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Lucy Haggard

The Colorado Sun — lucy@coloradosun.com

Colorado is expecting another explosive wildfire year, but the state may be more prepared this time

The state’s Wildfire Preparedness Plan, released Thursday, notes that even as 2021 is shaping up to repeat the chaos of last year, agencies are collaborating more and have better support.

Wildfire

Fact-check: Colorado makes voting far easier than in Georgia. Here’s how.

After MLB moved its All-Star Game from Georgia to Denver’s Coors Field, many have taken to social media to compare and contrast the two systems — but they’ve missed some key details

Politics and Government

Snowpack in Colorado, across the West is melting earlier than it did in the 20th century

A new study from the University of Colorado indicates the future of Western water systems will likely include earlier runoff periods and drier dry seasons.

Climate

Colorado will open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older starting on Friday

The state was planning to open vaccine eligibility to the general public starting in mid-April. Colorado will join at least 12 other states across the country that have already expanded eligibility to the general population or will do so by the end of the week.

Coronavirus

Boulder shooting suspect used assault weapon he legally purchased from Arvada gun store

Boulder police say they don’t know the gunman’s motive, but investigators have already put in 3,000 hours into seeking answers

Crime and Courts

PHOTOS: Vigil for Boulder shooting victims brings community together in crisis

Hundreds gathered on Pearl Street to mourn the 10 victims of a shooting at a local King Soopers on Monday.

Coloradans

Could a new insurance-premium fee prevent Colorado’s next big natural disaster? Some lawmakers say yes.

House Bill 1208 would impose a fee on certain insurance premiums and then distribute the money generated to communities looking to do disaster mitigation projects

Politics and Government

First schools, then the movies. Now a shooting is making Coloradans wary of King Soopers.

“We thought it was the safest place," one Boulderite said

Crime and Courts
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Suspect bought gun days before shooting at Boulder King Soopers, is accused of 10 counts of murder

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, speaking at a news conference in Boulder on Tuesday morning, also identified the alleged gunman as a 21-year-old Arvada man

Crime and Courts

10 people killed — including a police officer — in shooting at Boulder King Soopers

The massacre is the latest in a string of mass shootings in Colorado over the past 25 years that have been among the most notorious and deadly in American history

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s major snowstorm only made a dent in the drought. These maps and graphs explain what’s going on.

The South Platte and Arkansas river basins are closer to average after last week’s precipitation, but the Western Slope remains painfully dry.

Climate

Thousands of coronavirus vaccine appointments rescheduled because of Colorado snowstorm

Gov. Jared Polis and state transportation officials, speaking at a news conference Thursday, implored Coloradans to stay home during the storm if at all possible.

Coronavirus

Recent snowstorms are barely scratching the surface of Colorado’s ongoing drought

The state needed an above-average snow year this winter to reverse the drought’s momentum. Forecasts for the next few months aren’t optimistic, either.

Environment

Colorado’s “last responders” are exhausted after a year of coronavirus goodbyes

The unprecedented loss is taking a toll even on the medical providers best trained to handle it

Coronavirus

The coronavirus’ toll in Colorado: A year of bottomless grief and relentless division

The COVID-19 pandemic is among the largest mass-casualty events in state history, but the devastation was personal for some and just out of view for others.

Coronavirus

Aurora Police Department to get independent monitor following Elijah McClain’s death

The news comes a day after an independent investigation found officers moved too quickly during the encounter with McClain and fell short in documenting the incident

Crime and Courts

Independent review faults Aurora police for stop preceding Elijah McClain’s death, subsequent investigation

Aurora's City Council solicited the independent review of the events that led up to the 23-year-old McClain's death following an encounter with police officers and paramedics on Aug. 24, 2019

Crime and Courts

Why are Colorado’s rural counties vaccinating people faster than urban ones?

The 10 counties with the highest vaccination rates have small populations, but even with few health care resources, they are hitting their vaccine targets quickly.

Coronavirus

Seventh Colorado man faces federal charges in connection with deadly U.S. Capitol riot

Glenn Wes Lee Croy of Colorado Springs has been charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct related to the Jan. 6 mob

Crime and Courts

Governor says Colorado is “bruised, battered and shaken,” but will be built back better than before

The biggest policy proposal Jared Polis introduced during his third State of the State speech, which we annotated, was around taxes

Politics and Government
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