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Editor’s Picks

A mental health hold can help Coloradans in crisis. But for many who are seriously ill, that’s where the help stops.

Mental health advocates want to overhaul the state law for 72-hour involuntary holds. But helping people with serious mental illness will require a lot more than that.

Politics and Government

Rebuilding after disaster takes a community — and a streamlined process — say Coloradans who lost homes in Waldo Canyon fire

Fires destroyed 347 houses in 2012, but the Mountain Shadows community in Colorado Springs found ways to work with city officials, contractors and others to rebuild fast, and now offer help to Marshall fire victims.

Housing

From cheeseburgers to Ma Barker’s boy, heavyweight boxers and bears, Colorado has no shortage of roadside attractions

People, places and things have been recognized across the spectrum, and these days, everything is open to reinterpretation

Collections

These cells could be the key to efficient, cheap solar energy. But they have to make it in the “torture chamber” first.

Researchers at the federal lab in Golden are chasing the grail of easy-to-manufacture cells that are better at converting solar energy to electricity

Energy

“Where do we go to escape this?” The Marshall fire is Colorado’s new reality.

The Marshall fire’s spread through a densely developed, urban environment made one thing clear: Very few parts of Colorado are completely safe from wildfire.

Marshall Fire

Tragedy often begets more tragedy. Denver’s coroner wants to break the cycle by offering families help.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner is the first in the state to establish a family advocate program, which it hopes will break the recurrent trauma of suicides and overdoses

Health

Watch where you aim: Urine is hurting Colorado’s high country lakes

Researchers use some human insight -- and some cultural markers -- to find out where all the yuck is coming from in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bottom line: Coloradans are peeing where they shouldn’t.

Outdoors

“We can’t broadcast through a mountain”: Digital dead zones getting in the way of Colorado’s first responders

Technology can now connect a patient to a doctor over video and send a live feed from a drone, but basic communication is still difficult for first responders in rural areas not covered by cell towers and fiber-optic cables

Technology

Colorado Gators started as a natural garbage disposal. Now it’s one of the state’s most unusual tourist attractions.

Jay Young’s San Luis Valley oasis offers tourists close-up encounters with gators, snakes, turtles and lizards.

Outdoors

Jeff Hermanson, developer of Denver’s Larimer Square and Union Station, is investing big in Crested Butte

Jeff Hermanson, a longtime Crested Butte local whose restaurant ideas revitalized downtown Denver, bought three buildings on the resort town's historic Elk Avenue, which he calls "one of the greatest streets in Colorado."

Outdoors

Skilled workers are needed in the San Luis Valley. A new college program could be an answer.

Students in one of Colorado’s poorest regions will soon be able to get a CSU engineering degree without leaving their hometown

Education

Two Republican candidates running for statewide office are opting to limit their campaign spending. That’s unusual.

By adopting voluntary spending caps, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl and secretary of state candidate Pam Anderson can sidestep limits on receiving donations

Politics and Government

A Colorado family tried to save their cattle ranch by betting big on rare birds. It’s paying off.

From getting the folks at Audubon to certify the ranch as bird-friendly, to selling carbon sequestration credits for the tall grass, the May Ranch near Lamar is modernizing stewardship.

Environment

A new plan — again — for Colorado’s Cuchara Mountain. But this time it’s not about skiing and condos.

Florida entrepreneurs want to develop an adventure hub at southern Colorado’s long dormant Cuchara ski area. They have big dreams, but first they need to convince reluctant leaders.

Outdoors

Colorado Medicaid contractor reverses course, will no longer try to recoup payments from mental health providers

The announcement came two days after The Colorado Sun reported that mental health providers would no longer accept Medicaid patients because of the debacle.

Health

4,000 cars, one exit: Residents in growing neighborhoods worry their new neighbors could crowd wildfire escape routes

Proposed developments in Conifer and Colorado Springs have raised concern over wildfire preparedness as fires become more intense and the state continues to grow.

Wildfire

How Colorado Ballet reimagined costumes for the “Nutcracker” — and saved pandemic-struck designers and makers

When decades-old finery needed replacing, the company began a long-distance dance to fashion new ensembles, creating its own industry stimulus.

Culture

There’s something new on the Thanksgiving menu: a Colorado Rapids match. Will fans eat it up?

The first-ever Major League Soccer playoff game on the holiday, with a national TV audience, seeks to capitalize on a long tradition.

Culture

The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

Warren Barnes read most days in an alley near a downtown bookstore. Now his chair, filled with books, is a permanent fixture.

Coloradans

A deep dive into the electorate in Colorado’s super competitive new 8th Congressional District

The race to represent the district will likely draw national attention and millions of dollars as Democrats try to defend their slim majority in the U.S. House and Republicans gear up for a big push to win back the chamber

Politics and Government
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