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Colorado businesses in counties that reject COVID rules could still receive aid

BY: - December 3, 2020

With a few tweaks and a fair amount of bipartisan support, a slate of Democratic-led bills aimed at helping Coloradans and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic raced across the finish line — allowing lawmakers to conclude a special legislative session within three days. “I’m proud as governor that the men and women of our Legislature […]

Mount Evans name change subject of petition

BY: - December 3, 2020

This story first appeared in Mountain Town News. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes have announced an official petition to rename Mount Evans, the 14,265-foot peak in the front tier of mountains west of Denver. Mt. Blue Sky, their proposed name, was arrived at after consultation with The Wilderness Society. The name seeks to represent the Arapaho, […]

ACLU asks judge to order Polis to decrease state’s prison population

BY: - December 2, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on Wednesday asked a judge to issue an emergency order to force Gov. Jared Polis to decrease the state’s prison population to promote greater social distancing and protect vulnerable inmates from the coronavirus. The preliminary injunction submitted in Denver District Court is part of an ongoing class action […]

Conservative group pushing property tax cut for 2021 ballot

BY: - December 2, 2020

Colorado Republicans didn’t have much to celebrate at the top of the ticket in the 2020 election, with both President-elect Joe Biden and Senator-elect John Hickenlooper scoring decisive wins in two key statewide races. But conservatives took heart from several down-ballot results, including the passage of ballot measures to lower the state income tax rate […]

Homeless camp sweeps run counter to CDC guidelines. Denver officials stand by their decisions.

BY: - December 2, 2020

When 29-year-old Garen Zamba arrived at his tent in Five Points on Monday around 7 a.m., a temporary chain-link fence had been erected around the perimeter of the large homeless encampment where he lived. When he asked police officers if he could access his belongings, they told him he needed to wait. “We won’t forget […]

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.  It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which could […]

Fauci warns of COVID ‘surge upon a surge’ in briefing with Gov. Polis

BY: - December 1, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis was joined at a briefing on Colorado’s coronavirus response on Tuesday by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, and both men warned that despite the promise of multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, things may get worse before they get better. The number of people hospitalized with […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Monday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis and Dr. Anthony Fauci give briefing on COVID-19 at noon Dec. 1

BY: - December 1, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at noon Dec. 1 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor is expected to be joined during the briefing by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy […]

Democratic priorities quickly move forward during special session

BY: - December 1, 2020

Colorado legislators convened on Nov. 30 for the first day of a special session ordered by Gov. Jared Polis on coronavirus relief. They aimed to pass eight bills championed by Democrats — the majority party in the House, Senate and governor’s office — within just a few days, minimizing the chance of spreading COVID-19 during […]

Congressional delegation to celebrate lighting of Colorado-harvested Capitol Christmas tree

BY: - November 30, 2020

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation will join House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week for the ceremonial lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, which was harvested earlier this month from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests on the Western Slope. Pelosi, Colorado lawmakers and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen will […]

As deadline looms, coronavirus relief funds haven’t gotten to Colorado’s small local governments

BY: - November 30, 2020

As the pandemic’s health and economic consequences reverberate across the nation, Colorado’s smaller counties, cities and special districts risk losing millions of dollars in federal support that expires at the end of the year. In Colorado alone, two-thirds of the $275 million set aside for small local governments remained unspent as of Nov. 24. Some […]