Pueblo Mountain Park Marks 100 Years

On Jan. 15, 1920 the city of Pueblo bought some 600 acres in the Wet Mountains about a half hour southwest of town. This forested land near Beulah became Pueblo Mountain Park.

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Artists Ready To Paint On Fresh Concrete Canvas In Pueblo And Regain The World Record for Largest Outdoor Mural

The last section of the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo will be resurfaced this winter. Here, the old surface containing the mural is being taken down, while the new surface is clean. Planning for new art is underway.

The last section of the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo will be resurfaced this winter. Here, the old surface containing the mural is being taken down, while the new surface is clean. Planning for new art is underway. – Photo by Shanna Lewis

Huge paintings once lined most of the 2.8-mile long levee that helps protect downtown Pueblo from flooding along the Arkansas River. But they were destroyed during repair work that started on the levee five years ago.

Artists began painting on the levee in the 1970s. Back then it was considered vandalism, and the first mural went up in the dark.

Eventually the Pueblo Conservancy District, which oversees the levee, decided not to fight the muralists and asked local artist and teacher Cynthia Ramu to help coordinate the artwork that ultimately claimed the Guinness record for the world’s largest outdoor mural.

Now, artists are gearing up to paint new murals on the levee’s blank canvas.

Read more, see more photos and hear more by checking out these radio and digital stories at 91.5 KRCC and Colorado Public Radio.

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Alabama’s First Sandhill Crane Hunt In More Than A Century

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Autumn Colorado Gardening Questions, Answered

Early fall means harvesting giant zucchinis, festive pumpkins and all kinds of other produce from your garden. But it also may mean dealing with aphids on your kale, brown spots in your lawn and other scourges threatening your yard’s flora. Master gardener Loni Gaudet of CSU Extension answers gardening and landscape questions. Listen on Colorado Matters.

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Biking Legend Jonathan Vaughters On Doping And Repairing Cycling’s Damaged Reputation

Colorado’s Jonathan Vaughters, a legend in the cycling world, has a new memoir. It’s called “One Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels.” Vaughters recounts his entry into the sport as an undersized junior racer in Colorado and his rise to the top of the field. He also talks about his part in the rampant doping of the 1990s.

Listen to his conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner at cpr.org

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Colorado Author Jennie Dear Asks, “What Does It Feel Like To Die?”

Death is an inevitable part of life. Yet many of us fear it and don’t know much about it.  Durango author and hospice volunteer Jennie Dear wondered what it feels like to die. Her new book “what does it feel like to die?” combines personal experiences and the latest research. Listen to Jennie Dear on Colorado Matters at cpr.org

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Clouds Before The Storm

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The clouds gathering before the storm on Sunday night in southern Colorado. Photo – Shanna Lewis

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Peter Roper Retires After Nearly 30 Years At The Pueblo Chieftain

The longtime newspaperman reflects on southern Colorado, from moments in history to the best restaurant in Pueblo.

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Are you battling beetles and bindweed? A CSU Master Gardener answers summer gardening questions

Wondering what to do now that the spring tulips have faded? Are Japanese Beetles bugging you? Or is bindweed bumming you out? Listen to CSU Master Gardener Loni Gaudet answer listener questions on the Colorado Matters podcast.

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Crypto-Jews will gather in Denver next week

Some Hispanic families in Colorado have a secret – their Jewish heritage. These so-called “Crypto-Jews” are descendants of Conversos, Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago. That’s when Judaism became a matter of life and death. The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies meets in Denver Sunday, June 30 -Tuesday, July 2. Coloradan Donna Medina will be there to deepen her understanding of her own Crypto-Jewish identity. Listen to her story as part of the Colorado Matters podcast.

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