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Sara Steen stands in front of the COVID-19 memorial honoring the Larimer County residents who have died from the virus as of early October in Fort Collins, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. After the emblems on the memorial were vandalized, a neighborhood-wide effort restored the memorial in less than two weeks. (Bethany Baker/The Coloradoan via AP)

Neighbors help restore COVID memorial after vandalism

Nov. 27, 2020 9:27 AM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Rounding the corner of Sara Steen’s Fort Collins home, walkers, cyclists and passers-by are greeted with dozens of circles. Roughly the size of small dinner plates, each one boasts a different color scheme and, at their center, a small stick-figure person. There are 63...

O'Brien accounts for 3 TDs in Colorado State's 34-24 win

Nov. 6, 2020 12:39 AM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Patrick O'Brien threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Colorado State to its first victory of the season, 34-24 over Wyoming on Thursday night. The victory was the first for Steve Addazio as the Rams' head coach after a combined nine seasons as a head coach at...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Karl Dorrell poses for a photograph overlooking Folsom Field after a news conference to announce that he is the new NCAA college head football coach at Colorado during a news conference in Boulder, Colo. Colorado will host UCLA on Nov. 7, 2020, to begin the Dorrell Era in Boulder, where he steps in for Mel Tucker after Tucker unexpectedly bolted for Michigan State in February. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Karl Dorrell Era at Colorado kicks off against his old team

Oct. 28, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Karl Dorrell doesn’t attach any extra meaning to opening his Colorado head coaching chapter against a team that once let him go. That was so long ago. The Buffaloes will host his former school, UCLA, on Nov. 7 to kick off the Dorrell Era in Boulder. He's taking over for Mel...

Colorado's largest wildfire has burned more than 200 homes

Oct. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that has scorched more than 326 square miles (844 square kilometers) since it started in mid-August, becoming the largest in Colorado history, has damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes, officials said. As of Monday, the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado had...

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

Colorado woman sentenced in 1996 death of newborn girl

Oct. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Colorado woman to 90 days in prison, three years in a community corrections program and eight years of probation in the death of an unidentified newborn girl whose body was found in a garbage bag in a reservoir in 1996. Jennifer Katalinich, 43, also known...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of Mountain Ridge Road and Foothills Ranch Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, after the CalWood Fire burned through the area, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Some 3,000 firefighters fight to contain Colorado wildfires

Oct. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s a snapshot from hell: A group of firefighters brace themselves against a furious wind blowing dust and debris and fanning flames in a reddish-orange Martian landscape that is all too real for crews battling several dangerous wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming....

In this photo provided by Shannon Kiss, smoke from the CalWood Fire billows, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, as seen from Gunbarrel, Colo. (Shannon Kiss via AP)

Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

Oct. 18, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed. The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from...

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire fills the sky Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Masonville, Colo. Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires Wednesday, prompting new evacuation orders as one of them spread toward communities that lie outside Rocky Mountain National Park (Bethany Baker/Fort Collins Coloradoan via AP)

Strong winds fan Colorado's largest recorded wildfire

Oct. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday. Gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight created “very significant" fire...

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire covers Fort Collins area sky at  on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, Fort Collins, Colo. One of two Rocky Mountain wildfires fanned by strong winds has become the largest in Colorado history.
Firefighters expected windy weather to continue into the weekend but said they were well-positioned to keep the Cameron Peak Fire from burning more cabins in the mountains west of Fort Collins. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

Winds push Colorado wildfire to largest in state history

Oct. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — One of two Rocky Mountain wildfires fanned by strong winds has become the largest in Colorado history. Firefighters expected windy weather to continue into the weekend but said they were well-positioned to keep the Cameron Peak Fire from burning more cabins in the mountains west...