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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.

Black women are 3 times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related complications. Proposed laws promise improvements.

By: - April 14, 2021

As a Black woman, Kyla Armstrong-Romero had to fight for adequate medical care at every step of her pregnancy. After being diagnosed at 23 weeks with preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure, she was in and out of the hospital until she gave birth to her twin boys a month early […]

Want to better understand Colorado’s redistricting process? Make your own map.

By: - April 9, 2021

In the United States, congressional and legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years to take into account population growth and demographic changes. The new boundaries ultimately determine how communities are represented at the local, state and national levels. For decades, discussions around the wonky, politically-charged and complicated redistricting process have been dominated by politicians, mathematicians […]

State lawmakers seek to restrict solitary confinement in Colorado’s largest jails for mentally ill inmates

By: - April 8, 2021

Meghan Baker, a staff attorney for the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, asked state lawmakers during a bill hearing on Tuesday to imagine what it would be like to spend 23 hours a day alone in a jail cell. “You can’t see a TV or a clock, you have very little property in your cell […]

Commission chair ousted over online comments about election, coronavirus

By: - April 6, 2021

Colorado’s newly formed Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission is off to a tumultuous start. Members of the group tasked with redrawing Colorado’s congressional boundaries unanimously ousted their chairman, Republican Danny Moore, on Monday for public comments he made related to the 2020 elections and the coronavirus. He will remain on the commission but will no longer […]

Gov. Polis extends mask mandate another month with looser restrictions

By: - April 2, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday announced changes to the state’s mask mandate that allow for looser restrictions in 31 counties currently under level green of the state’s COVID-19 “dial.”  In counties in level green, the least restrictive, masks starting Saturday are not required in many public spaces, except in schools (including extracurricular activities), child care […]

‘I want to see the plan’: Denver residents press city officials over inaction on homelessness

By: - April 1, 2021

“Why does there seem to be more resources in our county jails or state prisons than there are out here?” “We can’t afford to do laundry for $7 a load. What can you do to help us with that?” “Why are officers taking people’s propane tanks away while they’re sleeping, saying that’s a public safety […]

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Colorado opens vaccine eligibility floodgates: All residents 16 and older can sign up starting April 2

By: - March 29, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday that anyone 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Friday. “This is a really important step that Colorado will be taking,” the governor said during a media briefing. The announcement comes just 10 days after the most recent vaccine priority group opened, which includes […]

Colorado renters remain protected by federal eviction moratorium until at least the end of June

By: - March 29, 2021

The Biden administration announced Monday that it is extending a federal eviction moratorium that aims to keep tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic in their homes. The ban, established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year, was scheduled to expire on Wednesday but now extends through the end […]

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Colorado’s jail population plummeted due to temporary pandemic changes. Some could become law.

By: - March 29, 2021

When Elisabeth Epps, co-founder of Colorado Freedom Fund, talks about abolishing cash bond — the amount of money someone has to pay in order to get out of jail while awaiting court — she’s explicit. “Can someone tell me who this handsome, happy, smiling man is?” Epps asked a group gathered online for a court […]

Case against Boulder mass shooting suspect will take at least a year, DA says

By: - March 26, 2021

Like most murder investigations, the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect could be drawn out for many months, or even years. “It will be a lengthy court process,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, who is prosecuting the case, told reporters on Friday. “In every murder prosecution, the process takes at least […]

‘There are no words’: Boulder community gathers to mourn lives taken during mass shooting

By: - March 26, 2021

As the sun dipped below the mountains in Boulder on Thursday night, community members reportedly numbering at least 2,000 gathered outside Fairview High School to mourn the loss of 10 people who were gunned down at a local King Soopers grocery store on March 22. The vigil, one of many that have occurred throughout the […]

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Mental health resources, community healing fund available for those affected by the Boulder mass shooting

By: - March 24, 2021

When news broke on Monday that there had been a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder — only seven days after a mass shooting in Atlanta — Jordan Finegan sprung into action. She, unfortunately, has practice. Finegan, the executive director of the Colorado Healing Fund, grew up surrounded by mass tragedy. […]