With coronavirus restrictions and social distancing measures, small retailers like Marxstyle on Denver's 16th Street Mall can't make enough money to keep staff or the store in business. Photo taken on Nov. 7, 2020. (Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun)

What’s Working: Minimum wage going to $12.32, plus how new COVID restrictions (and fraud?) has doubled unemployment

Plus: New rules for equal pay, sick days, a chart on Colorado’s top-growing industry sectors and more!

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Cameron Peak fire 100% contained after 112 days

The fire started Aug. 13 in the Roosevelt National Forest between Cameron Peak and the Chambers Lake Campground, destroying 461 structures

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New Colorado unemployment claims double over two-week span as businesses under COVID restrictions shed jobs

Hotels and restaurants are the top industries affected by new job claims, as battered Department of Labor deals with more fraud and investigating cases on hold for weeks, months

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“Stretched thin”: Colorado superintendent survey highlights concerns with teacher burnout, learning loss

The findings highlight the problems school districts need to solve this year — and the potentially long-lasting consequences of a year or more of disrupted learning