Julia Fennell

Julia Fennell

Julia Fennell is a former reporter for Colorado Newsline.

Rising gas prices prompts legislation to limit oil company profiteering

By: - March 14, 2022

Sen. Michael Bennet joined other lawmakers in introducing a tax to limit profiteering by large oil companies in the wake of rising gas prices in Colorado and across the country.  “We need to use every tool at our disposal to protect Coloradans from rising energy costs and provide them relief, and this legislation will help […]

Child abuse and neglect calls back up in Colorado after COVID dip

By: - March 10, 2022

The number of calls to the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline approached pre-pandemic volumes in 2021, after a “significant drop” in 2020, the Colorado Department of Human Services announced Monday.  In 2019, there were over 219,000 calls to the hotline, which dropped to about 193,450 calls in 2020, according to the CDHS statement. Last […]

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson earns praise for her legal mind, experience from Colorado lawmakers

By: - March 8, 2022

President Joe Biden announced last month his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.  “Judge Jackson is a proven consensus builder, an accomplished lawyer, and a distinguished jurist,” Biden tweeted Wednesday. “She deserves to be confirmed as the next justice of the Supreme Court.” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement Friday, […]

Mesa County Republicans stand by Boebert after State of the Union outburst

By: - March 7, 2022

The Mesa County Republican Party stands by Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert after Boebert interrupted President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address, right before he spoke about his deceased son, to blame Biden for the death of service members.  The party completely supports Boebert, Mesa County Chairman Kevin McCarney wrote in response to […]

‘Side show at a carnival’: Colorado lawmakers react to Boebert’s State of the Union outburst

By: - March 2, 2022

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday interrupted President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address, when he was speaking about his deceased son, to blame Biden for the death of service members. As Biden was talking about cancer that put service members in a “flag-draped coffin,” Boebert yelled, “You put them in (coffins), […]

Marshall Fire aftermath

Voters in Western states increasingly concerned about climate change, survey shows

By: - March 1, 2022

Voters in eight Western states are increasingly concerned about the future of air, water and wildlife, according to the 2022 Colorado College State of the Rockies project survey results.  The survey — which was conducted by New Bridge Strategy and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates — asked voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, […]

A growing number of Colorado children have lost a caregiver due to COVID

By: - March 1, 2022

As the number of COVID-19 deaths increases each day, so does the number of children who experience the death of a parent or caregiver. In Colorado, 166 per 100,000 children experienced a COVID-associated death of a primary caregiver, according to an estimate from a study published in the Pediatrics journal in December.  More than 140,000 […]

Bill to foster independence among Colorado youth unanimously passes state House

By: - February 22, 2022

A bipartisan bill that would foster independence among young people in Colorado unanimously passed the state House of Representatives last week.  The bill would foster independence by tightening the definition of child neglect, giving children reasonable independence to walk to school, ride their bikes and play in their neighborhood without the supervision of an adult, […]


Bennet, Hickenlooper oppose proposal to export water from San Luis Valley

By: - February 21, 2022

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper oppose a proposal from Renewable Water Resources to export water from the San Luis Valley into Douglas County. The Democratic senators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, expressing opposition to the proposal from […]

COVID-19 tests

Colorado’s COVID positivity, hospitalization rates drop, state officials say

By: - February 10, 2022

Colorado has the eighth lowest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the country based on a seven-day average, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and shared in a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 update on Thursday. The state’s goal is a positivity rate of 5%, Rachel Herlihy, […]

Almost half of Colorado households with kids struggle to serve nutritious food. These free meals could help.

By: - February 10, 2022

Almost half of Colorado families with children struggle to put nutritious food on the table, but the Colorado Department of Education and its recent partnerships are working to change that. The Colorado Department of Education has partnered with Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger and Hunger Free Colorado to increase access to free meals over the […]

The unseen impact of COVID on Colorado’s young adults

By: - February 10, 2022

Trying to maintain her mental health is not new for Ava V. Marie, 23, who first saw a therapist when she was 10, but the pandemic has made the struggle worse.  Marie was working as a bartender in Nashville — one of her favorite jobs of all time — when COVID-19 first hit and she […]