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 krcc.org

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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.

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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 during the mid-to-late 1800s. They were involved in ranching, mining, politics and more.

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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.

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Potential Arkansas River Dam Safety Project In Pueblo Could Create Better Recreation

Getting rid of an old dam would make the Arkansas River in Pueblo safer and possibly more fun. The 12- foot high Southside Diversion Dam and Raw Water Intake facility near City Park creates pressure for Pueblo’s water system. But, it’s also been the site of multiple fatalities, including two out-of-town rafters last summer.

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Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar Highlights COVID-19 Resilience, Previews Development In State Of The City Address

Building a strong post-pandemic community and economy are critical priorities for Pueblo, according to Mayor Nick Gradisar. Gradisar outlined plans to jumpstart recovery in his second annual State of the City address.

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Plans Are Underway To Restore Pueblo’s Historic Keating School

Pueblo’s Keating School is now on both the National Register of Historic Places and the state’s register. Plans are in the works to give new life to the nearly century-old brick building that’s been unused since 2009.

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Testing On Amtrak’s Newest High-Speed Train Nears Completion At Pueblo R&D Track

At a test track 20 miles outside of Pueblo, Amtrak’s latest high-speed Acela train has been topping 166 miles per hour. Staff at the Transportation Technology Center are monitoring and evaluating its performance and safety features, including traction and braking systems.

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Wild Bison Return To Colorado’s Great Plains

Ten bison now roam in their new home on the range in southeastern Colorado. Listen and read more at krcc.org

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How Colorado Women Answered The Call Of World War II

The attack on Pearl Harbor 79 years ago brought World War II to American soil. In short order, thousands of Colorado women joined the war effort — by enlisting in the military, working in defense plants, and volunteering in all sorts of ways. Denver historian Gail Beaton shares their stories in her book, “Colorado Women in World War II.”

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