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Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a former Colorado Newsline reporter that covered criminal justice, housing and homelessness, and other social issues.

‘One step forward and two steps back’: Navigating housing instability during the pandemic

By: - November 19, 2020

Prior to the pandemic, Erika Joye had never missed a rent payment.  She moved to Lyons in July with her two kids after going through a lengthy — and expensive — divorce. Soon after moving, her 9-year-old son got bit by a rattlesnake and spent three days in an intensive care unit. She had gotten […]

Another Colorado inmate dead after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

By: - November 13, 2020

A fifth inmate at a Colorado prison died on Tuesday after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.  The 71-year-old man, who the DOC declined to name due to medical privacy laws, was incarcerated at the Sterling Correctional Facility and died at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The death was reported Wednesday night, when the Colorado Department […]

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

By: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

‘It was just chaos’: Former Sterling prison guard says COVID protocols were not enforced

By: - November 12, 2020

When Jamie Amaral was called to transport an inmate sick with the coronavirus on April 27 from the Sterling Correctional Facility to a nearby hospital, she was only wearing a cloth mask. When they arrived, they were quickly ushered into a secluded room.  “Everybody that came in had face shields and masks and the whole […]

Biden supporters celebrate at the Colorado Capitol after win

By: and - November 7, 2020

A group of people, including supporters of president-elect Joe Biden, gathered at the Colorado Capitol on Nov. 7 shortly after it was announced that the Democrat Biden had defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump. Moe Aman and Ansho Aman stood in front of the Capitol to celebrate the presidential win. In the last few months, the […]

Colorado’s blue wave hit the state’s district attorney races, with one competitive race yet to call

By: - November 4, 2020

Democratic candidates for Colorado’s district attorney seats pulled out ahead during the Nov. 3 election — a shift that could change the tone of criminal justice reform throughout the state. In Colorado, district attorneys are elected in each of the state’s 22 judicial districts and are tasked with prosecuting state crimes, filing charges and directing […]

Colorado effort to ban abortions at 22 weeks fails

By: - November 3, 2020

Coloradans voted down a statewide ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases in which an abortion is “immediately required” to save the life of the mother.  As of 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, 59.4% of counted votes were against the measure, according to the Colorado secretary of […]

John Hickenlooper defeats Cory Gardner in landslide for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat

By: - November 3, 2020

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated Republican incumbent Cory Gardner in Colorado’s highly anticipated U.S. Senate race on Tuesday. Colorado has turned increasingly blue since Gardner first claimed the seat in 2014. The race has been in the national spotlight as Democrats try to flip the Republican held U.S. Senate.   Twenty minutes after polls closed in […]

Most inmates in Colorado jails are eligible to vote, but access varies

By: - October 30, 2020

Most people incarcerated in Colorado jails are eligible to vote. But their ability to do so depends on practices put in place by sheriff and county clerk offices. A report published on Oct. 26 by the nonprofit Colorado Common Cause found wide variances from county to county when it came to voter registration and ballot […]

Colorado secretary of state announces voting outreach coordinator for Native American tribes

By: - October 28, 2020

The Colorado secretary of state’s office on Tuesday announced a new temporary position meant to help increase voter access for members of Colorado’s two federally recognized tribes.  Raymond Baker, who started earlier this month as the tribal registration and voting education coordinator, is working with both the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribal councils […]

Denver accepts applications for its fourth round of nonprofit emergency relief grants

By: - October 28, 2020

The city and county of Denver is accepting applications for its fourth round of grants from the city’s Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 at 12 a.m. Nonprofits serving the Denver community that are experiencing financial hardship due to increased demand, decreased income or the creation of new services […]

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the journey your ballot takes to be counted

By: - October 24, 2020

Mail-in voting is well underway in Colorado and already shattering records. As of Oct. 23, over 1.4 million ballots have been returned in the state, according to the secretary of state’s office. During the 2016 elections, 706,135 ballots had been returned by this time.  In Colorado, all drop boxes opened and started accepting ballots on […]