Posted inColoradans, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

Rural southeast Colorado loved its landfills. After a health department deal, some will finally close

Over the past few years, as the state health department told small landfill operators in southeast Colorado that it would be more closely enforcing environmental regulations — probably pushing some of them toward closure — locals pushed back with a familiar refrain: Urban rulemakers didn’t understand rural communities and burdened them with unfair expectations. “I […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Outdoors

“I had to reinvent myself. I’m back but I’m different:” A southwest Colorado man recovers from a devastating mountain climbing fall

SURVIVORS: A series on close calls and heroes in the Colorado outdoors MANCOS — It had been a hard summer for Thad Ferrell. He’d been hammering away at his construction job and not climbing as much as he wanted. So when he had a free day, he called his climbing partner Lizzy Scully. She also […]

Posted inColoradans, Culture, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Colorado is due for a new state park, but officials hope it won’t take 27 years to develop like the last one

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Colorado is growing at a rapid clip, yet only two new state parks have opened in the past dozen years. The newest, Staunton State Park, opened southwest of Denver in 2013 — 27 years after about half of the park’s rugged, mountainous acreage was donated to the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Environment, Growth, News

Colorado’s hot summer of dry ditches and empty reservoirs has left distressed farmers sweating: Will it get worse?

OLATHE — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He’s talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He’s got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears a day of his trademarked Olathe Sweet. The fields of onions need weeding. His beans, too. More than 100 fields of […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, News

Pathbreaking transgender attorney Danyel Joffe’s work led to Colorado law compensating people wrongly convicted of crimes

When Danyel Joffe took her last breath on a Sunday in July, she was sitting on her couch at home with Smudge, her beloved cat, on her lap and her computer open in front of her. She had been studying the cases of some of the defendants she was representing. That was pure Joffe. The […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, News, Outdoors

From “This is not Vail” to Vail Resorts ownership: Crested Butte owners bid farewell after 20-year rollercoaster ride with Colorado

MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE — They dreamed big in Colorado, the Mueller clan. Hoping to mirror their dizzying success at Vermont’s Okemo ski area, Tim and Diane Mueller pursued plans for a major resort outside Steamboat, bid to operate Denver’s Winter Park, came within an hour of owning Steamboat ski area and labored through the Great Recession […]