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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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”
Colorado is expected to certify its election results soon — and without controversy
A recount in a district attorney race is the outstanding step before the book closes on the 2020 election and the Electoral College meets Dec. 14
E-bike rules for BLM, Forest Service trails both thrill and rile backcountry users
As federal land managers consider opening trails to electric bicycles, conversations about new opportunities for access to public lands mixes with concerns about impacts to wildlife and traditional non-motorized travelers.
Colorado opens statewide in-person voting with rules designed to prevent coronavirus outbreaks
Counties across the state have set up voting procedures to address health guidelines and voter fears about COVID-19, using money from the federal CARES Act to buy everything from gloves to disposable pens.
In Colorado’s hard-to-count communities, census outreach and coronavirus support are one and the same
Another shift in deadline -- the Census Bureau now must continue until Oct. 31 -- throws a wrench into the mix
COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures
From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic