Charles Eames with the Solar Do-Nothing Machine. In 1957. Charles and his wife, Ray, designed the toy for Alcoa. True to the Eameses’ belief that toys are not as innocent as they appear, the machine was one of the first uses of solar power to produce electricity. Other pieces of the Eameses work are included in "Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America," organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum. (Eames Office photo)

From Tinkertoys to avocado greens: Denver Art Museum show presents play as a serious form of inspiration

Furnishings designers represented in "Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America" infused their work with playfulness and whimsy. Was it a reaction to Cold War-era anxiety?

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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.

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Colorado’s new strategy to prevent child sexual abuse zeroes in on every ZIP code

The child advocacy organization Illuminate Colorado is funding a program to train at least 5% of the population in each county