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A slight tweak to a pile of rocks deep in the woods could flood a Colorado town

State water engineers removed stones in a ditch, which directed more water toward Twin Lakes homes and less toward a proposed luxury community.

Environment

The only hospital in the country’s highest altitude city is thriving after near-closure 7 years ago

Leadville officials hope the hospital can be an economic engine for the once-booming mining town that clawed its way back from a bust in the 1980s thanks to a growth in tourism

Health

Leadville’s gear-lending “library” is tearing down barriers to build a new generation of outdoor adventurers

Get Outdoors Leadville! offers bikes, packs, skis and more to Lake County residents in a national model for increasing diversity in outdoor recreation.

Outdoors

Transportation board kills plan for trains to return to Colorado’s dormant Tennessee Pass

Colorado Midland & Pacific’s request for expedited approval of a plan to restore rail service was nixed on Thursday by the Surface Transportation Board.

Transportation

Potential operator of trains on Colorado’s Tennessee Pass promises rail line wouldn’t transport crude oil

Communities along the long-dormant line between Cañon City and Gypsum remain wary

Transportation

Opponents urge federal board to reject revival of Tennessee Pass railroad along Arkansas, Eagle rivers

Shipping hazardous material through Arkansas River Valley is “unconscionable,” Chaffee County commissioners say, joining more than 50 residents, business and environmental groups raising opposition to returning trains to long-dormant lines.

Transportation

New plans for rail traffic over Colorado’s Tennessee Pass spark protest from grain-hauling competitor

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. inked a lease for the long-dormant rail line through Colorado's high country, floating the possibility of oil cars in Browns Canyon

Transportation

Lake County coroner forced out of funeral home business

Lake County coroner Shannon Kent agreed to the stipulation on Tuesday following a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation Nov. 5

News

Old stage scenery from Leadville’s Tabor Opera House sat moldering for years. Now, it’s considered a treasure.

That stage scenery, along with more pieces added in later years, has been in the Tabor attic under layers of coal and bat guano dust for more than a century.

Arts

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

A complex map of coronavirus restrictions raises legal issues for district attorneys in Colorado's high country who may have to prosecute people who violate health orders.

Outdoors

Mount Evans Highway, Independence Pass into Aspen will remain closed because of coronavirus

The highway usually opens the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, which would have been May 21 this year

Nearly half of Americans didn’t go outside to recreate in 2018. That has the outdoor industry worried.

Sobering statistics in the Outdoor Participation Report show even kids are staying inside. “We should really be concerned as a nation that we are becoming an indoor nation,” Outdoor Foundation boss Lise Aangeenbrug says.

Outdoors

The Eagle County sheriff has been indicted for official misconduct. He says the district attorney misinterpreted the law.

James van Beek is accused of one count of official misconduct relating to his office’s spending

Crime and Courts

Lake County Sheriff’s Office unlawfully billed inmates for the costs of locking them up, grand jury says

A rare public report by a grand jury shows how dysfunction in the Colorado mountain community led to over a dozen inmates being wrongly billed thousands of dollars.