Posted inClimate, Environment, News

EPA downgrades Colorado’s ozone problem to “severe,” forcing stricter cuts to pollution

The EPA has downgraded Colorado’s North Front Range ozone problem to “severe” from “serious,” a long-expected move that requires state and local officials to take stronger runs at cutting the health-damaging pollution.  “The proposed reclassifications would require the State of Colorado to apply more stringent air quality measures to sources across the area,” an EPA […]

Posted inBusiness, News, The Outsider

Zillow spent big in Colorado’s Front Range this summer, months before collapse of home-flipping business

The collapse of Zillow Offers — the online real estate giant’s venture into buying and selling homes — announced Nov. 2 can be traced, in one small part, to its over eagerness to invest in Colorado’s red-hot real estate market.  The company bought hundreds of homes in the Front Range this summer, mostly in August […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors

Colorado public land managers rely on education, then enforcement to deal with a crush of long-term campers

One man dashed out of the dilapidated camper trailer as police cruisers rolled up to his encampment in the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest. The site was trashed, with a newer — and likely stolen — catalytic converter sitting next to a fire pit filled with long stems of a marijuana plant.  Happens that way all […]

Posted inOpinion

Opinion: A toast to Coloradans’ willingness to unite on water needs

It may be time to amend the old adage, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.”  On three different ballot questions in the 2019 and 2020 elections, Colorado voters set aside differences and chose to tax themselves to invest in the state’s water future. It’s clear that water wins in Colorado, and it wins […]

Posted inCOVID, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Officials predict Front Range passenger rail in Colorado would have 3 million riders annually

A passenger rail line in Colorado would accommodate 9,200 people every weekday and nearly 3 million per year, according to new modeling by state officials. The proposed line would stretch from Fort Collins south to Pueblo in the south, cutting through Denver. The model envisions that the railway would reduce vehicle travel in the state […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Energy, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government, Transportation, Wildfire

Air quality improved slightly during the stay-at-home order. But Colorado still has a serious pollution problem.

Metro Denver ranks 10th among most ozone-polluted cities in the country, according to the American Lung Association. Fort Collins is ranked No. 19.  Colorado has been making progress to clean up its air over the past decade by enacting stricter oil and gas regulations and automobile emissions standards, but the Front Range is still out […]

Posted inBusiness, Growth, News

How hot is Mesa County’s housing market? Just look at the number of new homebuyers

When the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority pulled together data showing how its home-ownership investments this year have played out across the state, the Front Range predictably gobbled up the lion’s share of loans and down-payment assistance. But one chunk of the map stood out: Mesa County. CHFA, created by the legislature in the 1970s […]