Jerri Marr supervises the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grassland, and became a fixture at press conferences during the Waldo Canyon Fire. The United States Forest Service profiles her on its home page.

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We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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Friends of Garden of the Gods has donated $20,000 to help keep water flowing freely through the park.

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Drought conditions this year have affected waterfowl habitats in eastern Colorado so that hunters may have trouble finding ducks and geese this fall and winter.

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Aspen Extravaganza

On October 1, 2012 By

While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s [...]

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A new study led by a team of University of Colorado scientists shows that mid-level altitude forests are the most sensitive to rising global temperatures and a decline in snowpack. As KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler reports, the study was done in California but researchers say its findings apply across the entire West.

Scientists [...]

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After the fires and a long hot summer, we find ourselves trying to find new ways to stay cool every day. This past weekend we decided to hike from Soda Springs Park through Manitou along Fountain Creek. What we saw along the way was equally refreshing—dozens of quaint bridges, otherwise inconspicuous murals, lovely mineral [...]

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The Big Something’s intrepid interns Brian Wray and Jacob Brownell were wondering what all the fuss over Seven Falls, one of Southern Colorado’s most popular tourist destinations, was about. It’s a little hard to explain the nuanced majesty of the place so we sent them off with a camera, a microphone and our [...]

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One of the last hot spots on the southern front of the Waldo Canyon Fire was in Williams Canyon, not far from Cave of the Winds. The canyon is an absolute treasure and though we’ve been unable to get an official word on the extent of the damage, we’ve heard that the fire didn’t [...]

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Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the following has been

CLOSED:

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Garden of the Gods Park
Palmer Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Pikes Peak Highway and High Drive
Wilson Ranch Pool
Garden of the Gods Visitor’s Center
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
[...]

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Aspen trees in Colorado are still feeling the effects of drought that occurred a decade ago. The southern Rockies have lost more than one point three million acres of aspen, and some stands in lower elevations continue to die off. As the much of the state grapples with current drought conditions, scientists are still [...]

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If you missed the Joseph Scheer exhibition at I.D.E.A. Space last fall and/or this interview we did with him, AND you find yourself disgusted/intrigued with this Springs’s Miller Moth swarm, perhaps this feature will cheer you a bit, if not give you a little more apprecation for our dusty brown visitors.

(Scans [...]

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After weeks of sitting on the legislative calendar a bill to allow civil unions is on the move again. It cleared the senate appropriations committee today on a party line vote. The next stop is a full debate on the senate floor.

Colorado Springs is getting a new director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural [...]

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Areas like Red Rock Canyon Open Space & Stratton Open Space contribute immeasurably to the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. They also play a role in attracting both individuals and businesses to the area. There’s now a growing trend for communities across the country to quantify those values. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer [...]

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

You can hear listen to the full show here, or download by right-clicking this link.

You can also [...]

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(All photographs by Michael Myers except where indicated in the captions)

We in El Paso County have lots of incredible open space and, thanks to TOPS and the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), it may be our greatest treasure and our most enduring legacy. Red Rock Canyon and [...]

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You won’t hear much disagreement among the residents of Pleasant Valley on the West Side of Colorado Springs when you ask their opinions about the roughly mile-long concrete ditch that runs down the middle of their West Side Neighborhood at the foot of Garden of the Gods Park.

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X-City Daydream

On December 20, 2011 By

There are few things more magical than cross-country skiing through city streets on a snowy day. This slide show, which we originally produced in 2009, is still one of our favorites at this time of year.

(Music in the slide show is “Frosti” by Bjork).

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We visited the The Fountain Creek Nature Center again last week (we were there at roughly the same time last year) and were struck once again by what a spectacular place it is on any given day of the year, packed with visual treasures.

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If you saw last year’s Reel Rock Film Festival, then you saw the amazing segment on Alex Honnold, the young climber from Sacramento, California who free-soloed (climbed without ropes, that is) El Capitan in Yosemite. 60 Minutes did a profile (above) of Honnold this past weekend that will give your sweat sweat glands. [...]

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While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s [...]

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The USA Pro Cycle Challenge kicked off today in Colorado Springs with a 5.2 mile individual time trial….and, state wildlife officers have killed the black bear believed to be responsible for attacking two campers in separate incidents near Aspen.

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There’s been a lot of excitement and chitter chatter in these parts about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge hitting Colorado later this month to be televised on NBC and the Versus Network, home of the Tour de France. Though it’s great that Colorado, not to mention Colorado Springs which will host [...]

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