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EPA Seeks Comment on Colorado Smelter Superfund Cleanup Plan in Pueblo

The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on a proposed interim plan to begin clean up in the Colorado Smelter Superfund site in south Pueblo. The clean up addresses toxic lead and arsenic left behind when the smelter closed … Continue reading

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Normal Toxin Levels at Two Parks in Colorado Smelter Superfund Area in Pueblo

Toxin levels at two south Pueblo parks within the Colorado Smelter Superfund area are normal, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Lead and arsenic were left behind when a south Pueblo smelter ceased operations in 1908. EPA toxicologist Charles Partridge … Continue reading

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Lessons from Ludlow: After 90 Years A Rockefeller Visits Southern Colorado

A postcard depicting members of the Red Cross searching ruins of the Ludlow tent colony. -Courtesy Jodene Parlapiano After a 90-year absence, a Rockefeller has returned to Pueblo. Once considered the wealthiest family in the world, the Rockefellers are often … Continue reading

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Job Corps Students Support Hayden Pass Firefighters

While crews are out mopping up hot spots and reinforcing the Hayden Pass Fire perimeter in Fremont and Custer counties, there’s a diverse group of young people working behind the scenes to keep the base camp running.

A temporary city popped up when the Hayden Pass Fire base camp moved to Westcliffe last week. Big tan supply tents, eighteen-wheelers carrying kitchen and shower facilities and a slew of smaller blue and silver tents appeared in a dusty field at the Custer County Fairgrounds.

It’s part of the Boxelder Job Corps Center’s assignment to work at the camp. The group has more than a dozen students “trying to make everything comfortable for the firefighters, keep everything clean, maintain the camp, help out the mobile kitchen as much as possible,” says eighteen year-old Deavontay Small Bear of Mission South Dakota.

Job Corps is a joint U. S. Forest Service and Department of Labor no-cost program for underserved 16 – 24 year olds. Continue reading

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Amtrak Service To Pueblo Could Be Reality

Amtrak could start serving Pueblo’s Union Station by the end of next year by connecting to the existing Southwest Chief route between Los Angeles and Chicago. A special train would run between Pueblo and LaJunta twice a day. Pueblo passengers would stay … Continue reading

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Report: Pueblo’s ‘Real’ Minimum Wage 8th-Highest In US

The low cost of living in Pueblo means minimum wage workers there fare relatively better than their counterparts in most other cites, according to a new study. SmartAsset.com compared minimum wage and cost of living numbers from 161 U.S. cities. … Continue reading

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19 Pueblo Homes Test Positive For Lead Contamination

A number of homes near Pueblo’s Colorado Smelter Superfund site have tested positive for lead contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The EPA tested outdoor soil and indoor dust at 102 homes. Nineteen had high lead levels. Steve Wharton, … Continue reading

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Work on Pueblo Levee Wrapping Up for the Season

Work on the Arkansas River levee that protects downtown Pueblo from flooding is winding down for the season. Planning for the next phase is underway. Removing and replacing the concrete facing from more than a half mile of the original … Continue reading

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Stormwater control agreement allows water pipeline to open on schedule

Yesterday, Pueblo County approved a storm water control plan totaling at least $460 million paid by Colorado Springs. This agreement will allow a new pipeline to start operations as planned tomorrow. The Southern Delivery System or SDS is designed to … Continue reading

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A Reprieve for Pueblo’s Corn Maiden Mural

As repairs on the aging Arkansas River levee move ahead, heavy equipment will cut through the image of a corn maiden, along with scores of other paintings that cover the 2.8-mile long levee. Construction workers are taking extra care as … Continue reading

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