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David Gilbert

David is a former Colorado Sun staff writer.

Boats used to float through Denver on Cherry Creek. They’re long gone now, but their legacy lives on.

Venice on the Creek was once an eccentric tourist attraction that sent visitors on rides through the only boat locks in Colorado


Colorado’s oldest business just sold. Its future could help preserve a community’s way of life.

R&R Market in San Luis nearly closed. A new effort will turn it into a co-op with the goal of rejuvenating a unique community.


Meet the “Lightsaber Guys” who are summoning the force in Greeley

At the University of Northern Colorado, students cooped up too long are finding community through lightsaber battles


Eleise Clark conjures the lives of Black women in the West, who have lessons for today

The Jane Taylor Reenactors Guild finds the humanity of those often left out of the story of the Old West


Homesites destroyed in the Marshall fire are going up for sale. Who will buy them?

At least 10 lots in Superior and Louisville where homes were leveled by the fire are on the market. None have changed hands yet.

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Boulder County housing prices are still climbing 6 weeks after Marshall fire

In an area that already struggled with housing affordability and low inventory, the loss of more than 1,000 homes is a devastating blow

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Researchers have found a new plant in Colorado’s high country: the “funky thistle”

For more than 150 years, the funky thistle was lumped in with the mountain thistle, a more common and widespread variety


As Colorado warms, dry soil sucks up more water. That’s bad news for rivers and farmers.

Increasingly dry soils could spell big trouble for reservoirs, agriculture, forest health and pose greater risk of wildfire. 


Dispersed camping is out of control in Chaffee County. Officials are seeking solutions.

An explosion in visitors and degrading outdoor ethics are wrecking natural areas. But simply closing campsites won’t fix the problem, land managers say


PHOTOS: Snow-sculpting competition returns to Breckenridge

At the International Snow Sculpting Championships, artists use only hand tools to carve 25-ton, 12-foot blocks of snow into masterpieces


Marshall fire survivors who lost their vehicles face mobility challenges

Those replacing cars face high prices and low inventory. Disaster response agencies are lining up other rides.

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Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.

Attacks on cattle and dogs by wolves that migrated into northwest Colorado from Wyoming have stoked a rancher-wolf controversy sooner than expected.


Cano’s Castle, a southern Colorado folk art landmark, is heavily damaged in fire

The castle’s two towers are still standing and Cano is safe, police say.


Colorado wildlife officials just legalized hazing wolves. It came too late for a cowboy whose dog was killed.

Ranchers can now use rubber bullets, other methods against problem wolves, ahead of planned reintroduction to the Western Slope


Colorado’s graduation rates fell last year. The drop was worse among students of color.

White students saw their graduation rates climb, while rates fell among Black, Hispanic, Native, migrant and homeless students


For those who lost it all in the Marshall fire, finding new homes is an uphill battle

Boulder County already faced a brutal housing shortage. That was before hundreds of homes burned.

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The wolves are coming. Can Coloradans meet them on common ground?

Jackson County rancher who reported the first wolf kill in more than 70 years says he’s skeptical, but willing to try.


Denver’s iconic Breakfast King diner closed for good. Staff say they got little notice.

On any given night, you could find punks and all-night partiers digging into their food alongside cops and corporate types


Federal agencies join investigation into the Marshall fire’s cause as two people remain missing

Authorities believe they know where the inferno started. The FBI and ATF will help try to determine how.

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Marshall fire officially becomes Colorado’s most destructive, with 991 homes and businesses burned, officials confirm

Much of Louisville and Superior will reopen to residents starting Saturday afternoon. But many residents will be without potable water or natural gas

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