Economy

Colorado Democrats reintroduce CORE Act into a friendlier Congress

BY: - February 3, 2021

Local officials from the Western Slope joined members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Tuesday to launch their latest effort to enact a major package of public lands legislation, amid renewed hopes for its passage in a Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced that they will […]

Colorado received more rental assistance requests in January than previous eight months combined

BY: - February 1, 2021

Colorado housing officials say an overwhelming increase in rental assistance requests in 2021 is due to a combination of factors, including the expiration of the state’s eviction moratorium, increased outreach efforts and a more accessible online application.

Coloradans react to Biden executive orders on climate, public lands

BY: - January 28, 2021

Environmentalists and clean-energy advocates across Colorado applauded a slate of executive actions taken by President Joe Biden on Wednesday to address climate change, while one oil and gas group responded by suing the new administration in federal court. Biden, who announced that the United States would rejoin the Paris Agreement on his first day in […]

State Sen. Chris Holbert

Q&A with Chris Holbert, Colorado Senate minority leader

BY: - January 21, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert, a Republican from Parker, was first elected to the Colorado House in 2010. He won election to the state Senate in 2014 and again in 2018. Having spent a decade at the Capitol — about half of that time when Republicans were in control — Holbert, 59, knows the ins […]

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Colorado restaurants on a ‘rollercoaster ride’ of changing COVID restrictions

BY: - January 13, 2021

Barolo Grill, a 27-year-old West Denver restaurant offering food and wine from northern Italy, had never served customers seated outdoors — until this June. But the COVID-19 pandemic called for a “leap of faith,” owner Ryan Fletter recalled Jan. 6, taking a break from the day’s work of building outdoor bungalows for a phone interview. […]

Colorado Springs business

COVID-19 dial framework: Future restrictions are anyone’s guess

BY: - January 6, 2021

Following Gov. Jared Polis’ Dec. 30 announcement on social media that he had asked the state health department to loosen COVID-19 restrictions for 33 counties, those formerly red-level areas of Colorado moved to orange-level restrictions within the state’s dial system on Jan. 4. This allowed restaurants within those counties to reopen indoor dining at 25% […]

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. […]

Colorado’s eviction ban expires, but some renters remain protected under federal moratorium

BY: - January 1, 2021

Colorado’s statewide eviction moratorium quietly expired on New Year’s Day with no indication from the governor’s office if or when it will be renewed. Some renters will still have temporary protections through January under the federal eviction moratorium, which was recently extended by Congress alongside the latest infusion of relief funds. On Thursday, Gov. Jared […]

Here are Colorado Newsline’s top 10 stories of 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

To say that our tiny newsroom of four has been busy the past six months would be an understatement. Since we launched at the beginning of July, in the middle of the pandemic, we’ve accomplished more than we thought possible. Thank you for following along and supporting our work. We want to hear from you […]

Arapahoe, Broomfield among latest Colorado counties to permit some indoor dining

BY: - December 29, 2020

Colorado’s new 5 Star State Certification Program — a way for businesses to increase capacity during the pandemic over what’s normally allowed — is up and running in a handful of counties, while several others are still waiting for the state health department to approve their applications. Arapahoe and Broomfield counties will become the latest […]

5 of the biggest Colorado political stories of 2020

BY: - December 25, 2020

Though Colorado wouldn’t confirm its first case of COVID-19 until March 5, 2020, public health officials later concluded that it had been circulating in the state as early as January — fittingly enough, for a year that would come to be defined, above all else, by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But a deadly […]

State employees to benefit in 2021 from new paid family and medical leave program

BY: - December 21, 2020

Colorado voters last month approved a wide-ranging paid family and medical leave program for workers. The program had been proposed in various forms among Colorado lawmakers and worker advocates for years, and success of the proposition was seen as a triumph for Colorado wage earners. Benefits from the new program, however, aren’t due to be […]