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Construction sites in downtown Estes Park on Monday at Riverside Drive and Elkhorn Avenue. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun via Report for America)

In the summer, traffic in downtown Estes Park often comes to a standstill as RVs looking for parking point their engines at pedestrians looking for caramel popcorn. Now Michael BoothDowntown is in the midst of a crucial year of a project that will create a one-way street around town and out to the park. Most city leaders and business owners welcome the change, but there are still many disruptions ahead before it’s implemented.


These wetlands above the town of Silverton lost their protections on Jan. 31 after the town council voted to lift a moratorium on development before a developer completed a study that could have led to permanent protection. (Courtesy of the Town of Silverton)

A year after the U.S. Supreme Court in Sackett v. EPA struck down federal regulations protecting wetlands and rivers from development pressures, Colorado has become the first state in the nation to pass laws replacing those regulations, according to a new national report. Jeremiah Smith reports.


Lucy Molina sets up an air particle and quality monitoring device provided by Boulder AIR in Commerce City on February 17, 2023. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun via Report for America)

Citing 9,205 violations of air pollution rules by Suncor over five years as well as inadequate enforcement of the rules by state and federal regulators, a coalition of environmental groups announced Wednesday their intention to sue the Commerce City refinery as a citizen’s initiative under the federal Clean Air Act. Michael Booth has more.


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ArtsyQ at the 2023 Denver Fringe Festival. The festival began in 2020 and immediately went virtual. This is the third year that all performances will be in person. (Photo by Kalen Jesse, provided by Denver Fringe)

Fringe Festival. What is Fringe? Simply put, Fringe is a lot of things. To make it more complicated, Fringe is walking tours and fly-fishing lessons, clown performances, burlesque shows and puppet shows. It’s a kind of punk rock, but also a bit of tango. There will be a few misguided therapy sessions and something described as “comedy piano.” Some performances are immersive, some are mesmerizing, and one is downright hypnotic.

Festival director Ann Sabbah described it as a “radical model for social change” and at the same time as “very important”.

“There’s a lot of darkness out there,” Sabbah continued. “And we’re meeting that darkness with creativity, community, truth and light.” That’s not exactly the grandest statement you’ll hear at the Fringe Festival, which takes place in intimate venues in Denver over the next four days. Tickets are $15 per show, or you can get a full pass for $75.

Most shows are rated 13+, but there are also a handful of family-friendly performances.

Hopefully this helps.

$75; June 6-9; Various venues in Denver

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