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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A brief guide to Baxter identification: Appearance: Six-foot-tallish, silvery hair, late 50s, Newman-blue eyes, limbs taut as branches. Habitat: Manitou Incline. Pikes Peak. Any of the state's great mountain trails, competitive runs or cycling events. What to look for: The guy passing you. Then the guy who looks just like him passing you. Distinguishing between Eddie and Fred Baxter, who are identical twins, requires a bit more attention to detail — even for friends of the super-athletic brothers. By Stephanie Earls, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette. AP Photo planned.
DURANGO, Colo. — In a climate-controlled warehouse, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, much like a squirrel storing acorns for hard times, is putting away seeds of native plants and grasses for forest restoration and wildlife habitat improvement. "We have three mixes here, maybe 15 species in all, that are going to Grand Junction for aerial reseeding in the area burned by the Pine Ridge Fire last summer," Jim Garner, a habitat biologist, said last week while moving pallets of seed bags with a forklift onto a truck. The seed mixes, concocted for what will best fit steep slopes, harsh soil and general burn conditions, are among the estimated 140,000 pounds of seed that will be dropped on the Pine Ridge burn area. By Dale Rodebaugh, Durango Herald. AP Photos planned.
DURANGO, Colo. — Over there is where he flew 219 feet and pulverized his left leg into 26 pieces, the tall, earnest man tells you. These slopes, Bryan East continues, motioning to the Columbine beginners' area to his right, "I knocked all the trees down to build this thing." And the 59-year-old San Diego resident recalls the season that Dave Spencer, an amputee, showed up and helped launch what became the Adaptive Sports Association. East's printing business once made T-shirts for the association's fundraiser. It takes awhile for these circumstances to merge in your brain. East's story ties together so nicely that it seems built not so much with threads but ropes. By John Peel, Durango Herald.
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SLAIN DEPUTY'S WIDOW
GREELEY, Colo. — More than two years since her husband, Sam, was the first Weld County Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty, Heather Brownlee did her own investigation. She needed to read the report prepared by the sheriff's office. She met with Sheriff John Cooke. She quizzed Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner, who told her how he stood guard while doctors sweated to save Sam's life. She even met with all the officers who were on the scene on Nov. 23, 2010. The day he died. All of it — the reports and the conversations — was hard to hear and read. But all of it was helpful, she said. It's all part of her grieving, a process she started when he died. It's a process, she said, that she should have continued after his death, before she somehow lost her way. "I'm just now starting to feel like a version of who I was before it happened," Heather said. "I feel like I'm awake now for the first time since that's happened." By Dan England, Greeley Tribune. AP Photo planned.
DE BEQUE, Colo. — A western Garfield County guest ranch that sits in the middle of the region's gas patch is looking to expand its growing focus on scientific research aimed at protecting the area's natural environment. The proposed Cottonwoods/High Lonesome Institute project received a comprehensive plan amendment approval and sketch plan review by the Garfield County Planning Commission in February. A formal application detailing plans for a scientific research facility, including an auditorium, classrooms, laboratories, dormitory accommodations for graduate students and living quarters for staff, is expected to be submitted later this year, according to Scott Stewart, general manager at The High Lonesome Ranch. By John Stroud, (Glenwood Springs) Post Independent.