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Grand Lake voters turn out in force to retain Mayor Steve Kudron in recall sparked by workforce housing plan

The election to recall Grand Lake Mayor Steve Kudron not only ended in disappointment for the town’s old guard, but it may have also empowered a new wave of residents to become involved in local politics. Longtime Grand Lake residents filed a petition with the town to recall Kudron, citing improper leadership, fiscal irresponsibility, violation […]

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Grand Lake, still reeling from East Troublesome fire, is being shaken again by mayoral recall over housing

Like a dozen Grand Lake mayors before him, Steve Kudron smiled and waved at his constituents during the annual Buffalo Days parade last month. But Kudron added a twist no one had ever seen in 74 years of Buffalo Days. The vintage Hummer he paraded in sported a sign reading: “Vote No! Stop the Recall […]

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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.

Early on the morning of Oct. 23, Mike Lewelling stood at the Forest Canyon Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and stared 2,500 feet down into what he called a cauldron of fire and swirling wood smoke.  The East Troublesome fire had Lewelling, the park’s fire management officer for 15 years, […]

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Squeezed by two megafires: Northern Water’s race to save Grand Lake

Craig Friar and Steve Anderson had seen wildfires smolder and flare before. But they had never seen one run. Until Oct. 21, when the East Troublesome fire sprinted 17 miles in less than three hours, threatening to engulf communities and giving these Northern Water staffers and others just hours to decide how best to move […]

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

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]