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Denver’s new massage parlor ordinance adds investigative power to the city’s robust human trafficking units

A slate of new laws and the manpower of dedicated human trafficking units in Denver’s Police Department and District Attorney’s Office are leading to more convictions.

Crime and Courts
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Denver suburbs look to address homelessness as more camps move south and community tension builds

The cities of Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan passed a homelessness action plan. Residents are regularly calling police to report homelessness.


Colorado begins to reckon with racial bias in child welfare, where Black kids are way overrepresented

The inequity, experienced not just in Colorado but in child welfare systems across the nation, surfaced for scrutiny last spring as the country protested the murder of George Floyd.


The story of the historic COVID vaccine trial for kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado

A small army of clinical research nurses who organized and ran the trial called it their Super Bowl, operating under an energy not lost on the 252 kids who were enrolled


Where did the wild horses removed from Sand Wash Basin go? A Colorado state prison.

Mustang advocates who wanted the horses to remain free now are frustrated by a lack of access to holding pens at the prison. One beloved horse was euthanized.


Charges against 2 Colorado women accused of killing their newborns point to need for more awareness of Safe Haven law

Only three babies were given up at fire stations or hospitals last year under the law, which is intended to prevent infant homicide.


It’s now illegal in Colorado to send kids to lockup for non-serious crimes. But what if they can’t go home?

Nearly every district attorney in the state signed a letter asking the state Department of Human Services to provide shelter beds for juveniles


A federal deadline for Colorado to redesign its child welfare system has arrived

Under the Family First law, states are rewarded for keeping children in family settings instead of institutions

Politics and Government

Colorado county leaders blast state officials over mental health, claim 69 foster kids are missing

In a letter to state officials, county human services directors say their caseworkers have had to sleep in office buildings with children because they can’t find them a bed.


A rural Colorado school district is struggling after a crash that killed five students

A fifth student died Friday from injuries sustained in the crash near Wiley that killed four teens Sept. 8


Northwest Colorado wild horse roundup ends with 70% of the herd removed from Sand Wash Basin

About 100 fewer horses than expected were rounded up via helicopter after national outcry and a plea from Gov. Jared Polis


Residents of a Steamboat Springs mobile home park that went without power for 60 days still await answers

The electricity was out at Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park from mid-June to mid-August and a state investigation is ongoing.


Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care

A similar lawsuit in Illinois forced that state to improve its mental health system for kids who qualify for Medicaid.


Wild horse roundup in northwest Colorado begins as BLM tries to gather 733 mustangs

The federal Bureau of Land Management is removing 80% of the wild horses in Sand Wash Basin after drought-stricken rangeland turns to “moon dust”


BLM to remove 80% of wild mustang herd from Sand Wash Basin in Colorado’s second helicopter roundup of the summer

The federal Bureau of Land Management intends to remove 733 horses from the northwestern Colorado rangeland despite protest from Gov. Jared Polis and horse advocates.


A Colorado school district wants its students to know where their food comes from — and how to scramble an egg

Two school districts in Routt County, Hayden and South Routt, are using a state grant to infuse agriculture into every grade, pre-K through high school.


Broomfield house for aged-out foster kids is a model for solving Colorado’s youth homelessness crisis

Anchor House, a church and community project in Broomfield, has eight studio apartments for young people who have emancipated from the foster care system without families


Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

More homeless camps have been popping up in Colorado’s national forests during the pandemic


Here comes Hayden: One of Colorado’s last down-valley ski towns to pop is having its moment

Town leaders are preparing for an influx of newcomers while working to maintain their ranching heritage and small-town vibe.


Are Colorado’s latest efforts to get more people vaccinated working?

$100 Walmart gift cards are increasing participation at pop-up vaccination sites by threefold. And Denver Health navigators have called 10,000 refugees and immigrants.

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