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Carol McKinley

Special to The Colorado Sun

Colorado Olympian Annie Kunz overcame a pandemic training psych-out to set her sights on Tokyo gold

The Wheat Ridge product fought disappointment on the way to finding the right approach to drive her bid for heptathlon glory at the Olympics


Colorado court orders new sentencing for Idaho nurse imprisoned in connection with Kelsey Berreth’s murder

Krystal Lee Kenney’s case will be returned to a Colorado judge for resentencing.

Crime and Courts

The Brown Bombers, a little-known Black baseball team, shook Colorado’s segregated sports world

Only two members remain from the Black baseball team that won back-to-back Colorado Springs city championships — and the grudging respect of opponents. “They were a team of Jackie Robinsons," one historian says.


Weld County grand jury indicts man in 1984 Greeley cold-case murder of 12-year-old girl

Steven Pankey was indicted on five charges, including first-degree murder. Jonelle Matthews disappeared on Dec. 20, 1984.

Crime and Courts

How four Colorado companies answered the call to make coronavirus supplies for health care workers

Instead of yurts, snowboards and mannequins, some Colorado companies are now making face shields and masks


Sculptors at a Lafayette mannequin factory are shaping more realistic body types for stores worldwide

Fusion Specialties — the largest mannequin brand in the world — has revolutionized one corner of the fashion industry by sculpting more "inclusive forms"


Final duty: These Colorado veterans ensure every comrade is honored at Fort Logan


After haunting Colorado for three decades, there is new hope in the Jonelle Matthews case

Life changed for a generation of Colorado kids — and law enforcement — when Jonelle Matthews disappeared in 1984. Now police have a person of interest.

Crime and Courts

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate being investigated for 1984 Greeley cold-case murder of 12-year-old girl

Jonelle Matthews disappeared Dec. 20, 1984, after a Christmas choir concert at a nursing home

Crime and Courts

Neil Young and Crazy Horse spent 11 magical days in Telluride — and the album they made there is coming out soon

There was plenty of mystery surrounding the sessions under a full moon, so Telluride locals are eagerly awaiting the Colorado album’s release


DNA testing leads to break in decades-old Colorado murder case. But privacy questions are being raised.

Police used a DNA database and a fast food cup to zero in on a suspect in the 1987 death of 20-year-old Fort Carson soldier Darlene Krashoc

Crime and Courts

Women’s tackle football involves more guts than glory, and the championships are headed to Colorado

“We’re not a women’s football team. We are a football team.”


Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it struggles with trespassers

There are countless examples of macabre tourist attractions that have drawn the focus of the curious and the obsessed, or they were razed or remodeled quickly


For one Colorado family, a son’s Everest ascent was a 36-hour exercise in anxiety

Pete Lowry's ascent of Mount Everest left his family back home in Colorado agonizing for 36 hours


Germany, the capital of beer, looks to Colorado with worry and curiosity as it considers legalizing cannabis

Curious Europeans have reached out to Colorado pot proponents to learn about the state’s experiences.