Colorado

Sometimes a place
Sometimes a place
A family’s journey from the San Luis Valley to Denver, in illustrations.
How to feed the masses in small-town America
How to feed the masses in small-town America
New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores.
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
In Colorado, potato-farming brothers are saving water by using cover crops innovatively.
The slaughter of innocents
The slaughter of innocents
After prairie dogs invade a corner of her lot, a writer weighs the cost of eliminating them.
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
In Colorado, a new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises. But does it work?
The West’s widening healthcare gaps
The West’s widening healthcare gaps
Changing demographics, including an aging rural population, put more pressure on health care systems.
Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill
Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill
Agency contractors were excavating debris at the old mining site when the river flooded with wastewater.
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
The agency is increasingly looking to locals to help deal with high demand for recreation access.
Where are the fracking fights this fall?
Where are the fracking fights this fall?
Fracktivists look to exercise local control over energy development this November.
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Can lessons from ecology offer a way to find common ground in our polarized nation?
A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows
A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows
Interventions intended to reduce over-prescription of pain medicine may unintentionally be feeding a rise in heroin use in southwest Colorado.
The San Luis Valley’s controversial needle exchange idea
The San Luis Valley’s controversial needle exchange idea
Local leaders contemplate a program to address drug-associated health risks with a rocky history.
Inside a seed museum meant to track plant response to climate change
Inside a seed museum meant to track plant response to climate change
Researchers have collected seeds from across the country in a quiet Colorado storage facility.
Will a Colorado compromise end a water tug-of-war?
Will a Colorado compromise end a water tug-of-war?
A controversial deal for diverting water across the Rockies faces scrutiny.
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
A Colorado researcher is using boreal toads’ microbiomes to help them ward off a deadly fungus.
Report: Coal jobs will decline with or without federal regulations
Report: Coal jobs will decline with or without federal regulations
A new study from the Energy Information Administration finds the Clean Power Plan speeds coal’s decline.
Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform
Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform
In western Colorado, two visions for the future of fossil fuels collide at a BLM listening session.
Firearm safety group targets suicide at the source
Firearm safety group targets suicide at the source
As Western states outpace the national average on gun suicides, one group looks to sellers for help.
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
Coal mines are scaling back and shutting down — and jobs are disappearing.
Can Alamosa find a fix for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room?
Can Alamosa find a fix for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room?
A new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises in Colorado.
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
USGS now says the region has the nation’s second-largest reserves, but a flush market means little will change for now.
Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Searching for solutions in the changing rural West
Searching for solutions in the changing rural West
A new project looks to answer how small towns can survive a new era.