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What’s Working: When a 6% unemployment rate feels like 2.5% — is there a labor shortage in Colorado?

Over on the Western Slope, Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center, said the area’s high unemployment rate improved to 6% in May, from 7.9% in January.  That’s still pretty high, but he said it sure doesn’t feel like the county is in a state of high unemployment, especially if you’re in the […]

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Minturn wrestles with the decade-old promises of a big-dream developer

MINTURN — It’s been more than a decade since Bobby Ginn’s grandiose dream for Minturn collapsed, but the community is still dealing with the fallout.  The former railroad town’s council on Wednesday will weigh a proposal to reduce the millions of dollars in perks the bankrupt Florida developer promised Minturn in 2008. A showdown is […]

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Shipping container hotel in Florence sparks new ideas for Colorado housing

FLORENCE — Past downtown’s hip coffee shop and brewery, across the street from a gravel pit and next door to a long abandoned house, a Lego-like solution to Colorado’s housing crisis is taking shape. “Everything you see in here was recycled or it can be recycled,” said Wyatt Reed, swinging open the doors to a […]

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Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Chase Beck has fielded dozens of calls like this in the past few months.  “They say ‘I just had the floor taken out from under me. I’ve been living here for years. I need to move out in 30 days and I’ve got nowhere to go. Can you help?’” Beck says. The waiting list at […]

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As the cost of Colorado housing increases, so does homelessness

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of […]

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Second mudslide from Grizzly Creek burn scar closes I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Editor’s Note: Interstate 70 has since re-opened. Find the latest story here. A second weekend mudslide flowing from the Grizzly Creek burn scar closed Interstate 70 in both directions through Glenwood Canyon on Sunday. The highway was closed in both directions between the West Rifle and Dotsero exits after muddy debris covered an area in […]

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What’s Working: The benefits of employing remote workers living in Colorado’s rural communities

The list of employers snubbing Colorado residents for remote work opportunities continues to grow over at, the site where Commerce City software engineer Aaron Batilo is posting job listings he finds — or are sent to him — to document an unintended result of Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.  Some companies just […]

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Struggling renters get one more month — likely the last — to postpone monthly rent payment

With thousands of Coloradans still waiting to be approved for — or receive — available rental assistance, some relief came Thursday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the national eviction moratorium another month to July 31.  The CDC said this is likely to be the last time it extends the order, which […]

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Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a “wake-up call” on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis

A first-of-its-kind survey of thousands of Colorado mountain town residents has delivered the clearest look at the impact of the pandemic on housing, rentals and lifestyles in the high country to date.  And the news is not good.   Wealthy newcomers are displacing locals. Businesses are struggling to hire staff. The crowds are growing in the […]