Posted inClimate, News

Summit Stage gets $35 million federal grant for electric bus operations center that will serve ski country

Summit Stage, the transit lifeline linking ski areas, workers and mountain towns in three counties, will get nearly $35 million from the federal infrastructure law to build an electric bus operations center and edge toward Summit County climate change goals.  It’s the largest federal grant Summit County has ever seen, and funds most of the […]

Posted inHealth, News

Colorado mental health therapists are quitting Medicaid over latest payment debacle

As a single parent going back to college, Carla D’Agostino-Vigil signed up for Medicaid and used the government-run health insurance to attend “life-saving” therapy. So when she graduated and started her own mental health counseling practice in Westminster, D’Agostino-Vigil was adamant that she would open her doors to Medicaid patients.  “When it was my turn, […]

Posted inGrowth, Housing, News

He bought land in Park County before he could afford to build a home. So, he dug a hole there instead and lives in it.

By Dan Boyce, CPR News If you ask Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw about the housing crisis in his jurisdiction, he’ll describe a picture of extremes. It’s a place where he’ll say it’s nearly impossible to purchase an existing home for under $500,000. It’s one of the costliest regions in the state to build a […]

Posted inHealth, News

Park County’s only primary care doctor retired 8 years ago. A replacement still hasn’t been found.

By Dan Boyce, Colorado Public Radio Dr. Katherine Fitting was darting from room to room in the small South Park Health Care facility in Fairplay, giving out doses of the Moderna COVID-19 shot during a recent vaccination drive. This rural area, surrounded by mountain passes difficult to traverse, does not have the facilities to store […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

70-year-old Colorado man arrested in 1982 murders of two women

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A 70-year-old Colorado man accused of killing two women in 1982 has been arrested, officials said Wednesday. Alan Lee Phillips, of the mountain hamlet of Dumont, was being held in Park County Jail on suspicion of killing Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29, Park […]

Posted inEducation, Growth

Colorado’s housing crisis has gotten so bad that small towns are now building people homes

SILVER CLIFF  – The vacant lot along First, Second and Third streets is lined by wooden stakes that delineate the Bobcat Subdivision, a site for affordable housing in this southern Colorado town.  Eventually, this area could be filled with more than a dozen homes with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. This […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News, Politics and Government

“I can’t afford to live here”: Colorado teachers plea for wage help, but solutions still prove divisive

Doug Freeman moved back to Colorado last year and began teaching fourth grade at Edith Teter Elementary School in Fairplay, but he’s already eyeing a move out of state. Colorado is his home — he grew up in Littleton — and he doesn’t want to leave. But he might not have much of a choice. […]