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After long regarding the South Platte as not much more than a sewer, is metro Denver ready to love its river?

The man in the wide-brimmed hat waded into thigh-deep, slowly moving water and, with a whip of his fly rod, sent his cast into a deeper, swifter channel along the far bank where elusive trout were more likely to lurk. The scene might have played out on any stretch of Colorado’s renowned fishing waters. But […]

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A preview of Colorado’s 2018 ballot: Taxes, roads and an existential crisis for oil and gas

This time two years ago, Colorado voters “raised the bar” in a bid to shrink the state’s ballot and keep potentially devastating policies out of the state constitution. Two years later? In the first test of the new requirements, the statewide ballot looks as packed as ever. And Colorado political leaders say the stakes are […]

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Boulder County fights with finesse — and an all-out assault — to stop drilling on public open space

It doesn’t look like much of a battlefield — cottonwood groves, a small reservoir and farm fields with traffic zipping through on Colorado 52 — but this 10-square-mile patch of ground is being fiercely fought over by Boulder County and oil and gas drillers. Both the county and Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources lay claim to […]

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Federal judge upholds endangered species list protections for Gunnison sage grouse

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press A rare bird found only in Colorado and Utah will stay on the endangered species list, at least for now, a U.S. district judge said Friday. The judge upheld a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species […]

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Colorado drought gets worse, especially in state’s southwest corner

Colorado’s drought is getting worse, with unusually dry conditions across more than 85 percent of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Thursday shows conditions are worst in the southwest corner of the state, where all or parts of about 20 counties are listed in an exceptional drought, the worst of four categories. The Drought […]

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Clash over wild horses heats up as herds reach highest numbers in program history

GRAND JUNCTION — The trap is set. Jim Dollerschell hides up the pink-dirt hill behind the sagebrush and the pinyon pine, not visible from the corral. A trough of fresh water and piles of grass-hay strewn along the ground will lure the wild horses he is capturing into a ring of metal fencing. And when […]

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The Buffalo fire, near Silverthorne, was one of the first big tests for fire breaks in Colorado. Now, communities are changing their tune toward them.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It wasn’t long before a wildfire that broke out near Silverthorne one morning in early June turned into a towering inferno with flames shooting several hundred feet in the air. The fire — fed by strong wind and high summer heat — sent smoke billowing over Summit County, consuming trees as it […]

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An electric car for under $10,000? Used EVs becoming a more affordable, but risky, new market

When Maria DiBiase Eisemann went to Tynan’s Nissan in Fort Collins to turn in her leased Nissan Leaf last fall, she left the dealership as owner of the same electric vehicle. But it wasn’t for her. It was for teenage daughter. “It’s the greatest thing because it doesn’t go far, and she doesn’t have to […]