A stretcher stands by as firefighters and paramedics work during a training scenario involving extraction from a vehicle in Sterling on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. After a private ambulance company shut down, the Sterling Fire Department began providing emergency medical services to a 2,000-square-mile area of northeast Colorado (Austin Humphreys, Special to The Colorado Sun)

In rural Colorado, emergency medical services struggle to keep money-losing ambulances rolling

High costs, low rates and scarce job applicants are forcing ambulance services to consolidate, take on new tasks and outsource

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Thousands of teachers applied to Colorado’s new educator loan forgiveness program. But only 100 spots are available.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is granting loan forgiveness of up to $5,000 each year for five years. Will that draw more people into rural classrooms and help the state overcome its teacher shortage?

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Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas.

The expansion goes nicely with the state’s goal to get rural Colorado up to speed -- to 92% by June from 87% today