Summit County

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Colorado communities do what state lawmakers wouldn’t: Raise taxes on cigarettes, vaping products

The initiatives, mostly in mountain communities, follow a new state law that allows them to license and tax cigarette sales without penalty

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As Polis touts price drops from Summit County health insurance alliance, hospitals are skeptical it can work statewide

The Peak Health Alliance will save people thousands of dollars a year, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday

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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

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Gov. Polis is looking to take innovative Summit County health insurance alliance model statewide

A Colorado health insurance co-op, modeled after the Peak Health Alliance, could give employers greater leverage when negotiating health care prices

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In rural Colorado, emergency medical services struggle to keep money-losing ambulances rolling

High costs, low rates and scarce job applicants are forcing ambulance services to consolidate, take on new tasks and outsource

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The man who developed Colorado’s mountains sees a bright future ahead for places that are “a retreat from the crazy changing world”

Harry Frampton, who leads East West Partners, has some controversial ideas for solving the high country’s housing crisis

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Summit County health care prices force families to make desperate decisions. A new plan for how consumers buy coverage could change that.

The Peak Health Alliance could become a statewide model for how to give patients an upper hand over prices

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Jared Polis wants Colorado 100 percent powered by renewable energy, but talk is easier than the walk

At least 9 Colorado governments are working to wean themselves from coal and natural gas, but they say getting to 100% solar and wind power is harder than it seems.

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The Buffalo fire, near Silverthorne, was one of the first big tests for fire breaks in Colorado. Now, communities are changing their tune toward them.

The wildfire started on June 12 and was racing toward $1 billion in homes and infrastructure. Then, crews stopped the flames in their tracks.