Dee Hostetler stands amid bales of plastic at the Clean Valley Recycling headquarters in Swink. (Kevin Simpson, The Colorado Sun)

Recycling can be a hard sell in rural Colorado. That hasn’t discouraged a resourceful nonprofit effort in tiny Swink.

Clean Valley Recycling started small, but now serves three towns with curbside service and collects everything from books to building materials — all from an old sugar plant

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Thousands of teachers applied to Colorado’s new educator loan forgiveness program. But only 100 spots are available.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is granting loan forgiveness of up to $5,000 each year for five years. Will that draw more people into rural classrooms and help the state overcome its teacher shortage?

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Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas.

The expansion goes nicely with the state’s goal to get rural Colorado up to speed -- to 92% by June from 87% today