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SunLit Special: Claire Boyles’ “Site Fidelity” delves into the trials of rural life

This excerpt from author's collection of short stories offers a window onto the lives of one couple trying to regain economic footing after the Great Recession


Colorado businesses relied on sidewalk extensions to make a profit during COVID. They may be here to stay.

Parklets that became commonplace during the pandemic could become permanent fixtures on revitalized Main Streets across the state.


Desperate for teachers and staff, some rural Colorado schools are offering their workers child care

Faced with persistent staffing shortages, some rural school districts have decided to open child care centers themselves.


A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis plans to transmit its own internet signal out to families’ homes after years of struggling with the state’s digital divide.


Opinion: We’re running out of water. It’s time to overhaul Colorado’s storage system

The federal infrastructure package is an opportunity to fix and expand the state’s network of dams, reservoirs, pipes and pumps.

Opinion Columns

Shipping container hotel in Florence sparks new ideas for Colorado housing

Two entrepreneurs building homes out of shipping containers in an industrial zone hope to seed an affordable community as innovators flock to Florence.


What’s Working: The benefits of employing remote workers living in Colorado’s rural communities

Plus: More companies are excluding Coloradans from their jobs, interesting unemployment trends and a survey showing What’s Working readers are finding work.


Carman: An examination of rural Colorado’s coronavirus vaccine resistance

On a trip to the state's southwestern corner, the rural/urban divide stood out in sharp relief, and statistics told the rest of the story

Opinion Columns

A rural Colorado high school’s aerospace class is paving the runway for a new generation of pilots

Calhan Public High School students recently took a field trip 1,000 feet above the ground, escorted by pilots wanting to open their eyes to a career in aviation.


Opinion: Former Agriculture Commissioner Peter Decker fought for equity for rural Colorado

Peter Decker, who ranched in Ridgway, understood education was essential to the vitality of farm and ranch communities, has died at age 86.

Opinion Columns

Dark-sky designations bring the promise of starry nights — and tourist dollars — to rural Colorado

A dark-sky designation offers economic benefits, but it also advances the notion of light pollution as an environmental issue


Rural Colorado communities vow to keep their schools open, even as coronavirus cases rise

Without evidence of the virus spreading in their schools, some districts will continue in-person learning. Their leaders worry what will happen to kids if they don’t.


Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

Unserved rural homes and businesses may finally get broadband thanks to $250 million in federal spending. But after looking at the maps, some have their doubts the money will reach its goal


On Edge: In a rural Eastern Plains community plagued by drought, stigma won’t be easy to overcome

Week after rainless week throughout the growing season has wounded not just local farmland, but also the emotional landscape


Northwest Colorado gets a gigabit broadband boost from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Yampa Valley Electric Association awarded $6 million to build 209 miles of internet fiber to connect Moffat, Eagle and Grand counties. About 264 households and dozens of farms and businesses will benefit


Gigabit internet coming to more rural southwestern Colorado communities

Utah internet company wins second federal grant to provide broadband to Dolores, San Miguel and Montezuma counties. Locals hope to see more economic activity, better mobile service.


As 2020 Census approaches finish line, Colorado looks to close the gap of who’s undercounted

While final results won’t be available for months, self-response rates are showing mixed results compared to 2010

Politics and Government

Federal coronavirus loans helped Colorado’s rural hospitals stay afloat

Many of Colorado’s rural hospitals are the community’s top employer and the only provider for hundreds of miles


Colorado will miss its goal to hit 92% broadband coverage in rural areas by June

Sussing out which parts of the state barely have service is a guessing game. But several gigabit internet projects in the works could fill gaps.


Little-known internet network plans Western Colorado expansion to link students, nonprofits to supercomputers

Front Range-based GigaPop wants to team with local governments on the Western Slope to improve broadband in rural Colorado. It’s looking for funding for the $2.2 million project.

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