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“We have nowhere to go”: Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans at risk of eviction

Colorado renters will get more help with their rent payments and have an extra 20 days before non-payment of rent leads to eviction under an executive order signed this week by Gov. Jared Polis. But housing advocates say the order isn’t enough to keep thousands of people from being forced from their homes. “He just […]

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Air quality improved slightly during the stay-at-home order. But Colorado still has a serious pollution problem.

Metro Denver ranks 10th among most ozone-polluted cities in the country, according to the American Lung Association. Fort Collins is ranked No. 19.  Colorado has been making progress to clean up its air over the past decade by enacting stricter oil and gas regulations and automobile emissions standards, but the Front Range is still out […]

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Hundreds gather in downtown Denver for memorial service in honor of George Floyd

Hundreds gathered in downtown Denver on Thursday morning for an hour-long memorial service honoring the life of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers led hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country to take to the streets to demand justice and push for police reform. The rows of stone benches […]

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Day and night: Organizers of Denver protests say mayhem after dark is muddying their message

Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week, protests have erupted throughout the country and around the world in a collective outcry against police brutality and the generations of pain left in its wake. “The death of George has been a tipping point,” said Lindsay Minter, a community leader who helped organize peaceful protests at […]

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George Floyd has revived a Colorado effort to change how police-involved deaths are investigated

The recent protests across the country over the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, at the hands of police officers have revived the conversation around how best to investigate police-involved deaths in Colorado. State lawmakers were planning to try to make changes in the wake of the fatal Colorado […]

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“It feels like my back is up against a wall”: Why a handful of Colorado lawmakers are afraid to come to the Capitol

As House Speaker KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat, called the roll on Tuesday for the first time since Colorado’s legislative session went into recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Janet Buckner waited patiently to hear her name. A lawmaker since 2015 and the speaker pro tempore, she knew what to expect. Except instead of […]

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Food-assistance requests keep soaring in Colorado despite slowing coronavirus unemployment claims

Colorado families were struggling with food insecurity before the coronavirus crisis hit the state.  Now, the state and advocacy organizations are scrambling to try to keep up with the flood of food assistance requests they’ve received in the wake of job losses and soaring unemployment claims. “One of the things that the coronavirus pandemic has […]

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Colorado likely won’t have an accurate coronavirus death count for months, or even years

Across Colorado, there is a mystery brewing in mortality. At least 1,200 more people died last month in the state compared to in April 2019, according to official — though preliminary — figures. But only a fraction of that increase is currently being attributed to the novel coronavirus. So, in a time of unprecedented public […]

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Remembering the Coloradans lost to coronavirus

A painter. A race-car driver. Musicians. Attorneys. A helicopter skier. Social entrepreneurs. A teenager. Beloved grandparents. Since Colorado’s first confirmed coronavirus death on March 5, the disease’s outbreak has torn across the state, taking lives and diminishing communities in ways that statistics alone could never capture.  The Colorado Sun has been collecting stories from obituaries, […]