John Van Doren of Bailey stands by a slash pile that was the result of more than 200 hours of work by the KZ Ranch Mountain Community HOA doing wildfire mitigation. He has drawn on the experience of Black Forest residents to further local efforts. (Photo courtesy of Debi Van Doren)

For one man in a Colorado foothills town, watching the Black Forest wildfire explode was almost like looking in the mirror.

In Bailey, John Van Doren invited Black Forest residents to speak there in the hope that he and his neighbors might benefit from lessons learned. That led to a plan.

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Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes, seize more than 800 marijuana plants in years-long operation targeting black market pot

State and federal officials said the nearly three-year investigation showed that illegal marijuana trafficking mushroomed after voters approved recreational use in 2012

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After growing up in proximity to military contamination, author felt moved to examine how lands were converted to wildlife refuge

David Havlick's field work sent him all over the world -- including pedaling through central Europe and researching militarized sites in Japan