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Rocky Mountain National Park is making a comeback after the one-two 2020 punch of COVID, East Troublesome fire

The same few months of 2020 that Colorado crown jewel Rocky Mountain National Park was suffering its worst losses from COVID closures, the whole place also nearly burned down.  Now, things are looking up in the original Switzerland of the West.   The park’s in-house firefighting crew, which said they’d been prepping for a sparkfest like […]

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Colorado’s energy czar, wife are recovering after a 1,000-foot fall while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Will Toor was thinking he was at the end. He was pretty sure his leg was broken. He was shivering uncontrollably in the snow high in the mountains. He’d watched his injured wife limp away to get help two hours earlier.  Every few minutes he’d holler for help.  Then, in the distance, he saw two […]

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Colorado to strengthen plan to protect views at Rocky Mountain National Park, sidestepping Sierra Club lawsuit

Colorado will meet revised federal deadlines to strengthen regional haze plans that protect views in Rocky Mountain National Park and other western treasures, state officials and environmental groups say, sidestepping a new Sierra Club lawsuit demanding sanctions on Colorado and dozens more states.  The Sierra Club lawsuit says the Environmental Protection Agency failed to enforce […]

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Eldorado Canyon may become Colorado’s first state park with timed entry

People traveling to Eldorado Canyon State Park by car will need a timed-entry ticket on summer weekends if the parks commission approves a recommendation this week, in a first-ever attempt by the state to handle soaring use across Colorado open spaces.  Online reservations would be free under the proposal, but would limit car visits to […]

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Watch where you aim: Urine is hurting Colorado’s high country lakes

Call it the Starbucks Effect.  When Colorado scientists wanted to figure out how much humans are directly contributing to the long-standing nitrogen pollution problems in our high mountain lakes, they needed a new tracing method.  For decades, researchers have calculated the environmental damage done by nitrogen that rises from Front Range smokestacks, and from human […]