At the end of every session on the farm Mr. Barak asks each student describe what they learned that day. Esther Sweezy said that she learned, “How to be careful with the goats. I learned the goats are getting more comfortable with us." Teacher Barak Ben-Amots hopes that these skills with animals will strengthen the student's interpersonal skills in the long run. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

To help students improve inside the classroom, Manitou Springs Middle School is taking them outside

The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity Program -- or GALLOP -- uses work with animals and gardening to help students build skills

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Colorado Springs’ downtown creek has long been viewed as a blight. Then one man started catching trout in it.

Colorado Springs is one of only a few remaining Front Range cities without a creek or river being regularly used for recreation. “There’s so many opportunities," said Alan Peak.

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No more missed opportunities: Effort to document women’s tech contributions gets start in Colorado

Ruthe Farmer, of Lafayette, has gathered teachers, technologists and developers to build a virtual timeline of computer science

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Illegal voting conviction in small Colorado town that prompted call for federal investigation is overturned

Marie Rossmiller was convicted last year of voting in the wrong precinct of tiny Pitkin. In May, a judge ruled that the case had been improperly handled by a lower court.