Julia Fennell

Julia Fennell

Julia Fennell is a former reporter for Colorado Newsline.

Emergency SNAP benefits for Coloradans continue through February

By: - February 7, 2022

Colorado residents who receive SNAP benefits will continue to receive the maximum monthly amount of funds this month, the Colorado Department of Human Services announced last week.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides food assistance benefits to low-income households and is administered by the Food and Energy Assistance Division in […]

Some Colorado teens can participate in county caucuses and assemblies this year

By: - February 3, 2022

For the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds in Colorado will be eligible to participate in county caucuses this year. The passage of Senate Bill 21-250 changed, among other things, a state statute to allow all pre-registrants to participate in the caucus and assembly process, which is a change from a previous rule that only allowed […]


Bennet, Hickenlooper request more oversight for privatized military base housing facilities

By: - January 31, 2022

Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper joined other lawmakers in pushing for a new oversight effort to protect service members from unsanitary and unsafe living conditions at military base housing facilities operated by Balfour Beatty Communities, one of the largest providers of privatized military housing to the U.S. Armed Forces. Last year, Balfour Beatty Communities, […]

Child care costs more than half the income of some Colorado parents

By: - January 31, 2022

In Colorado, infant child care costs almost 10% more than the average rent. A Colorado family with two children would, on average, spend 14% of its annual income on child care, according to a fact sheet from the White House. The Department of Health and Human Services considers child care affordable if it costs no […]

Sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs could be on this year’s ballot

By: - January 26, 2022

A group of Colorado Springs residents filed a petition on Monday to put the sale of marijuana on this year’s ballot.  Colorado Springs has lost out on tens of millions of tax dollars annually because the city’s residents buy recreational marijuana in Manitou Springs, Denver and Pueblo, according to a Monday statement from the group […]

Dearfield, largest Black homestead settlement in Colorado, eyed for park system inclusion

By: - January 26, 2022

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers from Colorado introduced legislation to assess the historical significance of the largest Black homestead settlement in Colorado.  U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, and Joe Neguse, of the 2nd District, introduced the Dearfield Study Act to direct the Department of Interior to do a special resource study […]

Trophy hunting of bobcats, Canada lynx, mountain lions would be banned under proposed Colorado bill

By: - January 21, 2022

Colorado state representatives introduced a bill last week to ban trophy hunting of certain wildcats.  If passed, Senate Bill 22-31 would prohibit shooting, wounding, killing or trapping a bobcat, Canada lynx or mountain lion. The bill was sponsored by Democratic state Sens. Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Joann Ginal and state Reps. Judy Amabile and Monica […]

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Here are the Colorado Legislature members making a bid for Congress

By: - January 20, 2022

All congressional seats in Colorado will be on the ballot for the 2022 election in November, including the one for the state’s new 8th Congressional District. Several members of the Colorado Legislature — which includes the state House of Representatives and Senate — have entered those races.  Here’s what we know so far about who’s […]

Colorado lawyer Jenna Ellis subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

By: - January 19, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena to Colorado attorney Jenna Ellis, who served as personal counsel to former President Donald Trump.  Ellis, 37, is accused of promoting claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participating in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of […]

Pandemic prevention is focus of Hickenlooper, Burr bill

By: - January 13, 2022

Sens. John Hickenlooper and Richard Burr, of North Carolina, introduced a bipartisan act to develop preventative medical countermeasures for pathogens that have pandemic potential before they cause a pandemic. “COVID-19 won’t be the last pandemic, but we can’t be caught off-guard again,” Hickenlooper, a Colorado Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday. “Pandemic preparedness is possible, […]

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Rep. Lamborn is now ‘cancer-free’ after procedure to remove melanoma

By: - January 10, 2022

Rep. Doug Lamborn, of Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, had melanoma, which was removed by a team of doctors without incident, according to a statement released Monday.  “It was removed completely and he’s cancer-free,” Cassandra Sebastian, Lamborn’s communications director, said. She said it was removed “recently.” “I am grateful to my team of doctors, and their […]

Don Coram

State Sen. Coram to run against Rep. Boebert in primary election

By: - January 10, 2022

Republican state Sen. Don Coram, of Montrose, has entered the primary race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert.  Coram, who represents Senate District 6, filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. A financial summary is not yet available.  “I’m looking at our state […]