A backpacker on Colorado's Continental Divide Trail takes in the view from a vantage point in the South San Juan Wilderness, one of the remotest areas in Colorado. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Cory Gardner introduces bill adding 40,038 acres of wilderness to Rio Grande National Forest

The Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Additions Act marks Gardner's first-ever wilderness bill for Colorado and would add more than 40,000 acres of wilderness in the San Luis Valley 

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Coronavirus-related deaths among Colorado nursing home, senior-care center residents rise to at least 64

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is still not releasing the fatality data, citing jurisdiction and privacy issues

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Coronavirus may have reached Colorado as early as January, weeks before the state had the ability to test

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it wasn’t until Feb. 27 that the state could test people for COVID-19. “We were really in a reactionary mode instead of being able to be in front of it,” one top official says.

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Coronavirus is forcing a whole new social contract on Colorado’s city sidewalks and suburban open space

What’s the new social etiquette for dog-walking and trail running? Here are some answers from park managers and health officials.