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What did Frederick Douglass think of the Fourth of July?

BY: - July 4, 2020

Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a speech, as it appeared in published form, on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the formerly enslaved American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852.  Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What […]

Colorado braces for high-risk July 4th wildfire conditions

BY: - July 3, 2020

Millions of Americans across Colorado and the West are heading out to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend — but federal officials and wildland firefighters will be hard at work, keeping a close eye on hot, dry conditions that forecasters say are ripe for dangerous wildfires. “There’s a lot of people who have been […]

Bill meant to prevent opioid abuse vetoed

BY: - July 3, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday vetoed a bill that contained measures to prevent opioid addiction and abuse of other substances.  House Bill 20-1085 was introduced in early January, during the start of the 2020 General Assembly, and the Legislature passed it during its recent pared-down, COVID-abbrevitated session. But Polis objected to the measure’s projected costs. […]

Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities

BY: - July 3, 2020

When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]

Fourth of July during the pandemic: What Coloradans should know

BY: - July 3, 2020

This week, the country will celebrate a bizarre Fourth of July during an historic pandemic. Public health regulations governing what’s open and closed in response to the coronavirus are constantly changing — and they’re hard to keep track of. Here’s what to keep in mind over the long weekend: Health officials recommend that those who […]

New state advisory board will bring inclusivity to place names

BY: - July 2, 2020

A new state advisory board will help bring “inclusivity and transparency” to the naming of geological points and landmarks, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Jared Polis. The board, called the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board and created by executive order, will evaluate proposals for new names, name changes, and “name […]

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

BY: - July 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities. The bill takes “bold, broad and transformational action to rebuild our infrastructure […]

Colorado enacts ‘forever chemical’ cleanup measures as federal action falls short

BY: - July 2, 2020

Even in a shortened session, Colorado legislators managed to pass a pair of bills that will help the state kickstart cleanup of so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in communities around the state. Under Senate Bill 20-218, the state will create a fund to help communities detect and clean up contamination from perfluoroalkyl […]

DMV offices in Alamosa, Fort Morgan offer licenses to undocumented immigrants

BY: - July 1, 2020

Two additional Division of Motor Vehicles offices — in Alamosa and Fort Morgan — were set to begin granting driver’s licenses to undocumented Colorado immigrants July 1. “These offices will facilitate licensing for rural workers and community members without having to travel long distances to appointments and missing days of work,” I Drive Colorado campaign manager Siena […]

Neguse touts Colorado priorities in House climate-action plan

BY: - July 1, 2020

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse is celebrating Colorado’s contribution to a landmark congressional climate-change plan, and pledging to continue pressing for stronger federal policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy. “Solving the Climate Crisis,” the report released by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30, contains […]

Relief money flows to Colorado’s oil and gas industry as global emissions rise

BY: - July 1, 2020

Last month, as federal officials continued to expand their historic efforts to rescue American businesses from the economic chaos caused by the spread of COVID-19, Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — and no one was less surprised than veteran environmental activist Phil Doe. “We predicted it a […]

Hickenlooper defeats Romanoff in Democratic Senate primary

BY: and - July 1, 2020

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper overcame a series of blunders in the final months of his Democratic primary campaign to best rival Andrew Romanoff, a former state House speaker, by nearly 20 percentage points, according to unofficial results from the Colorado secretary of state’s office. As of June 10, Hickenlooper had raised nearly $12 million in […]