Parked: Mobile Home Parks Are Immigrants' Home Away From Home

4 hours ago
Tina Griego / The Colorado Independent

The Aspens Mobile Home Village sits on a wedge of land tucked between eastbound I-70 and the Eagle River in the mountains near Vail. The park is easy to miss in the blur of freeway speeds — trees, a fence, trailers flashing past before the blue sign for Exit 167 zooms into view, advertising Burger King and Subway and Fiesta Jalisco.

Esther Honig / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: we'll look at how THC vaping products are regulated in Colorado. We'll also discuss how Aurora is regulating its mobile home parks, and learn about a hybrid online school that is clashing with its district. Finally, we'll look at an agency that is killing wild animals, and answer a listener question about the last grizzly bear in Colorado.

Parked: Aurora Struggles To Help Renters In Mobile Home Parks

Sep 17, 2019
Berkeley Village Mobile Home Park
Philip B. Poston / Sentinel Colorado

More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters.

Now, Aurora lawmakers, like so many across the state, are struggling again with whether and how to preserve the dwindling stock of affordable housing.

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At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit.

Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked.

Days later, things got worse.

U.S. Forest Service

Six years ago this month, there was a flood across the northern Front Range. In addition to destroying homes, roads and businesses, the floods also took out a popular trail in the Poudre Canyon, a trail called the Young Gulch trail. 

And the trail still hasn't re-opened, which prompted a listener to ask, "why?"

KUNC's Colorado Edition called Reghan Cloudman, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, to learn more. 

Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: with a large number of states involved in the latest nationwide opioid litigation, we turn to Denver's City Attorney to learn more about how Colorado fits in. We'll also talk to a writer from The Colorado Sun about their statewide reporting collaboration on mobile homes called "Parked: Half the American Dream," and we answer a listener question about the Young Gulch Trail.

Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

When the flood waters in 2013 subsided, tens of thousands of evacuees along Colorado's Front Range returned to see what happened to their homes. One of them was Amanda Anderson.

"All of it was just mud," Anderson said. "It was so dark in there because of the mud. It was like walking into a horror movie because it used to be so bright."

Parked: Half the American Dream: From Mom And Pop To Corporate

Sep 16, 2019
Karla Lyons
Kathryn Scott / Special to The Colorado Sun

In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett's door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did.

In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons' waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant stream of home and yard repairs ordered by her park manager, including removal of a giant maple tree that fell on her patio roof and crushed it. She would move if she could afford it.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region

Updated 10:13 a.m.

Firefighters are working to contain two wildfires in Colorado that prompted mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

A wildfire near the Red Feather Lake area in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins has burned nearly 400 acres since it started late Sunday morning. Nearby residences were advised to voluntarily evacuate, and power was interrupted to hundreds of residents in the area.

Susan Greenhouse / California Department of Fish and Game

Colorado Forest experts confirmed they found the emerald ash borer in Westminster. This case is the second time the tree-killing beetle has been found outside of quarantine in Boulder County. The first confirmation was last month in Broomfield.