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Great blue herons claim a dreamy stretch of river near Crested Butte for high-altitude love nests

Beyond a boggy meadow studded with beaver ponds, along the Slate River where it meanders past a bottom-rung ridge of Mount Emmons, is a prime patch of real estate for wetlands critters. Great blue herons have claimed it. The busy avian penthouse subdivision here — believed to be the highest altitude great blue heron colony […]

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Eagle County rolls out welcome mat, says “summer of the part-time resident” will aid coronavirus recovery

GYPSUM — Carlos Gomez stepped off the jet and took a breath while admiring the view of snow-capped peaks in the distance. The Miami resident was only a short drive from his vacation home in Pitkin County. “It’s good to be back home,” he said on Memorial Day, minutes after arriving on an American Airlines […]

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Colorado sewage treatment plants are examining your poop for coronavirus clues. Seriously.

For 24 hours starting early every Sunday morning, small pipes suck samples from the river of sewage flowing into the South Platte Water Renewal Partners wastewater treatment plant in Englewood for 24 hours. The tubes deposit the raw sewage into containers inside a box that resembles a mini fridge. Goggled, masked and gloved workers then […]

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Warnings are working (for now) to keep visitors out of Colorado’s high country. But tickets, legal battles loom.

Police in Colorado’s mountain communities are doing a lot of educating and even issuing written warnings to violators of local and state health orders designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  But if mask mandates, closures, restrictions and locals-only access rules linger for months, warnings will soon turn to tickets. And that worries Western […]

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United tried to cut flights to Gunnison using some questionable geographic reasoning. The feds said no.

Earlier this month, United Airlines sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking to cease service into 12 airports and suspend service to six others, even though the airline took a federal grant that requires it to maintain flights during the coronavirus pandemic. One of those airports was Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, where […]

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You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase

Colorado is loosening some restrictions on people’s movement starting this week as the state enters a new phase of its battle against the new coronavirus, but travel for outdoor recreation is one area that’s not being relaxed.  In fact, there may actually be stricter limits in place for people seeking some fresh air.  Gov. Jared […]

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Colorado counties try different ways to tell visitors the same thing: please stay away

The contagion sweeping through Colorado spiked first in mountain communities crowded with recreating tourists. And those communities are now alternately asking, pleading and demanding that visitors — the lifeblood of mountain economies — stay away.  As increasingly antsy Coloradans lumber into their second month of coronavirus-related quarantine, the municipal approaches urging visitors to follow statewide […]