Moe Clark

Moe Clark

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

Once-in-a-decade effort to redraw Colorado’s political maps is underway

By: - August 3, 2020

Every 10 years, states across the country have the opportunity to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts based on updated census data. The resulting maps have an enormous effect on how local and national politics play out. In 2018, Coloradans voted to implement two amendments focused on reforming the way the […]

Gov. Jared Polis calls recent clearing of a large homeless encampment around the Capitol ‘a relief’

By: - July 30, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday called the recent removal of a large homeless encampment near the state Capitol “a relief.” “I was deeply troubled by the dangerous health situation in that area,” Polis said during a news conference, noting a recent shooting within the encampment, and the presence of loose needles at the park. “… I […]

Homeless encampment near Capitol cleared by law enforcement, health officials

By: - July 29, 2020

Law enforcement and Denver public health officials conducted a “sweep” of a large homeless encampment early Wednesday morning in Lincoln Park near the state Capitol building, citing poor health conditions within the camp. Denver Police Department, Colorado State Patrol troopers and city health officials assembled at the park around 6:30 a.m. Residents of the encampment […]

Republican state lawmakers call for special legislative session to address K-12 education

By: - July 28, 2020

Colorado House and Senate Republicans are calling on Gov. Jared Polis to convene a special legislative session to address K-12 education amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to Polis’ office Tuesday, lawmakers proposed that money, which would otherwise go to schools, be given directly to parents to cover the costs of educating their […]

Most of Colorado still in drought despite slight increase in precipitation

By: - July 24, 2020

At least 74% of Colorado now is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with over 30% of the state, mostly in southern Colorado, under extreme drought conditions.  Though slight increases in precipitation in July have brought small signs of relief, experts remain worried about how the statewide drought and […]

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Youth ‘reimagine’ policing and public safety during town hall

By: - July 23, 2020

Nearly 40 Colorado youth convened on Tuesday night over Zoom in a public forum to “reimagine” policing and public safety in Denver. During the virtual community-led town hall, which was livestreamed on Facebook, students discussed a need for reallocating police funding, more community mental health services and police training around implicit bias and cultural competence.  […]

Trump’s ‘illegal aliens’ census memo draws rebuke from Gov. Polis

By: - July 23, 2020

President Donald Trump issued a memo on Tuesday ordering the exclusion of people living in the United States illegally from the 2020 Census for the purpose of apportioning congressional representation. In response, Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement on Wednesday opposing the executive order, stating that, “once again the Trump administration is using the Census […]

Mental health of young people worries experts as COVID-19 continues to grip Colorado

By: - July 20, 2020

It’s been a “roller-coaster” couple of months for Dulce Trujillo as she’s tried her best to adjust to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic.  For years, the 18-year-old from Salida has navigated depression and struggled with suicidal thoughts. When the pandemic hit, she already felt isolated from her friends after spending the first semester of […]

Gross Reservoir expansion receives final federal approval

By: - July 17, 2020

Denver Water — which provides water to around a quarter of Colorado’s population — received final approval Friday from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to move forward with the expansion of Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. The expansion of the reservoir will raise the facility’s dam 131 feet and will increase the capacity of the […]

Colorado ranked 9th in U.S. for gap between renters’ income and housing cost

By: - July 15, 2020

Workers earning minimum wage in Colorado — many of whom have served as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic — need to work a total of 71 hours per week to afford a fair market, one-bedroom rental home, according to a national study published on Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a research […]

Gov. Polis signs bill that bans housing discrimination based on source of income

By: - July 14, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday afternoon a bill that bans housing discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income. Under the new state law, House Bill 20-1332, landlords are prohibited from refusing to rent or lease an apartment based on a person’s source of income or if the individual uses housing subsidies […]