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By Tracy Ross | December 2018
Centennial Staters love their après-ski almost as much as they love skiing itself. But has the thrill of the party surpassed the joy of the adventure? Inside the culture of drinking that permeates our great outdoors.
By Robert Sanchez | September 2018
What do you do six years after your eldest child is murdered in one of the worst mass shootings in American history? If you’re Tom Sullivan, you channel your anger and sorrow into an unlikely campaign for political office.
Update: The 62-year-old former postal worker was voted into office in the 2018 midterms, and will represent Colorado’s House District 37.
By Kasey Cordell | November 2018
This past spring, the U.S. Army sent a gender-integrated howitzer crew to a war zone for one of the first times. We embedded with the Fort Carson unit on its historic mission in Afghanistan.
By Spencer Campbell | November 2018
The achievement gap between white and minority students in Denver Public Schools is one of the worst in the country. Despite the district’s efforts, we can’t seem to narrow that chasm. These students’ stories might explain why.
By Robert Sanchez | October 2018
When a Rocky Ford police officer was convicted of murder after shooting a young man in 2014, residents of the Eastern Plains town might have believed that the criminal justice system had worked to protect the community. So why does the Rocky Ford Police Department seem more powerful—and less accountable—than ever?
By Spencer Campbell | April 2018
Developer Matt Joblon is imposing his ambitious vision on the city’s toniest shopping district. Will its famously change-adverse residents welcome the results?
By Natasha Gardner | July 2018
Forty years ago, disability activists stopped traffic at the corner of Broadway and Colfax Avenue and changed the way the United States works. But that wasn’t the start—or the end—of their civil rights fight.
By Tracy Ross | January 2018
Coloradans and out-of-state visitors use the Centennial State’s public lands to camp, hike, bike, ski, snowboard, and snowshoe—and to simply revel in the majestic beauty. But what happens when the perils of the wilderness go beyond the forces of nature?
By Chris Outcalt | August 2018
Twelve years ago, a Saudi Arabian man living in Colorado named Homaidan al-Turki, whom federal authorities had long suspected of having ties to terrorism, was sentenced to life in prison on multiple counts of unlawful sexual contact. To this day, al-Turki has maintained that he’s innocent and was instead the target of post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiment. What if he’s right?
By Kelly Bastone | February 2018
The High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado is big enough to be a national park, but its owners, led by Paul Vahldiek Jr., don’t take their cues from the government. Instead, they’ve developed a unique approach to land management that could revolutionize the conservation movement for both private and public open spaces.