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There’s a reason we aren’t called “The Denver Sun”

Jack Lubbers works on the restoration of the Yuma Theater marquee on June 20, 2020. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

A little over three years ago, the handful of us who founded The Colorado Sun were sitting in Kevin Simpson’s back yard with a list of possible names for this new journalism outfit we were launching that summer.

There were some interesting entries — The Pronghorn? The Cairn? — but there was one thing that had already been decided. No matter what the last word of our name was going to be, the one before it would be “Colorado” — not “Denver” or “Mile High” or even “Rocky Mountain.”

I love Denver, don’t get me wrong — I’ve lived here for 16 years and counting. But I grew up in Yuma, so I know what it’s like to be a Coloradan and live well below a mile high without a mountain in sight. 

So even before we had a name, we were building The Colorado Sun to create an outlet that could truly cover all of this state, not just the metro area. That was a tall order in that backyard, but three years later, our work speaks for itself.

But we’re not done. We’ve hired a full-time reporter dedicated to covering rural Colorado as it emerges from the pandemic — and the recession that came with it. We’re also doubling down on our coverage of water, oil and gas drilling, and the climate — important topics that can make or break industries and entire towns. And we’re continuing our award-winning coverage of state politics that goes beyond the Capitol dome.

As newsrooms around the country are cutting staff and reducing coverage, The Sun is expanding. But we can’t do it alone. 

The vast majority of our revenue comes from memberships, and we need readers like you who care about keeping all of Colorado informed to take a stand and join our community.

For as little as $5 a month — with some amazing benefits at higher levels — you can invest in a brand-new way of approaching journalism in this beautiful state of ours.

I hope you’ll join us, no matter where you call home.


Eric Lubbers
Co-Founder, Newsletter Wrangler, CTO

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