• Forest Service stands behind Wolf Creek land swap

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DURANGO — The U.S. Forest Service is standing behind its decision to allow a land swap that would provide access to a proposed village near the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado. The agency announced Thursday that Deputy Regional Forester Maribeth Gustafson affirmed the...

  • Flow boosted for Arkansas River

    By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain
    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Arkansas River is rumbling a little higher through Pueblo this week as water released from Pueblo Dam makes its way to John Martin Reservoir. About 5,000 acre-feet (1.6 billion gallons) is being released under leases made by Colorado Springs Utilities and the Pueblo Board of...

  • From remote mountain snowpack to tap: Tracking Colorado Spring's water supply

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST In mid-March, Dan Martin drove a snowcat 8 miles into the White River National Forest, headed for the place where Colorado Springs' water supply begins. The cat lumbered along a forest service road at 10 mph, a road that Martin has driven every winter for...

  • Kansas Legislature mulls slashing green energy incentives

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas renewable energy groups say that proposed tax increases would threaten the young industry's existence. Two bills before the Kansas Legislature would remove tax incentives for renewable energy investments by shortening a lifetime property tax exemption for...

  • Paris hit by air pollution spike, halves cars on roads

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Paris will cut the number of cars on the road in half beginning Monday and is making public transit free to combat a spike in pollution that has obscured even the Eiffel Tower under a smoggy haze. The mayor's office announced Saturday that only cars with odd-numbered...

  • Colorado may end its unique ban on rain barrels

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is getting a new look from state lawmakers. The state House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill allowing homeowners to use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels. "This puts the water user in the mindframe of...

  • Democrats reintroduce 'Frack Pack' oil and gas regulations

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A group of bills called the "Frack Pack" announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in oil prices....

  • Officials celebrate milestone in construction of Southern Delivery System

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The last 50-foot pipe of the 50-mile-long Southern Delivery System arrived at a construction site Wednesday, marking a key milestone for the project as it nears completion next year both on time and under budget. "We put to rest a lot of doubters that we'd get this done," said Lionel...

  • Snowpack is declining in valleys where Colorado River begins

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    DENVER — Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent of the long-term average, depending on which measurement is used. "We...

  • El Paso County residents say they intend to seek injunction to halt wind farm construction

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Eastern El Paso County residents say they intend to file for an injunction to try to halt the construction of a controversial wind farm project until their lawsuit is heard. Nearly 200 angry and emotional residents filled the Falcon Fire Station on Tuesday evening to learn more about...

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