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Charges dropped in case of Danish man accused of starting Spring Creek fire near La Veta in 2018

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A judge on Monday dismissed criminal charges against a Danish man accused of starting a Colorado wildfire that destroyed about 140 homes in 2018 after he was repeatedly found unable to stand trial. It was not clear what would happen to Jesper Joergensen, who has been diagnosed with delusional […]

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A new plan — again — for Colorado’s Cuchara Mountain. But this time it’s not about skiing and condos.

CUCHARA — Mike Moore was in the galley kitchen of his bed-and-breakfast last summer preparing eggs for his guests in this southern Colorado village, when he overheard a pair of visitors discussing their plans to develop a headquarters for their nascent adventure company. The two, Jeff Moss and Shayne Young, were in town to look […]

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An oil company that no longer exists faces a $344,000 fine Colorado doesn’t expect to collect. But that’s the point.

Colorado oil and gas regulators have levied a $344,000 fine they don’t expect to collect from a company that no longer exists. It was a legal stratagem for the state to seize a $20,000 bond from the bankrupt, Houston-based Alta Mesa Resources LP for failing to clean-up an abandoned well site in Huerfano County. The […]

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A southern Colorado town is dreaming of a revived ski hill in the wake of Texas investors’ big busts

The deep-pocketed Texans who spent decades dreaming big and losing millions as they struggled to develop a ski resort above southern Colorado’s Cucharas River Valley are long gone. The runs are weedy and lift towers rusty.  But nearly a decade after the last Texan decamped, a band of locals have carved a modest plan to […]

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A Colorado prosecutor admitted to dozens of ethical violations. Should taxpayers have to pay?

In 2015, Frank Ruybalid, the former district attorney for Colorado’s Third Judicial District, oversaw an office in disarray. State regulators accused Ruybalid of more than 150 instances of violating legal ethics by withholding evidence in criminal cases. As a result of those transgressions, 15 cases were dismissed in the Third, which encompasses the southern Colorado […]

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“Flood buddies” and sandbags: Southern Colorado readies for rain after last summer’s massive fire

Southern Colorado residents who watched the Spring Creek Fire sweep across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last summer now look worriedly at the more than 108,000 acres of charred land. This year, they vigilantly watch for rain clouds. Even a quarter inch of rain pouring onto those devastated slopes could bring a new disaster to […]

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Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda arrives in Colorado with BLM’s plan to sell oil and gas leases across record-sized swath of Colorado

ALAMOSA — The plane banked to reveal an ocean of sand, rippling beneath the jagged Sangre de Cristo mountains. “Right here,” said hydrologist Amos Mace, pointing to a copse of spruces near the home where he grew up about a mile from the border of Great Sand Dunes National Park. “They could drill right there. […]