We recently recognized Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument’s 50-year anniversary with a story looking back at the colorful series of events that led to its designation by President Richard Nixon. Conservationist Estella B. Leopold provides a dramatic account in the book, “Saved in Time.” At one point amid the fiery legal battle with developers, a group of women surrounded bulldozers, blocking them from heading onto the land famous for its rich fossil deposits.For their efforts and many others through the years, we can show gratitude with a visit to the national monument, the closest there is to Colorado Springs.While the federal protection has been in place for half a century, the remains on site are much, much older. The time represented here dates back 34 million years to the Eocene era, when this rural patch of Teller County looked like a tropical paradise. Mud flows from a volcanic explosion trapped life here, including now-extinct mammals, plants, insects … [Read more...] about Happy Trails: A step back in time on the Petrified Forest loop west of Colorado Springs
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Christina Luna, 33, of Colorado Springs will be one of eight competitors battling on NBC’s “Titan Games” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Luna, who is in the Colorado National Guard, couldn’t tell us the outcome of the episode, but she filled us in on her experience so far with the show, which premiered Jan. 3 is hosted by and executive produced by actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.If Luna wins the episode, she has a chance to move on in the competition and a shot at the grand prize of $100,000.Gazette: You’re a single mom to two daughters. How old are they, and what do they think of the show?Luna: My daughters are 7 and 9. They were super excited when they learned I was going to be on the show. The day I learned I was going to be on it, my car got totaled in the big hailstorm we had a few months ago. I wasn’t going to go to the gym that day because of my car, but they said, “Mommy, you have to go to the gym! You have to train for the ‘Titan … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs single mom, dental hygienist gets chance at ‘Titan Games’
The Los Angeles Rams informed Air Force officials that they will remain in Colorado Springs as planned, even as their need to practice at altitude was eliminated by developments in Mexico.Air Force associate athletic director for communications Troy Garnhart told The Gazette that the Rams are remaining in town despite the NFL’s decision to move the game from Mexico City to L.A. Coliseum because of unacceptable field conditions.The Rams arrived in Colorado on Monday evening and had their first light practice at Air Force on Tuesday afternoon. They will take Wednesday off and then return for workouts Thursday through Saturday at the indoor Holaday Athletic Center just north of Clune Arena and the Cadet Ice Arena. How much did New England Patriots pay to train at Air Force Academy?Los Angeles had followed the precedent set last year by New England, which practiced in Colorado Springs before playing in similar altitude in Mexico City.No reason was given for the Rams opting to stay … [Read more...] about Rams to stay in Colorado Springs despite NFL’s decision not to play in Mexico City
The Los Angeles Rams won’t be playing next week in Mexico City, and conflicting media reports suggest they may or may not remain in Colorado Springs this week.The Rams arrived in town on Monday after electing to train here to prepare for the altitude in Mexico City.That point became moot on Tuesday when the NFL moved Monday night's game between the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to L.A. Coliseum because of poor field conditions.That’s when ESPN’s Adam Shefter tweeted that the Rams will be returning to Los Angeles.But Rich Hammond, covering the Rams for the Orange County Register, tweeted that the team will still remain in Colorado Springs through Saturday.The Rams’ practice facilities are located in Thousand Oaks, Calif., near where the devastating Woolsey Fire is currently burning.An Air Force official said he was meeting with Rams representatives at the academy about practice logistics around the time the Schefter tweet was sent and an immediate … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Rams game moved away from Mexico City; what happens to training in Colorado Springs?
The nearest national monument to Colorado Springs asks you to imagine a tropical place that existed 34 million years ago.A forest beside the sea is depicted in displays at Florissant Fossil Beds’ visitor center. Windows reveal this place now: open meadows bordered by woods of pine and aspen, backdropped by hills, mostly dry but for streams that run in years of heavy rain.Long gone is the ecosystem of the late Eocene era. But to aid your imagination, walk out the back door and behold the monument’s centerpieces. Tips to skiing on a budget in ColoradoMassive tree stumps rest in their protected places, white and petrified by the deep time that’s passed since a volcanic eruption slowly changed the area. As wide as 13 feet and soaring to heights of 250 feet, redwoods once dominated the land.Their still-imposing remains draw visitors to the Teller County countryside, though not many. On our most recent visit, a perfect Saturday afternoon, we had the trail all to … [Read more...] about Happy Trails: Big stumps and tranquility at Colorado Springs’ closest national monument