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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.

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 […]

Parts of Superior to open Monday after Marshall Fire devastation

By: - January 3, 2022

Downtown Superior will be reopened to residents and business owners Monday, five days after the Marshall Fire burned through the area. The Spanish Hills subdivision is also likely to reopen by the end of day Monday, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle announced during an afternoon news conference. Real-time updates and details for reentry will be […]

Colorado sanctuary leaders receive 1-year deportation stays from Biden administration

By: - December 30, 2021

Three Colorado sanctuary leaders were granted one-year stays of removal earlier this month, meaning they can legally remain in the country throughout 2022 without the threat of deportation. “As we’re sitting here in gratitude for these stays of removal that were granted in these cases, we also want to extend gratitude to the Biden administration […]

Colorado following new CDC guidance for shorter quarantine period

By: - December 28, 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updated its COVID-19 quarantine isolation guidelines on Monday to match recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that call for a five-day isolation period for infected people who are asymptomatic. That is down from the previously recommended 10-day isolation period. If someone tests positive for […]

Republican Erik Aadland switches candidacy from Senate to Perlmutter’s House seat

By: - December 27, 2021

Erik Aadland is dropping out of Colorado’s U.S. Senate race in order to run for the state’s 7th Congressional District next year, the Republican announced Monday morning. “Though it was a very difficult decision after investing significant time, money and effort into the U.S. Senate race, I am motivated by duty and a desire to […]

Mesa County drops lawsuit against Tina Peters over voting services contract

By: - December 23, 2021

Mesa County will no longer pursue a lawsuit against Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters after she attested to county commissioner documents. The original lawsuit, filed on Dec. 21, alleged that Peters neglected her duty as clerk by failing to attest to legal action the county’s commissioners took to extend a contract with ​​Runbeck Election Services, […]

Omicron variant found in 21 Colorado wastewater systems, making up ‘potentially half’ of new cases

By: - December 22, 2021

The omicron variant has now been found in every wastewater system that participates in Colorado’s detection system and is connected to nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases in the state this week, health officials said Wednesday.  “At this point, we do believe that omicron is widespread across the state and there is likely local […]

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Three shots needed to be fully vaccinated in light of omicron variant, Gov. Polis says

By: - December 21, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis reiterated his thinking on Tuesday that three COVID-19 vaccine doses are necessary to protect against infection, especially with the ongoing spread of the more transmissible omicron variant. “We need to stop thinking of it as an optional dose,” he said during a press briefing on Dec. 21. “While the CDC has not […]

One year into Biden’s presidency, Colorado’s sanctuary seekers are still stuck in limbo

By: - December 21, 2021

Last month, Ingrid Encalada Latorre set out to hike the Mount Sanitas trail, a beloved Boulder trek that offers sweeping views of the Flatirons and foothills. Encalada Latorre hiked with other immigrants, a group called Explorando Senderos de Boulder that sets out every weekend to explore the area’s outdoor recreation, a typical weekend activity for […]