More Matt Steiner Articles

  • Fire and rain: Region girds for disasters

    by Matt Steiner matt.steiner@gazette -
    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Wildfire ravaged the mountains west of Colorado Springs on a hot, dry day in June 2012 after smoke billowed out of Waldo Canyon. Two lives, 347 homes and acre upon acre of national forest and a city neighborhood were destroyed. As residents began to adapt to post-disaster life, many...

  • Cities now struggling from past fire-suppression efforts

    By MATT STEINER Matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Peter Brown, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Glenwood Springs, described a pattern Wednesday evening of fire suppression that began in the late 19th Century and has left 21st Century fire officials scrambling to stop the western United States from...

  • Colorado Wildfire risk predicted worsen, unless policies change

    By MATT STEINER Matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Bill Hahnenberg took the mic before a packed room at Wednesday's opening day of the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference and set an ominous tone with his opening presentation. Hahnenberg's monologue painted a dark picture of a state and large section of the country that he says is...

  • Flood, fire mitigation work around Colorado Springs will soon be complete, but land won't heal as quickly

    by Matt Steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Pikes Peak area residents don't have to travel far to see reminders of what two years of fires and floods have done to communities and the land that surrounds them. They see it up close and personal in Black Forest, Manitou Springs, Mountain Shadows and along almost every stretch of...

  • Colorado wildfire conference a chance to share lessons learned

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Fire officials, emergency managers and disaster planners from across Colorado will be in Glenwood Springs this week at a wildfire conference. Doug Paul, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference, said the gathering ran for more than a decade...

  • Apple orchards dodge a weather bullet, growers say

    BY ANDREA SINCLAIR and MATT STEINER
    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The spring storm that passed over Colorado Springs didn't leave behind as much snow as originally predicted, but enough to make 2013-2014 the snowiest season in 13 years, according to the National Weather Service. The official report from the Colorado Springs Airport was 1.5 inches,...

  • Major mitigation work continues in the Colorado Springs area

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Volunteers and paid crews are working across the Pikes Peak region on wildfire and flood mitigation after two years of devastating disasters. Still, building a cohesive fire mitigation effort is a challenge, as is persuading homeowners to mitigate fire danger, officials said. Getting...

  • Colorado officials worry about fire dangers from target shooting

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Target shooters, beware. As summer nears, temperatures will rise, winds will pick up, forest fuels will dry out and the increasingly popular hobby that sends loud cracks of gunfire echoing through U.S. Forest Service lands will become more dangerous. A recent brush fire near...

  • Manitou planning commission approves marijuana shop use permit

    By MATT STEINER matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Bill Conkling moved one step closer Wednesday night to becoming the first person to open a recreational marijuana store in El Paso County. The Manitou Springs Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to grant a conditional use permit to Conkling to open a dual...

  • Larkspur votes down recreational pot

    by Matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    When Larkspur voted against legalizing recreational marijuana sales by an almost a 3-to-1 margin Tuesday, not many in the town of almost 200 people were surprised. After all, the Douglas County town's voters had denied a bid to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in 2010. And less...

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