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Ex-Craig city councilman sentenced as sex offender

A First District Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Brian MacKenzie on Friday

Crime and Courts

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

Wild horse roundup in northwest Colorado begins as BLM tries to gather 733 mustangs

The federal Bureau of Land Management is removing 80% of the wild horses in Sand Wash Basin after drought-stricken rangeland turns to “moon dust”

Environment

Coal is fading in northwest Colorado. The region is betting its economic future on another natural resource.

As coal mining fades, a diverse coalition of Moffat County residents and leaders is planning for the next chapter with a focus on protecting resources while managing recreation and tourism.

Outdoors

Are Colorado’s latest efforts to get more people vaccinated working?

$100 Walmart gift cards are increasing participation at pop-up vaccination sites by threefold. And Denver Health navigators have called 10,000 refugees and immigrants.

Coronavirus

Supply chain problems — from salsa to sheet metal — are hampering Colorado businesses’ coronavirus recovery

Colorado businesses face increasing costs and lengthy wait times to purchase items ranging from chicken wings to sheet metal as supply chain crunches disrupt markets across the globe.

Business

When mudslides close I-70, flocks of visitors head to the small town of Craig. Is it ready?

Can the city handle the influx and see a micro business boom in return?

Business

A northwest Colorado town is betting on the Yampa River to help it transition away from a coal economy

Outdoors

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

Four Colorado cities win $2 million in EPA grants to redevelop old sites, from a movie theater to a beet factory

Cleanup and assessment awards will give towns from Craig to Loveland to Trinidad extra economic-development money to solve old problems everywhere from a sugar beet factory to an aging movie house

Environment

1-year-old dies after woman and her two children become stranded in Colorado wilderness

The Moffat County sheriff's office said Kaylee Messerly, 36, and her daughter, 3, were taken to the hospital with exposure-related injuries

News

Colorado wildlife officials use helicopter to transport and study pregnant elk near Aspen

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's study of survival rates of calves under a year old among herds across the state focuses how human recreation may be influencing the behavior of elk.

Outdoors

In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

Leaders of Craig see a tight window of opportunity to build a new economic base, provide residents replacement jobs, and ensure the city’s survival.

Education

“Fraudulent worker” investigation shakes Moffat County; human services director leaves job

County officials refuse to respond to inquiries about the staff shakeup and probe of more than 80 cases

Sun Investigation

Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost

Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning to perk up. "We are not victims," Craig chamber boss says.

Energy

Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults

The alleged fraud was uncovered after Moffat County fell behind on abuse and neglect reports, and the state sent in a team of 15 caseworkers to clean up the mess

Sun Investigation

Colorado Springs will shut down its two coal-fired plants by 2030. Now it’s time for Xcel to do the same, environmentalists say.

Coal-burning turbines at Martin Drake will be temporarily replaced with natural gas units as Colorado Springs Utilities builds new electric transmission lines

Energy

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

Coronavirus is already pressuring rural hospitals, even in counties where no cases have been confirmed

Preparations for the inevitable surge of COVID-19 cases have forced hospitals in Moffat and Lincoln counties to drop profitable surgical procedures. But one hospital is hoping noncritical patients will be sent to make room in metro wards for people who need acute care.

Coronavirus

Pregnant women in Moffat County have lost their obstetrics care, the latest victims of the rural health crisis

18 rural hospitals in Colorado operate in the red, but residents are asking why mom-and-baby care was targeted in Craig.

Health
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