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Talk QWERTY to me: A vintage typewriter shop in Glenwood Springs gets analog hearts racing

Tucked away in a Glenwood Springs alley, in a little shop of anachronistic wonders, the quick brown fox still jumps over the lazy dog. Yes, that essential bygone-era typing exercise — the sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet — lives on inside Raymond’s Office Machines & Supplies. When the wooden door at Raymond’s […]

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Trouble in Dinosaur: Cop fired, town hall searched as border town reckons with new pot money, old problems

Dinosaur is out there. In so many ways. This town of 320 people, give or take a few, is smack dab up against the Utah border in sparsely populated Moffat County. Its closest neighbors are Rangely, 18 miles to the east, and Vernal, 33 miles across Colorado’s western boundary. For years, Dinosaur has had just […]

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Crested Butte’s Alley Loop series, Colorado’s nuttiest race on skinny skis, starts and finishes with a big “whoop”

CRESTED BUTTE — It was 5 degrees when the first contingent of nearly 900 Nordic ski racers poled away from the Elk Avenue starting line Saturday morning in a cloud of frosty breath, a clatter of bells, and a racket of whoops and hollers. Neon tutus fluttered over skin-tight racing suits. A few Viking horns […]

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Hemp has arrived: Colorado crops double after Farm Bill makes growing more legit

Entrepreneur Joey Coleman is enthusiastically prepping for a 40-acre “farm-to-doorstep” crop of hemp he plans to grow near Grand Junction this spring. In Monte Vista, Corbett Hefner has added an industrial hemp harvester to his heavy-equipment product line. Colorado State University-Pueblo chemistry professor Chad Kinney is preparing to host around 500 researchers from around the […]

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Amazon deliveries — essential in Colorado mountain towns — causing package pile-ups, long lines at tiny post offices

CRESTED BUTTE —  The newest winter endurance activity in this recreation-minded town hasn’t involved skis or fat bikes. It has involved patience — more patience than some can muster — while waiting for service at the local post office. Over the Christmas holidays and still stretching into this new year, Crested Buttians have had to […]

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Drought has revealed for the first time a Colorado town flooded to build a reservoir. And scientists expect to see it again.

CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — It can feel a bit eerie standing on the bottom of Colorado’s largest body of water. Particularly if you are Bob Robbins. Robbins grew up here, although all that’s left of his hometown of Iola, a town west of Gunnison inundated by the waters of Blue Mesa Reservoir in the […]

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Wine, peaches and CBD: Hemp fills gaps in the Western Slope’s orchards and vineyards

PALISADE – Ribbons of fruit trees and grapevines run across hillsides under the rocky folds of iconic Mount Garfield, the place where legendarily good Colorado peaches grow. Now another crop — hemp — is sending up green spikes in the midst of all that fruit. Dozens of Palisade-area growers are grabbing hold of the lucrative […]

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Grand Junction used to be a place young people fled. Now, millennial entrepreneurs are flocking there for opportunity.

GRAND JUNCTION — Andrew Duran has lived in Taos, New Mexico, and Boulder. This well-tattooed 35-year-old has pedaled his bike around the world, spending loads of time in exotic places. Now, he has landed in a spot that has long been high on his geographic bucket list: Grand Junction. Yes, stodgy Grand Junction. Longtime nickname: […]