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Eastern Plains

Power companies’ plans to expand wind, solar on Colorado’s Eastern Plains meet local headwinds

To help meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Xcel Energy has already proposed a $1.7 billion high-voltage transmission line that would circle the Eastern Plains and ferry clean electricity to the Front Range

Environment

Colorado heads into snowpack season with low reservoirs — but a twinge of hope

La Niña winter could mean dry winter for southern Colorado, but conditions better than this time last year.

Environment

Farmers hit with most disruptive price hikes, supply shortages in decades as pandemic slowdowns catch up to Colorado

Colorado farmers and agricultural businesses have been hit with cost increases for pesticides, fertilizer and other supplies as global supply chains sputter in the wake of the pandemic.

Business

Four teens die in SUV crash on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The crash happened in Prowers County at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Prowers County Road 196 near the town of Wiley. The youngest victim was 15.

News

Colorado reaches 91% rural broadband coverage as efforts to improve internet for Ute Tribes move forward

The state’s Broadband Office is also working with other rural projects, including one on the Eastern Plains that would provide gigabit fiber to more than 50,000 customers

Technology

Youth suicides on the Eastern Plains spark political protest, “7 is too many” social media campaign

Teens are criticizing Gov. Polis’ policies, but mental health experts say it’s too simple to blame the suicide deaths solely on the pandemic

Health

On Edge: In a rural Eastern Plains community plagued by drought, stigma won’t be easy to overcome

Week after rainless week throughout the growing season has wounded not just local farmland, but also the emotional landscape

Health

Eighth person dies after head-on crash in eastern Colorado; victims include two kids

The Colorado State Patrol says the crash remains under investigation.

News

7 die in head-on crash on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The Colorado State Patrol says the wreck happened on U.S. 40 between Hugo and Kit Carson at about 4:30 p.m.

News

A Salvadoran immigrant worked at a Fort Morgan slaughterhouse for 24 years. Coronavirus killed him in 10 days.

Juan Marin loved his life on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, where he worked alongside his two adult children. But he feared contracting COVID-19 at his job.

Coronavirus

The Colorado county with the highest coronavirus infection rate is now on the Eastern Plains

Morgan County has more confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases and deaths than Larimer County despite having a population that’s about one twelfth the size

Coronavirus

The view from a hospital on Colorado’s Eastern Plains as it works to avoid being overrun by coronavirus

“If we start getting a whole bunch of illness within our staff,” said Dr. Lindsey Paulson, who has worked in Wray for a decade, “I think then we’re sort of sunk.”

Coronavirus

Most used wind turbine blades end up in landfills. Colorado is part of the push to make the industry greener.

Wind energy industry leaders don't like the optics — even if the old blades don't pose environmental harm — and Colorado could see a new generation of recyclable, repairable blades

Environment

Opinion: In Colorado, conservative and pro-oil and gas communities support renewables, too

Opinion Columns

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.

Environment

A Colorado town removed its police chief and paid $50,000 to settle allegations against an officer. Then it hired a cop with past complaints.

Officials in the town of Springfield rebuffed multiple interview requests from The Colorado Sun made over several months, but a series of open records requests revealed a timeline of what unfolded

Sun Investigation

No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows

A Colorado Sun investigation finds that despite clear connections between mental health and school shootings, far more funding goes to physical security measures

Sun Investigation