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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
Clouds and rain roll over the Sangre de Cristo Mountain in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley just before sunset on an early October evening. This image and others are available as prints – visit Shanna Lewis’ online gallery.
Autism and the very Colorado sport of pack burro racing come together in a new memoir by Colorado Central columnist, outdoorsman and rancher Hal Walter. “For sure no burro gets up in the morning and thinks, ‘Dang, I think I’ll run … Continue reading
The International Dark Sky Association certified the neighboring towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff in southern Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley as the world’s ninth Dark Sky Community. Stars stretch from horizon to horizon on a clear night in the Wet … Continue reading
Two southern Colorado towns, Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, have applied to become the state’s first designated International Dark Sky Community. If approved they’ll join only eight other communities and 29 parks worldwide to achieve this designation. “When the Milky is … Continue reading
Dave Roever came close to death when he was wounded in the Vietnam War. His injuries included burns that left him permanently disfigured. When he returned from Vietnam, he was told to stay home, so that he wouldn’t embarrass himself … Continue reading
Up in the hills southeast of Westcliffe is a place called Mission: Wolf. Three dozen wolves and wolf-dog mixes live at this remote sanctuary, rescued from death, when their previous owners could no longer care for them. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis brings … Continue reading
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