A skier descends toward U.S. 550 in March 2019. The San Juan County sheriff has prohibited access to Forest Service and BLM lands to everyone but county residents. (Kane Scheidegger, Special to The Colorado Sun)

“Locals only” coronavirus closures of Colorado public land may not be legal. But mountain communities say it’s needed for safety.

Colorado's mountain towns say it's not about banning outsiders. But "if you have yet to realize we are in unprecedented times, then you are either not paying attention or are a denier," San Juan County's sheriff says.

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State lawmaker in wheelchair puts Colorado Capitol access in spotlight

Democrat David Ortiz, an Army veteran, survived a catastrophic helicopter crash eight years ago while serving in Afghanistan. The accident left him without sensation or muscle control below his waist.

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What’s Working: Why nearly 100,000 out-of-work Coloradans were excluded from an unemployment benefit that is now ending early

Keep reading to learn about free job training, who’s hiring in Colorado and why some unemployment cases remain are still on hold months later.

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Author Lori Hodges built her first novel around family genealogy — plus her dog’s bouts with a porcupine

Research on her roots and idle hours between emergency ambulance calls gave her the inspiration and the opportunity to create "Sweet Twisted Pine"