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The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

Warren Barnes read most days in an alley near a downtown bookstore. Now his chair, filled with books, is a permanent fixture.

Coloradans

Steve Knopper: Jim Sheeler was a fierce friend, who helped his besties turn down the volume on “You Suck FM”

Everybody who knew Jim Sheeler tells a similar story of validation, empathy, even soothing. Sometimes he could make your problems go away.

Opinion Columns

John Temple: Jim Sheeler had his own hidden superpowers

John Temple, former editor and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, remembers a reporter who found a way to slow down time and listen to the people he wrote about

Opinion Columns

Littwin: How do you write an obit for Jim Sheeler, the brilliant writer who made the death beat his own?

Sheeler was a Pulitzer winner at the Rocky, a National Book Award finalist, a close friend, a deeply good person and the only great writer I’ve ever known who never had to fake humility

Opinion Columns

Former Aspen mayor Herman Edel dies at 95

Edel was instrumental in organizing a significant restoration of the Wheeler Opera House

Politics and Government

Pikes Peak Marathon legend Arlene Pieper Stine, the first woman to run a sanctioned marathon, has died

Eight years before Kathrine Switzer shocked the world by running the Boston Marathon, Arlene Pieper Stine did her 26 miles in the Pikes Peak Marathon, with a 9-year-old daughter in tow

Outdoors

Boulder shooting victim Rikki Olds “lived life on Rikki’s terms,” family and friends say

The 25-year-old King Soopers manager was known for her vibrant, unapologetic personality.

Coloradans

Daniel Wolf, rancher and visionary art collector, dies in Ridgway

Daniel Wolf, whose collections now are housed in such places as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Denver Art Museum, was as at home on horseback at his Western Slope ranch as he was hobnobbing in New York.

Coloradans

Rennie Davis, “Chicago Seven” activist, dies at 80 in Berthoud

Davis and four co-defendants — Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and David Dellinger — were convicted during the "Chicago Seven" trial in 1969 and 1970

Coloradans

Opinion: Former Agriculture Commissioner Peter Decker fought for equity for rural Colorado

Peter Decker, who ranched in Ridgway, understood education was essential to the vitality of farm and ranch communities, has died at age 86.

Opinion Columns

Former Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon dies at 97 in Colorado Springs

Frank Macon was one of two surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airmen who lived in Colorado.

Coloradans

He wasn’t the best skier, but he was Colorado’s preeminent ski bum. Farewell, Charlie Toups.

“Everyone seemed to know him. … He lived life in such a unique way,” a friend recalls of Charlie Toups, a quintessential Colorado ski bum who spent decades living in cars in ski area parking lots.

Outdoors

Remembering the Coloradans lost to coronavirus

Coronavirus

Opinion: The life and legacy of Marie Greenwood, an extraordinary woman

Opinion Columns

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at age 75

Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games — including playoffs — in three decades.

News

Nicolais: The life led by Kyle Forti will shine through the darkness cast by his death

Opinion Columns

4 Americans, including Colorado GOP strategist Kyle Forti, die in helicopter crash in Kenya

Politics and Government

Pathbreaking transgender attorney Danyel Joffe’s work led to Colorado law compensating people wrongly convicted of crimes

Joffe, who died last month, relentlessly pursued DNA testing to free a man after 16 years in prison and sparked a change in the state's criminal justice system

Coloradans