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Colorado is investigating how Mesa County’s election system passwords ended up on the internet

The breach included specific passwords from Mesa County's voting equipment, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement

Politics and Government

Denver LGBT-rights activist tapped by Biden to serve as ambassador to Switzerland

Scott Miller, the husband of Tim Gill, is a former account vice president at UBS Wealth Management in Denver

Politics and Government

Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon force more than 100 to spend night on I-70

The highway likely will be closed through the weekend because of the massive level of clean up required and heavy rain in the weather forecast.


Arvada parks worker dies after his ride-on mower tips into lake

Joe Herrin, a parks maintenance worker who has been with the city since May 2018, was using the mower near the edge of Birdland Lake at Jack B. Tomlinson Park


Two more bodies found after Poudre River flooding, mudslides

One more person remains missing after flooding around the Cameron Peak burn scar


Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, Aspen man among trio accused of being United Arab Emirates agents

Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, was charged alongside Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, 43, of the United Arab Emirates

Crime and Courts

Leading U.S. Senate Democrats are pushing for federal marijuana legalization. A Colorado-led cannabis banking bill could be collateral.

The marijuana legalization push comes as Colorado's U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, has been working for years to grant the legal marijuana industry access to banking through the SAFE Banking Act

Politics and Government

Can’t find trailhead parking? Jefferson County may have a ride-hailing solution.

The county is launching a new pilot partnership with the ride-hailing service Lyft that is aiming to give open space users some relief in the form of discounted rides to four packed trailheads


Colorado mother of 4 is final $1 million coronavirus vaccine lottery winner

There were about 600,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed between May 25 -- the day the vaccine sweepstakes were announced -- and Tuesday


Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect appears in court, faces new charges

The status hearing was only the second court appearance for Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa since the March 22 attack in Boulder

Crime and Courts

University of Colorado president Mark Kennedy says he will step down

University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students voted to censure Kennedy two weeks ago for his actions and comments surrounding diversity.


Colorado halts distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after federal regulators recommend “pause” over blood clot reports

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. More than 120,000 Coloradans have received the J&J vaccine.


Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first Black justice die in the same week

Mary Mullarkey and Gregory Kellam Scott both were in their 70s

Politics and Government

Officers hurt, property damaged at rowdy party on Boulder’s University Hill

Three officers suffered minor injuries from being struck by bricks and rocks, Boulder police told news outlets

Crime and Courts

Jason Dunn, Colorado’s top federal prosecutor, will resign Feb. 28

"At the end of the day, Coloradans could vote freely and be sure that their votes were counted accurately," Dunn said in a statement announcing his resignation

Politics and Government

Colorado will receive nearly $10 million from McKinsey in consultant’s settlement for role in opioid crisis

The settlement includes 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories


Colorado sending at least 200 National Guard troops to Washington for Joe Biden’s inauguration

Gov. Jared Polis said he is deploying the Colorado National Guard troops at the request of the Washington, D.C., National Guard

Politics and Government

Norwegian Air to end long-haul flights, slashing Denver’s connection to Paris, Rome

The airline said it will “focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short haul network with narrow body aircraft"


Lauren Boebert, other Republicans object to new metal detectors outside U.S. House

Boebert, a Rifle Republican, refused to allow a search of her bag and eventually was let into the House chamber

Politics and Government

Federal prosecutors in Colorado, across the U.S. sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department alleges Walmart violated federal law by selling thousands of prescriptions for controlled substances that its pharmacists "knew were invalid"

Crime and Courts
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