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A Connection Between The Amtrak Southwest Chief And The Proposed Front Range Rail Chugs Closer To Reality

There’s money for Amtrak in the federal infrastructure bill, and Colorado’s proposed Front Range Passenger Rail System might benefit from those funds. A state commission is considering the viability of linking the proposed service to Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, a long-distance … Continue reading

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Pueblo School District 60 Breaks Ground On Two New High Schools As Part Of Major Upgrade Project

Pueblo School District 60 held groundbreakings for two new high schools this week. It’s part of a project to upgrade nearly half of the district’s schools. Some $700 million in repairs and improvements are needed at 14 D60 schools. The … Continue reading

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From Backyards To Balconies It’s Time To Think About Your Garden

Listen to Frontline Farms Fatuma Emmad answer listener questions about gardening on Colorado Matters.

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EPA Grant Will Bring Gardens To Pueblo Homes Impacted By The Colorado Smelter Superfund Site

New gardens will sprout soon in south Pueblo’s Colorado Smelter Superfund site. It’s an area where toxic lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil is being removed from hundreds of properties. A $50,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency is funding a project … Continue reading

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Pueblo’s Old Steel Mill Headquarters Becomes Colorado’s 26th National Historic Landmark

The former headquarters of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company is now the state’s 26th National Historic Landmark, joining locations such as Bent’s Old Fort, the Cripple Creek Historic District and the Ludlow Tent Colony Site. The designation recognizes the … Continue reading

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Pueblo Wants More Pedestrians On Union Avenue And Main Street

Plans are in the works to improve sections of Pueblo’s historic Union Avenue and Main Street districts. The project aims to improve parking, pedestrian access and streetscapes by creating more space for outdoor restaurant seating, adding new lighting and other … Continue reading

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Colorado Is Cracking Down On Illegal Ponds In The Arkansas River Basin

The state is evaluating more than 10,000 ponds in the Arkansas River basin to determine if they’re legal. According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, many were constructed without water rights or permits. Read more at

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Amtrak CEO’s Priorities Could Be Good News For Train Travel In Colorado

Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn recently sent a letter to Congress outlining his priorities for the national passenger rail system, which includes the Southwest Chief that runs through Southern Colorado as well as northern Colorado’s California Zephyr. Read more at

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Historic Cabin Hidden Inside Walls Of Modern Home Is Being Restored In Southern Colorado

A 150-year old cabin discovered encased in the walls of a modern home in Beulah, southwest of Pueblo, is undergoing restoration. The cabin was once the home of Peter and Emily Dotson, who played a role in developing Southern Colorado … Continue reading

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In Southern Colorado, Giving The Old Cuchara Mountain Ski Area A New Life

An old ski lift at Southern Colorado’s Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park could start running again by summer, making lift-served mountain biking, downhill skiing and more possible. Read more at

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