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Kevin Simpson

The Colorado Sun —

Coloradans continue to up the ante on their sports bets. So why did tax revenues plummet?

The state’s fledgling industry will experience some volatility, experts say, as the deluge of new operators entice customers with virtually risk-free, and non-taxable, bets


From “Star Trek” to star gazer, Colorado man drops everything and hits the road with a camera and his passion

At 35, Charlie Maier knew it was time to do something different. His future, he hopes, is in the night sky


History Colorado unveils the toppled Union soldier statue with an exhibit that seeks to tell its story. Its whole story.

The still-scarred piece may be the first attempt in the U.S. to examine controversial monuments by displaying them in the context of divergent interpretations.


Colorado’s settlement with mobile home park operator could provide path for other tenants seeking justice

Responding to consumer complaints, Attorney General Phil Weiser pursued action against Kingsley Management as a deterrent -- and an invitation for other tenants to report abuses


How mask mandates threw a wrench into Colorado’s revived youth soccer season

Varying safety restrictions have sown confusion, and mask orders for players in competition have moved some clubs to decline to play where they’re required


Kill fish to save fish: Behind Colorado’s effort to revive the Rio Grande cutthroat trout

The multi-agency project to restore the native species has been years in the making. But the optics still can be shocking.


Dead rainbow trout floated on the South Platte. Could fish detectives crack the case?

When an angler discovered the kill, he quickly put in motion an investigation to determine if the culprit posed a threat to the river’s health -- or was just a quirk of nature

John Davenport fly fishes in the South Platte River

When the Union soldier fell at the Colorado Capitol, it may have started a chain reaction

The damaged statue now appears headed for a stay at History Colorado. Will a memorial to the Sand Creek massacre rise in its place?


Downtown Denver is starving for people. When will they come back?

After the shutdown, few companies have fully returned to their offices, while homelessness and protests conjure a new vibe.


With big sports back, Colorado’s betting scene exploded with $59 million in pent-up wagers

A serious bettor takes us through the shutdown and bounce back, while the state’s new sportsbooks flood the market with online deals and a nod to retail operations


As Colorado struggles to balance school with coronavirus, two kids see an opportunity to help

A brother and sister in Douglas County launched a virtual tutoring business, with a pro bono heart, to help fill the gaps left by coronavirus-era instruction


A Colorado songwriter fights through coronavirus isolation with a new video

Hallie Spoor, who wrote “City Angels” upon her arrival in New York, returned to Colorado to regain her bearings as performers struggle to find an audience


Colorado congregations — one Jewish, one Black — swap pulpits, music in a push for racial justice

Beth Evergreen, a synagogue in the foothills, and Zion Temple Church, a predominantly Black congregation in Denver, seized the moment to strengthen their bonds


Cash or card? Coronavirus further shifted society away from currency, toward digital payments

Consumers already favored electronic transactions before the pandemic, but online commerce during the stay-at-home order and early fears of virus transmission accelerated the move


Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado’s reckoning with racism past and present

Everything, it seems, is on the table as Colorado, in the throes of a pandemic, confronts racist history people of color battled for generations


Fearing economic uncertainty, residents seek to buy their Boulder County mobile-home park to avoid evictions

Sans Souci park residents hope to find backing to become their own landlords and stabilize rent during the coronavirus crisis. Their biggest hurdle: A willing seller.


Coronavirus temporarily closed the book on Colorado’s public libraries. But they found new ways to fulfill their mission.

From phone calls with seniors to online quiz shows to live-streamed outdoor concerts, Colorado libraries have discovered that they can still connect with their communities


Colorado researchers spent decades trying to save disappearing rainbow trout. Finally, they’re making progress.

Genetics from Germany and a hardy cross with Gunnison River trout seem to be overcoming a nightmarish parasite that causes deadly whirling disease


Robberies dropped, fights between roommates spiked: How quarantine affected crime in Colorado

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest that targets shifted with the closures, which in some areas also may have veiled an anticipated rise in domestic violence

Crime and Courts

Coronavirus dampens debut of program to give mobile home owners a fighting chance in disputes

A centerpiece of lawmakers’ 2019 push to challenge abusive actions by park owners was expected to bring an initial deluge of complaints. That hasn’t happened -- yet.

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