Great Outdoors Colorado
Colorado needs more recreational bike trails — just not a change to how they’re paid for, lawmakers from both parties agreed Thursday as they voted down a bill to direct more Colorado Lottery money to bike trails along state highways.
The uninitiated might see only the empty, miniature vodka bottles and ghostly plastic shopping bags littering a vacant lot in northeast Denver. Wildlife biologist Stacie Gilmore’s trained eyes scan a pool of drainage water and pick out red-winged blackbirds hiding in the cattails.
Parks and trails devastated by last fall’s record flooding are getting a second chance thanks to a $13 million grant. More than a dozen projects are benefiting from the funding.
Colorado is still recovering from the floods in September, and those efforts got a big boost Wednesday from Great Outdoors Colorado.
The Colorado Lottery is getting criticized for its sales staff bonuses. State auditors say the Lottery has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars without tying the payouts the actual sale performances.
The interest in Powerball this week has some wondering how Colorado benefits from having the numbers game here.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is doling out nearly $30 million in outdoor recreation funds for open space, outdoor recreation and trail projects centered around river corridors.
The Colorado Lottery says record sales of Scratch tickets and new Jackpot games helped it post $518.9 million in sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
A bike park that has been 2 years in the making opened this weekend in Boulder.