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Xcel Energy may fill the hole left by closing its Hayden coal-fired power plant with salt. And fish.

The utility’s plan to generate electricity using molten salt could serve as a template for other towns facing the end of the age of coal.

Environment

Big Agnes started by sketching plans on beer-stained napkins. 20 years later, the gear company is a local hero.

The maker of ultralight camping gear could have sold or left Steamboat Springs for somewhere that it's easier to do business, but boss Bill Gamber says Big Agnes is "pretty happy with the way things are."

Business

Half of Colorado lives in a day care desert. Here’s how that’s straining one mountain community.

Though officials say help is on the way, parents and child care providers are struggling in Colorado, a state where half the population lives in a day care desert.

Economy

The Yampa River is overdrawn and running out of water. And it’s hardly the only one.

Earlier this year, officials called the river “over-appropriated.” Last week, Gov. Jared Polis declared 21 counties are in a drought emergency.

Environment

Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Waitlists are growing for tens of thousands of storage lockers in mountain communities as new homeowners arrive, residents relocate and local workers scramble for rental homes.

Housing

Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a “wake-up call” on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis

The consequences of workers and permanent residents being priced out include mountain communities being forced to rethink their relationship to the tourism economy.

Housing

Here are the wildfires currently burning across Colorado

Lightning sparked three of the largest wildfires burning right now in the state

Wildfire

A northwest Colorado town is betting on the Yampa River to help it transition away from a coal economy

Outdoors

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

State-border jumpers can get vaccinated in Colorado — even if no one’s happy about it

Colorado officials say an address is not required to book a vaccine appointment, but counties say they’d rather prioritize their own full-time residents

Coronavirus

Xcel Energy moves up closure dates for coal-fired power plant near Steamboat Springs

Hayden Generating Station units 1 and 2 will be closed without layoffs of 75 people who work there, utility giant says as it moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.

Energy

Coronavirus drives blistering sales of Colorado mountain homes, sets 2020 as historic high mark

Driven by high-end sales, real estate markets in Colorado’s resort communities have set records since July. Most resort towns saw sales through October surpass all sales in the record-setting 2019.

Business

Colorado’s coronavirus surge swamps public health workers who track case counts, exposures

County health departments have switched to abbreviated questionnaires and robocalling. They spend hours hunting for duplicates in the case count.

Coronavirus

Colorado restaurants worry the governor’s latest coronavirus restrictions are the final blow

At least 15 counties will enter Colorado’s “red” coronavirus level on Friday, meaning indoor dining at restaurants must cease. Hordes of workers are losing their jobs.

Coronavirus

Wave of suicides in northwest Colorado part of “toxic stress” from coronavirus, experts say

Nine people have died by suicide so far this year, five in the past month in a region that has been fighting to expand mental health care and break down stigma around treatment

Health

Six RVs to help rural Colorado’s opioid addiction are coming to a parking lot near you

Three of the vehicles have already begun visiting rural towns where there is no access to medication-assisted treatment for heroin or prescription opioids.

Health

Opinion: Oil and gas companies have been paying the same federal royalty rate since 1920. It’s time that changed.

Opinion Columns

Parked: Routt County manufactured homes by the numbers

In just the last 10 years, Routt County's mobile home units have fallen by nearly half

Coloradans

Parked: The saga of Steamboat Springs’ mobile-home parks: Still offering riverfront homes for less than $900K

A planned new development displaced mobile home owners on prime property. Then the recession put plans on hold -- for years.

Coloradans
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