Posted inEducation, News

Rural Colorado students go to college at low rates. But one town bucks the trend.

Sisters Shaelea and Ryanna Pruett can rattle off plenty of facts about raising cattle. The Fowler High School graduates know the ideal build for a bull and how to bottle-raise a calf. The sisters could try to make a living on their family ranch tucked between Manzanola and Fowler on Colorado’s southeastern plains.  Instead, their […]

Posted inCOVID, News

The Colorado county with the highest coronavirus infection rate is now on the Eastern Plains

When the coronavirus began its deadly rampage across Colorado, the hardest hit communities were in the high country, where visitors brought the disease from across the globe, and on the populated Front Range, where it easily spread from person to person in crowded urban areas.  But now the county with the highest coronavirus infection rate […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Rural broadband goals shelved for backroom politics

Speaker of the Colorado state House, KC Becker, a Democrat, recently appointed Jon Becker, a Republican and no relation, to the Broadband Deployment Board without interviewing any other candidates.  Brian Martin, interim director of the Broadband Fund confirmed Becker’s appointment. Becker’s appointment matters because this 16-person board, an arm of the state Department of Regulatory […]

Posted inGrowth, News

It’s not just Denver: Rural Colorado feeling housing crunch, with more residents spending half their income on a place to live

YUMA — In one of her two jobs, Kerri Horton visits the homes of new and expectant mothers to advise them on healthy practices as they step into parenthood. Along the way, she sometimes catches an inside look at what the lack of affordable housing looks like in rural Colorado. One young mother she counseled […]

Posted inColoradans, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Big questions about voting rights — and short-term rentals — splinter tiny Colorado town of Pitkin

Trouble began brewing in the Colorado mountain town of Pitkin the way trouble often begins in small towns: in a debate over the prospect of change. When the tiny Gunnison County municipality held its first trustee election in a decade, the April 2016 vote was really a referendum on whether or not to allow short-term […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

Rural southeast Colorado loved its landfills. After a health department deal, some will finally close

Over the past few years, as the state health department told small landfill operators in southeast Colorado that it would be more closely enforcing environmental regulations — probably pushing some of them toward closure — locals pushed back with a familiar refrain: Urban rulemakers didn’t understand rural communities and burdened them with unfair expectations. “I […]