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Child sexual abuse survivors prepare to file lawsuits under new state measure

BY: - November 18, 2021

Lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation in June giving new power to people who’d survived sexual abuse decades ago — and survivors and their attorneys said Thursday they’re planning to move forward with several cases once the law takes effect in the new year. The statute of limitations had expired for these survivors, […]

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker tapped to led Denver EPA office

BY: - November 18, 2021

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker has been named to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional headquarters in Denver, the White House announced on Thursday. Becker, a Boulder Democrat who served four terms in the state House of Representatives and led the chamber as speaker for two years before being term-limited out of office in […]

Colorado voters to decide on another state income tax cut next November

BY: - November 18, 2021

For the second time in two years, a measure to reduce the state income tax rate gained enough signatures to land on Colorado’s ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Thursday.  Colorado voters will decide in November 2022 whether to lower the income tax rate to 4.4% from 4.55%.  The measure, known as Initiative 31, […]

Polis and vaccine

States forge ahead with COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are expected as soon as Friday to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults. But some states aren’t waiting for a green light from D.C. At least six states already have opened up eligibility for the boosters from Pfizer and Moderna beyond the categories specified by federal […]

Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations climb again after weekend dip

BY: - November 17, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado are now above 1,500 for the first time this year, and state health officials say if the trend continues, hospital capacity will be overwhelmed by the end of December.  “We are fairly close to what those projections were showing last week,” state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said during a briefing by […]

Biden pick to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife vows ‘collaborative conservation’ at agency

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pledged Wednesday to let science guide decision-making at the agency and to collaborate with government and private partners. Martha Williams, the former director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that wildlife […]

Village Exchange Center

The pandemic has been hard. It’s been harder on immigrants.

BY: - November 17, 2021

The year 2020 brought COVID-19 and worldwide economic devastation. But for Alexander Rios, a Venezuelan migrant newly arrived in Denver, it offered a gift. “I discovered my purpose in life,” Rios said. Rios, through an apprenticeship he began in March 2020 at Village Farms at Stanley, fell in love with growing food. The social enterprise […]

Colorado Capitol

2021 brought progressive immigration policies to Colorado

BY: - November 17, 2021

The 2021 legislative session brought a series of wins for immigrant advocates in Colorado. Democrats, who hold the majority in the House and Senate and control the governor’s office, passed sweeping legislation affecting immigrants from all backgrounds. Some bills garnered bipartisan support, but most passed without it — and with little vocal opposition. Lawmakers championed […]

Senators urge increased production of fossil fuels in reaction to spiraling energy costs

BY: - November 17, 2021

Days after global leaders agreed for the first time to decrease coal usage and subsidies for fossil fuels, U.S. senators battled over rising gasoline prices and urged action on the high cost of energy — including by increasing production of coal, oil and gas. The Tuesday hearing, led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman […]

Aurora reaches agreement with Colorado AG to improve policing practices

BY: - November 16, 2021

The City of Aurora’s police and fire departments are expected to enter into an agreement with the state attorney general’s office to change a wide range of policies and practices as part of ongoing work to improve the departments’ culture. The consent decree, unveiled Tuesday and agreed to in principle, directs the departments to change […]

‘We have a voice’: Biden administration hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016

BY: - November 16, 2021

This story first appeared in the Arizona Mirror. State, federal and tribal leaders came together during the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Monday to talk about commitments towards Indian Country and highlight the importance of the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government. “The White House sits on the ancestral homelands of the […]

Gov. Polis, Colorado lawmakers attend bipartisan infrastructure bill signing

BY: - November 16, 2021

Colorado politicians were on hand to witness President Joe Biden sign a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal into law Monday afternoon, paving the way for billions of dollars to flow into the state for roads, bridges and climate-resilient infrastructure projects. Gov. Jared Polis, Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse […]