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Report touts local Colorado conservation efforts in support of Biden’s 30×30 goal

BY: - July 28, 2021

A coalition of local government officials from across the West on Wednesday released a report highlighting the region’s efforts to support President Joe Biden’s “America the Beautiful” initiative, which aims to boost conservation nationwide with an eye towards protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. “The America the Beautiful goal to expand conservation […]

U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources […]

‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight.  Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]

Colorado human trafficking outreach campaign receives regional Emmy award

BY: - July 27, 2021

A state outreach campaign focused on educating the public and providing support for victims of human trafficking in Colorado received a regional Emmy award this year. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter awarded the Colorado Human Trafficking Council a regional Emmy award in the public service announcement category during its 35th […]

Rep. Neguse encourages vaccinations in African American community in new video

BY: - July 27, 2021

Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, released a public service announcement video this week to encourage members of the African American community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  The video included messages from Neguse and several Black community leaders in Colorado.  “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and extremely effective,” Maya Wheeler, the […]

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40% of all COVID-19 cases this week

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40% of all cases nationwide.  One […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards.  The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans […]

States still lag in getting assistance to struggling renters, federal data shows

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — State and local officials disbursed $1.5 billion in rental assistance during June — more than during the entire previous five months — to help households falling behind on rent and utilities, according to U.S. Treasury data released Wednesday. That progress in getting slow-moving federal dollars to struggling renters comes as the Biden administration […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

Colorado officials release new COVID-19 guidelines for schools

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new coronavirus guidelines for pre-K through 12th grade schools. The guidelines will be effective Aug. 1 and are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “We want to make sure that schools remain a safe place, and this plan outlines ways to reduce […]

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Broomfield City Council refers ranked-choice voting to November ballot

BY: - July 20, 2021

Within a few years, voters in several Colorado cities could be filling in bubbles next to the names of multiple candidates running for the same office in a local election. A new state law makes it easier for cities and towns to implement ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes called instant runoff voting. The process allows […]

Are you a victim of wage theft? Denver will soon have a new investigative unit for that.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Denver’s City Attorney’s Office will soon start cracking down on employers who don’t pay their workers what they are owed. A new city ordinance, unanimously approved by Denver City Council on Monday, makes it a crime to “knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a […]