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PERA sues Tri-County Health, its departing counties seeking $50 million withdrawal fee

Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association says its members would be negatively impacted if Tri-County is allowed to leave without paying the withdrawal liability

Politics and Government

Plane crashes near Centennial Airport

The two people who were in the aircraft sustained minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital


Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties will have indoor mask mandates starting Wednesday

As coronavirus surges, the three suburban counties voted Monday to enact indoor mask mandates.


Metro Denver health officials urge mask wearing amid COVID surge

Colorado and the Denver metro area continue to see steady increases in COVID-19 cases


Don’t count Tri-County Health Department out yet, its leaders say

John Douglas, executive director of Tri-County Health Department, says he hopes his agency will continue to live on for at least a few more years


Teen sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for killing high school student during Centennial vaping products robbery

Lloyd Chavez IV was killed in May 2019

Crime and Courts

Arapahoe County leaders raise concerns about possible Tri-County exit

Tri-County is the local public health agency that serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Arapahoe has been a part of the agency since its founding in 1948.


Arapahoe, Adams may leave Tri-County Health Department after Douglas split

Douglas County's intention to leave drove other counties to plan for transition


Tri-County Health mandates masks for people in schools, removes ability of counties to opt out

Health agency invalidates decisions by Douglas, Adams counties to opt out of school masking rules


Arapahoe, Douglas and Adams counties see school COVID-19 outbreaks

In mid-August, Tri-County Health Department issued an order that requires masks for all children ages 2 through 11


Tri-County Health Department will “reconsider” its opt-out policy for school mask mandate

Mask order has elicited vocal responses from community members in all three counties in Tri-County jurisdiction


Tri-County Health will consider school mask requirement for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties

At an Aug. 16 meeting, the board will consider whether to issue a mask order for at least some students in Tri-County's jurisdiction


How metro Denver school districts differ on COVID-19 mask rules

School districts across the Denver metro area are taking different approaches to mask-wearing as they prepare for the new academic year


Colorado lifts its mask-wearing and quarantine rules for schools

The updated order — which took effect Thursday and expires on Aug. 1 unless it's extended — whittles Colorado’s state-imposed COVID-10 restrictions down to a point where they leave most Coloradans’ daily lives unaffected


Federal court dismisses Centennial Airport’s challenge to FAA’s NextGen flight paths

The FAA’s plan to optimize arrival and departure at local airports is called the Denver Metroplex project, and it includes Denver International Airport and Centennial Airport


Two people, one dog die in plane crash near Centennial Airport

The crash, which happened in the Lone Tree area near Interstate 25, ignited a brush fire and led to a power outage for surrounding homes