Outdoor World

Amid plutonium fears, schools ban visits to new Colorado wildlife refuge

A nearby town is suing over fears that the land, once home to a nuclear weapons facility, still poses a threat The nations newest national wildlife refuge, filled with swaying prairie grass and home to a herd of elk, is slated to open next month just outside Colorados largest city. But seven Denver metro area school districts have already barred school-sanctioned field trips to the preserve. A top local health official says he would probably never hike there. And a town is suing over what the soil might contain. Rocky…

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‘They’re just trying to live’: Denver clears homeless camp despite controversy

The city cleared a large encampment amid solidifying condition, simply several months after a viral video of police confiscating blankets from the homeless provoked an outcry A huge homeless encampment was cleared in Denver today amid temperatures of -5C( 23 F ), risking further controversy over the citys approach to homeless people struggling with wintertime weather. As in other western cities, activists are up in arms over governs that they say criminalize homelessness. Denver, whose homeless population is estimated at 3,700, banned city camping in 2012. But in November, police…

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