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Republican state Sen. Don Coram will run to unseat Lauren Boebert

Coram told a group of constituents in Montrose on Wednesday morning “the papers have been filed” for his congressional bid

Politics and Government

A 120-year-old water tunnel beneath the mountains is the Uncompahgre Valley’s lifeline. We went inside.

The first bore of the Gunnison Tunnel opened in 1909, becoming a model for moving Western water beneath mountains .


Desperate for teachers and staff, some rural Colorado schools are offering their workers child care

Faced with persistent staffing shortages, some rural school districts have decided to open child care centers themselves.


Supply chain problems — from salsa to sheet metal — are hampering Colorado businesses’ coronavirus recovery

Colorado businesses face increasing costs and lengthy wait times to purchase items ranging from chicken wings to sheet metal as supply chain crunches disrupt markets across the globe.


Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Waitlists are growing for tens of thousands of storage lockers in mountain communities as new homeowners arrive, residents relocate and local workers scramble for rental homes.


The slow fade of Colorado’s mountain pine beetle is triggering a massive shift in the timber industry

Loggers and sawmills prepare for a downturn in supply of beetle-kill timber 15 years after a surge of pests began their devastating march through 3.3 million acres of Colorado forests.


Two Western Slope startups sell to public companies, signaling investor interest in rural entrepreneurs

The sale of Eagle e-bike maker QuietKat and Montrose’s Nomad Reservations is a win for rural startup champions who see more deals coming as skilled workers flock to mountain towns and venture capital investors look beyond metro areas.


Opinion: A startup investor on how the Rocky Mountain West’s small towns are well equipped to embrace the future of Main Street

Recent startup successes highlight a region poised to embrace the post-COVID small-town economy.

Opinion Columns

Too many empty beds at Colorado nursing homes leave the industry in financial distress

Two corporate operators are pulling back from the state, attempting to transfer a combined 29 nursing homes into new hands.


Colorado wildlife officials use helicopter to transport and study pregnant elk near Aspen

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's study of survival rates of calves under a year old among herds across the state focuses how human recreation may be influencing the behavior of elk.


Drive-in theaters in Colorado and beyond are seeing increased traffic with big-name concerts, events

Outdoor theaters are feeing the pinch of the slow rollout of new movies, but Garth Brooks and Metallica are keeping rural drive-ins afloat


We now know how many billions of gallons of water Colorado will save by closing coal-fired power plants

By 2031 water use for coal-fired power plants in Colorado will drop to 3.7 billion gallons – a 68% reduction, according to the Energy and Policy Institute.


Coronavirus canceled Memorial Day ceremonies. But in Montrose a lone trumpeter stepped up to honor the fallen.

Daniel Pumphrey plays every Memorial Day at Grand View Cemetery -- whether he is invited or not. This year, he stood alone near the graves of servicemen and women because the coronavirus kept groups from gathering.


Fly from Aspen to Montrose for $30? Airlines are being allowed to cut small-airport service during coronavirus

With air travel contracting to 5% of pre-coronavirus levels, airlines now are allowed to cut some airports. Analysts project Colorado vacation towns aren’t on the chopping block.


Airlines flying empty planes to small Colorado airports plead for OK to cut service

Colorado's mountain tourist destinations are siding with airlines on temporary cutbacks, but they're fearful long-term loss of service. The airlines are making the ask despite pocketing federal coronavirus relief funds.


An army of volunteers is using Facetime, Zoom to protect Colorado foster kids during coronavirus

Calls to the child abuse hotline are down during the pandemic and fewer eyes are on kids. One advocate tried to determine via video conference whether a little girl’s bruises were from falling off her bike.


Montrose funeral home owner who allegedly sold hundreds of bodies without families’ consent is federally indicted

Megan Hess, of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and Donor Services, her mother, Shirley Koch, face nine counts, including for mail fraud and the transportation of hazardous materials

Crime and Courts

The Western Slope economy was already improving. Then Opportunity Zones added a power boost.

Montrose and Grand Junction are at the forefront of new investment through the tax program created to bolster growth in rural and low-income areas.


With or without WeWork, Colorado’s coworking industry sees sustainable growth in flexible office space

Denver’s the nation’s 7th largest flex space region in the U.S., and one Western Slope company aims to connect the rest of the industry.


Parked: Delta mobile-home resident poisoned by carbon monoxide; rental company denies anything is wrong

When the woman notified mobile park management she was moving out, she received an eviction threat

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