Articles By Sue McMillin

Growth Primary category in which blog post is published

Colorado’s housing crisis has gotten so bad that small towns are now building people homes

Rural school districts are leading the charge with projects designed to keep teachers in their communities. Resort towns, meanwhile, are struggling to increase their housing stock without ruining their character.

Culture Primary category in which blog post is published

Next Napa Valley? The Cañon City area is hoping wineries can lead to an agricultural renaissance

Changes to Fremont County’s zoning code made it easier for farms growing grapes and apples to open cideries and wineries in the town of Penrose

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Polar Express rings in the holiday season, but wide-ranging themes power Colorado tourist trains year round

From weddings to murder mysteries, day trips to overnight excursions, rail with a special touch helps rev rural Colorado’s engine

Education Primary category in which blog post is published

Cañon City has ruined snow days for kids — but preserved summer break — with e-learning

Lessons are assigned for every class from math problems on school-issued computers to P.E. (shoveling snow counts) for students to learn at home on snowy days.

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Colorado’s plan to embed arts space into historic districts may be slow to take shape. But towns are fine with that.

Creative industries are big business, but little towns are taking their time sketching plans to develop housing alongside studio space

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

“Flood buddies” and sandbags: Southern Colorado readies for rain after last summer’s massive fire

2018 was the second worst year for wildfire on record in Colorado, adding 475,803 acres statewide to burn scars at risk for destructive post-fire flooding. Even a quarter-inch of rain could spell disaster.

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

The red flag bill again thrusts Colorado’s sheriffs into the gun debate — with legal questions, strong emotions and Facebook letters

More than a dozen county commissions have passed some type of resolution supporting Second Amendment rights, many of them declaring their counties “Second Amendment Sanctuaries"

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

Cañon City falls short in TV small-town makeover contest

After making the finals, Cañon City officials and business owners said they believed being in the competition gave the town a boost that will help it keep moving forward -- regardless of whether they won

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

Cañon City seeks a makeover to become a destination, not just a drive-through prison town

New businesses, outdoor recreation options and a dose of town pride has residents hoping more tourists will stop and stay in the historic town.