Posted inArts, Culture, News

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

By Nancy Lofholm, Colorado Public Radio LEADVILLE — When mining magnate Horace Tabor decided in 1879 that the rowdy silver boomtown of Leadville needed some cultural spiffing up, he built an opera house. In just 100 days, he brought in enough wagonloads of stone, brick and iron over hair-raising mountain passes to erect the massive […]

Posted inCOVID, Environment, Health, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

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 […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Transportation

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

ASPEN — The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that Colorado 82 over Independence Pass will remain closed until at least June 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The highway usually opens the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, which would have been May 21 this year. But multiple counties requested the closure be extended to curtail […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Health, News, Outdoors

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

For the glass-half-full crowd that makes up the outdoor industry, the results of the latest outdoor participation survey are sobering. Outdoor businesses need people to get outside, but almost half of Americans don’t venture outdoors to play. The steady decline in participation threatens not just the bottom line but the outdoor industry’s mission to collectively […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

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

Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek has been indicted on suspicion of official misconduct related to money spent by his office, but he says the situation all stems from a misunderstanding of the law by the district attorney.  The grand jury indictment splits two of the most powerful law enforcement officers in Colorado’s high country, […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

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

Jail officials at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office unlawfully billed inmates more than $16,000 for the costs of housing and feeding them without first obtaining court approval, according to a scathing — and rare — public report from a Colorado grand jury revealing a host of deeper problems that existed within the department before leadership […]