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Colorado high country commissioners blast Airbnb report that disconnects short-term rentals from housing crisis

A group of 15 commissioners from seven mountain counties is blasting a recent study commissioned by short-term rental giant Airbnb that dismissed the idea that short-term rentals are eroding worker housing in Colorado’s high country. “Airbnb narrowly focused on positive impacts, and facts appear selected to craft a story that is not entirely true, especially […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Here are the themes from meetings across Colorado on the state’s new congressional, legislative maps

East versus west versus south. Rural versus urban. County versus county. In more than 100 hours of public testimony during July and August, the two independent commissions redrawing Colorado’s congressional and legislative maps heard plenty about perceived differences among various communities. They also heard why certain cities and counties shouldn’t be split among multiple districts. […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Growth, Health, News

COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures

By Markian Hawryluk, Katheryn Houghton and Michelle Andres, Kaiser Health News The staff at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID pandemic has upended everything. The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Transportation

Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass.  That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Coal company says its freshly bulldozed road in roadless area near Paonia is legal

Mountain Coal Co. says the road it blazed into the Sunset Roadless Area below Kebler Pass is legal and that the Forest Service approved the construction. Conservation groups have attacked the Somerset-based mining company for building the road in early June after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 2 ruled the Forest […]

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Small businesses in Colorado’s high country say the federal coronavirus stimulus has left them empty handed

As two major federal programs dedicated to helping small businesses dried up on Thursday, many Colorado entrepreneurs weren’t sure what had happened to the help they were told was on the way. Bob Starekow, who runs Silverheels Bar & Grill and Kemosabe Sushi & Sake in Frisco, applied to both the Paycheck Protection Program and […]

Posted inGrowth, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Work on another I-70 mountain toll lane starts Monday and will span into 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

Construction launches Monday on a westbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from the Veterans Memorial Tunnels in Idaho Springs to Empire Junction, part of Colorado transportation officials’ latest effort to ease congestion on the heavily traveled roadway.  Gov. Jared Polis is expected to join a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to kick off the $70 million project […]