William Oster

William Oster

William Oster was a reporting intern for Colorado Newsline. He's currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. He's also the Managing Editor for the CU Independent, the university's student-led newspaper.

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Colorado unemployment rate returns to pre-pandemic levels

By: - March 18, 2023

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced Monday that the state’s unemployment rate was 2.8% in January, returning for the first time to pre-pandemic levels. “With Colorado’s unemployment rate dropping below three percent, it is clear that Colorado is the best place to live, work and do business,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a […]

Californians are blamed for Colorado politics. What’s the real story?

By: - March 13, 2023

A staple of Colorado folklore is the belief that Californians have migrated to the state and upended normal life. They’re blamed for such developments as rising home prices and progressive political culture, so that the only defense left in residents’ arsenal is to slap a “Native” sticker on the back of their cars.  The argument […]

EpiPens would cost less under bill that passes Colorado House

By: - March 9, 2023

The Colorado House passed a bill Wednesday that would cap the cost of epinephrine auto-injector devices, or EpiPens, at $60 for a two-pack. House Bill 23-1002, which passed by a vote of 47-15, was highlighted by House Democrats as one of their key agenda items for the 2023 legislative session. Sponsored by Reps. Javier Mabrey […]

How a new state office could help to solve Colorado’s housing crisis

By: - February 28, 2023

Colorado has a housing problem. As a whole, the state is short 127,000 housing units, the seventh worst gap in the nation, according to a recent analysis. Gov. Jared Polis and lawmakers know this. In order to address state housing needs, they’ve had to get creative with solutions, and it starts with public-private partnerships. Public-private […]

Bill would launch Space National Guard with Bennet, Hickenlooper support

By: - February 25, 2023

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week in introducing a bill that would create a Space National Guard. Introduced by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Space National Guard Establishment Act would take members of the existing Air National Guard and Army National Guard […]

Three anti-abortion bills backed by Republicans fail in Colorado legislative committee

By: - February 18, 2023

Three Republican anti-abortion bills died at the Colorado Legislature during a committee hearing Friday. One of the bills would have abolished abortion altogether. Testimony during a hearing before the House Health & Insurance Committee began with Rep. Stephanie Luck, a Penrose Republican and the sole sponsor of House Bill 23-1097, which would require a health […]

Drug contaminations in Colorado libraries reflect worsening addiction problems

By: - February 14, 2023

At first, just one library closed its doors after test results confirmed traces of methamphetamine contamination in bathrooms. Within weeks, one library became two, two became three and as of Feb. 13, four libraries in Colorado have had to limit their operations due to traces of meth being found in their buildings. Of the four […]

Bill would bar trans women athletes from women’s school teams in Colorado

By: - February 7, 2023

A bill that would ban transgender student athletes from participating in women’s sports is scheduled for a Monday hearing at the Colorado Legislature. House Bill 23-1098, the Women’s Rights in Athletics bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Byron Pelton of Sterling and Republican Reps. Lisa Frizell of Castle Rock and Brandi Bradley of Littleton, would require […]

New Colorado water reuse rule said to be first of its kind in the country

By: - February 1, 2023

Drinking water standards have been updated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to improve water reuse regulation for consumption, the first regulation of its kind across the nation, the agency announced last week.

Senators get meeting with defense secretary, push to keep Space Command in Colorado

By: - January 29, 2023

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado have spent the past week looking to rekindle discussions about keeping U.S. Space Command headquarters in the state, as the decision to move it to Alabama has been on hold for the past two years. The senators met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday, after […]

Here is who’s running for the open Colorado Springs mayor seat

By: - January 20, 2023

With incumbent Mayor John Suthers term-limited after eight years in office, the city of Colorado Springs is set to hold a general election to elect a new mayor in just three months, on April 4. Twelve people are officially running to lead the state’s second most-populous city, according to the Colorado Springs clerk’s office. To […]

Superior trustee Kaaoush joins growing list of Democratic candidates for House district in Boulder County

By: - January 19, 2023

Jenn Kaaoush, a member of the town of Superior’s Board of Trustees and a survivor of the Marshall Fire that destroyed over a thousand homes in 2021, announced that she is running for state House District 12. “For the past year, I have been a serious community advocate and lead for the Marshall Fire recovery,” […]