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Colorado’s summer of record heat, extreme drought and devastating wildfires — the three largest ever recorded have burned in the last three months — has cast fresh urgency on our climate crisis, as this state and the West see escalating impacts from a warming planet.

Scientists say Colorado will face more hot days, that rising heat is depleting water and drying soil, and mega-fires like Cameron Peak and East Troublesome are burning hotter and longer, drenching more of the Front Range in choking, particulate-laden smoke.

Environment reporter Bruce Finley today looks at these worsening and largely irreversible impacts of climate warming, and lagging preparations by Colorado leaders to deal with this crisis. The head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources says these impacts over the next 30 years look  “very troubling and, frankly, terrifying.”

— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Post 

As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount

“Like going through the gates of hell”: Grand Lake residents share horror of losing everything as East Troublesome fire exploded

GRAND COUNTY — Travis Busse can’t help but think about the trees.

The ones where he made his treehouses on the Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake as a kid — his favorite spot to play when he wasn’t helping his dad out on the ranch.

Nearly 50 years later, that same family ranch became his life’s work. Busse transformed the space into a wedding venue and hosted veterans, who used the animals and serene wilderness to cope with trauma from the horrors of overseas combat. Busse’s grandmother still had a house there, where she’d visit from Arizona even as she approached the century mark.

But this week, those same trees that Busse used to climb were engulfed in flames — along with his house, his grandmother’s house and more than a dozen other buildings on the 240-acre ranch that he’s called home his entire life. Continue Reading…

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Colorado’s 6th District, once a political battleground, is quiet now

On Nov. 3, Steve House will try to do what Republicans did without exception for decades: win an election in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. But since Democratic Rep. Jason Crow’s 11-point victory here in 2018, political oddsmakers have written it off as a lost cause for Republicans. Read More…

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Report forecasts major small business job losses in Denver and beyond as winter chill sets in

The “Game of Thrones” tagline “winter is coming” is especially ominous for small businesses in this COVID-19 battered year.

A new report from online payroll and benefits platform Gusto predicts dire outcomes if more government relief funding is not made available to help businesses through the cold weather months. Read More…

RTD’s latest cuts point toward future that favors higher-demand bus routes

Facing the cataclysmic shock of a once-in-a-century pandemic, the Regional Transportation District is in no position to expand service anytime soon. But that isn’t keeping the agency from mulling a reshuffling plan that points to potentially seismic future changes in how — and where — it runs bus lines.

RTD’s board this week is poised to approve a new service plan that in January would suspend three regional bus routes with low ridership, including downtown commuter buses to Conifer, Evergreen and several other foothills communities. Read More…

CU’s Board of Regents planned to fire Bruce Benson before he announced retirement, records show

Bruce Benson’s announcement in the summer of 2018 that he planned to retire as president of the University of Colorado preempted a previously undisclosed attempt by a majority of the Board of Regents to fire him, according to records obtained by The Denver Post. Read More…

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