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  • In some places, bike enthusiasts carve out trails on their own

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Drew Sanford wanted a challenging trail to ride his mountain bike on in Clarksville. So he built one. Now he's building another. And the part-time Parks and Recreation Department employee is looking forward to building several more. Sanford is leading a group of bike enthusiasts and volunteers as they carve out...

  • Flight of the monarchs in Texas in jeopardy

      FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For years, the worry about monarch butterflies has focused on the loss of habitat in their winter home in Mexico. But as the butterflies make their way south through Texas this month, there's even more concern about where they spend their summers. The loss of habitat in the Upper Midwest's Corn Belt has...

  • Colorado man ticketed for hitting, killing bear with car

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Police say a 20-year-old man has been ticketed for underage drinking and failing to report an accident after he hit and killed a large black bear with his car in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Today reports (http://bit.ly/1tPJT9V ) the 400- to 500-pound bear was hit Tuesday night, and the man told police about it the...

  • Prescribed burns scheduled for Teller, Douglas counties today

    A prescribed burn could be coming to Teller and Douglas counties Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a release. Crews are planning to carry out a burn about 9 miles north of Woodland Park on Friday and Saturday, if weather allows. About 550 acres divided in three different segments will be part of the burn, said Barb...

  • 5 things to know about today's partial solar eclipse: Watch now

    What's happening? - A partial solar eclipse - when the moon comes between the sun and the earth but they don't align perfectly so the moon only partially covers the sun's sphere - happens Thursday afternoon. What will it look like? - It will look like the moon has taken a bite out of the sun. When can we see it in the Pikes Peak region?...

  • Stunning photos from the Paint Mines

    Combine a striking subject with the photographic skill of The Gazette's Mark Reis and the results are unforgettable.

  • Waldo Waldo 5K could break records; event runs Sunday

    To benefit Trails and Open Space Coalition and Rocky Mountain Field Institute, 8 a.m. Sunday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. yoga class, food trucks and exhibitors, 10 a.m. group photos, 10:30 a.m. race begins, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $35 includes Waldo or Wenda costume kit, $40 day of the race; thewaldowaldo.com. Something else: Free...

  • Park service in pursuit of vandal

    The National Park Service is pursuing a woman who apparently painted murals and other artistic graffiti on rocks at 10 national parks across the western U.S., possibly including Rocky Mountain National Park. The graffiti was brought to light Wednesday by a post on modernhiker.com, which presented screen grabs from photos it said the vandal...

  • Trail Talk: Think of trails as Election Day nears

    Voting isn't an aerobic activity, but choices next month at the ballot box could have an impact on some of your favorite aerobic pastimes. Let's start with 1A, which is being backed by the Trails and Open Space Coalition. If it passes, trails throughout El Paso County will be improved. Two examples are Black Forest Regional Park, where trails...

  • Colorado Springs area outdoor events - Oct. 23

    ALMANAC Cycling Saturday End of Season Specialized Fall Classic Ride - 
8:30 a.m. check-in, rides begin at 9 a.m., Pro Cycling, 600 S. 21st St. Registration: sales@procycling
warehouse.com. Costume Critter - Try various obstacles on your bike while in costume, hosted by the Women's Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs, 10:30...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park proposes fee increase

    FORT COLLINS — Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public feedback on a proposal to increase the cost of entrance passes and camping fees. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/1vKvfzG ) the park wants to add a $20 single-day pass to its existing options of entrance passes. Most visitors' least-expensive option now is to...

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