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Grand Junction keeps its grave for radioactive, Cold War dirt thanks to new coronavirus-aid package

Cold War-era Grand Junction had a widespread benefit from a uranium mill in its backyard: dirt — fine, sand-like, multipurpose dirt. The Climax Uranium Mill along the Colorado River offered an endless supply of the gray dirt that was free for the taking by anyone who needed material to use in sidewalks and roadways, in […]

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Colorado’s tiny mountain post offices are hamstrung — for the second straight holiday season

Crested Butte Mayor Jim Schmidt is getting that anxious feeling again when he makes his daily trek to the post office. A yellow slip in his post office box usually means a long wait in a line to retrieve a package. Just like last year, the line sometimes wraps around the outside of this town’s […]

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Grape disappointment: Colorado vineyards say an October freeze will chill their 2021 vintage

The grape vines lined up in rows throughout the Grand and North Fork valleys look promising for a 2021 vintage with their usual winter-brown foliage bunched neatly on trellises. But cut into a bud, or scrape a stalk, and there are hints of the underlying damage done by a severe late-October freeze. An estimated 70% […]

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Reimagining Denver’s Livestock Exchange Building means respecting its distinctive past

Back when Denver was a true cowtown and well over half a million cattle, sheep, hogs and horses moved through the city’s bustling livestock center each year, the Livestock Exchange Building was the grand red-brick heart of the city’s agricultural industry. With an $8.5 million sale that was finalized Monday, that ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century building is […]

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Grinning raccoons. An under-the-weather fox. Gunnison Valley’s critters are deployed in a creative coronavirus campaign.

Wear your mask. Stay 6 feet apart. Wash your hands.  Yeah, yeah, yeah. Those COVID-19 warnings have become so omnipresent that the pandemic weary can easily overlook them. The coronavirus-is-a-hoax crowd can ignore their perceived nanny-state overreach. Not so in the Gunnison Valley. Here, a grinning raccoon with soapy paws asks citizens to “Keep your […]

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More Colorado counties want entrance into Mesa County’s coronavirus “pre-check” program for restaurants

Whether some counties can give businesses a seal of approval and let them skip tougher state-imposed restrictions landed firmly on the governor’s desk Wednesday, as Larimer and Douglas lawmakers asked the state for permission to join a form of COVID-19 “pre-check” running in Mesa County. Mesa County, where virus cases have risen sharply in recent […]

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Coloradans are barely howling for the reintroduction of gray wolves

Colorado voters are wary of wolves.  Early voting results on Tuesday showed wolf reintroduction as one of the tightest contests on Tuesday’s ballot, with voters narrowly approving of Proposition 114. The measure would direct Colorado Parks and Wildlife to come up with a plan to reintroduce gray wolves to the Western Slope by the end […]

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Lauren Boebert beats Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Republican Lauren Boebert declared victory and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush conceded just after midnight Wednesday in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race. Boebert held a lead at 51% to 46% over Mitsch Bush in the massive district, which spans the Western Slope and reaches around to Pueblo at 1 a.m. the morning after Election Day, according […]