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El Paso County Health officials say a man in his 40s with a recent travel history to California is the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the county.

The Bureau of Land Management’s plan to move its headquarters out west is costing the agency around half the employees asked to make the move, according to a new report from federal watchdog Government Accountability Office.


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Support for our series Private Prisons: Locking Down The Facts came from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support in-depth reporting and education around the globe.

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Colorado health officials announced the state had its first two presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus Thursday. 

Wild mushroom foragers in the Mountain West may soon have a new and easy way to tell if their pickings are poisonous. 

The stepmother of a boy missing from Colorado Springs for more than a month has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. 11-year-old Gannon Stauch remains missing.

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Rural hospital closures are becoming more common, and that’s leading to longer response times for ambulances to reach the scene of an emergency, according to a recent study.

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For the first time in two decades, voters in Colorado will participate in a presidential primary rather than a caucus. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman provides some insight on what voters should expect as they fill out their ballots.

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President Donald Trump riffed for more than an hour to a near-capacity crowd in Colorado Springs on Thursday night.

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Thousands of people waited for President Donald Trump in the finger-numbing cold outside the Broadmoor World Arena on Thursday morning. The president wasn’t scheduled to arrive for another nine hours, but the line had been building since the night before.

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Local GOP officials expect President Donald Trump’s “Keep America Great” rally on Thursday to draw a packed crowd to Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor World Arena fits just over 8,000 people. All the free tickets have been claimed online, according to organizers. Seating inside will be first-come, first-served. At 9:30 a.m., local law enforcement reported the parking lot at the venue was at capacity.

A Utah Republican state lawmaker is pushing a resolution condemning its neighbor, Colorado, if voters there decide to pass a November ballot initiative to reintroduce gray wolves into the southern Rockies.

Light pollution is usually associated with big towns and cities. But a new kind of light pollution map shows it’s also a problem in rural areas, including in the Mountain West.

 


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A new degree program in Colorado aims to train business leaders for the fast-growing outdoor recreation industry in the Mountain West.

At a public hearing last year in Boise, Idaho, recent transplant Alicia Peterson urged lawmakers not to tighten vaccine requirements. 

"I, this last year, ripped my whole family from the only home I've ever known, which was California, for these very reasons," Peterson said. "I left for health freedom."

According to the Idaho Statesman, Peterson isn't alone. An investigation by the newspaper found about two dozen others who said "they moved to Idaho because of the state's limited regulation—specifically, the ease of getting a vaccine exemption for schoolchildren."

On a frigid Tuesday evening, Brent Yatkeman is scrambling to save an avalanche victim buried in the snow somewhere on a ski hill near Park City, Utah. 

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The Colorado legislature is considering a new bill that would require private health insurance companies in the state to cover in vitro fertilization – or IVF – for patients struggling with infertility. It would become the most comprehensive coverage for infertility in the Mountain West. 

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Recognizing the youth mental health crisis in the Mountain West, some states are debating bills that address the problem from both inside and outside of schools.

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Starting this fall, a state university in Colorado will offer a bachelor's degree in the science of the cannabis plant, among the first programs of its kind in the nation.

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As states in the Mountain West and beyond debate the merits of private prisons, Colorado is considering a bill that would look at ways to phase them out. 

Nearly 40 hospitals in the Mountain West are being penalized for having high rates of infections, patient injuries or other complications from hospital stays. That’s according to data released last week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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The federal government has authorized $28 million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) — a pipeline that would deliver cleaner water to an estimated 50,000 people to communities in southeastern Colorado.

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The city of Colorado Springs is gathering reflections from community members on their personal connections to Pikes Peak. It’s part of a campaign called “My Mountain” leading up to completion of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex later this year. The city has shared audio versions of several stories with 91.5 KRCC, which we have edited for broadcast.

Today we hear from Atharva Vispute, a student at Rampart High School and one of the city’s 2019 Young Champion Ambassador. That means he’ll represent Colorado Springs during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in our Sister City of Ancient Olympia, Greece, in March.

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A bipartisan group of legislators say they plan to introduce a bill aimed at increasing childhood vaccination rates in the state. 

They say the bill would require parents seeking a vaccine exemption for non-medical reasons to use a specific form. Parents would also need to get the signature of a doctor or other immunization provider, or do an online vaccination education class. 

About one-third of Americans live in areas that regularly have unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a new analysis out this week from Environment America, an organization of state-based environmental advocacy groups throughout the country.

As Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic lawmakers wage a war with hospitals over the rising cost of health care in Colorado, many residents like Jamie Harrison are still stuck paying high premiums on the West Slope.

"I think paying $1,700 a month for an insurance policy I don't use is not sustainable," Harrison said last week after finishing a day of skiing in Beaver Creek. "Something has got to give."

Every year, road crashes injure millions of Americans, killing tens of thousands and costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. According to a new analysis, states in the Mountain West could be doing more to curb crashes.

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The master planning process for three downtown Colorado Springs historic parks moves into the next phase with a public meeting Tuesday.

Rural economies could get a massive boost under policies meant to decrease carbon emissions, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

 


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In his latest budget proposal, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis requested $7.2 million to begin transitioning the state away from private prisons. A big part of that plan was to close the Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center in Colorado Springs. It’s a medium security facility run by the GEO group, one of the largest prison companies in the country. 

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