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10:11am

Thu June 26, 2014
Agriculture

'Tumbleweed Eater' Works to Take a Bite Out of the Invasive Plant

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:20 am

A Skid Steer Loader pulls tumbleweed out of a ditch.
Tucker Hampson KRCC

It’s harvest season in El Paso County, but this crop isn’t exactly what one might expect. KRCC's Tucker Hampson reports.

 

A Skid Steer Loader, which looks kind of like a big Bobcat, pulls tumbleweeds out of a ditch. The tumbleweeds are then chopped up by a converted 1995 John Deere Harvester, dubbed the Tumbleweed Eater, and then shot out into neighboring fields.

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5:44am

Wed June 11, 2014
Wildfires

Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:42 pm

Burned trees abut a road in the Black Forest fire burn area. Picture taken 06/21/13.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a report looking at the response to the Black Forest Fire Tuesday, nearly one year to the day after the devastating fire began. 

 

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8:15am

Thu March 13, 2014
Transportation

Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:37 am

The Southwest Chief roughly 20 minutes east of Trinidad, Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Range looms in the distance in this photo from July 2011.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Some riders travel the full route, others use it as their primary transportation between shorter distances.  The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail, one of the oldest commerce routes in the American West.  Along the way, it passes through Southern Colorado—Lamar, LaJunta, and Trinidad—and then into Raton in Northern New Mexico.  But the rails are aging, and the Southwest Chief could be diverted, bypassing Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely.

 

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7:00am

Thu February 20, 2014
Wildfires

Black Forest Fire Chief Acted Properly Says Report

Flames spread quickly once the fire reached the treetops in the Black Forest Fire. This picture was taken June 13, 2013.
USDA inciweb.org

7:50am

Mon August 12, 2013
Manitou Springs Flooding

Cleanup And Community In The Aftermath Of Manitou Springs Flooding

Muddy boots were common with the cleanup in Manitou Springs
Andrea Chalfin KRCC