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Sue McMillin

Special to The Colorado Sun

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.

Education

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.

Climate

“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.

Culture

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.

Business

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.

Education

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

Coloradans

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.

Culture

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

Environment

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.

Coronavirus

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.

Growth

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

Culture

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

Business

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.

Education

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

Business

“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.

Coloradans

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"

Crime and Courts

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

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.

Coloradans

Cripple Creek is poised for a casino building boom, but some worry that the town’s history will be sacrificed

The seemingly sudden burst of casino company plans to add about 500 new hotel rooms, spas and upscale restaurants to Cripple Creek has people talking about the town’s potential

Growth