Breanna Renken of Pierce tosses a ball to her Australian cattle dogs Ophelia, left, and Hendrix at the Windsor Lake Dog Park on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Windsor Lake closed for about a week last summer because of a toxic algae bloom. (Valerie Mosley, Special to the Colorado Sun)

Toxic algae are filling Colorado lakes with slimy pea-green soup. Are hotter summers making it worse?

The state began a blue-green algae monitoring program two years ago to find out whether the toxic organisms are blooming more often in Colorado. At least four lakes have already closed this summer.

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Unemployed and nearly homeless, jobless Coloradans whose benefits are on hold are crying for help

The state labor department just OK’d 6,000 cases on hold, leaving another 7,800 still waiting. Those stuck in an overwhelmed unemployment system struggle with basic survival.

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Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried.

As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.

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Cory Gardner has voted to confirm 98% of Trump’s judicial nominees as decision on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat looms

The Republican U.S. senator from Colorado has said “no” to just four of President Donald Trump’s 214 federal judge nominations