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Dan England

Special to The Colorado Sun

Colorado’s outdoors offers a kind of therapy. But it’s not a magic pill.

Colorado's outdoors offer nature therapy — "Vitamin N" — to help improve mental and physical health.


Meet Colorado’s ultrarunning, Coors-chugging, self-described “rave twink”

Michael Mitchell picked up ultrarunning, amassed 87,000 TikTok followers and won the Steamboat Marathon — all in under a year


Colorado’s outdoor industry knows it could be much more inclusive. Here’s how it plans to get everyone outside.

More than ever, the outdoor industry acknowledges that there’s a large — and growing — population that doesn’t feel included, and it’s a diverse group of all colors, sizes and challenges


As more people turn to extreme sports, Colorado doctors are rethinking how they treat athletes

Professional climber, BASE jumper Steph Davis urges doctors to treat extreme athletes differently, saying mental strength helps them overcome perceived physical weaknesses


Fired teen librarian in Colorado files discrimination complaints, cites canceled LGBTQ and anti-racism programs

High Plains Library District says it was merely reviewing programs and asked that Brooky Parks’ Read Woke Book Club be renamed to be more inclusive


Plastic hippos are out. Colorado playgrounds are getting a more natural makeover.

Parks departments along the Front Range are working with the land to create spaces that the next generation will actually use.


Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Northern Colorado transit systems struggling to lure back riders can’t restore full service because there aren’t enough drivers and that may be keeping customers away.


Dark-sky designations bring the promise of starry nights — and tourist dollars — to rural Colorado

A dark-sky designation offers economic benefits, but it also advances the notion of light pollution as an environmental issue


More Colorado fishing holes have closed this year than in the past 10. Anglers are rushing to fill their freezers.

Bad algae, low water levels and even intake repairs are putting fisheries out of commission. And nobody wants perfectly fine fish to go to waste, leading to “salvage” declarations.


How students stuck in Colorado dorms re-create college life by themselves

Only a few hundred students still are on campuses in Greeley, Grand Junction, Gunnison and Durango. And the road less traveled leads to a quiet, dreary dorm room, where online classes, reheated meals and longing for connection await.


Hard work made Greeley’s downtown hip and happening. Two months of social distancing could make it all disappear.

Government-ordered shutdown of in-person dining and drinking and gatherings of more than 10 people may cause Greeley’s booming entertainment zone to go bust.


A new Greeley park showcases skateboarding’s latest trick: community involvement

Taking a cue from skaters across the country, a local skating club convinces Greeley, a previous holdout, to build three skate parks that rival the best in the state.


Greeley still shuns marijuana, but it’s starting to embrace hemp as a new cash crop

The growing popularity of CBD and recognition in the federal Farm Bill are prompting marijuana opponents to take a second look at its non-psychoactive cousin


Despite costs, complications — and meltdowns — Colorado school districts power through full-day kindergarten

Parents are embracing the new option, championed by Gov. Jared Polis, even if their young ones can be a bit hesitant to head to class


Denver’s Pizzability (with a new brewery on tap) is looking for longevity after its viral hit

The good has outweighed the bad after a viral local news segment highlighted poor treatment of the Cherry Creek pizzeria's special needs employees, owner Tiffany Fixter said. But, she says, "disability is not a trend. We are a part of the community.”


How exercise is helping extreme athletes and others in Colorado battle addiction

"It's a community that welcomes you with open arms"


Colorado water cops will be on the lookout for drunken boaters over Fourth of July weekend

Sun exposure, dehydration, “vacation brain” can turn a couple of drinks into a costly BUI, Colorado park rangers warn


I-25 traffic jams are shifting northern Colorado transit plans into high gear. But are commuters ready to ditch their cars?

Northern Colorado region is growing so fast that it’s almost another Denver, and we know how everyone loves I-25 in Denver.


Colorado’s snowpack delivered an epic ski season. Now it’s rafters’ turn — even if they’re a little nervous

Snow that piled up this winter could come rushing down too fast and too fierce for river fun


He fled China 30 years ago in search of the American dream. Now, he helps others build a better life in Greeley.

Yukwan Lee is living the American dream -- but in this case it’s the Chinese dream, too.

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