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How Colorado’s prison system is training inmates to be better dads

Charles Schaeffer was just days away from his release from Colorado’s highest security prison when he spoke about the legacy he inherited from a convict father and the one he hopes to leave for a 4-year-old stepdaughter.

“I love her with a full heart. I don’t want my daughter to be in here,” Schaeffer, a 27-year-old chronic thief, told five fellow inmates enrolled in a parenting class at Colorado State Penitentiary, about 5 miles east of Cañon City.

Woman’s ski lift death prompts Colorado to recommend changes to lift systems across the state

The death of a Texas mother who fell from a Ski Granby Ranch chairlift last year has prompted state inspectors to recommend changes to lift systems across Colorado and mull taking regulatory steps to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

How Idaho Springs plans to turn the Argo Mine Superfund site into a tourist attraction

IDAHO SPRINGS — At the end of the blasted, hard-rock tunnel is a bulkhead. Behind the wall — concrete and steel more than 3 feet thick — is almost 3 million gallons of water tainted by heavy metals. The words “do not open” are scrawled on the steel portal.

“That’s some good advice right there,” said Bob Bowland, a longtime Idaho Springs resident and councilman, his words echoing down the 12-by-12-foot stone shaft.

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