Colorado

Latest: Outdoor recreation recognized as economic contributor
Latest: Outdoor recreation recognized as economic contributor
The Commerce Department affirms the growing clout of outdoor retailers.
Don’t give up on riding the rails
Don’t give up on riding the rails
A writer muses on a recent loss of confidence in the West’s rail system.
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A massive shake-up would shed senior staffers and state boundaries. Could it work?
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.
After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills
After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills
How an over-taxed basin is getting its water use under control.
How rural New Mexico shares water during drought
How rural New Mexico shares water during drought
Centuries-old traditions offer guidance for water managers seeking resilience in an uncertain future.
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Cutting timber on a billionaire’s land could boost the San Luis Valley’s economy.
New Mexico sues EPA and others over Gold King disaster
New Mexico sues EPA and others over Gold King disaster
The suit is the first blow in what is likely to be a long legal fracas.
Latest: After 26 years, a settlement over Rocky Flats plutonium contamination
Latest: After 26 years, a settlement over Rocky Flats plutonium contamination
The site near Denver was once home to a nuclear weapons plant.
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
In Colorado’s oil- and gas-producing counties, science teachers broach a thorny subject in their own backyard.
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
In Colorado, another showdown at a government auction for oil and gas leases.
Video: Coal industry downturn rocks a Colorado mountain town
Video: Coal industry downturn rocks a Colorado mountain town
Former miners watch an iconic silo crumble, and discuss what it means for their community.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
Meet one of the great forgotten Western painters
Meet one of the great forgotten Western painters
Frank Mechau, who died in 1946 at age 42, saw the West through an unusual lens.
Gnome sharpshooting, satanic texts in schools, and coal bonuses
Gnome sharpshooting, satanic texts in schools, and coal bonuses
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams.