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PERA’s latest fix is stronger than the last one, but longer-living retirees, future downturns could still pose risk

Colorado lawmakers in 2018 set out to fix a $32 billion problem confronting the state’s public-pension program, and by all accounts, they appear to have succeeded. In its latest financial statements, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association showed dramatic improvement, finally reversing a years-long slide. The rating agency questioning the state’s unfunded pension debts has withdrawn […]

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“It was like he was an angel”: How a well-prepared ER doctor on skis saved a boy’s life after a mountain crash

SURVIVORS: Part of a Colorado Sun series on close calls in the outdoors and life after a crisis. His buddy was ribbing him about the big backpack he wore skiing every day. “He was saying, ‘Man that’s dumb. When are you ever going to use that thing?’ ” said Dr. Heston LaMar, a North Carolina […]

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Will two redistricting ballot measures this year put an end to one of Colorado’s longest-running political feuds?

Almost three years ago, former state lawmaker Rob Witwer invited a few other “legislative has-beens” to meet him for lunch on the 16th Street Mall. Witwer, ever the optimist, kicked around his ideas for fixing one of the longest-running, most-divisive battles in politics: the fight over political power itself. The downtown lawyer and father of […]

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The U.S. Forest Service wants to ban target shooting on 1,100 percent more acreage in two of Colorado’s national forests

The U.S. Forest Service wants to increase the acreage where target shooting is prohibited in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests by more than 1,100 percent as the agency works to limit safety and use conflicts that have grown along with the Front Range’s population explosion. But it says four or five new shooting ranges […]

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Wages are up. Taxpayer refunds are back. 5 takeaways from Colorado’s fall revenue forecast.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Colorado economy’s doing great. And — finally — workers are starting to reap the benefits. For the typical Coloradan, this was perhaps the single best piece of news from a Thursday budget briefing where lawmakers were presented a state revenue forecast chock-full of encouraging economic signs: […]

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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 […]

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Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda arrives in Colorado with BLM’s plan to sell oil and gas leases across record-sized swath of Colorado

ALAMOSA — The plane banked to reveal an ocean of sand, rippling beneath the jagged Sangre de Cristo mountains. “Right here,” said hydrologist Amos Mace, pointing to a copse of spruces near the home where he grew up about a mile from the border of Great Sand Dunes National Park. “They could drill right there. […]