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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.

Plans to elevate early childhood education to cabinet level presented by Gov. Polis

By: - November 3, 2021

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis presented transition plans for the new Department of Early Childhood on Wednesday afternoon, one year after voters approved the funding mechanism to establish a universal preschool program in the state.  Proposition EE, passed in November 2020, imposed new taxes on nicotine and tobacco products to raise money for a voluntary preschool […]

‘Monumental strain’ on Colorado hospitals from COVID-19 spread prompts emergency measures

By: - November 3, 2021

The COVID-19 situation in Colorado continues to worsen, as the state now ranks fifth in the nation for new infection rates and hospitalizations reach new peaks this year. It has caused Gov. Jared Polis to implement tactics to help hospitals that are reaching or exceeding capacity, such as two executive orders he signed over the […]

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Colorado voters reject all three statewide ballot measures

By: - November 2, 2021

All three statewide measures on the ballot in Colorado failed on Tuesday night, preliminary results show. As of 10 p.m. on Nov. 2, the secretary of state’s office reported counting 1.1 million ballots. Voters rejected a proposal that would have created revenue for out-of-school programming. Proposition 119 asked voters if they want to increase the […]

Gov. Jared Polis proposes $40 billion for next Colorado state budget

By: - November 1, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis laid out plans for a $40 billion budget in the 2022-2023 fiscal year that includes spending for things like homelessness prevention, public safety and improved air quality.  “These are proposals Coloradans will see and feel in their everyday lives,” Polis said during a Nov. 1 briefing to announce the budget proposal. “It […]

Health orders allow Colorado hospitals to refuse new admissions, transfer patients as COVID-19 numbers rise

By: - November 1, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis signed two executive orders on Sunday in response to the high level of COVID-19 hospitalizations and limited health care resources after suggesting last week that increased action could be necessary.  One order authorizes the state health department to direct hospitals to stop admitting patients and to transfer patients to other facilities. The […]

Pueblo County wants to replace Comanche coal plant with nuclear power. Local activists are worried.

By: - October 29, 2021

Driving into Pueblo, the Comanche Generating Station is merely a speck on the horizon, just a few smoke stacks rising above the plains towards the southeast part of town. What that coal-fired power plant represents, however, is much larger: millions of dollars in annual tax revenue for Pueblo County, a stain on the area’s environment […]

Colorado launches ‘I Matter’ mental health program for youth

By: - October 29, 2021

Colorado children can now undergo up to three free mental health counseling sessions through a program announced by the governor’s office on Wednesday.  The “I Matter” program is a response to a worsening mental health crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is funded by $9 million from the Polis administration’s Colorado Comeback roadmap.  “We […]

Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments for new state legislative maps

By: - October 26, 2021

While the recently redrawn state House and Senate district maps face fewer legal objections than their congressional counterpart, they must still clear the Colorado Supreme Court before going into effect.  The objections to those maps revolve around the argument that they split up cities like Lakewood and Greeley without justification and don’t create enough competitive […]

Jan. 6 organizers tell Rolling Stone they met with Rep. Boebert ahead of insurrection

By: - October 25, 2021

Organizers of the Jan. 6 protests that led to a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol were allegedly in communication with Rep. Lauren Boebert’s office in the lead-up to the event, according to a news story published Sunday evening. Two organizers told Rolling Stone that they met with “close to dozen” Republican members of Congress […]

COVID hospitalizations increase in Colorado as they decrease nationwide

By: - October 21, 2021

While COVID-19 hospitalizations are sharply declining across the United States, Colorado is going on two months of experiencing an increase in the hospitalization rate. There are 1,130 people in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Oct. 21, Gov. Jared Polis said during a news briefing Thursday, and 893 of those cases, or about 80%, are […]

Colorado Supreme Court denies Tina Peters’ appeal of decision barring her from Mesa County election involvement

By: - October 21, 2021

The Colorado Supreme Court will not hear Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters’ appeal to a ruling last week that prevents her from overseeing the Nov. 2 coordinated election in her county.  The court issued a one-sentence order on Wednesday that declined to accept jurisdiction in the case. That means Peters will not serve […]

Sweetwater Lake area to become next Colorado state park in federal-state partnership

By: - October 20, 2021

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that the land surrounding Sweetwater Lake will become the newest state park through a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service. “Sweetwater Lake is simply gorgeous, and has great potential for even more recreational opportunities like a campground,” Polis said in a statement. “This is […]