Xcel Energy’s Comanche Generating Station, shown here in a March 5, 2020, photo, is the largest power plant in Colorado. The steam-driven, coal-fueled plant, located in Pueblo, generates 1,410 megawatts of power. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun)

The closure of Colorado coal-fired powerplants is freeing up water for thirsty cities

Large electricity generators use lots of water to cool their coal-fired plants. As those units shut down, expect to see battles heat up over how the massive amounts of water can be repurposed.

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A coronavirus shift to online shopping has helped save some retail sales — and tax revenue — in Colorado

The state collected nearly a half-billion dollars more sales tax last year than in 2016, when Amazon began charging Colorado shoppers sales tax. March coronavirus disruptions resulted in 15% decline.

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“My dinner is on the line”: Colorado Supreme Court rules it was OK for judge’s wife to sit on jury

Adams County District Judge Judge Thomas R. Ensor joked with attorneys in the trial to “be nice to Juror 25” -- his wife -- because dinner was on the line.

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What you need to know about the ethics complaint against John Hickenlooper, explained in 6 questions

The former governor is challenging Thursday’s hearing, but the ethics questions will loom over his campaign until the matter is resolved