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Colorado’s new professional ultimate disc team wants to grow the sport — so it turned to young offenders

Aaron Alvarado, a 21-year-old inmate with a tiny, Cindy Lou Who-style ponytail on his head, got the hang of it pretty quickly, even though it was his first go at ultimate disc. “All you have to do is run fast and jump high,” said Alvarado, who played baseball and football in high school back in […]

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Colorado rejects Xcel Energy’s attempt to extend the life of Pueblo’s coal plant by 12 more years

An agreement that would have locked in 12 more years of life for Xcel Energy’s troubled Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant was rejected by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday. All three commissioners voiced opposition to the deal, citing concerns over the plant’s reliability, the fact that early closure might be cheaper for consumers […]

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Pueblo’s steel mill is an American success story. And it’s owned by Russians.

The story of Pueblo’s steel mill is steeped in the lore of American industry, from its rise backed by ingenuity and perseverance to its near demise at the hands of foreign competition. The mill has risen again in recent years, modernizing operations and winning back business from overseas rivals — with the help of its […]

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Can nixing daylight saving time unite Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District?

Scott Yates knows it’s hard to find common ground in this hyperpartisan, divided political world. But he’s hoping the voters in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District can agree on at least one thing: It’s time to get rid of daylight saving time. The latest Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the House seat, […]

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Colorado wants more mental health providers for Medicaid patients. But getting approved can take months.

Woodland Park psychologist Chris Estep spent decades helping foster children and Colorado prison inmates with mental health issues, so when he opened a private practice two years ago, he wanted to take patients on Medicaid across the eastern half of the state.  He’s still waiting for permission after filing an application 14 months ago.  Estep, […]

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Is Colorado home to an ancient astronomical observatory? The question is testing archaeological limits.

On the winter solstice in 1997, Greg Munson stood beside an unusual basin pecked into the stone along the exit trail to Cliff Palace, grandest of the cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park.  As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, Munson, a former Mesa Verde park ranger and […]

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SunLit Interview: A character from his mother’s childhood piqued Peter Meech’s interest in Billy the Kid

Peter Meech has had an international career as a writer, producer and director for television  and film. “Billy (the Kid)” is his debut novel. He has written, produced and directed several short  films and has several television credits. He  received a Master’s degree at Stanford, where he received the Stanford Nicholl writing award. What inspired […]

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Looking for a fast EV charge in small town Colorado? Do you want fries with that?

The Hatch chile burger comes fast at George’s Drive-Inn in Walsenburg. The flavors are 4½-star worthy, but no one’s lingering for a cheese course and a digestif.  So when Curtis Claar came to install an electric vehicle charger to bridge a range-anxiety gap between Pueblo and the New Mexico border, he brought the good stuff.  […]