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Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Rocky Mountain National Park became the state’s first national park to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, two days after the park’s top boss .COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:The park announced late Friday that it is temporarily closing “until further notice,” following the request of Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa and the local health department.The park had already early in the day due to more than a foot of new snow. Earlier this week it announced . “The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Rocky...

March 20, 2020
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Homeowner undergoes surgery after bear attack in Aspen

Homeowner undergoes surgery after bear attack in Aspen

Wildlife officials in Colorado have located and killed a bear believed to have been involved in a home break-in and attack, injuring the homeowner.Colorado Parks and Wildlife said a team with tracking dogs located the bear on the backside of Aspen Mountain before tracking it to a mine shaft and killing it, . DNA from the bear was sent to a lab to verify it was the same bear involved in the break-in.The homeowner is undergoing surgery after a bear broke into his home through the front door and swiped a paw at the man, department officials said.“The injuries are pretty significant lacerations...

July 11, 2020
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Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks

Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks

As the oil market craters and the economy is throttled by the novel coronavirus pandemic, environmental and grassroots groups are worrying about a potential surge in abandoned oil and gas wells, but state regulators maintain that the risk appears to be limited.The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held a meeting Monday to review the status of oil and gas operations in Colorado and regulatory oversight of those activities.COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:“I want to debunk the myth that operations are not safe during economic downturns,”...

May 12, 2020
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Health department orders closure of Castle Rock restaurant that packed in Mother’s Day crowd despite coronavirus

Health department orders closure of Castle Rock restaurant that packed in Mother’s Day crowd despite coronavirus

The Tri-County Health Department has ordered the closure of a Castle Rock restaurant that opened on Mother’s Day to in-person dining in defiance of Colorado rules banning in-person dining.Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has also s.A video posted by  showed people sitting at tables and waiting close together in line at the counter while others lined up outside for a chance to get inside the eatery about 30 miles south of Denver. Except for one person wearing a mask, the scene and the din of people talking appeared like just another busy day at a restaurant before the government limited...

May 11, 2020
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Colorado could stop tourism marketing as budget writers look to slash $3 billion in spending

Colorado could stop tourism marketing as budget writers look to slash $3 billion in spending

Budget-slashing in the governor’s economic development office is calling for a sweeping reduction of Colorado’s tourism and marketing budget. COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:The to the $18.5 million Colorado Tourism Office budget as gambling revenue evaporates. Nearly $15 million of the state’s tourism promotion fund comes from gambling taxes.The last time the state cut tourism promotion so drastically — to zero from $12 million in 1993 — the state’s largest-in-the-nation share of U.S. tourists dropped to 17th place and cost Colorado $2 billion in...

May 7, 2020
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E-bike access riling Colorado public lands users as BLM plans rule to open non-motorized trails

E-bike access riling Colorado public lands users as BLM plans rule to open non-motorized trails

After a couple days of hard hiking last fall, Tim Brass thought it was time to track down a motor. He was bowhunting in a trophy unit near Creede, and plenty of other hunters were using a motorized trail for swift access. His friend offered an e-bike. Brass got his elk. “Best hunting experience of my life. And that tool made it a lot easier to get the elk out of there, I’ll tell you that. It made it bearable, for sure,” said the Colorado policy director for the 40,000-member Backcountry Hunters and Anglers group.  But that pedal-assisted hunt into a wholehearted embrace of e-bikes. He...

May 14, 2020
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Colorado will miss its goal to hit 92% broadband coverage in rural areas by June

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

The state’s goal to get 92% of rural Colorado connected to decent broadband by June will miss the mark. No single factor was to blame — and it had nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic. But an overall reason is that determining the figure is a crapshoot.“There’s no place for us to go to get more accurate information,” said Anthony Neal-Graves, executive director of the Colorado Office of Broadband, which is focused on getting rural Colorado coverage to 100%. ”Even the (Federal Communications Commission) admits that the data they have is awful.”Internet access in the state’s rural...

May 21, 2020
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He was raped by his dad’s best friend. Colorado’s Catholic Church abuse report revealed the secret.

He was raped by his dad’s best friend. Colorado’s Catholic Church abuse report revealed the secret.

Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault.GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Neil Elms planned to carry his biggest secret to his grave. He thought no one would ever know what he’d kept hidden for 37 years.Elms never told his mother or father, or any of his six siblings. He concealed it through two marriages, two children, nearly 10 years in the Army and jobs that took him across the globe.Looking back, Elms says, he never even came close to revealing what happened to him as a young boy at Holy Family School in northwest Denver — not a breath about his father’s best...

February 19, 2020
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Each Colorado coronavirus patient is spreading the disease to as many as 4 people, governor says

Each Colorado coronavirus patient is spreading the disease to as many as 4 people, governor says

CENTENNIAL — Each Coloradan infected by the new coronavirus likely has spread the disease to three or four others, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday as he warned of how bad things may get in the state unless people start taking social distancing seriously.COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:In explaining — and defending — issued earlier this week, Polis said the goal is to reduce that transmission number as much as possible and prevent a calamity in the coming months. Still, he warned that the situation will continue to worsen regardless.But, the governor...

March 27, 2020
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Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

Internet outages became a distant memory this month as a good chunk of western Colorado turned on a new broadband system. But this wasn’t built by a typical telecom. It took a band of local governments and partners from 14 rural communities to stitch together the 481-mile network, dubbed “Project Thor.” Communities from Aspen to Meeker craved better access and affordability but also demanded reliability. Over the years, multiple outages caused by accidental cuts in the internet line would shut them off from the rest of the world. At a Granby clinic, for example, medical staff couldn’t...

April 16, 2020
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