Category Archives: Land Use

EPA Enters Testing Phase for Colorado Smelter Superfund in Pueblo

As reported for KRCC News: (Listen to the story) The Environmental Protection Agency and public health officials held open meetings Tuesday to talk with residents in the south Pueblo neighborhoods listed as a Superfund site in December. The EPA eventually … Continue reading

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How Colorado’s mountains are named

Mounts Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford are among the peaks forming Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks, in the Sawatch Range. Recently, an application was made to have Mount William and Mary join that group. Will the application to name a peak … Continue reading

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Demolition Underway as Major Repairs Begin on Arkansas River Levee in Pueblo

Demolition work has begun to remove the top 12 feet of a section of the Arkansas River Levee in Pueblo. It’s part of the first phase of a project to repair the aging structure and meet FEMA flood control guidelines. … Continue reading

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Water Use Decreases Nationally, Shortages Still Loom in Colorado

Water use across the country has reached its lowest level in nearly 45 years, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Yet, western states still face shortages and just a dozen states account for half the nation’s water … Continue reading

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Maroon Bells: What lies at the intersection of recreation and wilderness?

On this day, 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act and since then, Congress has assigned the highest protection to some 110 million acres of public lands. Colorado alone has more than 40 wilderness areas, and the … Continue reading

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Colorado’s wilting sunflower production

Many of Colorado’s farmers have cut back on planting sunflowers. Last year Colorado’s sunflower production dropped to a fraction of its high in 1999. Unlike many other crops, sunflowers aren’t genetically modified in Colorado and they’ve become less economically viable. … Continue reading

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If water resources determined state lines, Colorado would look like this

An idea from the 19th Century about water resources is sparking a lot of discussion in the 21st Century. In 1879, explorer John Wesley Powell suggested using water and topography as the basis for determining the boundaries of Western states. … Continue reading

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Denver’s Parks That Aren’t In The City

Winter Park and Red Rocks do not make you think “city park.” Yet that’s just what they are. They belong to the City of Denver along with some of Colorado’s other most beloved recreation spots. And you know that buffalo … Continue reading

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Construction Planned for I-25 in Pueblo

A seven-mile section of I-25 through Pueblo is slated for improvements starting this spring. It’s the first part of a two-phase project called the New Pueblo Freeway. Some 165 people attended a recent public hearing for the project hosted by … Continue reading

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Wild Horse Wars

Wild horses conjure up romantic images of mustangs roaming vast western spaces, but the reality isn’t so beautiful. There are thousands more wild mustangs and burros than the land here can support. Now although it’s illegal in the U.S. to … Continue reading

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