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Nancy Lofholm

Special to The Colorado Sun

No mess-tent meals, no giant camps: This is wildfire fighting in Colorado during coronavirus

Crews instead are “spiking out” in small groups and using aircraft to keep blazes smaller. This is why fire officials asked months ago for a burn ban and extra funding.

Wildfire

Are you wearing your mask? Because public health officials in Colorado are watching you to find out.

Tri-County Health Department has been dispatching volunteers to conduct mask surveys since April. Now Boulder and Gunnison counties are starting their own coronavirus recon missions.

Coronavirus

The attempted recall of Mesa County’s clerk comes up short. But the battle over her office isn’t over.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters will remain in office as claims of election violations wind through review along with an independent auditor’s report.

Politics and Government

Your poop may soon serve as an early warning system for Colorado coronavirus outbreaks

Why the attention to the sewage? A Utah city spotted a spike in coronavirus a week before it showed up in tests. That knowledge could allow communities to act to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus

A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?

The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who wrote federal law protecting some monuments.

Culture

Forgotten ballots. Allegations of errors. Missed deadlines: The recall of Mesa County’s clerk is a political potboiler

First-term Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is trying to fend off an effort to remove her from office

Politics and Government

Great blue herons claim a dreamy stretch of river near Crested Butte for high-altitude love nests

18 nesting pairs of great blue herons got a little help from their human neighbors to keep floating parties off the Slate River until the chicks fledge.

Outdoors

How Colorado farmers markets have adapted — with masks and reservations — to open during coronavirus

From Durango to Steamboat Springs, from Greeley to Salida, and from Boulder to Denver Union Station, the 100 farmers markets in Colorado are tiptoeing into a season of produce and pandemic

Business

Ute tribes reimagine Bear Dances, a key ceremony of renewal, as coronavirus locks down Colorado reservations

As Colorado eases coronavirus restrictions, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribal councils have voted to maintain strict protective measures

Culture

Colorado sewage treatment plants are examining your poop for coronavirus clues. Seriously.

Humans begin to shed coronavirus in their feces within three days of infection, which could provide a heads up on outbreaks. At least three Colorado water treatment systems are studying poo for warning signs.

Coronavirus

A bitter freeze and coronavirus have sprouted big problems for Palisade’s peach season

Growers on Colorado’s Western Slope knew they had a market problem because of COVID-19. But killing freezes last week put an end to their worrying about too much fruit this summer and now some are wondering if they’ll even have enough.

Business

Colorado has the largest population of Cora people outside Mexico. Coronavirus has cut them off.

Work to reach 160 speakers of indigenous language also looped in Latinx folks who had been reluctant to self-report symptoms of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus

It’s unclear if Colorado counties can legally evict visitors to slow coronavirus. But one is doing it anyway.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that Gunnison County’s order intended to keep the community’s small hospital from being overwhelmed is unconstitutional. Other Colorado communities are following suit to shut out visitors.

Coronavirus

Colorado growers face “risk like we have never faced before” as coronavirus puts up labor walls

Work in the "essential" agriculture industry can go on, but the pandemic’s threat to the market has shaken some Western Slope farmers and orchard men to their roots. Others call the panic overblown.

Business

Gunnison County bans restaurants, bars from serving people 60 and older to slow coronavirus spread

The order initially appeared to ban people vulnerable to the new coronavirus from grocery stores. Health managers say that’s not a bad idea.

Coronavirus

How loud is too loud? Telluride thrives on music festivals, but some locals want to turn down the volume

Complaints over noise divide the resort town of Telluride, where hosts of dozens of annual concerts now must submit sound-management plans.

Music

Colorado hemp farmers say they know more than the feds and want to keep regulation in state hands

After the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp production legal, Colorado created rules for handling the new cash crop. “Green rush” farmers are worried the feds will make their work harder.

Business

A deputy’s knack for sussing out mules has made a lonely stretch of I-70 the top drug-bust site in Colorado

Mesa County deputy Mike Miller has patrolled a stretch of desert west of Grand Junction for decades. The DEA says his busts have kept 20 tons of illicit drugs off the streets

Coloradans

Want to learn how to drive a Maserati or Aston Martin in a blizzard? Colorado mountain towns are where you go.

Crested Butte recently turned into “Maserativille” as the Italian luxury car company taught drivers how to handle these pricey rides in truly extreme conditions.

Outdoors

Lost for decades, the Colorado Orange apple variety has been found — officially

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project compared the fruit of a tree found near Cañon City to botanical illustrations and wax castings of award-winning apples to identify the lost treasure

Coloradans
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