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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Education Primary category in which blog post is published

High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help.

In a state with an alarming youth suicide rate and a persistent hunger for prevention strategies, the vouchers represent a student-driven effort to broaden access to mental health services

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Colorado gun stores still sell high-capacity magazines despite 2013 law banning them

Magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition are still being sold in Colorado. Legislators thought that they banned them, but gun store employees describe a loophole in the law.

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Colorado cities want to embrace “gentle density” of granny flats, but they’re hitting speed bumps

Could accessory dwelling units — no matter what you call them — ease Colorado's urban housing crisis and help homeowners navigate gentrification?