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Sue McMillin

Special to The Colorado Sun

7 more schools may face $25K monthly fine as Colorado adds “Thunderbird” to banned mascot list

As a compliance deadline looms, schools learned that their mascot, which represents a mythical bird important to several tribes, may fall under a law banning American Indian nicknames.


Pueblo’s steel mill is an American success story. And it’s owned by Russians.

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has brought new attention to the mill’s 2007 sale to Evraz, one of Russia’s largest steel and mining companies


12 Colorado schools still face monthly $25K fines under new law banning American Indian mascots

At least one district pushed back against two of its schools being on the “offensive mascot registry,” saying it made changes but the board won’t give it feedback


Lamar and Yuma schools cling to Savages and Tribe after being told to drop Native American mascots

State Indian Affairs commission warns the eastern Colorado districts to find a Plan B or risk big fines. 


Colorado school dropped its Native American mascot but can’t get off list with others facing hefty state fine

The state Commission of Indian Affairs declined to remove Avondale Elementary School from list of noncompliant schools facing $25,000 monthly penalty 


Rural Colorado students sue to block law demanding 26 schools shed their Native American mascots 

The plaintiffs, some of whom claim tribal membership, say the Senate Bill 116 seeks to erase cultural references to Native American heritage


A new Colorado law granting Native Americans in-state college tuition is already attracting students

The goal of Senate Bill 29 is to increase the number of Native American students who attend – and are successful – in college


A new gold mine may be built in southern Colorado. It would “wreak havoc,” environmentalists warn.

Zephyr Gold USA Ltd wants to develop the 312-acre Dawson Gold Mine on private land about 6 miles southwest of downtown Cañon City. The site is surrounded by a wilderness area and subdivision.


New Colorado law banning most American Indian mascots forces schools to confront cultural shifts

Critics resisting the new rule cite tradition, state overreach and the high cost to change team names like Redskins, Savages, Indians and Warriors. Some plan to sue to keep the mascots.


Pueblo’s Arkansas River levee is a Colorado gem. It’s also a reminder of the state’s deadliest disaster.

A 24-foot wall of water fed by torrential rain along the Front Range slammed through the narrow Arkansas River channel in downtown Pueblo on June 3, 1921.


“A secret garden”: Hidden peonies on a farm near Pueblo became a public obsession

After COVID kept visitors away, the family-run attraction needed help. Support quickly bloomed.


A historic San Luis Valley locomotive will tug passengers again thanks to a coal lot of love

Experts from across the country converged to restore Engine 168 for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border.


25 Colorado schools still had Native American mascots. This week one finally decided to make a change.

Cheyenne Mountain High School’s decision didn't come without controversy. But Black Lives Matter protests and Senate Bill 116 pushed the effort forward.


Free to good home: Century-old bridge spanning the Arkansas River near Cañon City

Martin Marietta needs a new bridge to its gravel mine. But first it has to find a home for the historic 20-ton Parkdale Bridge


Murals return to Pueblo’s levee as artists make concrete above the Arkansas River their canvas

Structural repair ground the old murals to gravel, but now painters have begun the physically demanding work to restore the critical public works project’s role in the city’s essential artistic life.


College students find $564 solution to the million-dollar problem with Gillette Flats spring in Teller County

Colorado sought to cap a quirky artesian mountain spring near Cripple Creek, but there’s new hope for a compromise to keep it flowing


Counties fear being left behind as Colorado begins granting variances to its coronavirus safer-at-home order

Eager to help businesses survive and salvage their tattered economies, about half of Colorado’s counties have applied to ease their COVID-19 restrictions and allow for things like in-person dining at restaurants. Most have not been approved.


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.


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


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

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