Jesse Melchiskey carves through fresh snow at Bluebird Backcountry at Peak Ranch north of Kremmling, the nation's first human-powered ski area Erik Lambert and Jeff Woodward are developing. (Doug McLennan, Special to The Colorado Sun)

First-ever backcountry ski area opens next month outside Kremmling

Bluebird Backcountry at Peak Ranch will offer $50 access, $50 guided instruction on 1,500 acres of gladed terrain below Whiteley Peak in the Rabbit Ears range.

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Colorado is extending its special health insurance enrollment period because so many are rushing to get coverage

The state created the enrollment period so more people can have health insurance as the coronavirus spreads

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Colorado’s hospitality industry hardest hit by coronavirus unemployment, with claims up 600% in a week

The impact of coronavirus closures had 40,000 Coloradans applying for unemployment since Sunday, bringing the total number of official claims and new applicants in the past three weeks to at least 121,328

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41-year-old El Paso County sheriff’s deputy dies from coronavirus as deaths from disease hit 98

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Jeff Hopkins had been with the agency since 2001. He was married.