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Small Colorado mountain counties aren’t sure how bad their COVID situation is. So they’re testing the masses.

Gunnison, Ouray and San Miguel counties have teamed up with the state to hold mass testing events for people -- with and without coronavirus symptoms -- to “know what we don’t know”

Colorado’s tiny mountain post offices are hamstrung — for the second straight holiday season

Last year’s nightmares went unfixed, amplifying problems when the coronavirus sent retail shopping online, coupled with a spike in deliveries, to spectacular highs

Colorado plans to ramp up messaging after avalanches kill three experienced skiers in two days

How to reach experienced backcountry travelers is an age-old debate. Veterans can grow complacent, especially in areas where they ski often.

Skier dies in backcountry avalanche near Crested Butte

Officials are worried about a surge in backcountry skiers this year because of the coronavirus crisis

Eager early-season crowds are helping Colorado ski resorts fine tune operations before the holiday crush

Ski areas are tweaking traffic flow, adjusting lift line mazes, revisiting uphill policies and repositioning workers as they adjust operating plans in the first few weeks of the strangest ski season ever

“If we close, you can’t go to work”: Colorado child care centers poised for a big infusion of state money

More women than men have left the workforce and not returned since the pandemic. Lack, or fear, of child care is to blame.

Black Lives Matter protests in Gunnison County showed people of color they have more allies than they realized

“Deafening silence” spurred young women to organize demonstrations in Gunnison and Crested Butte and people showed up. And then they kept showing up with ideas for moving beyond symbolic gestures.

With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility

What is usually a set-in-stone schedule of flights is an Etch-a-Sketch this fall as Colorado resorts struggle to gauge demand for skiing and airlines work to accommodate coronavirus-wary travelers.

Travel within Gunnison has been restricted to residents only during the COVID-19 pandemic. People traveling from out of county or the state of Colroado must inform the Health Department of the number of people arriving, where they will be staying if they are a 2nd home owner and must have their own supplies and be self quarantined for 7-10 days. Gunnison County has 108 positive COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths and is one of the most highly infected areas per capita in Colorado.

COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures

From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic

Record demand for Colorado resort homes is further pinching affordable housing for locals

As more urbanites flee to Colorado’s high country, home prices rise, inventories fall and rents soar. And that spells trouble for locals looking for homes near their ski-town jobs.

Want to ski at a Vail Resorts mountain during coronavirus? You’ll need a reservation.

Forget the dreamy scene where you wake to a foot of fresh and race to the ski area

Are you wearing your mask? Because public health officials in Colorado are watching you to find out.

Tri-County Health Department has been dispatching volunteers to conduct mask surveys since April. Now Boulder and Gunnison counties are starting their own coronavirus recon missions.

“The great urban exodus:” Colorado resort towns see flood of second-home buyers, burst in school enrollment

Schools in Aspen, Vail and Crested Butte are reporting record interest and enrollment as part-time residents relocate to their vacation homes and urban buyers flock to mountain retreats.

A busy summer is pulling Colorado’s resort communities out of the coronavirus downturn. But will it last?

Resorts communities got creative this summer with open main streets and socially-distanced events. Those opportunities aren’t possible in winter, leaving town leaders fretting about future business, especially if ski resorts aren’t operating like normal.

Audio: Second-home owners try to rally political power in Gunnison County after ban

Jason Blevins talks with KUNC's Colorado Edition about his latest story

Gunnison County second-home owners, sour from being temporarily banned during coronavirus, gear up for political fight

Outside money in local elections worries Commissioner Jonathan Houck. “This is a litmus test for all resort communities,” he said.

A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement

Colorado Open Lands’ easement on 270 acres to protect the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab prevents development and serves as a model for management of conserved land

Will federal coronavirus paycheck loans actually be forgiven?

Here's what could happen to a Colorado PPP loan recipient in bankruptcy, others with layoffs or operations outside the state, and another that thrived in the pandemic -- and paid back its loan already

Great blue herons claim a dreamy stretch of river near Crested Butte for high-altitude love nests

18 nesting pairs of great blue herons got a little help from their human neighbors to keep floating parties off the Slate River until the chicks fledge.

How Colorado farmers markets have adapted — with masks and reservations — to open during coronavirus

From Durango to Steamboat Springs, from Greeley to Salida, and from Boulder to Denver Union Station, the 100 farmers markets in Colorado are tiptoeing into a season of produce and pandemic

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