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A tour of the Bachelor Syracuse Mine in Ouray (pronounced YOU-ray) - a Victorian town that is a National Historic Site in its entirety - will take you 1,500 feet into Gold Mountain. This was one of Ouray's most reliable producers, netting its three owners about $250,000 each in its early years - more than $4 million each in today's dollars. Learn the history of mining, eat a miner's breakfast and more. 95 Gold Mountain Trail, 970-325-0220, bachelorsyracusemine.com.

Dinosaurs tramped all over Colorado, leaving footprints, bones and other evidence through much of the state.But the Centennial State's mother lode of dinosaur remains is in Dinosaur National Monument based in, naturally, Dinosaur, Colo.Here, a carefully curated collection shows off the beloved behemoths to great effect.Their fossilized bones visibly protrude from a cliff face inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall, where more than 1,500 dinosaur bones also have been reconstructed as skeletons of Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus and Stegosaurus, among others.Indeed, the very science of paleontology has developed here, with the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry home to 11 species of dinosaurs.

About 30,000 archaeological sites - villages, field houses, reservoirs, great kivas, cliff dwellings, shrines, sacred springs, sweat lodges and more - are in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, which has the highest archaeological density in the U.S. The Anasazi Indians lived here more than 10,000 years, dating back to the 10th century. The Great Kiva at Lowry Pueblo is one of the northernmost Great Houses linked to the region's Chaco Canyon, with an interpretive trail and picnicking.

The scenario isn't exactly "lions and tigers and bears - oh my" from "The Wizard of Oz." But in Old Colorado City these days, it's awfully close. Pet owners on the West Side of Colorado Springs are becoming increasingly aware of the need to keep their beloved pets safe from predators. Photographs of a huge bobcat have circulated repeatedly on nextdoor.com - with one couple warning that the wild feline tried to come after their good-sized Labrador retriever. As the howls of serenading coyotes are heard at night, residents of West Kiowa Street are reminded of the lamentable loss of Morris, a formerly feral orange cat who was featured in The Gazette on Dec. 26, 2015, for having become the Romeo of his block, wooing any woman who happened by.

TV tonight "American Idol" is back on a new network, with a new set of judges. But can it hit the Nielsen high notes? It's up to pop star Katy Perry, R&B legend Lionel Richie and country music standout Luke Bryan to find a fresh crop of singers. 7 p.m., ABC Chuck Barney, Tribune News Service The new MX Market "at the Mining Exchange" isn't really at the Mining Exchange. It's at 119 E. Pikes Peak Ave., sandwiched between La Baguette and Springs Orleans. Did we say sandwich? Create your own ($6.99 or $3.79 for half) and build your own salad, too. Or go with the myriad signature sandwiches and salads, and pick up great chips or popcorn for 99 cents. Even better, explore six soups.

The Trump administration won't stop my hiking boots, but I'm outraged by its quest to radically raise the price of a single-vehicle pass at 17 of our most popular national parks, including Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. The weekly entrance fees at those three parks would increase from $30 to $70 under the plan. Some chatterboxes on NPR recently compared the proposed fees to the cost of visiting Disney World or other amusement parks, as if national parks can be likened to private enterprise. They can't. We own them. And we've paid a lot of tax dollars over the years to prove it. Yes, our parks need $12 billion worth of deferred maintenance. But the higher fees would cover less than 1 percent of those needs.

More than two years after local landslides proved catastrophic for 27 homeowners, the city is preparing to buy those properties using $5.94 million stemming from a federal disaster declaration. But not so fast. Besides the appraisals, buyouts and demolitions that property owners long have awaited, the city now is adding another step. It has issued a request for proposals to conduct "forensic engineering," using civil and structural engineers to review how the houses and land were damaged and to what extent. Bids are due in mid-October. Once a firm is selected and does the work, city officials will reorder the priority list of which homeowners get bought out first.

More than 40,000 people in the Colorado Springs area are spreading kindness, compassion and connectivity - anonymously and unexpectedly - as proof that "719 rocks." Perhaps you've stumbled upon a painted stone with a positive message, and maybe you found it at the very moment you needed encouragement. Thousands of randomly placed rocks throughout the region are intended to accomplish just that: Comfort the afflicted and connect the community. When Jennifer Hayden Tews visited family in Memphis, Tenn., last October, her niece found a "901" rock. "She was jumping up and down and screaming," Tews recalls. "I teach high school at Pine Creek.

Former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace is becoming interim director of Inside Out Youth Services as Executive Director Mary Malia - lauded for her great success with the organization - prepares to return to her home state of Maine. "I've got family that called and said they need my help," Malia said Tuesday. "And I've got to go. "We've got some positive funding opportunities coming our way. It's been good work. It's been an intensive two years. Of course there's things I'll miss." Makepeace expressed excitement over the interim appointment and praised Malia for her work. "I know the board and kids all adored her," Makepeace said. "I'm very impressed with the work done by Mary and the board to move Inside

Keegan lolls on a sun-baked sidewalk, desultorily wagging his tail as downtown denizens stop to pet him. The Rottweiler is a gentle giant, and he's the love of Red's life. Like many who are homeless, James "Red" May puts his pet's welfare first. And when Keegan suddenly had trouble walking, Red knew where to turn. Evelyn Naber-Fitzpatrick, or "Fitz" as she's called, works at veterinary clinics full-time - except on Thursdays. That's when she's beside Monument Valley Park across from the Marian House soup kitchen, from noon till she's done, giving free vaccinations, food, toys and coats to the pets of people who are down on their luck. Every Thursday. Every Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year's Day, too, when they

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