Shannon Harness (left) stands with his partner, Eliza Novick-Smith, outside their home in Salida, Colorado, on Aug. 9, 2020. With the help of Novick-Smith, a lawyer, Harness pushed back on hospital bills that amounted to $80,232. (Rachel Woolf for KHN)

A Colorado veteran had appendicitis. But the fight over his hospital bill may have been worse.

Shannon Harness, 39, received a bill for more than $80,000

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More evacuations ordered in Estes Park area as East Troublesome fire becomes “very active”; two deaths confirmed

The bodies of Lyle and Marilyn Hileman, who were both in their mid 80s, were discovered on Friday afternoon in their home near Grand Lake

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What’s Working: Colorado unemployment rate drops to 6.4%, $19 million for small businesses, plus “Lost Wages” leftovers

It’s the last day to certify for the $300 LWA, but if you’ve been stuck in the state’s unemployment system, there’s still $180 million left.

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Ian Neligh rode his childhood fascination with heroes and artifacts of the Old West to a year-long project

The award-winning journalist sought to hold up the figures from his youth against modern versions of bounty-hunters, brand inspectors and bare-knuckled brawlers