A view of the former coal mining village of Placita, with the upper Crystal River winding along the valley floor as seen from from Colorado 133 as it climbs up McClure Pass. (Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Journalism)

Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail stirs passions as final vote looms

The “high-priority” 83-mile trail will encounter highways, rivers and neighbors concerned about limiting the impact on wildlife and the environment as the state pursues a more expansive trail connection

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More electric vehicles will likely be available in Colorado after a new executive order from Gov. Polis

The move puts Colorado on a path be aligned with California’s zero-emission vehicles standards. The auto industry immediately pushed back

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The government shutdown is taking a toll on wildfire preparations across the West

Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren't getting done

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Cripple Creek is poised for a casino building boom, but some worry that the town’s history will be sacrificed

The seemingly sudden burst of casino company plans to add about 500 new hotel rooms, spas and upscale restaurants to Cripple Creek has people talking about the town’s potential