Undoing a legacy of white gatekeeping demands changing perceptions about who belongs in the outdoors — and sometimes financial help
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Colorado emerges as a refuge for transgender children and their families
Once boycotted as the “hate state,” Colorado has become a bright spot on the map for the families of transgender children who are seeking care and safety.
Does mandatory reporting of child abuse help or hurt? A Colorado task force is taking a second look.
A newly launched state task force is only the second in the nation to look closely at reforming policies that have gone unchallenged for decades.
A Native-inclusive safe campsite has opened in Denver. But some lament loss of community.
When Wanbli Cabrera and several of her family members started camping outside of Four Winds American Indian Council at West Fifth Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver five months ago, they were running out of options. They had been camping on the streets of Denver for years — two, in Cabrera’s case, and longer for […]
For Indigenous rights activists in Colorado, coronavirus brought momentum and pushback
Tziavii Stevens was born in Denver, and grew up mostly on a reservation in Nevada. She was the only girl on the reservation with a Paiute name. Tziavii means “the wild rose.” Stevens didn’t grow up particularly politically engaged, but that changed when she went to her first protest in Pueblo at the age of […]
In a Colorado long-term care facility during coronavirus, and desperate to get out
Kevin Mooney had spent his career at a bank in Phoenix, when he was laid off in 2010. They gave him a lovely crystal statuette to recognize his quarter century of service — before showing him the door. Then in his late 50s, Mooney was terrified that he wouldn’t ever be able to find work again. […]
Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost
If there was one thing everyone agreed on in Craig back in early March, it was that predicting a future without coal was impossible. Two months earlier, the operator of the Craig Station power plant said it would close one of its units by 2025, and the other two by 2030. The coal-fired plant is […]
Black-owned businesses weighed down by coronavirus struggle to stay afloat
Nothing in the previous experience of Jeannette Mayhew and her husband, Marty, prepared them to open a donut shop. They just saw an opportunity, and jumped on it. “We didn’t really know how to make donuts,” Mayhew said. “The [previous] owner said, ‘I’ll stay here and make donuts until you figure it out, we’ll pay […]