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Why the Forest Service did not take all the water rights when it acquired Sweetwater Lake, Colorado’s newest state park

SWEETWATER LAKE — When the U.S. Forest Service acquired Sweetwater Lake in 2021, the agency did not pick up all the water rights associated with the property that is slated for development as Colorado’s newest state park.  The Conservation Fund, which acquired the property in 2020, retained water rights that did not transfer over when […]

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Colorado’s energy czar, wife are recovering after a 1,000-foot fall while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Will Toor was thinking he was at the end. He was pretty sure his leg was broken. He was shivering uncontrollably in the snow high in the mountains. He’d watched his injured wife limp away to get help two hours earlier.  Every few minutes he’d holler for help.  Then, in the distance, he saw two […]

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Two privately owned Colorado 14ers are open to hikers thanks to a unique partnership. Will it last?

MOSQUITO RANGE — Colorado Fourteeners Initiative trail builder Sarah Barringer looked up from her trail work on the switchback heading to the ridge below Mount Bross. A man was taking a shortcut, causing the kind of erosion that she was repairing. “Please stay on the trail,” Barringer said. “Don’t tell me what to do,” the […]

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Conservation groups offer alternate plan for Colorado wolf reintroduction that limits killing after livestock losses

A group of wildlife advocates is blasting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s wolf reintroduction process, saying the intent of the voter-approved proposition has been “lost or undermined.” Since voters in November 2020 approved Proposition 114 directing the state to craft a plan and reintroduce wolves on the Western Slope by the end of 2023, CPW has […]

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Utah crude trains could be rolling through Colorado after Forest Service denies objections to new rail line

It’s looking likely that heated train cars loaded with a waxy crude oil will be rolling through Colorado after the Forest Service last week rejected objections to the proposed new rail line in a section of roadless forest in Utah.   “We are going to continue to fight this terrible project with every tool available to […]

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Love, prayer and tickets: What we saw at the Rainbow Family gathering in northwest Colorado

ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST — The dirty dishes are stacked neatly next to three bins labeled wash, rinse and sanitize.  Rob Savoye rolls up his sleeves and dives in, stacking washed sheet pans and mixing bowls from the Lovin’ Ovens kitchen on a rack built from downed trees. A guitarist sings under a tarp as bakers […]

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Alaska’s Denali is finally open to guided skiing, and you have a Colorado company to thank

For the 25 years he has guided peaks in the Alaska Range, Bill Allen looked at snowy slopes on Denali, North America’s tallest peak, and saw a prize to be had. “It’s the crown jewel of North America for not just mountaineering, but ski mountaineering,” said Allen, co-owner of and a guide for Mountain Trip, […]

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Their family ran the Denver-owned Echo Lake Lodge on Mount Evans for decades. The city’s new plan does not include them.

MOUNT EVANS — The T-shirts and hoodies are stacked deep on the tables of the 95-year-old restaurant. Bill Carle estimates he’s spent about $300,000 on the Mount Evans souvenirs for the Echo Lake Lodge his family has operated for 57 years.  He spent that before Denver officials told Carle the city would not be renewing […]

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Q&A: Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory steps back and reflects on next generation of ski resort bosses

The U.S. ski industry was forged by soldiers. We all know the story about 10th Mountain vets returning from war with visions of ski runs and chairlifts that would spark dozens of American resorts. Innovators who worked every job at the ski area took the reins from those soldiers, creating even more lifts, better grooming […]