A backcountry skier ascends in the Snodgrass Mountain trail area near Crested Butte on Jan. 26, 2019,, carrying avalanche gear and a rescue beacon. The area is beautiful, but also prone to big snow slides that can capture and kill skiers. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A declining number of avalanche deaths in Colorado, the West in the past four seasons buoys hope

"We are seeing a success story. But the source of that success is very complicated," said Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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Coroner says 3-year-old boy found in Eagle River accidentally drowned

Sebastian Rodriguez Castro went missing June 5 near an apartment complex in Eagle where he lived

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Proposal to shrink Holy Cross Wilderness, increase water storage draws hundreds of comments

Environmentalists are lining up against the plan to benefit Aurora, Colorado Springs and some Western Slope interests. The fight, they say, “will be as big as the Two Forks fight was.”

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A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?

The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who wrote federal law protecting some monuments.