A new federal law is upending the child welfare system, emphasizing prevention over out-of-home placements. Colorado has been working for years to reduce the number of children sent to institutions. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Turning the child welfare system upside down in Colorado isn’t easy, or cheap

New federal law focuses on child abuse prevention, forces states to look to foster families instead of institutions

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Author John Nizalewski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the Southwest

In "Chronicles of the Forbidden," he displays the influence of regional icon Frank Waters in his essays on the deserts and mesas that "form a landscape that dwells on the edge of the transcendent"

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Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places

In this excerpt, author John Nizalowski weaves an intricate tapestry, rich with detail, of ancient tradition that still speaks