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Report highlights ‘tree equity’ gaps in Colorado neighborhoods

BY: - August 4, 2021

How much of the open space, sidewalks and other land in your neighborhood is shaded by trees? It depends on where you live — and, environmental advocates say, on decades of inequities that break down along class and racial lines. Only about 3% of Sun Valley, a west Denver neighborhood where 94% of residents live […]

Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates

BY: and - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The Biden administration […]

Vaccination rates in Colorado prisons remain low as COVID-19 cases spike across the state

BY: - August 3, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in Colorado’s state prisons as the delta variant drives a spike in cases across the state, largely among unvaccinated people. From July 26 through Aug. 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recorded an average of 798 new cases of COVID-19 per day, the highest seven-day average since […]

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

‘Shocking’ mudslide damage could keep I-70 through Glenwood Canyon closed for weeks

BY: - August 2, 2021

A 40-mile stretch of Colorado’s only east-west interstate highway will remain closed indefinitely amid unprecedented damage from recent mudslides and the “ongoing” threat of additional monsoon rains, state officials said Monday. A safety closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has been in place since the night of July 29, amid the latest in a […]

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No mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases, but officials urge vaccination

BY: - August 2, 2021

Like many other states, Colorado is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as students prepare to return to school. But state and local leaders who gave public briefings on Monday appeared unlikely to impose new mask mandates or limit capacity at businesses and events anytime soon. From July 26 through Aug. 1, […]

Every week for a year, this group has provided water and trash services to Denver’s unhoused

BY: - August 2, 2021

Almost every Sunday for the past year, a small group of volunteers has gathered at 10 a.m. at Benedict Fountain Park in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood equipped with shovels, plastic bags, latex gloves and an intricate homemade water system. From there, the group disperses throughout the city in search of homeless encampments, where they offer […]

Tracking Front Range ozone pollution as summer smog worsens

BY: - August 2, 2021

It’s been another smoggy summer along Colorado’s Front Range, with ozone pollution in and around the Denver metro area spiking to its worst level in more than a decade. Air quality advisories issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have been a near-daily occurrence since the start of June. At ground level, […]

Guide: What you need to know about eviction protections in Colorado right now

BY: - August 2, 2021

Editor’s note: This guide was published on April 26, 2021. It will be updated as necessary to reflect changing eviction rules and protections. Last updated: Aug. 2, 2021. In Colorado, 40.5% of adults — a huge jump from 25.5% in early June  — are living in households that are not current on their rent or […]

Guía: Qué necesitas saber sobre las protecciones contra desalojos ahora en Colorado

BY: - August 2, 2021

Por Moe Clark, traducido por Emma Athena Nota editorial: Esta guía fue publicada el 26 de abril de 2021. Se actualizará según sea necesario para reflejar los cambios en las reglas y protecciones contra desalojo. La actualización más reciente: 1 de agosto de 2021. En Colorado, 40.5% de adultos — un enorme salto desde 25.5% al […]

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a […]

Federal eviction ban to expire Saturday after attempt to extend it fails

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully scrambled on Friday to extend federal legal protections against eviction that will expire on Saturday. The end of the eviction moratorium jeopardizes housing security for millions of Americans who are struggling both to pay their rent and to access billions of dollars in slow-moving federal rental assistance funds. Top Democrats in […]