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That old Tuff Shed in the backyard? Turn it into a man cave, “she shed” or cat house

The Tuff Shed, which has humbly sheltered lawnmowers and bikes in suburban backyards for decades, is becoming a new summer Pinterest project for a small but proud group of DIY homeowners.

Custom sheds are the newest trend in home improvement. From recording studios to gardening centers, man caves to “she sheds,” cat houses to giant tortoise shelters, homeowners are limited only by their imaginations. A few have gone so far as to turn their sheds into full-time residences — mirroring the “tiny house” craze.

These Coloradans say Earth is flat. And gravity’s a hoax. Now, they’re being persecuted.

Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., three dozen Coloradans from every corner of the state assemble in the windowless back room of a small Fort Collins coffee shop. They have met 16 times since March, most nights talking through the ins and outs of their shared faith until the owners kick them out at closing.

In Colorado’s drumbeat of medical mergers, rural hospitals often trade independence for better care

Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs has stood for 71 years as an independent bastion of health care in its bucolic mountain community.

“We’ve done very, very well here from a standpoint of quality of care,” said its CEO, Frank May.

But Yampa Valley won’t make it to 72 years on its own.

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