Perched like a castle on a hill, the former Cordillera Lodge & Spa, about 40 minutes from Vail ski area, is undergoing a $20 million renovation to become a substance abuse treatment center. Residents in the surrounding Cordillera neighborhood, where homes sell for many millions of dollars, sued five times to stop the conversion. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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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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