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.

Wildfire Primary category in which blog post is published
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Cordillera resort to reopen as tony drug-treatment facility for “seriously underserved population” — the wealthy

After five lawsuits and lots of controversy, the upscale rehab center is first of its kind in Colorado, but there are thousands in California leading state to draft a raft of regulations

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Lobbying is big money in Colorado. But the spending is difficult to track.

So far in the 2019 legislative session, about 500 lobbyists are registered to influence state lawmakers and officials. That’s five for every legislator.