Briefs

Colorado mountain towns call on Biden, Haaland to tackle climate crisis

BY: - January 14, 2021

As communities in Colorado’s high country continue to deal with a worsening drought and the lingering impacts of 2020’s historic wildfires, local leaders are calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to take “bold action” to tackle the climate crisis and protect America’s public lands. “The Biden administration and the new Congress should prioritize adopting reforms […]

Gov. Polis: Feds should weigh criminal charges against GOP leaders for inciting Capitol riot

BY: - January 12, 2021

In a lengthy message posted to his personal Facebook account on Monday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called for potential criminal prosecutions against Republican leaders for their role in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol and backed an effort to expel some GOP members of Congress by invoking the 14th Amendment. “The easier part is […]

86 out of 255 eligible prison inmates 70 or older have received the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - January 11, 2021

The Colorado Department of Corrections has begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to inmates in state prisons who are 70 and older. As of Jan. 8, 86 out of 255 eligible inmates had received the vaccine, according to Annie Skinner, a CDOC spokeswoman. In total, CDOC has administered 2,061 vaccines between inmates, front-line health care workers, and […]

‘Benedict Boebert’ rallies call for Colorado Republican’s expulsion

BY: - January 8, 2021

Two days after Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert took to the floor of the U.S. House and tried to block legitimate electoral votes from being counted moments before pro-Trump extremists with the same goal staged a deadly insurrection at the Capitol, Coloradans gathered to call for Boebert to be expelled from Congress. Called “Benedict Boebert: Stop […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8

BY: - January 8, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live briefing at 12:15 a.m., Jan. 8, on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. During the briefing, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy is expected to also provide an update on the latest modeling of the pandemic in Colorado. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the […]

‘A little fear is always good,’ says Trump Colorado campaign surrogate of Capitol riot

BY: - January 8, 2021

In social media posts following the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing rioters earlier this week, a surrogate for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in Colorado said that “a little fear is always good” and warned that similar assaults might happen in the future. “Both sides seem to be fed up with government […]

Coloradans 70 and older next in line for coronavirus vaccinations

BY: - January 7, 2021

State public health officials are nearing the end of the initial phase of Colorado’s vaccination distribution program, and the next phase, which includes people 70 and older, is poised to begin. That was the message from state officials including Gov. Jared Polis and Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health […]

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Colorado’s 13-member Democratic Latino Caucus has big plans for 2021

BY: - January 5, 2021

Following the November 2020 election, the group of Latino Democrats elected to the Colorado Legislature held strong at 13 members. State Rep. Bri Buentello of Pueblo lost her election to GOP challenger Stephanie Luck, but Democrats gained a new Latino member with the election of David Ortiz to House District 38, which includes part of […]

Xcel Energy speeds up retirement of northwest Colorado coal plant

BY: - January 4, 2021

Colorado’s largest electric utility on Monday announced that it intends to close two of its coal-fired generating units earlier than previously planned, boosting the state’s efforts to transition to clean energy as it seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Xcel Energy will retire Unit 1 at the Hayden Generating Station in northwest Colorado in […]

Rep. Lamborn will contest electoral votes in Congress

BY: - January 4, 2021

Rep. Doug Lamborn said on Monday that he plans to object to presidential electoral votes when Congress convenes this week to certify results. The Colorado Springs representative was the last of three Republicans in the Colorado House delegation to state how they plan to respond during the counting of electoral votes — freshman Rep. Lauren […]

Colorado law that bans housing discrimination based on source of income now in effect

BY: - January 4, 2021

A new Colorado law ensures that renters have access to housing regardless of the person’s source of income.  The new state law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, requires landlords to accept rental payments from any source of income, including from housing assistance programs, disability or unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits, and other government subsidies. […]

Gov. Polis calls for counties to be moved to less restrictive COVID-19 level

BY: - December 31, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday evening that he asked the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move counties in the state’s “red” level of COVID-19 restrictions to the less restrictive “orange” level. The move would allow restaurants in current red-level counties to resume limited indoor dining, which is prohibited in the red level. […]