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Colorado’s craft brewers are stuck with the tab as global can shortage shakes up beverage industry

Breweries, cideries and amateur cooks are spending big and getting creative to combat the supply crunch


Colorado launches Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

The office was authorized by legislation passed during the Legislature's 2021 session that provides an initial $4 million from the state's marijuana cash tax fund for its operations


Colorado’s COVID-19 rent assistance program sees delays, fraud as eviction moratorium is set to end Saturday

Some tenants and landlords were approved for COVID-19 rental relief months ago but have still not received a payment.


As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply

Hay and corn production is down, and the Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch Enterprise had to let go 50% of its employees, half of whom are tribal members who live in Towaoc, the tribe's headquarters and main town on their reservation.


Colorado Tourism Office’s new director will stay the course on sustainability, mitigating visitor impacts

Timothy Wolfe replaces Cathy Ritter, who was ousted from her six-year position in April by Pat Meyers, Colorado’s new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade


Dig it or chew it? Gravel mine expansion near Salida mountain bike trail latest clash of industry, recreation

Hard Rock Paving wants to expand its Salida gravel mine by 63 acres and will realign the Solstice bike trail. Nearby residents oppose any mine expansion while mountain bikers prefer a bigger buffer between pit and trail.


As Colorado drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face decision about culling their herds

As the drought worsens across the West and ushers in an early fire season, cattle ranchers are among those feeling the pain


Five Western Slope startups collect more than $3 million in pitch contest

Durango’s Agile Space Industries, Telluride’s Western Rise, Gunnison’s SheFly, Konbit and Fruita’s Sky Peak Technologies win the second annual Greater Colorado Pitch Series


Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis

Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.


Xcel Energy needs a smarter, greener electric grid. But should Colorado customers foot the $344 million bill for it?

If the Public Utilities Commission OK's Xcel’s largest ever rate increase, electric bills for Colorado customers will have increased 20% since the start of the year


How is Colorado’s new farmworkers’ rights bill being received by migrant farmworkers? With a shrug.

In fields hours away from the political pressure cooker of the Colorado legislature, Senate Bill 87 is stoking a different kind of debate.


What’s Working: Coloradans talk about worker shortages and livable wages

This week’s column explores what readers think about the current job and unemployment environment. See results of our poll in charts!


When mudslides close I-70, flocks of visitors head to the small town of Craig. Is it ready?

Can the city handle the influx and see a micro business boom in return?


Can televised Russian face-slapping save Denver’s sports bars?

Tavern owners answer COVID-19 lull with high-tech gadgetry and quirky new offerings


Rural electric co-ops get shocking estimates of the cost to break up with Tri-State Generation

Nine members of Tri-State asked what they’d have to pay to leave the association. Now they want to know the formula used to calculate the bills.


Colorado AFL-CIO will withhold donations to Democratic campaign committees through May 2022, saying unions have been “excluded”

“We need the Colorado Democratic Party to treat us like authentic partners,” Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Dennis Dougherty wrote in a letter to fellow labor leaders

Politics and Government

Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.

As expected, marijuana-related arrests are down and tax revenue is up, but other trends are less clear.


Two new medical schools are opening in Montana. But does the western U.S. really need them?

Rocky Vista University, which has a campus in Colorado, is one of two organizations planning new Montana medical schools. People who provide hands-on experiences for students worry the state doesn't have enough clinical opportunities to support the flood of new students.


What’s Working: As federal unemployment ends in 7 weeks, Colorado businesses are optimistic about their pandemic recovery

Department of Labor reveals how many unemployment accounts are on hold, businesses still struggle to find workers and a CU business school report finds that sales are back to pre-pandemic levels at half of businesses surveyed


Colorado business chambers prepared for the worst during coronavirus. It turns out things weren’t so bad.

Rampant business closures did not happen among members of local business chambers. Some say membership rose as businesses received federal aid and looked for help weathering the COVID storm.

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