Government

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases, flouting Trump veto threat

BY: - December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South.  Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement to rename the 10 bases in the annual […]

Mount Evans name change subject of petition

BY: - December 3, 2020

This story first appeared in Mountain Town News. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes have announced an official petition to rename Mount Evans, the 14,265-foot peak in the front tier of mountains west of Denver. Mt. Blue Sky, their proposed name, was arrived at after consultation with The Wilderness Society. The name seeks to represent the Arapaho, […]

ACLU asks judge to order Polis to decrease state’s prison population

BY: - December 2, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on Wednesday asked a judge to issue an emergency order to force Gov. Jared Polis to decrease the state’s prison population to promote greater social distancing and protect vulnerable inmates from the coronavirus. The preliminary injunction submitted in Denver District Court is part of an ongoing class action […]

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.  It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which could […]

COMMENTARY

Will Colorado’s leaders please stand up?

BY: - December 2, 2020

Two-year-olds have nothing on some of Colorado’s current leadership. It’s hard to pick a favorite temper tantrum as of late. Is it Rep. Larry Liston wearing a mask on his bald spot to prove he doesn’t have to comply with rules? Is it Denver Mayor Michael Hancock who hypocritically boarded an airplane while advising residents […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Monday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

Democratic priorities quickly move forward during special session

BY: - December 1, 2020

Colorado legislators convened on Nov. 30 for the first day of a special session ordered by Gov. Jared Polis on coronavirus relief. They aimed to pass eight bills championed by Democrats — the majority party in the House, Senate and governor’s office — within just a few days, minimizing the chance of spreading COVID-19 during […]

Congressional delegation to celebrate lighting of Colorado-harvested Capitol Christmas tree

BY: - November 30, 2020

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation will join House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week for the ceremonial lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, which was harvested earlier this month from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests on the Western Slope. Pelosi, Colorado lawmakers and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen will […]

As deadline looms, coronavirus relief funds haven’t gotten to Colorado’s small local governments

BY: - November 30, 2020

As the pandemic’s health and economic consequences reverberate across the nation, Colorado’s smaller counties, cities and special districts risk losing millions of dollars in federal support that expires at the end of the year. In Colorado alone, two-thirds of the $275 million set aside for small local governments remained unspent as of Nov. 24. Some […]

Colorado lawmakers to tackle small business relief, child care, housing in special session

BY: - November 27, 2020

Lawmakers will meet Nov. 30 for a special session on relief for small businesses and individual Coloradans, which state leaders have said is necessitated by the urgency of pandemic-related needs ahead of their regular session in January. “Colorado families, restaurants, bars and small businesses can’t wait any longer for help — they need relief to […]

As COVID-19 tears through Colorado prisons and jails, testing protocols continue to lag

BY: - November 25, 2020

Carlos Franco-Paredes, a doctor and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, worries the worst is yet to come for coronavirus outbreaks in Colorado’s state prisons and county jails. “We are entering these new waves, and I don’t think we’ve seen half of what is going to happen,” said Franco-Paredes, […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24

BY: - November 24, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor is expected to be joined during the briefing by state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. The Colorado Department of Public […]