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When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.

The science of keeping the flora in a sewage treatment system balanced was knocked out of kilter when coronavirus shut skiing down and water use dropped 50% in two of Colorado’s most popular ski communities.

Politics and Government

You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase

Entering the height of Colorado’s outdoor recreation season, Gov. Jared Polis has ordered people not to travel more than 10 miles from their homes for exercise. “You can make the sacrifice of going to your second or third favorite park,” he said.


Colorado counties try different ways to tell visitors the same thing: please stay away

As Colorado rolls back its statewide stay-at-home order, counties are urging out-of-towners to continue delaying recreational visits.


Coronavirus testing is lagging so much that some Colorado counties are asking citizens to self-report symptoms

These county-run dashboards offer data that’s not statistically valid, but provides important clues. “In the absence of anything else, it’s really important to have something,” Summit County spokeswoman says.


Vail, Beaver Creek patrollers are trading in their skis for ambulance keys in Eagle County’s coronavirus fight

Eagle County Paramedic Services’ pandemic plan worried most about what happens when crews get sick. The statewide shutdown of ski resorts sent patrollers to the rescue.


How the closure of two Vail restaurants shows coronavirus’ domino effect on the food-service economy

Hundreds of workers and business owners in the Eagle Valley felt the pinch when Matt Morgan was forced to close Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard in Vail Village.


Colorado coronavirus deaths hit 33, including Eagle County man in his 40s

The Eagle County man is the youngest person in the state to die from the disease yet, shattering the notion among some that younger Coloradans are immune to serious complications from the disease


Amid coronavirus quarantines and job losses, Colorado girds for wave of domestic violence 

"This is just an incredibly dangerous time for those at risk for domestic violence," says an Eagle County human services worker


Colorado child care centers fear for their survival as coronavirus brings closures, enrollment dips

The pandemic is testing the stability of the state’s child care system -- one that will be critical to an economic recovery.


Colorado’s governor advises going outdoors to ease coronavirus isolation. But take it easy, first responders plead.

People are getting cabin fever in the coronavirus crisis. But search and rescue crews worry adventurers in need may stress an overburdened system. “Everything is the backcountry now,” a SAR team member says.

This is how much Colorado’s mountain communities stand to lose without skiing, restaurants, bars and lodging 

As mountain communities grind to close, coronavirus and economic worries turn to summer. “It’s time to show the world how tough we really are,” Telluride tourism chief says. 


Coronavirus is running so rampant in Colorado’s mountains residents, visitors should “minimize all contact with other people”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Sunday issued the alert about Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties, where there have been about 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19.


“A test of our Colorado character”: High country will be hardest hit by coronavirus, governor warns

There were 33 confirmed coronavirus cases in Colorado on Tuesday, at least 17 of which were rooted in the high country. In Aspen, nine people were diagnosed with the disease on Tuesday alone.


Coroner clarifies circumstances of New Jersey man’s death on Vail chairlift

It was previously reported that Jason Varnish's death came after he fell through a gap in a chair


Most money spent in the child welfare system comes after kids are in foster care. What if that’s backwards?

A multi-county, privately funded project aims to flip the system to prevent kids from needing services in the first place.

Politics and Government

Plan to buy remote Sweetwater Lake and transfer it to Forest Service gets boost from Eagle County communities

With nearly $1 million in donations, the Eagle Valley Land Trust is moving ahead with plans to purchase the 488-acre, privately-owned property surrounded by National Forest land


Prosecutors drop official misconduct charge against Eagle County’s sheriff, saying they can’t prove the case

James van Beek was indicted after an investigation by his district attorney, Bruce Brown. Van Beek’s lawyer said the misunderstanding could have been resolved over a cup of coffee.

Crime and Courts

Aurora, Colorado Springs own water near Leadville. They may need to redraw a wilderness area to access it.

The first step for the Front Range cities, which want to act on their decades-old water rights, is to drill test bores for a proposed dam that would flood a Holy Cross Wilderness access road


Colorado communities do what state lawmakers wouldn’t: Raise taxes on cigarettes, vaping products

The initiatives, mostly in mountain communities, follow a new state law that allows them to license and tax cigarette sales without penalty


Colorado mountain biking program teaches girls to conquer trails, with an eye toward helping in other parts of life

The Cycle Effect brings the recreation and competition of affluent mountain communities to traditionally underserved residents -- with payoff for perseverance

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