One bad winter storm could leave Estes Park Medical Center isolated and unable to transfer seriously ill patients to facilities with intensive care units and other specialized services. Eric Whitney hide caption

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A man walks across the washed-out Wagonwheel Gap Road in Boulder, Colo., on Monday. Mark Leffingwell /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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John Hoffenberg watches as floodwaters flow down a street in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday. Mark Leffingwell/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A sign outside a medical marijuana dispensary in Manitou Springs, Colo. Voters amended the state's constitution to legalize marijuana for recreational use in November 2012. Eric Whitney hide caption

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A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels on Boulder Creek following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo. today. Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault. Grace Hood/KUNC hide caption

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Heather Garris, a custodian of medical records, organizes patients' files at Colorado Springs Internal Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo. Barry Gutierrez for NPR hide caption

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The Black Forest wildfire is burning near Colorado Springs, Colo. As Thursday dawned it was "zero percent contained," authorities said. Chris Schneider/Getty Images hide caption

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, center, exits the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas, Colo., on Wednesday after touring the facility. Hickenlooper has proposed closing the facility due to budget concerns. Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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