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Gov. Polis reduces prison sentence for truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

BY: - December 31, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday reduced the prison sentence of truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos — whose original punishment sparked international outcry — from 110 to 10 years. Aguilera-Mederos, a 26-year-old Cuban immigrant, was found guilty on 24 counts earlier this month in a fatal crash on Interstate 70 that killed four people in 2019. District […]

COMMENTARY

Stop posing with guns. It makes you look weak.

BY: - December 30, 2021

It’s not hard to find photos of each one of the three Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation posing with guns. The images aren’t just out there on the internet — the members want you to see them. They released them as part of campaigns or policy statements. The discouraging implication is that they assume such […]

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Judge to consider new sentence for truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

BY: - December 27, 2021

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver originally sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in causing a fiery 28-car crash in Jefferson County, could get a shorter sentence. During a scheduling conference Monday, District Court Judge Bruce Jones set a resentencing hearing for Jan. 13, at the request of 1st Judicial District Attorney Alexis […]

How airlines, federal officials have coped with a rise in ‘egregious’ passenger behavior

BY: - December 24, 2021

Millions of Americans are traveling for the holidays at the end of a year that has shattered records for the number of unruly and dangerous passenger incidents investigated by federal aviation officials. As of Dec. 14, there have been 1,030 such incidents investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration this year, up from 183 investigations in […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

BY: - December 23, 2021

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute. The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications. But 36 states plus the District of […]

Report: Jessica Aldama died after stillborn delivery in homeless encampment

BY: - December 22, 2021

Jessica Aldama, an unhoused woman who was found dead with her newborn this fall at a Boulder encampment, died from complications of delivery, according to an autopsy released Tuesday. The baby was stillborn, the report said, found in a blanket next to Aldama. Aldama, 33, was found by Boulder police officers in a tent near […]

Rally for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

Capitol rally urges Gov. Polis to commute 110-year sentence of truck driver in I-70 crash

BY: - December 22, 2021

On April 25, 2019, Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was driving a semitrailer on Interstate 70 in Jefferson County when his brakes failed, according to testimony he later gave investigators. The ensuing fiery crash killed four people, damaging and destroying 28 vehicles. Though the carnage apparently wasn’t intentional, Aguilera-Mederos faced 41 charges, including vehicular homicide. Aguilera-Mederos was not […]

One year into Biden’s presidency, Colorado’s sanctuary seekers are still stuck in limbo

BY: - December 21, 2021

Last month, Ingrid Encalada Latorre set out to hike the Mount Sanitas trail, a beloved Boulder trek that offers sweeping views of the Flatirons and foothills. Encalada Latorre hiked with other immigrants, a group called Explorando Senderos de Boulder that sets out every weekend to explore the area’s outdoor recreation, a typical weekend activity for […]

COMMENTARY

‘Tis the season to admit Denver hates its poor

BY: - December 21, 2021

Denver’s Living Room, otherwise known as Union Station, has been under scrutiny, as there’s been an increase in safety issues and the presence of unhoused folks. Regional Transit District union president Lance Longenbohn recently called the place a “lawless hellhole” and statements from city leaders have echoed similar sentiments. These claims have led to increases […]

Colorado hopes to persuade nursing homes to admit older, ill parolees

BY: - December 20, 2021

As Colorado’s prison population ages, Department of Corrections officials are asking lawmakers for additional money to help the department find new homes for older and ill inmates upon their release. The request — $702,000 for each of the next two fiscal years — is relatively small compared with typical budget requests. The money will “guarantee beds in […]

As Boulder mourns unhoused dead, community awaits answers on final days of mother and baby

BY: - December 18, 2021

Jessica Aldama will be remembered. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Americans will mourn en masse the thousands of deaths in which homelessness played a part this past year. It is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. In cities across the country, a list of names will be read before the longest night of the year settles onto […]

‘QAnon Shaman’ appears on Colorado GOP figure Joe Oltmann’s podcast

BY: - December 17, 2021

The man who gained international notoriety as the “QAnon Shaman” during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol appeared Friday on the podcast of Colorado conservative activist Joe Oltmann, whose FEC United group has ties to many Republican figures and organizations throughout the state. Jake Angeli, a 34-year-old Arizona man who was born Jacob […]