Once-in-a-decade effort to redraw Colorado’s political maps is underway

BY: - August 3, 2020

Every 10 years, states across the country have the opportunity to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts based on updated census data. The resulting maps have an enormous effect on how local and national politics play out. In 2018, Coloradans voted to implement two amendments focused on reforming the way the […]

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

BY: - August 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands. William Perry Pendley’s long record […]

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

El Paso County limits indoor capacity following COVID-19 talks with state officials

BY: - August 2, 2020

Due to high coronavirus transmission and a test positivity rate close to 8%, El Paso County announced it will tighten restrictions on indoor capacity and event size. The county submitted a mitigation plan dated July 13 that explained to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment how it would lower the test positivity rate, […]

Medicaid funding increase sought by Colorado advocates as enrollment surges

BY: - July 31, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, it was hard enough for Joaquín Garcia, a student and father of two who lives in Alamosa, to find steady work to fit around his class schedule. With the economy suffering and his children home from school, it’s become harder than ever. “I basically have to stay (home), and […]

‘14,000 attempts.’ Balky technology, expiring benefits worry workers, state leaders.

BY: - July 31, 2020

Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that […]

Gov. Jared Polis calls recent clearing of a large homeless encampment around the Capitol ‘a relief’

BY: - July 30, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday called the recent removal of a large homeless encampment near the state Capitol “a relief.” “I was deeply troubled by the dangerous health situation in that area,” Polis said during a news conference, noting a recent shooting within the encampment, and the presence of loose needles at the park. “… I […]

Drug overdoses claimed 1,062 Colorado residents last year, new data shows

BY: - July 30, 2020

More Colorado residents died of drug overdoses in 2019 than in any other year over at least the previous two decades, according to new data released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. CDPHE recently updated its drug overdose data dashboard with numbers for 2019. Last year, 1,062 people died from a drug […]

Move to diversify yoga to heal racialized trauma part of Denver co-op’s mission

BY: - July 30, 2020

DENVER — Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance. When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace farmers market, which has brought local, fresh foods and produce […]

U.S. House passes package to rescue child care industry

BY: - July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in the longer term. The bills […]

More than 1 in 3 Coloradans struggling to afford food amid COVID-19 crisis, poll finds

BY: - July 30, 2020

A bipartisan group of advocates and state lawmakers is calling on Colorado’s congressional delegation to support an expansion of federal food-stamp programs, as a new poll shows an unprecedented number of Coloradans struggling with food insecurity. Roughly a third of Coloradans report struggling to provide enough food in their household within the last three months, […]

Trump administration issues memo slashing DACA program

BY: - July 29, 2020

Despite court rulings and overwhelming public support for people who’ve received temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, President Donald Trump’s administration took further steps on July 28 toward dismantling DACA. In a memo, Chad Wolf, the Department of Homeland Security acting secretary, announced that DHS would reject “all pending […]

Homeless encampment near Capitol cleared by law enforcement, health officials

BY: - July 29, 2020

Law enforcement and Denver public health officials conducted a “sweep” of a large homeless encampment early Wednesday morning in Lincoln Park near the state Capitol building, citing poor health conditions within the camp. Denver Police Department, Colorado State Patrol troopers and city health officials assembled at the park around 6:30 a.m. Residents of the encampment […]