Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Zornio: Marshall fire victims battling insurance companies need to know about DORA

More than six weeks after the most costly blaze in Colorado’s history, many victims of the Marshall fire are facing the next uphill battle: Insurance recovery. It’s been well established that many residents are underinsured or not insured at all. This comes with its own challenges, largely met by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Wildfire

People who lost their homes in the Marshall fire must now contend with Colorado’s statewide housing crunch

More than 170 people displaced by the destructive Marshall fire stayed in emergency shelters Thursday, as officials and good Samaritans worked to find more permanent lodging for the residents of up to 1,000 homes burned to the ground. Officials urged residents to contact their insurance companies for help covering out-of-pocket expenses like food and temporary […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Could a new insurance-premium fee prevent Colorado’s next big natural disaster? Some lawmakers say yes.

When the Camp fire ripped through Paradise, California, in 2018, killing dozens of people and destroying hundreds of structures, Lisa Cutter knew her Colorado community could be next. The Democratic state representative’s district includes Evergreen and Conifer, two towns at risk of experiencing a devastating wildfire. “People in the wildlife urban interface are scared,” Cutter […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government, Wildfire

A Colorado dashboard seeks to put a price on future wildfires, other natural disasters amid a warming climate

As Colorado experiences a record-breaking wildfire season amid accelerating population growth and statewide drought, many are asking: How can we be resilient in the face of inevitable disaster? It’s a dense question. To find an answer, the Colorado Water Conservation Board teamed up with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and a handful […]

Posted inUncategorized

Glenwood Springs needs $10.5 million — right now — to prepare for watershed impacts of Grizzly Creek Fire

GLENWOOD CANYON — Standing mere feet from where a human-caused spark on Interstate 70 above the Colorado River ignited the now 32,000-acre Grizzly Creek fire, Jonathan Godes painted a nightmare scenario that could have been.  Glenwood Springs’ mayor said if that spark had been 5 miles downstream and exploded into a wildfire the size of […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, News, Politics and Government

What if we never need the $100 million coronavirus overflow hospitals Colorado is building?

Coloradans are slowly starting to go back to work, schedule haircuts and meet up with friends. Meanwhile, the state is constructing five makeshift medical sites with the potential to hold thousands of sick coronavirus patients when and if the wave does come.  The beds aren’t ready yet. And they aren’t needed, so far.  The cost […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Politics and Government

Here’s how Colorado competes with the world to secure coronavirus tests and supplies

Cory Gardner was brainstorming ways to help secure coronavirus tests and medical supplies for Colorado last month when he realized he had a way to help: his Asian contacts. Domestic supply chains were tapped and Colorado wasn’t getting all the critical equipment it requested from the federal government. “The governor was always on the phone […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Politics and Government, Water

A new federal grant program allots $10 million for high-hazard dams in Colorado, 25 other states

By David A. Lieb, The Associated Press Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a […]