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NORAD: Off the Beaten Path, but an Intriguing Colorado Feature

For decades, the simple words “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” have greeted millions of visitors, and for good reason. Colorado really is a colorful place, with snow-capped purple mountains, red sandstone spires, green forests, and rolling, golden prairies. Still, there’s nothing wrong with avoiding the tourist-trap locales you would expect to find in a travel brochure in search of places off the beaten path. Some of these spots are internationally famous

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American Hospitality, Russian Style

A few friends and I show up to a nondescript storefront on the corner of a busy intersection surrounded by food chains and major corporations. Waiting in anticipation for the store to open, we organize our reading material and discuss our plan for the day. Between the three of us, we’ll pour through several Russian-language newspapers, eat food unique to the area, talk with the shop owners and their guests,

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Venetucci Farm: An Agricultural Role Model

Venetucci Farm, one of Colorado Springs’ beloved local assets, has come a long way since the Venetucci family began plowing the fields off the dirt roads outside the city in the 1930s. Growing up, Nick Venetucci watched his father work long, hard hours in a coal mine trying to earn enough money to buy the family a small plot of farmland. Earning the funding for a farm proved to be

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A Healthy Watershed Now and in the Future

The South Platte watershed provides Colorado with 75% of its municipal water while constant threats from weather and human activity damage the fragile ecosystem. The contamination of the water source requires constant maintenance to remain healthy. The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) works with local partners and volunteers to focus on project planning, implementation, and monitoring within the watershed. Water quality threats from wildfires, sediment erosion, weed control,

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Serenity Springs Wildlife Center: A New Future for Adopted Wildlife

While many Americans enjoy the magic shows and commercials that showcase trained big cats, very few know what actually goes on after the show ends. The baby tigers that participated in the American Furniture Warehouse ads were familiar to Colorado TV watchers, but only a minuscule group of people could tell you where those tigers ended up once they had outgrown their cute, manageable size. In states like Texas, where

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Hidden Canyon: Castlewood Canyon State Park

Hidden in the rolling prairie on Highway 83 near Franktown, Colorado, is Castlewood Canyon State Park. Don’t drive by too fast, or you’ll miss it; many people don’t even know it’s there. It’s worth the drive from Denver or Colorado Springs, because this park has several unique features other local parks don’t have, such as: Unique geological formations. More than 60 million years ago, the park was part of a

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