Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

“It saved us”: A recent infusion of federal funds is helping Colorado’s rural hospitals stay afloat

A recent infusion of federal funds is providing much-needed relief for rural hospitals already under financial pressure when the coronavirus crisis hit Colorado.  Though hospital administrators say the emergency funds will provide immediate support, there is uncertainty around how and when the funds can be used, specifically if they can be used to make up […]

Posted inCOVID, Environment, News, Outdoors, Wildfire

Extreme drought conditions, coronavirus have Colorado wildfire managers anxious

High temperatures and an early snowmelt are causing growing drought worries in Colorado and have firefighters bracing for an unpredictable summer already complicated by the coronavirus. At least 76% of Colorado now is experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with 11% of the state, mostly in southeast and south-central regions, under extreme […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, COVID, Politics and Government

Coloradans in the U.S. illegally — and their citizen families — were denied coronavirus aid. Will the state step in?

Alaina Silva met her husband in a crowded sushi restaurant in downtown Denver in 2011. He was the sushi chef behind the bar, wearing a black chef’s coat and apron that crisscrossed behind his back. “I had just moved for work and I didn’t know anyone, so I decided to dine alone for the first […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID

How an emergency food network grew out of the coronavirus crisis to deliver 90,000 free meals to Coloradans

The Lost City coffee shop was open only 39 days in Capitol Hill before Gov. Jared Polis ordered all Colorado restaurants and bars to temporarily close March 16 due to the coronavirus crisis. “Definitely a brutal time to open a business, that’s for sure,” Lost City owner Michael Graham said with a laugh. The day […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Colorado unveils new plan to get more electric vehicles — of all sizes — onto its roads

With gasoline hovering around $1 a gallon and the economy reeling with COVID-19 uncertainty, the state’s plan to get to one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030 hasn’t stalled. In fact, it’s hit the gas. The Colorado Energy Office introduced its updated 2020 Electric Vehicle Plan on Thursday, which for the first time […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Colorado has had 201 police-related deaths since 2014. Lawmakers want a better way to investigate them.

From 2014 to 2019, Colorado law enforcement officers shot 309 people, 189 of them fatally, and all but two of those shootings were deemed justified by prosecutors or grand juries. So far in 2020, officers have shot and killed 12 people. That placed the state fifth in the nation for the highest rate of fatal […]

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600 beds will open at Denver’s National Western complex to give homeless men safer space during coronavirus outbreak

Denver will open 600 beds at the National Western complex to give men who are homeless a place to shelter safely during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Mayor Michael Hancock said Tuesday. A similar shelter for women is in the works. The beds at the National Western complex are set to open in the […]

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State lawmakers, Denver council members urge governor to do more to help homeless through coronavirus

Democratic state lawmakers, homeless advocates and a handful of Denver city council members are urging Gov. Jared Polis to do more to help people experiencing homelessness weather the new coronavirus.   Among the actions the group is calling for is a mobilization of National Guard troops to help ease the burden of shelters that have been […]