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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

I hope everyone has been well! It is good to be back sharing the love of birds with all of you. I just want to start by saying, I've missed you all and I've missed writing the... — Updated 1/6/2021 Full story


Colorful Colorado

The latest edition of Colorful Colorado features the majestic elk found throughout the state. For photos and fascinating trivia, see — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Colorful Colorado

For more photos: A lot of people drove into the nearby hills and mountains this weekend to view the fall... — Updated 9/30/2020


Be a smart leaf peeper

Travelers across the state of Colorado are taking to the mountain roads and passes to get a glimpse of the colorful foliage. The Colorado Department of Transportation reminds motori... — Updated 9/30/2020


Colorful Colorado

Photo page 1: Photo page 2: — Updated 9/23/2020


Majority of Colorado in some type of drought

Following an exceptionally dry spring and summer, drought conditions now cover 99 percent of the state of Colorado, exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures and an existing... — Updated 9/16/2020


7th Annual Creek Week to kick off Sept. 27

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District is kicking off its 7th Annual Creek Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 4. This nine-day cleanup has grown to be Colorado’s largest, and you’re invited to join your... — Updated 9/16/2020


Mountain lion sightings noted

Citizens, be advised that there have been multiple sightings of a mountain lion in Fountain. The lion has been sighted in the Fountain Mesa area (including the Heritage subdivision), and in Comanche Court and Little Ranches... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Ram in El Paso County tests positive for rabies

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a 3-month-old ram in El Paso County with neurologic signs tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory. This is the... — Updated 8/19/2020


Nature Center hosts 'Happy at Home' event

In light of COVID-related programming cancellations and losses, the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers have decided to do something a little different than their usual fundraiser. This year, they will host a “Happy at... — Updated 8/12/2020


Harvesting garlic

It's August, and here on the front range that means it's time to harvest garlic. As many of you know, I'm married to an Italian, and garlic is a mainstay in my kitchen. Of course,... — Updated 8/12/2020


USDA offers guidance for mailing mystery seed packets

Following numerous reports in Colorado and nationwide of unsolicited seed mailings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released state-specific guidance on how and where... — Updated 8/12/2020


What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit ONLINE REGISTRATION available at https://communityservices.elpas... — Updated 8/12/2020


State establishes hotline for mystery seed reports

In response to numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has activated a dedicated reporting hotline number. Those who have... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Bill Banks    Outdoors

Know before you go: Be aware of restrictions before going out

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy." So goes the famous song penned by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward in 1934. The bright, summertime days lure us outdoors. And after a difficu... — Updated 8/5/2020


Colo. Ag Department issues cease and desist order for unregistered pesticide

Broomfield, Colo. — With the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and the concern that surfaces and objects may be contaminated, consumers are reminded that disinfectants/antimicrobials and antiviral cleaning or disinfecting agents... — Updated 7/29/2020


Colorado Proud Month features virtual seminars

The Colorado Department of Agriculture continues to provide business development services for producers and food and beverage artisans during the pandemic. Free virtual workshops will be offered during Colorado Proud Month in Augus... — Updated 7/29/2020


CO warns of mystery seeds

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has received numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as... — Updated 7/29/2020


S.A.A. pool has served locals for six decades

Since it opened in 1957, the Security Athletic Association (S.A.A.) Family Pool has given residents a space to relax and enjoy water activities. It is tucked away yet centrally... — Updated 7/15/2020


Climbing for a cause: helping refugees during a pandemic

Anyone who knows Brittney "Bert" Woodrum will not be at all surprised by her latest undertaking. After becoming an Ambassador for ShelterBox last year, Bert has been working to... — Updated 7/15/2020


County Parks gets $15,000 grant for archery range

El Paso County Parks was recently awarded a $15,000 grant by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) agency’s Shooting Range Development Grant Program (SRDG). The $15,000 will be used to complete improvements at the archery range... — Updated 7/15/2020


Colorful carrots come from Colorado

Every year, more than 2,000 acres of carrots are harvested in Colorado. This vibrant root veggie comes in the familiar orange color, but also look for purple, red, white and yellow... — Updated 7/8/2020


Fire experts offer 5 key tips for safely grilling this summer

With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits, and other at-home outdoor activities this... — Updated 7/1/2020


How to find the right lawnmower for you

(Family Features) Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration. Similar to day-to-day life, new technology over the last five years,... — Updated 7/1/2020


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