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Jul 20, 2011 8:11 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Lawmakers hiking to save Capitol dome

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are trying to raise public awareness on the need to repair the crumbling Colorado Capitol dome.

State Democratic Rep. Cherylin Peniston toured the dome Wednesday to see how water and a freeze-thaw cycle is quickly destroying what she calls a Colorado icon.

The cast-iron enclosure of the dome has deteriorated so badly that a 10-pound chunk of cast iron fell off in 2007. Public tours of the dome have ceased since then.

Several state lawmakers are hiking Mt. Democrat and Mt. Lincoln next week to highlight fundraising needs for ongoing repairs.

Repair costs are estimated to be $17 million. Officials are trying to raise $12 million to bridge the costs and are asking people to make donations through text messages.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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