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Gov. Jared Polis calls for delay in wild horse roundup after 142 die in federal facility in Cañon City

The federal facilities are “ill-equipped” to take hundreds of more wild horses, the governor wrote in a letter to the Bureau of Land Management Thursday.

Environment

141 wild horses — a third of those captured from the Western Slope — died in country’s deadliest flu outbreak

Bureau of Land Management officials say the outbreak is winding down after two and a half weeks

Environment

Many of the 119 wild horses killed by equine flu at Cañon City facility weren’t vaccinated, BLM says 

National mustang advocates are demanding an investigation into the horses’ lack of vaccination. More than one-quarter of West Douglas herd has died.

Environment

Nearly 100 wild horses have died in less than a week as equine flu spreads at federal facility in Cañon City

Veterinarians have confirmed the previously mysterious illness is a fairly common equine influenza. Horses that are dying from the respiratory illness had lived near a wildfire.

Environment

67 wild horses die at federal facility in Cañon City from mysterious illness

The federal Bureau of Land Management says many of the horses are from the West Douglas range, in Rio Blanco County.

Environment

Northwest Colorado wild horse roundup ends with 70% of the herd removed from Sand Wash Basin

About 100 fewer horses than expected were rounded up via helicopter after national outcry and a plea from Gov. Jared Polis

Environment

Potential operator of trains on Colorado’s Tennessee Pass promises rail line wouldn’t transport crude oil

Communities along the long-dormant line between Cañon City and Gypsum remain wary

Transportation

Should every Colorado kid get a mental health exam after enduring coronavirus? It won’t be easy.

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, isn’t sure how to accomplish the logistics, but she thinks her idea is a matter of school safety and statewide health

Education

Free to good home: Century-old bridge spanning the Arkansas River near Cañon City

Martin Marietta needs a new bridge to its gravel mine. But first it has to find a home for the historic 20-ton Parkdale Bridge

Coloradans

Coronavirus has masked Colorado students’ emotions. Teachers are trying new ways to connect.

While masks haven’t obstructed learning or teachers’ ability to forge relationships with their kids, they have in some cases slowed communication and made it more difficult for educators to keep tabs on how their students are doing emotionally and academically.

Education

Colorado teachers want a voice as schools plan for fall classes during coronavirus crisis

Many teachers hope to be with their students, but also have deep concerns about how to bring back in-person learning safely

Education

Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

A billionaire-backed agricultural outfit in southeast Colorado and a fledgling oil railroad project in Utah want to run trains on Union Pacific’s long dormant tracks between Cañon City and Dotsero.

Transportation

Planning for drought has made Colorado whitewater rafting companies ready to weather coronavirus

Adding lodging and land adventures, like ziplines, via ferrata and art classes, has helped outfitters keep their place as outdoor economic engines, even when weather and illness make it tough.

Outdoors

A summer gone sideways: Coronavirus upended the big plans Colorado teens had for their break

They were supposed to travel, work and attend sports camps, but as the pandemic remains a threat, teens have had to reimagine summer.

Education

As Colorado schools start plotting fall classes they have more questions than answers

Schools will look drastically different to Colorado teachers and their students. The state has offered guidance on how to carry out the changes and keep everyone safe.

Education

Rafting season is ready to launch, but coronavirus worries are running high in Colorado

Rafters are betting Colorado’s “safer-at-home” rules will ease as people flood outfitters with reservation requests. But will the water last?

Outdoors

Counties fear being left behind as Colorado begins granting variances to its coronavirus safer-at-home order

Eager to help businesses survive and salvage their tattered economies, about half of Colorado’s counties have applied to ease their COVID-19 restrictions and allow for things like in-person dining at restaurants. Most have not been approved.

Coronavirus

“College can wait”: With families struggling, Colorado students are working to help make ends meet

As the coronavirus has rattled the economy, leading to layoffs and reduced hours for many, high school students have stepped up to help their families. Some are now delaying college plans.

Education

Coronavirus stole their last months of high school in Colorado, and a long list of traditions

From prom to graduation to just hanging out with friends, Colorado seniors are missing out on some final moments. But they say this isn’t the worst thing that’s happened to the class of 2020.

Coronavirus

The closure of Colorado coal-fired powerplants is freeing up water for thirsty cities

Large electricity generators use lots of water to cool their coal-fired plants. As those units shut down, expect to see battles heat up over how the massive amounts of water can be repurposed.

Energy
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