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‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

Rick Freimuth scans the horizon looking for smoke, as he and his wife, Linda, have been doing from the Benchmark Lookout Tower for the past three years.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

The Benchmark Lookout Tower north of Dolores has been in operation for the past 50 years.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

Rick and Linda Freimuth have lived in the Benchmark Lookout Tower for the past three years during fire season northwest of Dolores. The 14-by-14-foot living space is plenty for the two of them, they say.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

Rick Freimuth walks up the 100 steps in the Benchmark Lookout Tower where he and his wife, Linda, have lived for the past three years during fire season north of Dolores.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

A closer view of Lone Cone as seen from Benchmark Lookout Tower northwest of Dolores.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

When not looking for smoke, Linda Freimuth spins yarn to pass the time in the Benchmark Lookout Tower north of Dolores.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

Rick Freimuth uses an Osborne Firefinder in the Benchmark Lookout Tower north of Dolores.

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

Rick Freimuth uses an Osborne Fire Finder in the Benchmark Lookout Tower as his wife, Linda, spins yarn northwest of Dolores. The lookout tower is 42-feet tall and allows fire observers to track fires and feed that information to firefighters.

Colorado’s coronavirus surge isn’t limited to college students

Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The school temporarily abandoned in person learning in September because of rising coronavirus cases among its student body.

Colorado workers ordered to take unpaid furlough amid shortfall

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks to reporters at the governor’s mansion in downtown Denver on July 9.
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