Life was coming together for Mary and Taylor Stanley. They met in 2018, got married in 2021, moved into Taylor’s childhood home in Superior, and had their first child in August – a boy named Tobias. With a new baby, they gave up their habit of biking everywhere, and bought their first car: a 2006 […]
David is a former Colorado Sun staff writer.
Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.
Don Gittleson woke up Wednesday morning to a sight that’s starting to feel common on his North Park ranch: a cow torn up by wolves, the third attack on his livestock since a few days before Christmas. If this were Montana, Wyoming or Idaho, Gittleson could pull out a gun and shoot the predator dead. […]
Cano’s Castle, a southern Colorado folk art landmark, is heavily damaged in fire
A fire early Thursday consumed much of Cano’s Castle, a folk art landmark in Antonito near the New Mexico border, officials said. Dominic “Cano” Espinoza, the castle’s builder, is safe, and no other injuries were reported, Antonito police officer Olga Cortez said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday morning. Espinoza could not […]
Colorado wildlife officials just legalized hazing wolves. It came too late for a cowboy whose dog was killed.
A new rule adopted by Colorado wildlife officials allowing ranchers to haze wolves that get too close to livestock operations came too late for a North Park cowboy whose dog was killed last weekend by a wolf. Buster, an 8-year-old border collie, was killed by a wolf on a ranch in Jackson County in north […]
Colorado’s graduation rates fell last year. The drop was worse among students of color.
Colorado’s high school graduation rate fell for the first time in more than a decade in 2021, according to the Colorado Department of Education. A total of 81.7% of the class of 2021 graduated last spring, down from 81.9% of the class of 2020. The data shows wide graduation rate discrepancies between races and economic […]
For those who lost it all in the Marshall fire, finding new homes is an uphill battle
Like so many others, Sandra Thomas-Comenole and her family fled the Marshall fire with little more than the clothes they were wearing. In the case of her four children, ages 10-20, it was pajamas. Their home was one of dozens destroyed in the Sagamore subdivision at the west end of Superior on Dec. 30. “The […]
The wolves are coming. Can Coloradans meet them on common ground?
The wolves aren’t waiting. It’s been a year since mostly urban Colorado voters narrowly approved Proposition 114, a plan to reintroduce wolves to the Western Slope’s public lands — a plan with a deadline that’s still two years away. But on Dec. 19, Don Gittleson, a rancher in North Park near the Wyoming border, lost […]
Denver’s iconic Breakfast King diner closed for good. Staff say they got little notice.
The King is dead. Denver’s iconic Breakfast King diner, at the corner of South Santa Fe Drive and Mississippi Avenue, closed its doors for good Monday, longtime server Lori Prien confirmed. “My boss called me yesterday and said not to come in because we’re closing up shop,” said Prien, who has worked at the eatery […]
Federal agencies join investigation into the Marshall fire’s cause as two people remain missing
Boulder County authorities zeroed in on a neighborhood they believe to be the origin of the Marshall fire but have yet to determine a cause, Sheriff Joe Pelle said Sunday. Authorities said the fire likely started near Marshall Road and Colorado 93, and they are working with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]
Marshall fire officially becomes Colorado’s most destructive, with 991 homes and businesses burned, officials confirm
The wind-driven Marshall fire devoured 991 homes and businesses and damaged 127 more, authorities confirmed Saturday, making it Colorado’s most destructive fire in history when it comes to the number of homes burned. Three people were missing and presumed dead – two in Superior and one in Marshall. Boulder County authorities had previously announced that […]