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Olivia Prentzel

The Colorado Sun — 619-607-5210
oliviaprentzel@coloradosun.com

Mudslides and flash flooding along Colorado’s burn scars could cause disasters, or mere travel delays, all summer long. Here’s why.

Last year’s historic wildfire season increased the area that’s prone to flooding, causing “an abnormal year of flooding events” this year, climate researcher says.

Environment

Denver DA’s husband pleads guilty to two counts of attempted arson

Christopher Linsmayer, 69, was charged with attempted arson after he set fires on his property near Kremmling, according to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Crime and Courts

One dead, three missing after flash floods sweep mud and debris from wildfire scars into Poudre Canyon

Larimer County has closed the Poudre River to all use as crews assess damage to bridges downstream of Black Hollow Creek and attempt to remove debris from the road and river.

Environment

Michael Bennet believes the child tax credit expansion will be made permanent. But he’s not sure how long it will take.

The Colorado Democrat said during a Colorado Sun event that he’s still not sure for how long the expansion would be extended under Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill

Politics and Government

Plague found in fleas collected after death of 10-year-old girl in southwest Colorado

The plague-positive fleas were collected from a prairie dog colony that went "silent" shortly after a 10-year-old girl died of the plague in the area.

Health

Men arrested at Denver’s Maven hotel now face federal charges for allegedly selling guns, drugs to each other

Authorities found at least 15 guns inside their hotel rooms, but during interviews with investigators, there was no mention of a plan for a mass shooting, according to a criminal complaint.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s largest jails cut their populations because of coronavirus. Now the numbers are creeping back up.

Law enforcement stopped jailing people for petty offenses and in some counties, the census dropped by 45%. But data show that those changes were more of a precaution to mitigate infection than lasting change.

Crime and Courts

Denver police found loaded weapons, high-capacity magazine and drugs inside hotel room near Coors Field

Four people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the discovery at The Maven hotel

Crime and Courts

A person may have died from plague in Colorado for the first time in six years

San Juan Basin Public Health was notified July 7 of the potential case of plague, which is transmitted by infected fleas.

Health

Woodland Park’s former police chief intimidated employees, led “extremely toxic” department, report says

Chief Miles De Young retired amid an investigation that found evidence of gender bias in his department. Two commanders were also placed on leave as part of an unrelated probe.

Crime and Courts

Former CDOT employee accused of stealing nearly $800K to buy gift cards, camping gear and video equipment

Aaron Victor Ceja allegedly made the unauthorized purchases between 2011 and 2020 using his state procurement card while he was a project manager for the agency.

Crime and Courts

Interstate 70 opens through Glenwood Canyon as crews work to clean up weekend mudslides

More rain is in the forecast, which could lead to more slides. "It’s a double-edged sword. We need the moisture, but we just don’t need it concentrated in Glenwood Canyon," CDOT boss says.

Transportation

Here are the wildfires currently burning across Colorado

Lightning sparked three of the largest wildfires burning right now in the state

Wildfire

Colorado prison inmates fight wildfires while they’re serving time, but can’t get hired when they get out

A new law signed by Gov. Jared Polis is intended to help former prison inmates who worked on fire crews get jobs in the fire service after release.

Wildfire

Thieves want your car’s catalytic converter — just as a new Colorado law drives up the cost to replace it

Thefts of the anti-pollution devices are way up, and so is the cost of replacing them amid clean-air rules that took effect this year

Crime and Courts

About 30% of Denver’s homes lack air conditioning. Here’s the city’s environmentally friendly solution.

The city's effort is part of a broader attempt to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by getting people in Colorado to replace gas-powered furnaces and hot water heaters with electric heating and cooling.

Energy

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Two popular Colorado waterways are shut down amid raging currents, large number of rescues

Officials across Colorado are restricting access to rivers along the Front Range as high flows, low temperatures and debris make it unsafe for rafters, tubers and kayakers — especially those unaware of the rivers’ strength.

Outdoors