Articles By Kevin Simpson

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

It’s been a smooth ride for most Colorado voters, but even minor midterm glitches seem bigger in a volatile political climate

Voter suppression elsewhere casts a long shadow over relatively small problems in the state lauded for its safe voting environment

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

CDOT invested nearly $1 million in federal funds to explore personal breathalyzers as an antidote to drunken driving. Can technology win out?

Free and discounted devices have added to an already receptive Colorado market, but some remain skeptical of their role.

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

Nobody looked twice at the old Denver building that stored a fortune in vintage Porsches — until its turn for redevelopment came

Inspired by automotive artifacts left behind by its owner, the effort to reimagine a nondescript Denver building paid homage to its shrouded past -- and a local museum got a boost to its collection.

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

After long regarding the South Platte as not much more than a sewer, is metro Denver ready to love its river?

With a flurry of projects completed and the huge River Mile development on the horizon, the river's proponents see the narrative changing.

Wildfire Primary category in which blog post is published

Many Black Forest residents were thrilled to find their property intact after the 2013 wildfire. For some, the ordeal was just beginning.

Properties classified as "partial loss" sometimes become the object of intense disagreement between homeowners and insurers

Wildfire Primary category in which blog post is published

For one man in a Colorado foothills town, watching the Black Forest wildfire explode was almost like looking in the mirror.

In Bailey, John Van Doren invited Black Forest residents to speak there in the hope that he and his neighbors might benefit from lessons learned. That led to a plan.

Wildfire Primary category in which blog post is published

Black Forest has rebuilt after the fire that gutted it. But is it at risk of being destroyed again?

After another brutal fire season, more Colorado communities are discovering the long road to recovery

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Recycling can be a hard sell in rural Colorado. That hasn’t discouraged a resourceful nonprofit effort in tiny Swink.

Clean Valley Recycling started small, but now serves three towns with curbside service and collects everything from books to building materials — all from an old sugar plant

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Rural southeast Colorado loved its landfills. After a health department deal, some will finally close

Rooted in small-town independence, the operations were a low priority for understaffed health inspectors. Faced with new concerns about groundwater, four of five will shut down in Baca County alone.