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Judge: Federal government’s lawsuit against Durango railroad over 2018 wildfire should proceed

By Jonathan Romeo, The Durango Herald DURANGO — In what could be a major blow to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal judge has recommended that a district court throw out the train’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which the U.S. government is seeking $25 million for fighting the 416 Fire. […]

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These 9 themes helped define Colorado in 2019. Here are the stories that illuminated them.

Imagine, for a moment, that you have been given an assignment to record for posterity the words that defined Colorado in 2019. What would you choose? Simmered down to its essence, what was this past year in our state really about? These stories were largely culled from The Sunriser, our three-days-a-week newsletter rounding up the […]

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For the first time, TABOR triggers an income tax rate cut. Here’s how much you can save on 2019 taxes.

Colorado is poised to return $428.3 million to taxpayers this year, but don’t look for a refund check in the mail. The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights mandates the rebate because the state exceeded the revenue limits in the 2018-19 fiscal year. The TABOR excess is so great it will force the state for the first […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Here’s the top political story of 2019 and the decade in Colorado. And what to watch in 2020.

Colorado’s political landscape shifted significantly in the past year — and decade — as Democrats moved more firmly into power, backed by a transformed electorate. The new political reality led to major changes in policies and birthed a new generation of leaders on both sides of the political spectrum. To capture this scene, The Colorado […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Groups tied to hospitals, insurance companies launch pricey ad blitz against Colorado public option

Two affiliated organizations with ties to hospitals and insurance companies have launched a six-figure public relations ad blitz against the creation of a “public” health insurance option in Colorado.  The campaign began earlier this month and comes ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which begins next week and is expected to feature an intense battle […]

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Denver appealing court ruling against urban camping ban

The city of Denver is appealing a court ruling that found its urban camping ban to be unconstitutional. The city filed its notice of appeal Monday in Denver District Court following the Friday ruling by County Judge Johnny C. Barajas. The judge determined that the ban enacted in 2012 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment against […]

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Sunriser: Inside Lafayette’s mannequin factory / Deadly avalanche risk high, even on low-danger days / Massive volunteer shortage for foster kids / Much more

Good morning! You have less than 48 hours left of the 2010s, depending on when you read this. It’s a pretty arbitrary marker of time, honestly, but if you think of it as an excuse for self-reflection rather than a deadline, you might be able to make something out of it. Sun Editor Larry Ryckman […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

Pocket of severe drought lingers over Southwest U.S., including Colorado

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Drought has yet to give up its hold over parts of the southwestern United States despite a series of storms that have brought rain and snow to the region in recent weeks. The latest federal map shows a pocket of moderate and severe drought centered over the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, […]