• Some El Paso County residents may have to pay big to stop wind farm project

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

    A group of eastern El Paso County residents could have to dig up millions of dollars to stop construction on a wind farm near their homes outside of Calhan, according to El Paso County court documents. The disgruntled homeowners have sued the El Paso County commissioners and NextEra...

  • Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DENVER — Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change. However, it's not clear yet whether...

  • Ski resort developers get Colorado land swap OK'd by forest service

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DENVER — Developers are a step closer to building a ski resort about 85 miles northeast of Durango in Wolf Creek with the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a land swap. The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FrZBLf) B.J. "Red" McCombs has been trying to build the resort since...

  • 9 oil well deaths, 3 in Colorado, lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years. All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas,...

  • Proposal seeks to dim NYC skyline at night to save energy

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bright lights, big city? Not so much, if a New York City council member gets his way. He's introduced a bill requiring most office high-rises to turn off the lights at night as a way to cut energy costs and help migratory birds. And it might even give New Yorkers a...

  • Colorado fire managers to release outlook for wildfire season

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado. A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires. A preliminary outlook...

  • Biofuel Co-op eager to provide alternative fuel in Pikes Peak region

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    An idea that's been puttering along for several years has gained enough momentum to generate excitement among local alternative fuel supporters. Members of Colorado Springs Biofuel Co-op, a group that formed in 2013 to increase public awareness and availability of homegrown organic...

  • Extent of Colorado creek fuel spill contamination assessed

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    ASPEN — A private environmental-hazards mitigation company says it may have to remove soil contaminated along Capitol Creek Road after a gas tanker overturned. Teams from Ecos used booms, pads and kitty litter on Thursday night to contain diesel fuel and gasoline that mixed with...

  • At least 30 trees discovered chopped down in Colorado Springs open space

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A large ponderosa pine is among dozens of trees that have been felled in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, leaving city parks and nonprofit group officials puzzled as to why the acts were carried out. A 20-foot ponderosa was discovered Wednesday, the trunk at the top of a canyon and the...

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