Breanna Renken of Pierce tosses a ball to her Australian cattle dogs Ophelia, left, and Hendrix at the Windsor Lake Dog Park on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Windsor Lake closed for about a week last summer because of a toxic algae bloom. (Valerie Mosley, Special to the Colorado Sun)

Toxic algae are filling Colorado lakes with slimy pea-green soup. Are hotter summers making it worse?

The state began a blue-green algae monitoring program two years ago to find out whether the toxic organisms are blooming more often in Colorado. At least four lakes have already closed this summer.

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State lawmaker in wheelchair puts Colorado Capitol access in spotlight

Democrat David Ortiz, an Army veteran, survived a catastrophic helicopter crash eight years ago while serving in Afghanistan. The accident left him without sensation or muscle control below his waist.

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What’s Working: Why nearly 100,000 out-of-work Coloradans were excluded from an unemployment benefit that is now ending early

Keep reading to learn about free job training, who’s hiring in Colorado and why some unemployment cases remain are still on hold months later.

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Author Lori Hodges built her first novel around family genealogy — plus her dog’s bouts with a porcupine

Research on her roots and idle hours between emergency ambulance calls gave her the inspiration and the opportunity to create "Sweet Twisted Pine"