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Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson covers state government, Colorado's congressional delegation, energy and other stories for Newsline. She formerly was a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain, where she covered politics and government in southern Colorado. Wilson earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and as a student she reported on Congress and other federal beats in Washington, D.C.

Navient cancels student loans for over 1K Colorado borrowers as part of nationwide settlement

By: - January 13, 2022

Colorado is one of 39 states to benefit from a $1.85 billion settlement with student loan servicer Navient, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Thursday. The state’s payout will provide complete debt relief for over 1,300 Colorado student loan borrowers and $260 each in restitution to nearly 7,000 others. The settlement comes after “widespread unfair, deceptive, […]

Mesa County grand jury to investigate Tina Peters allegations

By: - January 13, 2022

The Mesa County grand jury will investigate allegations related to vulnerabilities that Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters helped create in the county’s election system during a software update last spring, local and state officials announced Thursday.  “Over the past few months, we have made progress in the multi-agency investigation into allegations of Mesa County election […]

Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed peak from fall 2021 wave

By: - January 12, 2022

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado have surpassed the peak from the recent fall wave as the more infectious omicron variant creates a high case volume. There were 1,577 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 12, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. That is one more patient than the Nov. 23 peak last year.  “There’s obviously […]

Army overturns reprimand for captain who attended Denver BLM march, wrote critical op-eds

By: - January 11, 2022

An Army review board overturned a reprimand that a then-captain in the Colorado National Guard received from Guard leadership in 2020 after he participated in a Black Lives Matter march and wrote an opinion column criticizing his leaders for investigating that behavior.  Capt. Alan Kennedy, who as of December serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, […]

Colorado activates crisis standards of care for emergency medical services as omicron surges

By: - January 8, 2022

Colorado reactivated crisis standards of care for emergency medical services late Friday afternoon amid surging COVID-19 infections and an increase in sick EMS staff.  The last time these standards were activated was in April 2020. “With increasing demands on hospitals and EMS, we need to make sure we can provide care to anyone who needs […]

President Biden tours Boulder County neighborhoods scorched by Marshall Fire

By: - January 7, 2022

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited Louisville on Friday to assess the damage from the Marshall Fire and meet with affected families.  The Marshall Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses as it burned through Boulder County on Dec. 30, accelerated by high winds and dry conditions. It is the most […]

GOP candidates for Colorado governor discuss policy priorities in Weld County forum

By: - January 7, 2022

Five Republican candidates for governor shared their vision for Colorado’s future, as well as ample criticism for incumbent Gov. Jared Polis, during the first forum of the primary season on Thursday night.  The ticketed forum in Fort Lupton, hosted by the Republican Women of Weld and moderated by Republican consultant Dick Wadhams, featured candidates Greg […]

Rep. Jason Crow introduces pro-democracy initiatives on anniversary of Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - January 6, 2022

One year after the violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Jason Crow is rolling out three initiatives that he hopes will reaffirm American democratic values. “We really are at a crossroads at this moment in our history,” Crow said in a call with reporters on Wednesday. “Really, it’s calling for action by all concerned […]

Omicron hospitalization peak in Colorado estimated to be several weeks out

By: - January 5, 2022

Colorado could be several weeks away from its peak hospitalizations in the current COVID-19 surge, but the uncertainty of the omicron variant makes it difficult to project how it could impact the state’s health care system, according to ​​state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. The seven-day percent positivity rate in the state is the highest it […]

Government offers unemployment, mental health resources for Marshall Fire survivors

By: - January 5, 2022

People out of work due to the Marshall Fire could now qualify for over six months of unemployment benefits from the federal government as businesses rebuild.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Disaster Unemployment Assistance for people whose workplace was impacted by the fire, Department of Labor and Employment Director Joe Barela announced Wednesday. DUA […]

Rep. Jason Crow, local leaders push for voting rights bill, civics education as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

By: - January 4, 2022

One year after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, elected officials and voting rights leaders say, to preserve American democracy, they want a renewed commitment to fighting disinformation and educating the public about the electoral process. “One of the lessons from the last couple years is that our democracy is only as good as […]

Colorado to receive $385 million from Johnson & Johnson opioid settlement

By: - January 4, 2022

All 64 Colorado counties have signed onto a joint framework for how the state should distribute money from settlements with drug companies, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Tuesday. When the opioid settlements are finalized this year, Colorado is set to receive approximately $385 million from Johnson & Johnson and the country’s three largest drug distribution […]