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Houses up, horses down 

Houses up, horses down Development and sprawl continue to be of paramount environmental concern in the Springs. Are we getting too big, or do we just have a small-town mentality?

Meanwhile, 22 horses have come up dead out east, near Calhan. Officially, lightning took 'em down, but the incidents have left plenty baffled.

click to enlarge Will Sullivan -  - Firefighter -  - Just moved here -  - What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to - nature? I just moved here, so I don't know too - many - spots. I've been up in the mountains a few times, like up - in Breckenridge. -  - What's the most critical environmental concern in - Colorado? I guess, overpopulation and pollution. - That - kind of stuff. -  - Who is your environmental hero? I couldn't tell - you. -  - Who is your environmental villain? Probably - anyone who - litters. People who do stuff like that. Unhealthy people.
  • Will Sullivan

    Firefighter

    Just moved here

    What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to nature? I just moved here, so I don't know too many spots. I've been up in the mountains a few times, like up in Breckenridge.

    What's the most critical environmental concern in Colorado? I guess, overpopulation and pollution. That kind of stuff.

    Who is your environmental hero? I couldn't tell you.

    Who is your environmental villain? Probably anyone who litters. People who do stuff like that. Unhealthy people.

click to enlarge Alecia Delorme -  - Caseworker -  - Northwest -  - What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to - nature? I would say the old steps leading up to - Pikes - Peak, down off of Manitou. -  - What's the most critical environmental concern in - Colorado? Things are just getting dirty and - polluted, - because of littering and garbage and leaving cans and - cigarette butts all over the place. -  - Who is your environmental hero? I don't know - the names - of them, but there are environmental groups that go out - and clean up the trails and parks and stuff. -  - Who is your environmental villain? People that - litter and - make a mess of all the trails, leaving their trash behind. -  - What do you think killed the horses in Calhan? - I have no - idea. The people that I talked to about it seemed to think - that it was inflicted by different pesticides and different - fertilizers.
  • Alecia Delorme

    Caseworker

    Northwest

    What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to nature? I would say the old steps leading up to Pikes Peak, down off of Manitou.

    What's the most critical environmental concern in Colorado? Things are just getting dirty and polluted, because of littering and garbage and leaving cans and cigarette butts all over the place.

    Who is your environmental hero? I don't know the names of them, but there are environmental groups that go out and clean up the trails and parks and stuff.

    Who is your environmental villain? People that litter and make a mess of all the trails, leaving their trash behind.

    What do you think killed the horses in Calhan? I have no idea. The people that I talked to about it seemed to think that it was inflicted by different pesticides and different fertilizers.

click to enlarge Yaroslav Hetman -  - Colorado College student -  - Downtown -  - What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to - nature? Garden of the Gods. -  - What's the most critical environmental concern in - Colorado? The growth of the population and the - expansion of our roads. I remember when I first moved - out here in 1994, driving up the mountains with my - family, it used to be a really nice drive. But with each - passing year, it seemed like more and more houses - would appear, and you'd look up and see fewer and - fewer pristine valleys and forests. -  - Who is your environmental hero? That's a hard - one. I - don't think I have a hero, per se. -  - Who is your environmental villain? The first - thing that - comes to mind is George Bush. I really dislike his policies - with our national parks and with renewing old and aging - power plants, giving them the ability to operate longer - than they were supposed to initially.
  • Yaroslav Hetman

    Colorado College student

    Downtown

    What's your favorite spot when you want to get back to nature? Garden of the Gods.

    What's the most critical environmental concern in Colorado? The growth of the population and the expansion of our roads. I remember when I first moved out here in 1994, driving up the mountains with my family, it used to be a really nice drive. But with each passing year, it seemed like more and more houses would appear, and you'd look up and see fewer and fewer pristine valleys and forests.

    Who is your environmental hero? That's a hard one. I don't think I have a hero, per se.

    Who is your environmental villain? The first thing that comes to mind is George Bush. I really dislike his policies with our national parks and with renewing old and aging power plants, giving them the ability to operate longer than they were supposed to initially.

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