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Colorado Judicial Center

Former San Luis Valley district attorney disbarred following misconduct

BY: - September 23, 2022

A Colorado judge signed off this week on the disbarment of the former San Luis Valley district attorney, who resigned in July after the state found Victim Rights Act violations in his office. The decision from the state’s presiding disciplinary judge said former 12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne failed to diligently supervise his employees […]

Boebert calls proposed executive action to protect Camp Hale a land grab pushed by ‘extremist environmentalists’

BY: - September 23, 2022

The three Republican U.S. representatives from Colorado urged President Joe Biden in a letter dated Thursday against using his authority to designate land named in the stalled Colorado Outdoor and Recreation Act as a national monument, arguing that the designation does not have congressional or local support. Rep. Lauren Boebert, along with Reps. Ken Buck […]

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.  “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]

Senators seek urgency from Defense Department on PFAS chemical exposure

BY: - September 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of 40 U.S. senators including Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado wrote to the Department of Defense asking officials to address toxic chemical exposure at military installations.  Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS substances, are synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam, among other products. The chemicals are notoriously persistent […]

USDA to spend $500 million extending high-speed internet to rural America

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send more than $500 million in loans and grants to telecommunications providers to bring high-speed internet to rural areas across 20 states, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. The department will spend $360 million in grants and $141 million in loans through its ReConnect Program to benefit sparsely populated communities, […]

Permanent solutions to drought on Colorado River sought in Bennet-led letter to Bureau of Reclamation

BY: - September 21, 2022

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado led a group of fellow legislators from Colorado and New Mexico in writing a letter asking the Bureau of Reclamation to seek permanent solutions to the Western drought crisis with its funding from the recent Inflation Reduction Act.  The letter, addressed to Bureau Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton, asks her […]

Colorado’s nation-leading e-bike rebate programs celebrated

BY: - September 21, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis declared Wednesday “Colorado E-Bike Day” as state and local officials came together to tout the climate and clean-air benefits of subsidy programs that one analysis found are the most generous in the country. The Colorado Public Interest Research Group says a $12 million state rebate program funded by legislation passed earlier this […]

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Grand jury that indicted state Sen. Pete Lee was given wrong information on key evidence

BY: - September 21, 2022

An investigator with the district attorney’s office in El Paso County unknowingly gave incorrect information to a grand jury that then delivered a felony indictment against Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee for lying about where he lives for the purpose of voting. On Tuesday, Lee’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss that indictment. Members of […]

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 20, 2022

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats questioned a leading Ohio-based antiabortion group Tuesday about its practice of collecting personal information from patients seeking abortions. So-called crisis pregnancy centers — facilities that often mirror abortion provider aesthetics but actually provide services to discourage abortion — collect sensitive data from patients. That presents troubling new complications as states move […]

White House estimates almost 700K Coloradans will benefit from student loan forgiveness

BY: - September 20, 2022

Almost 700,000 student loan borrowers in Colorado are expected to benefit from President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan.  The White House released state-by-state data today showing that over 40 million borrowers are eligible across the country for debt relief. In Colorado, an estimated total of 698,100 borrowers will be eligible, while about 419,000 of […]

Cory Gardner endorses GOP congressional candidate Erik Aadland

BY: - September 20, 2022

Republican congressional candidate Erik Aadland received an endorsement Monday from former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who called Aadland a “man of principle” who can “bridge the divides and fight for our values.” Aadland, an Army veteran and first-time candidate, is running against state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. […]

Colorado Newsline wins 4 awards in Colorado Press Association contest

BY: - September 19, 2022

Colorado Newsline earned four awards in the 2021 Colorado Press Association Better News Media Contest, the results of which were announced during a ceremony Saturday at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention. Former Newsline reporter Moe Clark won three of the awards. Senior reporter Chase Woodruff won the fourth award. Newsline launched in July 2020. […]