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Northern Colorado has its own backcountry ski patrollers. And they’re busier than ever.

CAMERON PASS — The wind is swirling snow and shaking the aspens. It’s single-digit cold. “Such a harsh environment,” says Owen Richard, raising his voice in the gusts as he sticks skins to his skis for another lap in knee-deep powder. “And here we are having fun. So, so lucky.” Backcountry skiers on Cameron Pass […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, Outdoors, Water, Wildfire

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News

“5-star” exemption program pioneered in Mesa County opens to other Colorado counties under red-level restrictions

State officials have agreed to consider new county-by-county variances to red-level shutdown restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, but they warned rising case loads mean they will cast a skeptical eye on anyone hoping to replicate Mesa County’s “5-star” exemption program. The Mesa County program, approved by the state and running since the […]

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More Colorado counties want entrance into Mesa County’s coronavirus “pre-check” program for restaurants

Whether some counties can give businesses a seal of approval and let them skip tougher state-imposed restrictions landed firmly on the governor’s desk Wednesday, as Larimer and Douglas lawmakers asked the state for permission to join a form of COVID-19 “pre-check” running in Mesa County. Mesa County, where virus cases have risen sharply in recent […]

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Defiant Colorado restaurants could lose licenses, Gov. Polis says

By Patty Nieberg, Associated Press/Report for America Gov. Jared Polis warned Tuesday that some Colorado restaurant owners who defy or ignore strict state health orders to stem spread of the coronavirus could lose their licenses to operate. Colorado’s restaurant sector has been hit hard during the pandemic, with many forced to close and thousands of […]

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Colorado’s Arapaho and Roosevelt forests will reopen Tuesday after 19-day closure due to wildfire threat

After almost three weeks of closure, Coloradans will be able to access two of the state’s most popular national forests once again. Parts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, shut down last month because of wildfire threats, will reopen to the public as of 6 a.m. Tuesday. The forests overlap Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, […]