Report highlights ‘tree equity’ gaps in Colorado neighborhoods

BY: - August 4, 2021

How much of the open space, sidewalks and other land in your neighborhood is shaded by trees? It depends on where you live — and, environmental advocates say, on decades of inequities that break down along class and racial lines. Only about 3% of Sun Valley, a west Denver neighborhood where 94% of residents live […]


Broomfield City Council refers ranked-choice voting to November ballot

BY: - July 20, 2021

Within a few years, voters in several Colorado cities could be filling in bubbles next to the names of multiple candidates running for the same office in a local election. A new state law makes it easier for cities and towns to implement ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes called instant runoff voting. The process allows […]

‘I want to see the plan’: Denver residents press city officials over inaction on homelessness

BY: - April 1, 2021

“Why does there seem to be more resources in our county jails or state prisons than there are out here?” “We can’t afford to do laundry for $7 a load. What can you do to help us with that?” “Why are officers taking people’s propane tanks away while they’re sleeping, saying that’s a public safety […]

Charting COVID-19’s unequal impact on Colorado workers, one year later

BY: - March 17, 2021

It’s been one year since Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order shuttering bars, restaurants and entertainment venues went into effect across Colorado, beginning the state’s longest and most restrictive period of economic shutdowns, caused by the coronavirus. It would still be weeks before Congress passed key relief measures like supplemental unemployment benefits and the Paycheck […]

More unrelated people allowed to live under the same roof with Denver City Council zoning change

BY: - February 10, 2021

It’s been a long road for Denver to allow more than two unrelated people to legally live under the same roof.  After nearly three years of discussion, the change finally came on Monday when Denver City Council voted to overhaul the city’s zoning code to allow five unrelated people to live in the same household. […]

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Immigrant legal defense fund sought by Colorado lawmakers

BY: - February 3, 2021

State Rep. Kerry Tipper, a Lakewood Democrat, plans to sponsor a bill to help low-income immigrants facing deportation pay for legal defense.

‘We are not going to tolerate that sort of action’: Denver mayor discusses inauguration protest preparations following Capitol attack

BY: - January 12, 2021

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on Tuesday that “all tools are on the table” to help keep the city safe during anticipated protests leading up to Inauguration Day. Just a week after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, information surfaced from the FBI about “armed protests” planned at all 50 state capitals in the days leading […]

Poor People’s Campaign plans car caravan to honor those who’ve died from COVID-19

BY: - November 20, 2020

The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign is organizing a car caravan for Nov. 23, to pay tribute to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.  The event, called the Moral Monday Caravans, is organized in collaboration with 25 other states across the country. Colorado caravan participants will gather at 11:30 a.m. Monday at 400 S. […]

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Here’s a list of Colorado counties where gatherings and indoor events are banned

BY: - November 18, 2020

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a list of 15 counties that will be moving to the red level of the state’s dial system used to determine levels of COVID-19 restrictions for individual counties. At the same time, CDPHE eased some of the restrictions for counties in the red level and added […]

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Gov. Polis calls for legislative special session on COVID-19 relief

BY: - November 17, 2020

Amid the worst era of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far for Colorado, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol for a special session on coronavirus relief, Gov. Jared Polis confirmed Nov. 17. Legislators “will be putting themselves at some risk to alleviate the needs of others” by meeting in person during this time, the governor […]

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Denver Mayor Hancock announces ‘home by 10’ order as COVID-19 cases rise

BY: - November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to spike, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that all residents would need to be home by 10 p.m. except for essential business, under a 30-day public health order that applies starting Nov. 8. The mayor insisted the order was not a curfew, but a public health order — though […]

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Denver allows inmates to vote in person for the first time

BY: - November 3, 2020

For the first time, people in jail at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail could vote in person this election season. “I feel great,” said Isaiah Rodriguez, 19, who took advantage of the new program to vote in his first election. “I feel awesome. … It took time, but I’m glad that […]