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Forest Service seeks to pinpoint Hanging Lake headwaters after fire, floods

The U.S. Forest Service is working with scientific consultants from the renowned Ozark Underground Laboratory out of southwest Missouri

Outdoors

Sweetwater Lake is now permanently protected, thanks to its new owner, the White River National Forest

The lake and the 488 acres around it, adjacent to the Flat Tops Wilderness, will now be protected from residential developers and saved for public access.

Outdoors

Colorado ski areas aren’t talking about skier fatalities this season. So we asked coroners instead.

At least 11 skiers were killed in traumatic crashes during the 2020-21 season, according to 16 county coroners surveyed by The Colorado Sun.

Outdoors

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

Colorado gave local governments more power to regulate oil and gas. And some are using it.

The legislature’s 2019 overhaul of drilling rules through Senate Bill 181 empowered some cities and counties to prioritize safety. But other energy-friendly areas have held back on flexing their new muscles.

Politics and Government

Skier dies from accident at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort near Glenwood

Job Henning suffered head injuries and was found unresponsive at the base of a tree

Outdoors

Lauren Boebert vowed to shake things up in Congress. She has delivered in her first week.

The high school dropout with a history of minor run-ins with the law used her first tumultuous week in office to cement her far-right and extremist credentials while also setting off a widespread roar of criticism

Politics and Government

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

While the long-term outlook for wildlife could benefit from the reshaping of the forest, less habitat plus more hunters equals a problem.

Outdoors

Mask rules in jails vary from county to county as pandemic worsens in Colorado

In El Paso County, site of one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the state people who are jailed only recently started receiving cloth masks to protect themselves

Coronavirus

Oil and gas does about-face as six-week overhaul of Colorado drilling regulations begins

Operators for years groused about the danger of a “patchwork” of regulations. Now they’re focused on letting local governments have control.

Energy

2nd lawsuit challenging Colorado’s tough new oil and gas air pollution rules is tossed

Judge Martin Egelhoff cited the July 29 dismissal of Weld County’s lawsuit in his decision, finding that Garfield County also could not claim damages arising from a rule that applies to the entire oil and gas industry

Energy

Garfield County is spending big to challenge Colorado’s new oil and gas regulations

Much of its resources seek to block regulators’ shift toward protecting public health, safety and welfare and the environment

Energy

Coronavirus has struck construction sites across Colorado, including a school and off-campus housing project

Two workers from a landscaping company have died. Nursing home deaths have reached 932, but there are now twice as many resolved nursing home outbreaks as active ones.

Coronavirus

Sweetwater Lake closer to conservation as Forest Service land

The Conservation Fund’s acquisition of the 488-acre lake property sets the path toward protection as White River National Forest land.

Outdoors

Why planting tenacious tamarisk seemed like a good idea until it wasn’t, and other harrowing tales of Colorado’s invasive species

For scientists, preserving nature’s balance can mean love-hate-love relationships with everything from Dalmatian toadflax to horny beetles and jumping carp.

Environment

Colorado counties sue state over new air-quality regulations

Garfield and Mesa counties joined seven other counties in the lawsuit against the state Air Quality Control Commission, Air Pollution Control Division and Department of Public Health and Environment

Environment

U.S. House approves largest Colorado wilderness bill in 40 years. But not everyone is happy.

Rep. Diana DeGette’s wilderness package would protect 660,000 acres of wilderness in Colorado, but its future looks bleak in the Senate and White House

Outdoors

Plan to buy remote Sweetwater Lake and transfer it to Forest Service gets boost from Eagle County communities

With nearly $1 million in donations, the Eagle Valley Land Trust is moving ahead with plans to purchase the 488-acre, privately-owned property surrounded by National Forest land

Outdoors

County suspends new mining permit applications, blocking expansion of limestone mine near Glenwood Springs

The moratorium imposed in Garfield County means Rocky Mountain Resources Industrials cannot make changes to its special use permit for a limestone mine north of Glenwood

Business

Conservationists hope to tap Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve land and water on Sweetwater

Historic Sweetwater Lake and 488 acres of land around it near Dotsero has been in the sights of residential developers. But now it could be saved for public access.

Outdoors