Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, News, Outdoors

It took volunteers 8 days to wrangle 6 abandoned horses from Colorado’s rugged backcountry near Dolores

DOLORES – While many were ringing in the New Year, a team of volunteers in Dolores and Montezuma counties were engaged in an eight-day effort to save horses abandoned in the backcountry of southwest Colorado. The Dolores County Sheriff’s office received a call Jan. 1 from a remote subdivision near Groundhog Reservoir reporting that six […]

Posted inNews, Wildfire

Drones dropping “Dragon Eggs” are Colorado’s latest aerial assault weapon for wildfires

GLENWOOD CANYON — Flames erupt on the hillside as plumes of smoke billow into the hazy sky above the Colorado River. “It’s beautiful right now. This is a really good burn going right now,” says John Kennedy, the director of one of three branches of firefighters battling the Grizzly Creek wildfire. Kelly Boyd, standing next […]

Posted inColoradans, Outdoors

Colorado climber, moviemaker documents quest to solve one of Mount Everest’s lasting mysteries

Explorer, author and professional climber Mark Synnott is standing in steep, loose rock about to step off the roped route on the top of Mount Everest. He’s about to leave the well-worn path above a 7,000-foot cliff more than 28,000 feet above sea level.   “No. No. No, no!”  Those are the voices from behind mountaineer […]

Posted inArts, Coloradans, Culture, Outdoors

Drone. Lights. Camera. Art. “Space-time sculptures” create one-of-a-kind works of art in Colorado’s mountains

FREMONT PASS — The whirling drone zooms across the reservoir.  “Watch for the flip to yellow. There it is,” says Mark Bellncula. “And action. Here we go.” It’s a little after 10 p.m. when Bellncula opens the shutter of his camera —  a Nikon D810A specifically made for astrophotography — and the LED-strapped drone starts […]

Posted inEnvironment

Farmers are turning to tech as the Colorado River faces increasing distress and water wars come down to the drop

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press GREELEY — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Education, News, Technology

St. Vrain, with a decade of momentum, is on a “high-tech high” that’s gaining national attention for its students and teachers

Eric Berngen realized just how different a learning environment he had signed up for when he almost stepped on a small robot zooming down a hallway at Skyline High School in Longmont  during his first week on the job. “It was surreal,” Berngen recently said of the near collision with the robot a student was […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Wildfire

Officials want to keep drones away from Colorado wildfires. But how do you halt something you can’t see?

State lawmakers and wildfire officials in Colorado have been working frantically to educate the public about the dangers of flying drones near wildland blazes and their potential to down a firefighting aircraft. There have been social media campaigns and news releases. Legislation was even passed last year making it illegal. But how do you enforce […]

Posted inBusiness, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Amazon positions itself to shape policy and public perception as its Colorado presence grows

Amazon has hired Hilltop Public Solutions, a political consulting firm, to publicize what the Seattle company is doing in Colorado. From opening three warehouses in the state since 2016 to naming Denver a finalist for its proposed second headquarters, Amazon’s interest in Colorado has grown beyond selling goods to residents. The company, which employs about […]