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Outside Publications

Parked: “Priced out of our hometown,” rising lot rents squeezing out mobile-home park residents...

Durango resident Dave Bray has lived in the mobile-home park on Animas View Drive for more than 30 years, but in the next year...

Parked: Aurora considers how to preserve mobile-home parks after park’s closure State law on...

More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters. Now, Aurora...
A Manual High School student, deep in thought.

Denver, Aurora high schools face potential state action under 2019 preliminary ratings

A new set of Colorado schools faces possible state intervention after failing to improve student achievement for five or more years in a row. Among...
Americans are ditching grass lawns for water conservation

Major Western cities pay residents to rip out their lawns to save water. Why...

A new study in 2016 showed that lawns are the largest irrigated crop in America. There are over 40 million grassy acres in the continental...
Kelsey Persyn, a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, teaches a bear education program. Persyn utilizes props and the help of eager young volunteers to teach visitors the difference between black and grizzly bears. (Photo by Andria Hautamaki)

Close encounters with the bear kind The very places that attract visitors and newcomers...

At the height of the tourist season at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2018, a plump black bear ambled into the lobby of the...
Connie Hanson holds a handful of what Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors told her were the cremated remains of her son, Frederick “Rick” Hanson. Connie Hanson believes it’s burnt trash, including wires and battery casings. (Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

‘None of this happened the way you think it did’ For years, the clients...

Last summer, Debbie Schum walked onto the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, carrying a petite gift bag. The bag had red...
Jose Miranda lays down to cuddle with one of his water buffalo. They are very attached to him, excitedly running to the gate when his truck approaches for a visit. (Photo by Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado The challenges and possibilities of...

“If more ranchers knew about water buffalo, they would forget about cows,” José Miranda, a Carbondale rancher, told me one morning last January over...
Goodwin Fire, July 2017, Prescott National Forest. (Photo by U.S. Forest Service)

Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that. Scientists are using crowdsourced data...

In 2013, when a wildfire changed tack and made a run for the town of Yarnell, Arizona, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots...
Bears Ears National Monument, Valley of the Gods, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Sullivan via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Will the Trump administration boost uranium industry? Lobbyists are pushing administration to order...

In July 2017, lobbyists from Energy Fuels Resources, a Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the United States, urged the Trump administration to...
"Oilfield donkey en route to Bakersfield" by Eric Baker via Flickr: Creative Commons

Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction Tens of millions more...

When energy corporations produce oil, gas or coal on public lands, they make royalty payments to the federal government and the states where production...