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Original Thinkers festival kicks off with an ode to joy in troubling times

Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival begins with a documentary exploring the relationship between Archbishop Demond Tutu and the Dalai Lama


Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival is aimed at allowing us to “move forward in this confounding world”

Telluride’s four-day ideas festival connects speakers, musicians and artists around documentaries, with a virtual festival running through October.


An end of unfettered growth for short-term rentals in Colorado’s resort communities

Breckenridge and other mountain towns are trying to slow the growth of vacation rentals in an effort to ease housing and labor issues


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.


Students who kept Colorado’s resort-town economies alive during COVID are now headed back to school

As seasonal workers return to classrooms, merchants cut hours and service in Telluride, Crested Butte and Breckenridge.


Woman falls to death climbing Telluride’s via ferrata route

Anissa Laverne Larson, of Tucson, was traversing the route with a friend Thursday morning when she apparently slipped and fell


EPA plan to truck toxic mine waste through Telluride isn’t sitting well with locals

EPA says there will be short-term pain for long-term gain from moving final tailings pile on Telluride’s Valley Floor across town to a monitored mine-waste repository. 


Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis

Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.


Behind Wyoming and Colorado’s anomalous twin COVID-19 spikes despite their political differences


Colorado mountain towns say they can’t handle any more tourists amid labor, housing crises

Colorado tourism cheerleaders hasten their transition from destination marketing to management as resort town locals call for more housing and less promotion.


Family, friends mourn after Telluride man dies during hike

29-year-old Patrick Eells told his girlfriend on Sunday he planned to hike and run the Sneffels Highline, and he was considering summiting Mt. Emma


Colorado cities will be able to require developers to build affordable housing in new rental projects

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis Friday reverses a 20-year-old court precedent, allowing cities and counties to require affordable housing as a part of new rental developments.

Politics and Government

Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out

More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.


Ski patrollers at Breckenridge vote 43-42 to unionize

Summit County resort’s ski patrollers join United Professional Ski Patrols of America alongside first-responders at Vail Resorts’ Crested Butte, Park City in Utah and Stevens Pass in Washington.


Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

Colorado mountain, resort communities are rebounding — and then some — from coronavirus-scarred 2020

Despite grim projections last spring, many of Colorado’s high-country resort communities saw waves of in-state visitors in the fall and early winter fill local coffers.


Colorado cities can’t force developers to build affordable housing. Democratic lawmakers want to change that.

New state legislation would reverse a 20-year-old court decision and allow cities and counties to require affordable units in new developments.


Colorado ski resorts work to stay open as COVID cases snowball

The skiing itself doesn’t feel much different during the pandemic. But “the après ski scene is just gone,” one Telluride visitor said.


Contact tracing in Colorado immigrant communities is most effective with voices from within

Long-standing health care disparities, job insecurity, immigration status, language barriers and a profound distrust of government all complicate the already tricky task

Opinion: Colorado’s small-town newspapers connect communities – and deserve community support

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