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A recent timber sale is about to send 250 giant logging trucks through a pristine Grand Mesa Nordic skiing area

High atop the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado, where elevation and a rippling topography come together to create some of the state’s prime early-season cross-country ski terrain, logging is about to collide with recreation. A planned timber sale near the Grand Mesa Nordic Council’s Skyway trail system will allow logging trucks to rumble over a […]

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Supporters converge in Mesa County to back up clerk Tina Peters, who is in hiding after voting system breach

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled — and invisible — Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters sent a message to 250 or so supporters gathered in a parking lot outside the Mesa County Elections office Saturday afternoon: “I love you, and I will always serve you.” In response, individuals in the crowd waved their flags harder, hoisted their […]

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Students who kept Colorado’s resort-town economies alive during COVID are now headed back to school

A sign outside Butte Bagels advises customers that this popular breakfast stop, in the alley behind the Crested Butte post office, is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A gaggle of tourists gathers close to peer at the sign, at the “help wanted” sign next to it, and through the darkened windows before they give up and […]

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Western Slope vineyards bubble over with young wine drinkers raised on fizzy beverages

Four Front Range millennials are tasting wines at Sauvage Spectrum winery in Palisade following a morning of river rafting and hiking. As they work their way through plastic cups of unfiltered and sparkling wines nestled in muffin tins, the conversation around their outdoor table goes like this: “This reminds me of kombucha, which I love.” […]

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Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

When Teri Havens bought two acres tucked in a thick stand of aspen on a hill south of Marble in 1995, it was her bit of backcountry nirvana.  Yes, it sat along a popular jeeping trail  ̶  a county road leading to the historic Lead King Loop. But she could live with four-wheel-drive vehicles jouncing […]

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“Everyone is being crazy”: Conservative Delta County erupts over an effort to teach sexual education

DELTA — Sex. Couple that with education. Link it to anything other than heterosexual unions. Bring the Bible into it. And, in Delta County, expect a volatile civic tempest. The latest controversy over sex in this conservative Western Slope county has been sparked by a progressive push to add state-recommended comprehensive sex education in the […]

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A solid No. 2 surveillance tool: How a year of testing Colorado’s coronavirus poop has gone

A year ago, testing sewage for COVID-19 was a new fringe science with an attention-grabbing gross-out factor. The words “poop” and “coronavirus” were making headlines across the country. So, what has happened in the interim to all that human-waste sampling and its potential to predict where COVID-19 is spreading? The short answer is that it […]

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“The reading man” of Grand Junction was killed by a stranger. His friends in downtown aren’t done telling his story.

GRAND JUNCTION — To those who never knew his name, Warren Barnes was simply “the reading man.” He was as much a fixture in downtown Grand Junction as the sculptures that line Main Street. For years, the grizzled old man could be found most days hunched over a book on a bench in a breezeway […]

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Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

Land grab or precious-resource preservation? The battle over where the truth  ̶  and where Westerners’ hearts  ̶  lie on that matter is rumbling through Colorado counties as a federal government initiative nicknamed 30×30 gains momentum, and opposition. Colorado has become the beachhead in a Texas-based group’s efforts to use local governments to thwart the Biden […]