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Record high calls for help are stressing Colorado’s mountain firefighters, emergency responders

Fire chiefs in 15 resort-region fire protection districts report record call volume in 2021 and 2022 as they struggle to hire firefighters, recruit volunteers due to high cost of living and housing prices

Outdoors

Colorado’s geographic renaming board begins process of scrubbing Native American slur from 28 sites

The flurry of approvals marked a rare moment of rapid decision making. The state board had officially recommended changing just two features since it began meeting in the fall of 2020

Outdoors

The new standards for testing outdoor gear are being created by Colorado university students

The Western Colorado University students are part of the country’s first outdoor engineering program.

Outdoors

Jeff Hermanson, developer of Denver’s Larimer Square and Union Station, is investing big in Crested Butte

Jeff Hermanson, a longtime Crested Butte local whose restaurant ideas revitalized downtown Denver, bought three buildings on the resort town's historic Elk Avenue, which he calls "one of the greatest streets in Colorado."

Outdoors

As record-setting real estate sales continue in Colorado resort towns, buyers are now looking way down valley

As Colorado resort home sales and prices continue to set records, hamlets that once were out-of-the-way afterthoughts have taken on the attributes of bustling communities.

Housing

Crested Butte lured an outdoor publication to town as a tourism bid. Now overrun by visitors, the partnership must evolve.

Three years after Blister’s move to Crested Butte, the gear review site's relocation yields deeper partnership and bigger picture goals.

Outdoors

Crested Butte’s new camping rules are restoring resources and producing few complaints — so far

The half-finished system of officially designated campsites seems to be working to reduce damage to vegetation and waterways without leaving would-be campers without a spot to pitch a tent.

Outdoors

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

A solid No. 2 surveillance tool: How a year of testing Colorado’s coronavirus poop has gone

More than 65% of Colorado’s population is now under wastewater surveillance, which has been a critical leg of the state’s COVID-19 testing stool.

Coronavirus

Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out

More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.

Housing

Extended-stay motels quietly fill the gaps in Gunnison’s chronic housing shortage

Gunnison County is in the midst of a housing crisis, years in the making and intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout.

Housing

Mark Walter, who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, is buying up Crested Butte’s downtown buildings

Billionaire has bought several restaurants, bars and shops on Elk Avenue, but he’s not revealing details about his plan for the historic buildings.

Outdoors

Colorado mountain, resort communities are rebounding — and then some — from coronavirus-scarred 2020

Despite grim projections last spring, many of Colorado’s high-country resort communities saw waves of in-state visitors in the fall and early winter fill local coffers.

Outdoors

Crested Butte ending free-for-all camping bacchanal with designated sites, plans for reservations

After a surge in backcountry camping last summer, community groups join the Forest Service in designating as many as 211 formal campsites in six drainages that spill into the East River Valley.

Outdoors

Online sales boom poses challenges for Colorado tax forecasting — and for brick-and-mortar retailers

A 91% annual increase in e-commerce in Colorado last year is promising big changes to the state's retail landscape. “We are seeing trends that are not just going to be unique to the pandemic era,” says a finance professor.

Business

Colorado’s North Fork Valley finds “baby-step” solutions to tackle its big problem with methane-leaking mines

Entrepreneur Chris Caskey is harvesting sediment from Paonia Reservoir for tile and pavers with plans to tap leaking coal mines for methane to power kilns

Environment

Climbing coronavirus cases in Colorado’s high country aren’t tracking back to ski resorts

Health officials in eight counties have not traced positive tests back to lift lines, chairlifts or ski slopes.

Coronavirus

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

Small Colorado mountain counties aren’t sure how bad their COVID situation is. So they’re testing the masses.

Gunnison, Ouray and San Miguel counties have teamed up with the state to hold mass testing events for people -- with and without coronavirus symptoms -- to “know what we don’t know”

Coronavirus
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