LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Sept. 11

BY: - September 11, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis is touring the northeast Colorado towns of […]

Proposed ban on police use of tear gas postponed by Aurora public safety committee

BY: - September 10, 2020

Members of Aurora’s public safety policy committee tabled a proposal on Thursday that aimed to ban the use of tear gas by law enforcement and limit the use of pepper spray. The ordinance, introduced by City Council members Juan Marcano, Alison Coombs and Crystal Murillo, would have directed the Aurora Police Department to implement a […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

Most adults wary of taking any vaccine approved before the election

BY: - September 10, 2020

The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according to a new poll. The results of the poll by KFF reveal widespread concern that the Trump administration will bring pressure on drug regulators to approve a […]

Oil and gas regulators signal support for 2,000-foot setbacks

BY: - September 10, 2020

A majority of the commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado on Wednesday voiced support for a significant increase in the state’s mandatory “setback” distances between new wells and occupied buildings. “I think we’re tasked with making a setback, and a regulatory regime, that is protective,” Jeff Robbins, chair of the Colorado Oil and […]

‘Way more students’: Spike in homelessness feared in Colorado school districts

BY: - September 10, 2020

During a typical academic school year, staff members are trained to spot warning signs of student homelessness: unwashed clothes, numerous missed days of school, drawings showing 20 or more people living in the same shelter space.  Once identified, a student is referred to the state’s K-12 homeless education program, created by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless […]

Renewed federal aid urged by Colorado Democrats, labor groups

BY: - September 9, 2020

Joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Colorado Democrats and union leaders on Wednesday warned of an urgent need for more federal relief as workers and local governments across the state continue to suffer economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Local governments and state governments desperately need the help, and the suffering is […]

Equity solutions in education receive support from new RISE Education fund

BY: - September 9, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis today announced a new fund meant to support innovations and close equity gaps in schools. The $32.7 million fund — called Response, Innovation, and Student Equity Education, or RISE Education — is available to high-needs school districts, charter schools and public institutions of higher learning, according to a press release from the […]

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states

BY: - September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats. The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance, and it appeared it wouldn’t go far enough to resolve a monthslong stalemate over […]

Denver Broncos to bring back in-person fans in trial of COVID-19 precautions

BY: - September 8, 2020

The Denver Broncos plan to allow a limited number of people to attend football games in person, starting with 5,700 people at a Sept. 27 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gov. Jared Polis and Broncos executive Brittany Bowlen announced at a Sept. 8 news conference. That number equates to a small fraction — […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8

BY: and - September 8, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Brittany Bowlen, of the Denver Broncos, and Sarah Tuneberg, […]

State regulators near decision on oil and gas setback distances

BY: - September 8, 2020

Within weeks of suffering defeat at the ballot box in 2018, anti-fracking group Colorado Rising announced its plans to fight on, hiring former Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar to lead its continued efforts to hold what it called “bad government actors and abusive oil and gas companies” accountable. Now, nearly two years after voters soundly […]