A mountain goat mother was digging near the bathrooms at the top of Mount Evans near Idaho Springs on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The goats crave salt, and often lick and dig where humans urinate. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)

What’s killing Mount Evans’ mountain goats? A research team is collecting their poop to solve the mystery.

Disease first struck in 2013, when a generation of young goats was wiped out because of severe E. coli infection. Researchers wonder if it’s linked to human waste.

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published
Business Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

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