Posted inHealth, News, Outdoors

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

Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the plague in fleas collected in La Plata County after a 10-year-old girl died from the disease earlier this month, public health officials said. The plague-positive fleas were collected from a private property in south central La Plata County after residents reported a nearby prairie dog colony had gone […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

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

Three men arrested last week at The Maven hotel in Denver after a housekeeper discovered several guns inside their rooms and tipped off authorities now face federal gun charges, court documents show. Gabriel Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez and Richard Platt are accused of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a previous offender. Gabriel Rodriguez also […]

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

Colorado’s largest jails are becoming more crowded after population levels dropped to historic lows last year as officials made efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 behind bars.  Now, as the world returns to a version of “normal” and court hearings have resumed, numbers are creeping closer to pre-pandemic levels at many of Colorado’s largest […]

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

Police found more than a dozen guns, a high-capacity magazine and a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin inside two hotel rooms one block from Coors Field on Friday, court documents show. While cleaning a room at The Maven hotel Friday evening, a housekeeper saw a rifle, numerous metal objects that appeared to be possible […]

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

The Woodland Park Police Department is “an extremely toxic environment” filled with gender bias, harassment and intimidation, according to a report by a consulting firm. Firing Chief Miles De Young was the only option to correct the “dire” state of the small mountain town’s police department, JEH Consulting said after several employees recounted intimidation tactics […]

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

A former Colorado Department of Transportation employee was charged this week after prosecutors say he stole more than $770,000 from the agency over a nine-year period to buy items including gift cards, camping gear and video equipment. Aaron Victor Ceja, 48, is accused of theft, money laundering and embezzlement of public property for allegedly making […]

Posted inNews, Transportation

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

The Colorado Department of Transportation finished removing debris from Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon on Monday, reopening a critical highway that shut down after two mudslides spilled from the Grizzly Creek burn scar onto the highway over the weekend. Crews used water and sweeping trucks to finish the clean up of the eastbound lanes, which […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Wildfire

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

For $12 a day, Colorado prison inmates trained to fight wildfires stand alongside the state’s seasonal fire crews, battling some of the state’s most devastating wildfires.  Through a Colorado Department of Corrections program, members of the State Wildland Inmate Fire Team receive the same training as the state’s seasonal fire crews and have hands-on experience […]