A woman stands next to the largest known Douglas fir in Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service led a hike through the 416 fire burn zone on Oct. 31, 2018, when the death of the tree and one of the largest blue spruces in the state were confirmed. The walk also gave foresters a view of how new understory plants have begun to regenerate. (Photo provided by Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Two of Colorado’s largest trees lived for 500 years near Durango. Then came the 416 fire.

"These trees were already stressed and they just couldn’t handle it"

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Gov. Polis prioritizes education in first budget request, but Democratic lawmakers are skeptical

Democratic budget writers worry the money for full-day kindergarten isn’t sustainable. And they want money for transportation

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U.S. Forest Service has built a wild horse pen that could allow it to sell the animals for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service, however, denies claims by horse advocates it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter

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Pueblo is about to elect its first mayor in decades. Will this be the solution the city is looking for?

Nick Gradisar and Steve Nawrocki, both longtime fixtures in Pueblo politics, are running to be the city’s first mayor in roughly six decades