Climbing legend Malcolm Daly, right, helps Neptune Mountaineering customer Vicki Karn as she tests gear on the try-before-you-buy wall installed when the Boulder shop was overhauled by new owners. (Brian Metzler, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Neptune Mountaineering hit rock bottom. But new owners remade the Boulder shop as an outdoor adventure hub.

It's got a cafe and a try-before-you-buy wall. But owners see magic in innovation and in August will begin to showcase new gear from crowd-funded startups

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“An extremely, extremely challenging day”: Widespread destruction feared after East Troublesome fire explodes

The blaze swept at a rate of 6,000 an hour across Grand County on Wednesday night toward Grand Lake and through an area packed with homes, lodges and other businesses

Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults

The alleged fraud was uncovered after Moffat County fell behind on abuse and neglect reports, and the state sent in a team of 15 caseworkers to clean up the mess

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Denver’s unique sales tax to fight climate change could be a blueprint for future action nationwide

Ballot measure 2A is part of Denver’s efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in the city, but some are concerned about regressive nature of the tax