EPA: Traces of contaminant found in Fountain, Security-Widefield water

By: DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

DENVER — Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source.

Two...

American Eagles Scenic Overlook in Teller County to be relocated

By: Wayne Heilman, The Gazette

The American Eagles Scenic Overlook, a 20-year-old historic mining tourist attraction on the outskirts of Victor, will close in March when Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. begins using a mining haul road...

One tree-killing outbreak is over in Colorado; 2nd still going

By: DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

DENVER — The mountain pine beetle epidemic that ravaged Colorado's lodgepole pines for two decades is over because most of the vulnerable trees are dead, but a second bug that attacks spruce trees is still...

Colorado Springs wants input on disaster preparedness plan

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

Landslides, hail storms, wildfires and floods have all changed how Colorado Springs officials think of local natural disasters, and that's reflected in the city's new hazard mitigation plan.

While those...

Major mine expansions in West test moratorium on coal sales

By: The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — An Obama administration move to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test this week as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S.

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Company seeks to expand gold mining operation near Cripple Creek

By: Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com

The owners of Colorado's largest gold mine near Cripple Creek have taken the first step to begin underground mining just north of the mountain town, but there are many more hurdles to clear before the first ounce...

Agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities works in Pueblo County rancher's favor

By: BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com

Pueblo County rancher Gary Walker tends to get what he wants - from Colorado Springs Utilities, at least.

Utilities and Walker Ranches now have agreed that 6,300 more acres of Walker's ranchland will be...

Hickenlooper administration backs North Fork coal mining

By: The Associated Press

GRAND JUNCTION — Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration is urging the U.S. Forest Service to reinstate an exemption that would allow underground coal mining in Gunnison County.

The Forest Service previously...