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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Federal judge orders police not to use chemical weapons, projectiles against peaceful Denver protesters

“The Denver Police Department has failed in its duty to police its own,” Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote in his sweeping ruling

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John Hickenlooper violated Colorado’s gift ban, state ethics commission rules

Of the six complaints against the former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate, two were deemed violations and four more were dismissed

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CEO of Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride among those indicted for chicken price fixing

The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury in Colorado found that executives conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017