The 1921 Flood Changed Pueblo Forever. What Has Recovery Looked Like?

A century ago the Arkansas River flowed through Pueblo in the channel that is now the HARP, or the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. In 1921, swollen by rain and snowmelt, the river overtopped its levees and roared through the low-lying areas of downtown Pueblo, taking the lives of hundreds of people, leaving a 300 square mile swath of destruction and changing the course of the city’s history.

Read the full story, see before and after photos and listen at krcc.org

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100 Years Ago, A Devastating Flood Changed The Course Of Pueblo’s Future

One hundred years ago raging waters unleashed by torrential rains and snowmelt broke through Pueblo’s Arkansas River levees, causing one of the deadliest and most destructive floods in Colorado’s history.

Hear the story and see photos from the flood at krcc.org

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$1.1 Million In EPA Grants Target Contaminants At Trinidad’s Fox West Theatre And Other Historic Las Animas County Buildings

The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the performing arts.

But the EPA recently awarded $500,000 in Brownfields grant funds to help clean up toxic building materials at Trinidad’s historic Fox West Theatre.

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As The Pueblo Region Plans For The Future, Solving Housing Issues And Supporting Diverse Communities Are Among The Priorities

A new comprehensive regional plan is in the works for Pueblo County.

The process, dubbed “Your Plan, Your Pueblo,” brings together community members, local governments and agencies to create a vision for the area’s future. It’s based on demographic projections, economic data and community input.

The plan aims to address topics including infrastructure, growth and development, the economy, neighborhoods, and quality of life.

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New Green Mountain Falls Art Installation To Use Light and Space to Explore Human Perception

A new immersive art installation is coming to Green Mountain Falls about 10 miles west of Colorado Springs. Construction began recently for artist James Turrell’s first Skyspace in Colorado.

Once open, visitors will follow a third-of-a-mile-long trail through the forest to reach what’s described as a “creative observatory,” which will combine architecture featuring a ceiling aperture open to the sky with specialized digital lighting to create a dynamic atmosphere.

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Powerful Pedal Pushers To Pump It Out At This Weekend’s Pueblo Classic Bike Race

The Pueblo Classic bicycle race this weekend is expected to draw some 600 collegiate and pro competitors. The long-distance Steel City Road Race is on Saturday just outside of town. On Sunday, competitors will zoom around the historic Union Avenue district during the Pueblo Chilly Criterium.

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Pueblo Got $36 Million In Federal COVID Aid. City Residents Can Tell The Mayor Their Ideas For Spending It

More than $2 billion in federal funds will soon flow into the coffers of Colorado’s cities and counties thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act. It’s aimed at economic recovery and stabilization from the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Pueblo is expected to get more than $36 million. The city is hosting five town hall meetings this week to get suggestions on how to use the money.

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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 passenger rail line that runs from Los Angeles to Chicago with stops in southeastern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

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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 district determined it was more cost-effective to replace the two high schools, two elementary schools and a K-8 school and make renovations at the other buildings.

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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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