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The holiday season is upon us, but the day I’m most looking forward to is exactly one month from today: winter solstice. Only 30 more days until our days start to grow longer and we gain more time with the sun (even an extra minute or two is worth celebrating, in my book).

Thankfully, we’ve got a newsletter that’s ready to read before or after the sun sets, filled with important news on legislative efforts to help with record-high evictions to a proposed land sale in beautiful Grand Teton National Park.

Let’s get reading.

The Democratic majority cut property taxes and expanded social welfare programs, but a long-term solution to the state’s rising property taxes will have to wait. Political reporters Brian Eason and Jesse Paul break down what we need to know from the special legislative session that ended Monday afternoon.


Supporters of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance protest a Wyoming proposal to auction 640 acres of state land inside Grand Teton National Park before a hearing in Jackson, Wyo., on Nov. 9. (Courtesy photo)

The proposal to sell the so-called Kelly Parcel inside Grand Teton National Park to the highest bidder is drawing national attention, with wildlife and public land advocates fretting that Wyoming’s plan to sell the 640 pristine acres with unfettered views of the Grand Tetons could unlock the floodgates for billionaire developers. Jason Blevins has more.


Boxes filled with belongings sit inside grocery carts covered with blankets in front of a Aurora home boarded up on Emporia Street on Jan. 27, 2021. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado has logged a record number of home eviction filings this year, Tatiana Flowers reports. As of Monday, there had been 34,757 eviction filings across the state, which is up 9% from the same period last year.


View of Water Storage & Supply Company Reservoir #3 north of Fort Collins on Nov. 8, 2022. (Valerie Mosley, Special to The Colorado Sun)

As more than 10,000 homes await certainty on finding a water tap, the city of Thornton tried again to finish a 70-mile water pipeline by renewing its request for Larimer County to approve the first 10 miles, Michael Booth reports. Thornton, in Adams County, has reached across county lines for water rights for Cache la Poudre flows, but now needs delivery through a pipeline to satisfy its growing population.


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Author Randi Samuelson-Brown takes delight in describing her characters’ surroundings, and that joy is on full display in the opening of “Branded Graves,” when brand inspector Emory Cross returns to her family’s embattled Lost Daughter Ranch. >> EXCERPT

Have a fantastic Tuesday, and we will see you here tomorrow.

Olivia & the whole staff of The Sun

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