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CSU professor Jared Orsi aims to amplify undertold stories as Colorado’s new state historian

Jared Orsi, a history professor at Colorado State University, has begun his one-year term as Colorado State Historian, following Regis University professor Nicki Gonzales. Orsi, one of the five original members of the State Historian’s Council, has taught at CSU for more than 20 years, specializing in borderlands and environmental history and serving as director […]

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Hiker traffic on Colorado 14ers fell by 110,000 visits in 2021 after setting a record in 2020

After a record-setting year for Colorado’s highest peaks at the height of the pandemic, traffic on the state’s 14ers dropped in 2021, falling by more than 110,000 user days.  The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, using remote-sensor counters on 23 trails around the state, counted about 303,000 hikers scaling the state’s 54 14,000-foot peaks in 2021, down […]

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Their family ran the Denver-owned Echo Lake Lodge on Mount Evans for decades. The city’s new plan does not include them.

MOUNT EVANS — The T-shirts and hoodies are stacked deep on the tables of the 95-year-old restaurant. Bill Carle estimates he’s spent about $300,000 on the Mount Evans souvenirs for the Echo Lake Lodge his family has operated for 57 years.  He spent that before Denver officials told Carle the city would not be renewing […]

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Amid the charred ruins of Colorado wildfires, a sense of community evolves with the rebuild

About this story: Sun staff writer Kevin Simpson wrote and compiled this account with contributions from Jason Blevins, Jennifer Brown, Tamara Chuang, Shannon Najmabadi and Olivia Prentzel. Kiki Turner stood in front of the house where she grew up, now a pile of ashes in a scorched and flattened neighborhood. She could see for miles, […]

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Pikes Peak “bolt war” pits veteran climbers against each other on America’s Mountain

Rock climbing’s “bolt wars” of the late 1980s and early 1990s are long gone. But two Colorado Springs climbers are trying to reignite the decades-old debate over bolts.  Bosier Parsons and Brad Saren last year warned Phil Wortmann they would take drastic action if the veteran climber published a guidebook detailing the granite routes around […]

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With homelessness more visible than ever, Colorado cities don’t have to count outdoor residents

Cities were granted a pass this year from a federal requirement that they attempt to count every resident who is homeless, whether in shelters, tents in the park or alone with a blanket on a sidewalk. Many of the nation’s cities, including Denver and Colorado Springs, decided that sending dozens of volunteers to the streets […]

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The Witches of Manitou Springs: History, hysteria and wand-waving Wiccans behind a stubborn urban myth

Manitou Springs, a picturesque mountain town nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak, is full of whispers of witches and witchcraft.  Maybe you’ve heard it from an Uber driver on the way to an area bar or while scrolling through a travel site. It’s a tale that often wanders through word of mouth. Wherever it […]

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Wildlife officials hoping man-made dens help orphaned cubs of Colorado’s bad-news bears get back on their paws

Bear cub No. 294 is asleep again, curled up on a plastic sled and blindfolded with a red bandana. Moments earlier, the tranquilizer injected through his thick brown fur and layers of winter fat had worn off, so while the other bears dozed in a trailer cruising down a highway in Colorado Springs, No. 294 […]