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Firefighting plane was inverted before fatal crash near Estes Park, witnesses told NTSB

The plane’s wreckage “was upright and displayed features of a low-speed, nose-down impact,” according to a preliminary report on the crash that killed pilot Marc Thor Olson


Fast-growing wildfire near Estes Park threatening structures, prompts evacuations

The fire was burning in an area at Little Valley Road and Fish Creek Road near the south side of Estes Park


20 years of planning saved Rocky Mountain National Park from the worst of the East Troublesome fire. It will take 20 more to fix the damage.

“We’ve been fighting this fire for 20 years,” Rocky Mountain National Park's fire manager says. The work kept two of the largest Colorado wildfires on record from laying waste to the third busiest park in the national system.


Too many empty beds at Colorado nursing homes leave the industry in financial distress

Two corporate operators are pulling back from the state, attempting to transfer a combined 29 nursing homes into new hands.


Opinion: After a year of “missing,” summer camps can provide a place for kids to heal and thrive

Being in nature supports a connection to others and to something that is bigger than oneself.

Opinion Columns

Colorado grants $27 million to support career training, literacy programs, Indigenous curriculum

A sliver of federal coronavirus relief money for schools is moved on to programs in 19 districts hit especially hard by the pandemic


Colorado’s tiny mountain post offices are hamstrung — for the second straight holiday season

Last year’s nightmares went unfixed, amplifying problems when the coronavirus sent retail shopping online, coupled with a spike in deliveries, to spectacular highs


Spurred by the threat of wildfires, an Estes Park broadband project moved at the speed of light

More than a dozen agencies, organizations and even competitors came together one weekend to make sure the internet would not go out as the Cameron Peak fire inched closer


Much of Rocky Mountain National Park reopens after East Troublesome fire

The fire's explosive growth led to the evacuation of the Grand Lake and the Estes Park areas


All missing people accounted for as snow gives crews battling East Troublesome fire a reprieve

Several inches of snow have fallen across the high country. As much as 6 inches of snow was reported in Grand Lake.


East Troublesome fire held in Rocky Mountain National Park; two deaths confirmed

The bodies of Lyle and Marilyn Hileman, who honeymooned in Grand County in 1952, were discovered on Friday afternoon in their home near Grand Lake


“We expect an active fire”: Weather is forecast to fuel East Troublesome fire on Friday

The fire grew by about 45,000 to 50,000 acres on Thursday to become Colorado's second largest recorded blaze at 170,000 acres. It is just 5% contained.


First coronavirus, then an inferno: How schools in the East Troublesome fire’s path are scrambling to keep their students learning

Districts are pondering distance learning after many students and teachers were forced to evacuate because of the East Troublesome fire. But officials know education will take a backseat to the crises.


Why are so many people riled up by Jena Griswold?

The young secretary of state who has taken on President Trump is criticized for self-promotion and politicizing the office. But her fans call it sexism.

Politics and Government

Your poop may soon serve as an early warning system for Colorado coronavirus outbreaks

Why the attention to the sewage? A Utah city spotted a spike in coronavirus a week before it showed up in tests. That knowledge could allow communities to act to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Colorado offers $4.1 million to cities that use pavement for people, not cars, as part of coronavirus recovery

The new “Can Do Colorado” initiative offers grants for communities that expand dining, shopping and pedestrian access into common areas, including streets and parking lots


Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Days after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt suspended entrance fees at national parks, Estes Park mayor asked to close the park, citing crowds, older residents and a potentially overwhelmed hospital.


Campers now want more than just a tent. One Colorado campground is leaning into those changing tastes — and shorter attention spans.

Corporate campgrounds such as Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and its much larger competitor -- Kampgrounds of America -- have learned that today’s campers need more than stargazing to keep them interested


In Colorado mountain towns, the U.S. Post Office no longer delivers like it used to

One town received no mail for a week; another had sales-tax rebates returned as "undeliverable." New survey reveals understaffed post offices taxed by population growth, online shopping


D-Day’s heroes may be disappearing, but their stories have proved indelible

On today’s 75th anniversary, few of the soldiers remain. But at the 50th, I saw history passed -- often emotionally -- to new generations.

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