Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying to funnel federal funding […]

Early coal retirements reversed after pressure from utilities, Polis administration

BY: - December 16, 2020

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission abruptly reversed a decision it made last month to accelerate the planned retirement dates of three coal-fired power plants after pressure from electric utilities and top officials in Gov. Jared Polis’ administration. In an unusual move, AQCC commissioners on Wednesday reopened debate on its proposed Regional Haze rule, which they […]

Congress close to emergency relief deal including direct payments, added unemployment benefits

BY: - December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus relief deal appeared within reach late Wednesday following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. A final deal also may include another round of direct payments, with Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.), suggesting to reporters that those […]

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Colorado, Nevada leading energy-efficiency progress in Southwest, report finds

BY: - December 16, 2020

The southwestern United States continues to lag behind other regions in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, but Colorado and Nevada are among the states making the most progress, a new report from a national energy-efficiency group found. Colorado ranked 11th among all states on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient […]

Police accountability in Denver hampered by lack of documentation during protests

BY: - December 16, 2020

When Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent law enforcement watchdog, received a formal request from City Council in June to conduct an investigation into the Denver Police Department’s aggressive crowd control methods during the summer protests for racial justice, he wasn’t surprised. “I was already engaged in discussions with a lot of people, including city officials, who […]

New Mexico’s Rep. Debra Haaland in contention to head Interior Department

BY: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is considering U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, a choice that would put the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary in charge of the department that oversees most federal-tribal relations. An individual close to Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat first elected to the House in 2018, said Wednesday […]

Biden to nominate Buttigieg for transportation secretary

BY: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday he will nominate former presidential primary rival Pete Buttigieg to serve in his Cabinet as secretary of transportation. “What I admire about Pete, is he’s always clear about who he is, what he believes and how he wants to bring people in, not exclude them,” Biden said at an appearance […]

Roadmap to return Colorado students to school calls for more testing, contact tracing

BY: - December 16, 2020

“Roadmap to return Colorado students to school calls for more testing, contact tracing” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: Asserting that schools have proved themselves to be safe, Gov. Jared Polis and a group of public health and education leaders laid out […]

Bennet unveils $60 billion proposal for wildfire recovery, forest-management programs

BY: - December 15, 2020

Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday introduced the Outdoor Restoration Force Act, a proposal to spend more than $60 billion in new federal funding on wildfire recovery and prevention efforts on public lands across the West. “For years, Congress has failed to invest in the outdoors — undermining our forests and watersheds, which sustain our economy […]

UCHealth workers to form union, citing COVID-19 ‘crisis within a crisis’

BY: - December 15, 2020

A group of nurses and other health care workers at UCHealth announced Tuesday that they are forming a union aimed at addressing longstanding concerns about staffing, workplace safety and inadequate patient care across Colorado’s largest hospital system. UCHealth Workers United says it will organize staff members across all job titles and locations in the UCHealth […]

Colorado lawmakers hold hearing on election integrity

BY: - December 15, 2020

The Legislative Audit Committee, which is chaired by a Republican state lawmaker despite the Democratic majority in the Colorado House and Senate, will hold a meeting Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. to discuss the integrity of Colorado’s elections. Lawmakers on the committee will hear from expert witnesses and discuss audit requests related to the 2020 […]

Health care workers receive Colorado’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses

BY: - December 14, 2020

Front-line health care workers at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins became the first in the state to get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech. The first dose was slated for Kevin Londrigan, a respiratory therapist who has underlying health conditions, according to a pool report. “This has […]