Colorado fire departments scramble to recruit new volunteers

HAYDEN (AP) – With several pails of diesel fuel at his side, veteran Hayden firefighter Wayne DeLuca was preparing to show this year’s class of recruits how to fight fire. Inside the training...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pet rescues key part of plan for Colorado flood evacuations

BOULDER – Some helicopters rescuing people after massive flooding in Colorado carried more dogs, cats and fish than people. Rescuers using zip lines to evacuate people over raging rivers also...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hikers recount surviving Longs Peak storm

CONCORD, N.H. – Two women from Maine say they were “one bad event away from complete disaster” during their terrifying ordeal in an ice storm thousands of feet atop a Colorado peak....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Connecting across continents

Jorge Fazenda was a long way from home last month as he helped construct and maintain trails in the San Juan National Forest. As roads and trails technician for Gorongosa National Park in...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Inmates reclaim lives fighting wildfires in Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) When the Ward Gulch Fire struck north of Rifle and threatened homes, campgrounds and even a state prison in June, factors such as heavy winds and parched vegetation were on its...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Camp in a vintage Airstream

FORT COLLINS (AP) – Camping at Horsetooth Reservoir has reached a new comfort level. A tricked-out Airstream Classic camper that boasts many of the amenities of home – including a flat-screen TV,...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Recycling history

In an ultimate act of recycling, nonprofit organizations have teamed up with the Columbine Ranger District to turn a historic cabin on the San Juan National Forest into an educational backcountry...

DATE: July 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Yes, it’s enchanting

ALBUQUERQUE – Striped balloons dot a bright blue sky. Red rocks silhouette a lone dead tree. A white ladder leans on a brown adobe dwelling. On a road trip around New Mexico, this mix of motifs...

DATE: June 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

‘Star Wars’ set part of house’s roof

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – It’s no mystery to Kelly Curtis what happened to the lumber used to build Jabba the Hutt’s sand barge filmed in the sand dunes for a segment in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of...

DATE: May 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado man juggles fighting ring, real estate

GREELEY (AP) – Tommy Thompson likes to look professional when he meets with a client for his real estate business. He always checks for blood on his clothes before the meeting. Thompson, 31, of...

DATE: May 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Muralist retrieved from dark

SANTA FE Peter E. Lopez was introduced to the work of Edward O’Brien four years ago, when he visited the abandoned main building of the St. Catherine Indian School campus. Lopez, a santero who...

DATE: May 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Don’t take this app sitting down

FORT COLLINS (AP) – A silent killer is stalking the nation. It’s a health epidemic that has nothing to do with diet or smoking, yet everyone does it every day and it is taking years off of lives in...

DATE: May 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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