 20 percent, NFIP officials said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the...

  • Residents come together in plea to fill Palmer Lake

    By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The towns of Palmer Lake and Monument are in a gridlock over 21.8 million gallons of water, a bitter debate that could pit the towns against each other in court. Palmer Lake residents, desperate to use the water to save their dry lake, thronged Monument's Tuesday evening board of...