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“Morning-after pill” is tougher to buy at Colorado pharmacies than the law allows, study finds

September 26, 2017 — The emergency contraceptive drug that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, commonly known as Plan B, has no age restriction and has federal approval for sale on pharmacy shelves. Yet in Colorado, researchers found the "morning-after pill" isn't always as accessible as law allows. Researchers […]

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State issues health advisory after testing marijuana from Steamboat Springs business

September 26, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs marijuana business owner is hopeful a second round of tests will prove he does not use a prohibited pesticide at his grow operations. On Friday, the Colorado Department of Revenue sent out a public health and safety advisory for […]

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Steamboat ski lift chairs sell out in 28 minutes

September 25, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Twenty-eight minutes is all it took for Steamboat Ski Area to off-load 100 chairs from the original Storm Peak Lift. “We expected this sale to be really popular, and it was,” said Loryn Kasten, senior communications manager for the Steamboat Ski and […]

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The estimated cost to build Hyperloop One in Colorado? $24 billion

September 25, 2017 — DENVER — Colorado’s dream of a futuristic transportation system that would move passengers and freight at speeds of nearly 700 mph using a pod and tube system is estimated to cost about $24 billion to build. The state’s proposed route — named one of 10 […]

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Mountain Town News: How to keep Yellowstone’s supervolcano from blasting

September 23, 2017 — JACKSON, Wyo. – You think the smoke this summer was annoying? Just wait until the enormous magma chamber underlying Yellowstone National Park blows again. Scientists calculate it does so every 600,000 to 800,000 years. It last erupted 640,000 years ago. Depending upon which source you […]

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Moffat County wildfire 5,200 acres and growing, U.S. 40 remains closed

September 22, 2017 — Update 9:15 a.m. The Winter Valley Fire burning near Elk Springs in western Moffat County reached Cross Mountain overnight, charring more than 5,200 acres as of about 11 p.m. Thursday. No structural damage was reported as of that same time, however about six or seven […]

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Eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Vail will close Friday morning to remove crashed semi

September 22, 2017 — UPDATE: The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, which were closed for nearly four hours Thursday afternoon and evening after a semi-trailer crashed near Vail Pass, will close again Friday morning while crews work to remove the truck. In a tweet late Thursday, Colorado State Patrol […]

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Colorado hospitals owed millions from state; officials worried they will have to turn away needy patients

September 21, 2017 — Hospitals across Colorado are waiting on millions of dollars in reimbursements after the state Medicaid department went live with a new technology system six months ago, the situation growing so dire that hospital officials say they are concerned they will have to start turning away […]

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New Colorado rules on marijuana edibles aim to curb accidental use by kids

September 21, 2017 — New marijuana rules that go into effect Oct. 1 aim to keep marijuana products from getting into the hands of children. "These regulations reflect extensive stakeholder input focused on public safety and legislative intent," Colorado Department of Revenue Executive Director Mike Hartman said in a […]

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Grand Junction woman played same Powerball numbers every week for 30 years. It just paid off.

September 21, 2017 — GRAND JUNCTION — Grand Junction area resident Judy Finchum says she has played the same five numbers in the Powerball every week, without fail, for the past 30 years. On Sunday, her persistence won her $133.2 million, making Finchum the biggest jackpot winner in state […]

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Colorado police on the hunt for ‘The Mad Pooper’ — aka the poop-and-run jogger

September 21, 2017 — Police in Colorado Springs are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood. Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she’s dubbed “The Mad Pooper” by her children, who caught the jogger […]

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Study: Use of AirBnB, other services for short-term rentals surging in Aspen

September 20, 2017 — A growing number of property owners in Aspen and Snowmass Village are hopping at the chance to rent their residences directly to vacationers, according to a recent study. An Environmental Assessment on proposed improvements at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport estimated that growth in rental by owners […]

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Victims of online rental scams seldom get justice. This Aspen case could buck the trend.

September 19, 2017 — Aspen is a popular spot for Craigslist-type rental scams, though few of the scammers are ever caught. But on Monday, an El Paso, Texas, woman charged with using Craigslist to rent an apartment on Aspen's eastside in April to a couple for more than $3,000 […]

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Rate of Coloradans without health insurance at record low

September 19, 2017 — The percentage of people in Colorado who don't have health insurance is at record-low levels, maintaining a downward trend in the uninsured rate that began with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey released Tuesday. But Colorado's top insurance regulator […]

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Earthquake, 3.3 magnitude, hits near Park City, Utah

September 18, 2017 — A 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Park City late Monday morning, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, shaking buildings in Summit County and as far away as Utah County. The epicenter of the earthquake, which hit at 11:21 a.m., was 7 miles northwest of […]

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Grand Junction ticket wins $133.2 million Powerball jackpot

September 18, 2017 — GRAND JUNCTION — A Powerball ticket sold in Grand Junction won the $133.2 million jackpot in Saturday's drawing. Colorado Lottery officials say the ticket was purchased at the Lucky Me convenience store. Previously, the largest Powerball prize won in Colorado was $90 million won by a […]

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“He truly was my hero”: Brother recalls man who died with his wife and 2 children in plane crash near Glenwood Springs

September 18, 2017 — Jeff Makepeace was adventurous and big-hearted, a self-made man who had recently gotten a pilot's license and was flying with his family to Moab when his plane crashed near Glenwood Springs last week, his brother said Monday. "He truly was my hero," said Caleb Makepeace. […]

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Elk Mountains deaths, educating climbers topic of Pitkin County, forest service meeting

September 18, 2017 — Early ideas on how to get the word out about the dangers of climbing peaks in the Elk Mountains include posting links on a popular website, concentrating educational efforts on the Front Range and installing “in-your-face” type signs at trailheads. That’s according to officials who […]

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American Airlines to start all-year, daily service to Eagle County’s airport

September 18, 2017 — EAGLE COUNTY — For years, only one airline — United, through a subsidiary — has provided daily, all-year air service to the Eagle County Regional Airport. That number will double starting in the spring. American Airlines for years has brought seasonal daily service from Dallas. […]

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Family of 4 and dog dies in plane crash north of Glenwood Springs

September 18, 2017 — Relatives of the four Fort Collins residents killed late Friday in a plane crash north of Glenwood Springs issued a statement Sunday identifying the family. The victims were Jeff Makepeace, 47, his wife, Jennifer, 45, and their 10-year-old twins, Addison and Benjamin. The family’s dog […]

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