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A caring high school principal or a criminal? A situation in Salida may have national implications.

The response to a student’s suicidal threat in September has opened a rift between police and Salida Public Schools, highlighting broader questions about the role of law enforcement in K-12 education

Crime and Courts

A live .22 caliber round was found next to Suzanne Morphew’s bed after she disappeared

Prosecutors also showed body camera footage of Barry Morphew with deputies at the couple's home on May 10, 2020, the day his wife Suzanne Morphew was reported missing by a neighbor

Crime and Courts

Dig it or chew it? Gravel mine expansion near Salida mountain bike trail latest clash of industry, recreation

Hard Rock Paving wants to expand its Salida gravel mine by 63 acres and will realign the Solstice bike trail. Nearby residents oppose any mine expansion while mountain bikers prefer a bigger buffer between pit and trail.


In the small town of Salida, a very unlikely circus thrives

Some kids play soccer growing up. Others join the circus.


Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.


Suzanne Morphew’s husband arrested, charged with murder almost a year after her disappearance

The Salida woman went missing on Mother’s Day last year, and there have been few public developments in the case since then.

Crime and Courts

How bad are Coloradans at recycling? Chaffee County contractor closed its free sites over bad actors, slim profits

Angel of Shavano closes this week, leaving locals to pay waste haulers for curbside recycling if they want to keep the service


Transportation board kills plan for trains to return to Colorado’s dormant Tennessee Pass

Colorado Midland & Pacific’s request for expedited approval of a plan to restore rail service was nixed on Thursday by the Surface Transportation Board.


Potential operator of trains on Colorado’s Tennessee Pass promises rail line wouldn’t transport crude oil

Communities along the long-dormant line between Cañon City and Gypsum remain wary


New plans for rail traffic over Colorado’s Tennessee Pass spark protest from grain-hauling competitor

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. inked a lease for the long-dormant rail line through Colorado's high country, floating the possibility of oil cars in Browns Canyon


Chaffee County calls for more time, study of contentious Nestlé water-bottling plan

Chaffee County's three commissioners want to measure the potential impact of Nestlé’s proposal to pump, truck and bottle up to 65 million gallons of water a year


Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

A billionaire-backed agricultural outfit in southeast Colorado and a fledgling oil railroad project in Utah want to run trains on Union Pacific’s long dormant tracks between Cañon City and Dotsero.


Planning for drought has made Colorado whitewater rafting companies ready to weather coronavirus

Adding lodging and land adventures, like ziplines, via ferrata and art classes, has helped outfitters keep their place as outdoor economic engines, even when weather and illness make it tough.


Colorado’s housing crisis has gotten so bad that small towns are now building people homes

Rural school districts are leading the charge with projects designed to keep teachers in their communities. Resort towns, meanwhile, are struggling to increase their housing stock without ruining their character.


Are Colorado’s oil and gas and recreation industries all that different? Economists say no — and we need to protect them both

Both industries have impacts on land and rural communities, but “we can coexist” in pursuit of economic diversity, say promoters of recreation and energy