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Colorado teens pregnant during coronavirus face increased isolation and difficult decisions

Still children themselves, teenagers have needs that differ from older parents, and the pandemic has made their pregnancies even more challenging.

Health

“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

The work of three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners and mountain bikers yields not just Colorado’s most anticipated trail, but a model for how communities can bring big ideas to fruition.

Outdoors

Four large wildfires burning in Colorado have cost $77 million to fight — so far

None of the blazes are fully contained, and rehabilitation costs still loom large

Wildfire

Pine Gulch fire becomes largest in Colorado history as firefighters near full containment

The Pine Gulch fire has not destroyed any homes or caused any injuries, but firefighters have been battling it for about a month

Wildfire

So you need to get to Colorado’s Western Slope? Here are your options.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is encouraging people to stay away from western Colorado for the near future

Transportation

Meals on Wheels is still delivering in western Colorado — but without the side of conversation

About 400 people get Meals on Wheels delivered daily in Mesa County, its drivers serving as an extra pair of eyes for worried families. But COVID-19 has changed all the rules and clients now are missing the company they used to provide.

Health

Supreme Court ruling on DACA brings more time, but no less uncertainty for Coloradans

In their own voices: Five Colorado young people explain how DACA shaped their lives and what the Supreme Court's decision means to them.

Coloradans

Robberies dropped, fights between roommates spiked: How quarantine affected crime in Colorado

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest that targets shifted with the closures, which in some areas also may have veiled an anticipated rise in domestic violence

Crime and Courts

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

One lease, for the Colorado Convention Center, costs $60,000 per day. But state emergency officials say the five makeshift medical centers are Colorado’s health care insurance policy.

Coronavirus

An army of volunteers is using Facetime, Zoom to protect Colorado foster kids during coronavirus

Calls to the child abuse hotline are down during the pandemic and fewer eyes are on kids. One advocate tried to determine via video conference whether a little girl’s bruises were from falling off her bike.

News

A Western Slope community wants to move beyond its coal legacy. The Trump Administration wants “energy dominance.”

The final BLM plan for managing multiple uses on federal land in the Uncompahgre Plateau unveiled earlier this month did not limit oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley.

Energy

Colorado reaches 193 coronavirus-related deaths, including college student; first prison inmate tests positive

“There are more victims ahead of us than there are behind us," Gov. Jared Polis said at a news conference. “We know that there are many more losses ahead.”

Coronavirus

Our “family” needs to come together and heed the lessons taught by coronavirus

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

Write On, Colorado

The Western Slope’s outdoor recreation economy had everything but a bachelor’s degree. Colorado Mesa is changing that.

Bonsai Designs boss Sarah Shrader sparked development of a new outdoor recreation industry studies program to help create the next generation of business leaders.

Outdoors

Speciality drugs are saving lives in Colorado and beyond. But who should pay for them?

High-profile cases in Colorado expose the disconnect between drug manufacturers and insurance companies in the era of personalized medicine

Health

Colorado regulators approve tougher oil and gas air rules, ending statewide disparity

The regulations would require more frequent inspections for leaks for facilities within 1,000 feet of homes, schools and other public facilities, officials said

Energy

Top Bureau of Land Management employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

The Bureau of Land Management’s planned headquarters relocation to Grand Junction will net the city 27 jobs

Politics and Government

Bureau of Land Management to give land to Colorado to settle debt dating back to 1876

Federal officials say the transfer would satisfy the debt it owed Colorado in 1876 under the Statehood Act.

News

Grand Junction weapons company to pay $1 million for selling Army subpar grenade launchers

Capco LLC supplied the Army with M320 grenade launchers between July 2016 and March 2018 even though company officials knew the launchers’ barrels did not meet specifications

Crime and Courts

The Western Slope economy was already improving. Then Opportunity Zones added a power boost.

Montrose and Grand Junction are at the forefront of new investment through the tax program created to bolster growth in rural and low-income areas.

Business
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