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The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers

So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.

Sun Investigation

A rural Colorado high school’s aerospace class is paving the runway for a new generation of pilots

Calhan Public High School students recently took a field trip 1,000 feet above the ground, escorted by pilots wanting to open their eyes to a career in aviation.


Many Colorado families struggle to afford pricey summer camps. A nonprofit is footing the bill for hundreds.

ReSchool Colorado will connect nearly 800 kids to summer learning and fun, helping them overcome an opportunity gap that extends from the school year into summer.


Someone claimed a driver ran a red light in a small Colorado town. That’s all it took to get a ticket.

A dustup in Woodland Park has an out-of-town driver questioning whether it’s fair to get a ticket for running a red light when there are no police in sight

Crime and Courts

“The reading man” of Grand Junction was killed by a stranger. His friends in downtown aren’t done telling his story.

Warren Barnes read near a bridal shop almost every day. The man accused of murdering him told cops he thought no one would notice he was gone.

Crime and Courts

Colorado hospitals are giving patients take-home doses of the overdose antidote to fight the opioid crisis

The Colorado Naloxone Project aims to make the state the first in the nation in which all hospital emergency departments offer naloxone when high-risk patients are discharged


Death rates for pregnant Colorado women have doubled since 2008. Here’s how the state is trying to fix it.

A package of proposed laws headed toward passage aims to prevent deaths among pregnant women and create better outcomes for babies.


Opinion: The Oscars took the collective breath away from people with disabilities. And not in a good way.

Opinion Columns

Colorado’s teacher shortage may worsen coming out of the pandemic. Could $13M stop the trend?

A bipartisan bill seeks to build up the future workforce with middle and high schoolers, veterans and mid-career professionals and keep them in classrooms long term.


U.S. Senate panel approves Biden nominees to Postal Service board, including former Denver elections chief

Amber McReynolds, former head of the Denver Elections Division, is one of Biden's three nominees to the governing board.

Politics and Government

Colorado Sun adds photojournalist to its expanding team

Olivia Sun is joining The Colorado Sun team as part of the Report for America national service program


Teenage Summit County ski mountaineer breaks North American record for most vertical feet climbed in 24 hours

Grace Staberg, 19, skied up Copper Mountain more than 21 times in one day — totaling 56,153 feet — and falling just shy of the world record set last month in Europe.


Universal free lunch will help Colorado districts keep feeding kids. But could it also rob some schools of state funding?

The USDA has extended universal free meals through the next school year. Some districts worry it could result in fewer state dollars they need for vulnerable students.


Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

How fake blue pills killed people on the Western Slope and led to Colorado’s first counterfeit opioid death conviction

For the first time in Colorado, a drug dealer has been convicted of causing a person’s death from fentanyl pills disguised to look like prescription painkillers. The trial centered on one victim, but there were others.

Crime and Courts

Powwows across U.S. adapt to coronavirus for a second year

Several powwows have been canceled for a second year, or are still up in the air


Colorado summer camps are gearing up for a full season of swimming, sightseeing — and sanitizing

Camps will make a big return this summer, with parents and kids alike eager for more carefree days. Many camps, catering to fewer kids, have already hit capacity.


Mother Nature sucker punched a Western Slope peach orchard. Now the farm is putting trees up for adoption.

The 2021 peach crop in Palisade is forecast to be good. But orchards to the south, like Ela Family Farms near Hotchkiss, are trying everything to survive after a tree-killing fall freeze.


Colorado lawmakers are poised to add gender identity and expression to anti-discrimination statutes

There are 21 states with full nondiscrimination protections that include gender identity, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality

Politics and Government

Tyrannosaurs may have lived in packs similar to wolves, Colorado researchers digging in mass quarry site say

Denver museum curator Joseph Sertich is helping lead the paleontological detective work to piece together the story of T-Rex ancestor from ancient fossils.

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