The City of Lafayette paid $45,000 to regain control of its servers after a ransomware attack early the morning of July 27, 2020. Staff emails and phones were disabled, as were online payment and reservations systems and other critical functions of the Boulder County municipality. City officials remained mum until Aug. 4, after the ransom was paid. City Manager Fritz Sprague said it would take a week or more to decrypt the city's data and systems. (Doug Conarroe, The Colorado Sun)

After a small Colorado city paid cyber attackers a ransom, there’s concern about the rest of the state

Most small towns don’t have the resources to hire cybersecurity professionals. An effort to help cities like Lafayette, which just paid a ransom, are underway

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“At a breaking point”: Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up

The start of school has been chaotic for districts amid the coronavirus crisis. Educators fear that without more support, students will be left behind.

Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Some environmental groups say the new regulations, which also give local governments access to collected data, aren’t fully baked even after long negotiations