Gov. Polis said he wanted to close a private prison. GEO Group beat him to it, leaving Colorado scrambling.

The Cheyenne Mountain Reentry Center will shutter on March 7, leaving 642 inmates and 180 employees in limbo. Colorado says it will likely mean jail backlogs, parole releases and prison crowding.

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George Gore’s bloody legacy could soon be erased from Colorado’s mountains, replaced with a nod to the Utes

A Summit County resolution would rename the Gore Range, which spans four Colorado counties, the Nuchu Range, the pick of Ute tribal leaders

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John Hickenlooper’s conflicting record and rhetoric on fracking a point of dispute in U.S. Senate race

The former Democratic governor is viewed skeptically by environmentalists and the oil and gas industry as his position on hydraulic fracturing evolves

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Trinidad’s Temple Aaron seemed destined to die. But the 131-year-old Jewish synagogue’s fate was never sealed.

A group of strangers, unwilling to let Temple Aaron fade away, stepped in to help keep the synagogue’s doors open. This weekend, when Rosh Hashanah begins, a few dozen Jews will pray there in person -- just as they have been doing for more than a century.