Articles By Joe Purtell
Climbing gyms used to only offer dead-end jobs. Now, they’re a foothold for a route through the industry.
As the rock gym industry has grown -- there were 507 in the U.S. last year -- and become more sophisticated, so has work keeping climbing routes fresh
For farmers in a mental health crisis, it’s often tough to seek help. A Colorado program aims to begin conversations.
Amid uncertainties over tariffs and declining income, suicides are increasing in Colorado and rates are higher in rural areas than in urban environments
Pueblo saw hemp as an economic opportunity, so it pounced with taxpayer dollars and hopes of growing big business
Pueblo Economic Development Corp. sees hemp as a natural extension of southern Colorado’s ag and industrial heritage, and is laying down cash and tax credits to lure companies that agree to meet job-creation goals
Colorado mountain biking program teaches girls to conquer trails, with an eye toward helping in other parts of life
The Cycle Effect brings the recreation and competition of affluent mountain communities to traditionally underserved residents -- with payoff for perseverance
Politically well-connected Renewable Water Resources has Gov. Bill Owens in its court, but a coalition of water warriors has fended off two other attempts
Rural Colorado struggles to find foster homes as new federal law seeks to keep more kids out of group settings
Only 13 families volunteer in the vast, six-county San Luis Valley, where poverty presents one of several obstacles to placement
Whenever crews move dirt in the Garden of the Gods, an archaeologist helps link the present to the past
Colorado Springs reaches out to Native American tribes to give them a voice in preserving artifacts and their cultural heritage
The average American farmer is 58 years old. Many inherited their generations-old operations from parents and grandparents, but now find they don't have anyone who wants to take over.
Acres of destruction left by Colorado’s historic avalanche season are also delivering climate change evidence
Researchers think secrets hidden in the rings of millions of felled trees may reveal the relationship between climate and avalanche cycles