by Chet Hardin
I know this is going to be hard for you to believe, but yes, finally, Congress has done something. More specifically, Congressman Doug Lamborn is the proud sponsor of a new law.
From his press office:
Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law, H.R. 4073, Congressman Doug Lamborn's bill to help to clarify the legal status of the popular Manitou Incline hiking trail. Senator Michael Bennet, who had introduced a companion bill in the Senate, S.2341, helped push the House-passed bill through the upper chamber. The newly-signed law allows the city of Colorado Springs (through a joint agreement with the city of Manitou Springs) to maintain the trail and do long-needed improvements.
The bill addresses a right-of-way issue with the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Company and allows the U.S. Forest Service to accept the railway's relinquishment of their right-of-way.
But don't pull on your hiking boots yet. Just because the president has signed the bill into law doesn't mean that the Incline is open. There are still are some parking issues that need to be ironed out by Manitou Springs in the next few weeks/months.