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Dan Gibbs

Dan Gibbs
Dan Gibbs

Colorado’s 2020-21 avalanche season was tied for the deadliest. It’s helping forecasters hone warnings and outreach.

Avalanches killed 37 backcountry travelers in the U.S. last winter, including 12 in Colorado. Analysis of each tragedy helps avalanche scientists craft warnings to reach more skiers and snowmobilers.


Colorado gets a 43rd state park under first-in-the-nation deal with the Forest Service

Several owners have eyed development of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake parcel in the last 30 years, but the Garfield County oasis is now the second new state park in the last two years


All state parks in Colorado will get electric vehicle charging stations in deal with EV maker Rivian

Rivian will install the stations at each of Colorado’s 42 state parks at no charge, as state officials move to expand electric grid needed for changeover from gas to electric cars


Overhaul of Colorado oil and gas rules, stalled by coronavirus, gets going again — on Zoom

The volunteer Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was supposed to finish the state's Senate Bill 181 oil and gas regulation overhaul before a new paid panel takes over. It’s not happening.


Social media shaming is spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, for better or worse

Social media shaming obviously isn’t new, but it’s spiked during the outbreak of the new coronavirus. And while some of it is hurtful -- and downright mean -- it’s not all bad, say experts who have studied social media behaviors for years.


Colorado’s volunteer search and rescue teams are overwhelmed and there are fears it’s going to get worse

The state’s 2,800 rescue volunteers -- a shrinking pool -- respond to 3,600 calls for help each year. Colorado’s natural resources boss said that’s “a train wreck happening before our eyes” and wants the legislature to help.


The Western Slope’s outdoor recreation economy had everything but a bachelor’s degree. Colorado Mesa is changing that.

Bonsai Designs boss Sarah Shrader sparked development of a new outdoor recreation industry studies program to help create the next generation of business leaders.


Jared Polis doesn’t live at the governor’s mansion, but his top advisers get to stay rent-free

The private living areas at the residence still need $550,000 in renovations to upgrade them to modern standards for the first family, report says

Politics and Government

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.


Colorado regulators won’t halt oil and gas drilling as they implement new law prioritizing safety

Some environmentalists and community activists have demanded the commission stop issuing permits until the new rules are complete