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Olivia Prentzel

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

What in the piping plover? New website sheds light on Colorado’s 350 most sensitive species.

The dashboard highlights the leading threats faced by species across the state and tracks Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s progress in protecting them

Environment
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Denver DA wants grand jury probe of police shooting that injured bystanders as body camera footage is released

Denver DA Beth McCann’s announcement comes the same day as Denver police released body-worn camera footage from the July 17 shooting outside Larimer Beer Hall.

Crime and Courts

Colorado pays $300,000 to woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by prison guard

Susan Ullery agreed to wear a wiretap to investigate a guard at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, but when he allegedly started to assault her for several minutes, prison staff didn’t intervene, court documents state

Crime and Courts

Colorado asks Supreme Court to uphold anti-discrimination law in case of web designer who opposes same-sex marriage

The high court will hear arguments in the case centered around Lorie Smith, a Denver-based Christian web designer who does not want to make wedding websites for same-sex couples

Crime and Courts

Denver Public Schools to pay $2.1M settlement after allegations the district lied to obtain AmeriCorps funds

The school district falsely reported that a significant portion of the district’s members had performed the necessary service hours to qualify for an AmeriCorps education award in 2015 and 2016, federal prosecutors said

Education

Colorado offered $28 million for free transit in August. Most money for smaller agencies has gone unclaimed.

Two of the state’s largest transit agencies didn’t apply to the “Zero Fare for Better Air” program, citing driver shortages.

Transportation

Emboldened by recent court ruling, Colorado gun rights group sues again to overturn ban on large-capacity magazines

The president of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has given it a “4-ton wrecking ball” that will tear down state gun restrictions

Crime and Courts

Amid claims of workplace abuses, state officials seek probe of Colorado’s emergency management agency

The move comes after reports of a troubling history of aggressive and inappropriate behavior from one of the division’s directors, Mike Willis

Politics and Government

“We want answers”: Denver police didn’t tell two wounded bystanders that officers were the ones who shot them

Three officers fired seven rounds at a man who allegedly pulled a gun from his hoodie and pointed it toward them as he was standing in front of Larimer Beer Hall, police said during a news conference Wednesday.

Crime and Courts

No former prisoners have been hired by Colorado to fight wildfires since a law passed to help

Members of the State Wildland Inmate Fire Team help fight some of Colorado’s largest fires. A 2021 law was supposed to smooth their path toward a full-time firefighting career, but none have been hired or have even applied.

Wildfire

Colorado Springs man faces federal charges for participating in Jan. 6 riot

“I’m probably going to lose my job as a pastor after this. … If this makes me lose my, my reputation, I don’t care,” Tyler Ethridge, 33, said in a video he posted to social media while in the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents.

Crime and Courts

“Our history is gone”: Four families, 6 months after the Marshall fire

The Sun checked back in with families who survived the most destructive fire in Colorado history

Marshall Fire

Woman cited with causing Boulder County grassfire after pouring ashes from fire pit in her garden

Helena Syrovatkova, 48, is accused of sparking the April 19 Tally Ho fire, which prompted evacuations and damaged yards and fences of eight residential properties, authorities said.

Wildfire

Tourists quickly returned to Colorado’s mountain towns during COVID. But they’re just now getting back to Denver.

Denver welcomed 31.7 million visitors last year, a 14.5% jump from 2020. But business and international travel is still lagging.

Business

After-action report finds numerous shortcomings in Marshall fire emergency communications

Despite communication barriers, about 37,500 people fled the area in about three to four hours, according to an after-action report which called the effort “unprecedented.”

Marshall Fire

How to plan a hike during wildfire season in Colorado

As fires grow stronger and more frequent, knowing how to avoid a fire and what to do if a fire sparks on the trail is essential, experts say.

Wildfire

Bureau of Prisons to pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit after diabetic prisoner was allegedly deprived of insulin at Supermax facility

Seifullah Chapman was incarcerated at ADX Florence when guards failed to provide him an adequate dosage of the life-saving drug, putting him at risk of dying, the suit alleged.

Crime and Courts

Two workers found dead after being trapped under 80 feet of coal at Pueblo power plant

The bodies of the Xcel Energy subcontractors — one in his 20s and the other in his 30s — were found after 3 p.m. Thursday, capping an hourslong search at Pueblo’s Comanche 3 plant.

News

Southwest Airlines sues Colorado officials over the state’s new sick leave law

The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplace Act, a bill passed by the legislature in 2020, interferes with the airline’s sick leave benefits and could lead to fight delays and cancellations, according to the federal lawsuit.

Politics and Government

Black Lives Matter protester sues five Colorado Springs officers, alleging excessive force, wrongful arrest

The officers — one who later compared BLM to the Ku Klux Klan — indiscriminately aimed pepper spray and a fogging device into a woman’s face as she protested the death of George Floyd, the lawsuit states.

Crime and Courts
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