Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Economy, Growth, Housing, News, Outdoors

Leadville was an unassuming, old mining town — until COVID brought the deep-pocketed tourists

LEADVILLE —A coffee shop downtown finally got fed up with the question and posted an answer: No, you cannot leave your bicycle in here. Everyone has a $10,000 bike. The sign got laughs from the locals, who’ve earned the right by living year-round at 10,000 feet to poke fun at Front Range and out-of-state tourists […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors

“It’s like riding an escalator”: Burro racing isn’t likely to go mainstream, but it’s having a moment in Colorado

LEADVILLE — At the sound of gunfire, the burros take off in a sprint, so fast that the trail runners gripping their lead ropes are at risk of getting dragged down the pavement of historic Harrison Avenue. Within the first block, with a crowd of several hundred lining the street to watch this spectacle, a […]

Posted inNews, Social Services

Former foster kids started a new Colorado nonprofit to help young people. TikTok is taking it nationwide.

One young woman who aged out of foster care was about to have her phone service cut off for not paying the bill.  A teenage boy living in a homeless shelter while waiting for a foster placement reached out because he was lonely and hungry.  And a mother who was fighting to get her children […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Colorado’s largest wild horse roundup in history ends with 864 captured animals, and plans for ongoing fertility control

The third large-scale helicopter roundup of Colorado mustangs within a year ended Tuesday in dusty sagebrush country on the far western edge of the state, part of a massive effort by federal land managers to thin the wild horse population across the West. Wranglers and a helicopter pilot herded and trapped 864 stallions, mares and […]

Posted inOpinion

Opinion: Colorado should change its Constitution to allow public abortion funding

Colorado is not prepared for the imminent surge in demand for abortions. Following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, our state is now a pro-choice island, so we must take steps to ensure wide and equitable access to abortion. As a resident family physician in Denver, I am unable to provide abortion care […]

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“Our history is gone”: Four families, 6 months after the Marshall fire

Wearing other people’s clothes and living in apartments that feel empty, families displaced by the Marshall fire have started over from nothing. It’s been six months since the wind-whipped fire skipped through Boulder County, burning about 1,000 homes in Superior and Louisville.  Since then, winter has turned to summer, and thousands still are in limbo, […]

Posted inElection 2022, News, Politics and Government

It’s Election Day in Colorado! Here’s what you need to know to vote and where you can find results.

It’s primary Election Day in Colorado, and voters are going to be making decisions in a host of important races.  You have until 7 p.m. to vote in person or deposit your ballot in a drop box. (Here is a link showing where you can find in-person polling places and ballot drop boxes in your […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Health, News, Politics and Government

Denver jail lacks strategy to deal with mental health, fails to adequately monitor array of contracts, audit says

The Denver jail keeps unreliable data on its mental health programs, is failing to adequately monitor its contracts with mental health providers and could not show whether its transgender inmates are housed according to their preference, according to an audit released Thursday.  The Denver Sheriff Department offers an array of programs to help inmates deal […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Federal officials ignore Colorado governor’s plea to stop capturing wild horses, plan Western Slope roundup this week

Federal officials will begin capturing hundreds of mustangs roaming in far northwestern Colorado this week, dismissing a request from Gov. Jared Polis to halt roundups while the state and U.S. Bureau of Land Management find a “more humane” option for managing wild horses.  The federal agency’s announcement of its next roundup — in the Piceance-East […]