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Tatiana Flowers

Tatiana Flowers is the inequality and general assignment beat reporter for the Colorado Sun. She has covered crime and courts plus education and health in Colorado, Connecticut, Israel and Morocco. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, Zumba, learning how to DJ, and live music events. Rabbits are her favorite animal.

Racial discrimination, excessive force and retaliation alleged at ICE detention center in Aurora

The complaint, filed by three immigrant rights organizations, could spark an investigation or cause the GEO-run Denver Contract Detention Facility to shut down.

Politics and Government

Two Coloradans just returned from providing aid in Ukraine. It’s not a matter of if they’ll go back again, but when.

Taras Overchuk and Benito Mares traveled to the war-torn, eastern European country in March

Coloradans

Burglaries at cannabis dispensaries prompt Denver to adopt strict security rules. Not everyone is happy about them.

The new safety and storage requirements, which went into effect Jan. 1, are drawing a divided response from weed advocates and cannabis prohibitionists.

Business

As Aurora passes camping ban, some say enforcement money would be better spent on affordable housing

Mayor Mike Coffman, who proposed the ordinance that would go into effect as soon as April 28, called the ban a good first step.

Housing

Youth violence remains a major public health crisis in Aurora. City leaders want to address it with new funding.

Marijuana tax revenue will help city leaders provide $500,000 to several organizations that can prevent youth violence and intervene after a violent incident has occurred.

Crime and Courts

Aurora is getting closer to passing an urban camping ban. But will there be enough shelter space for displaced people?

Councilmembers supporting the rule say allowing people to live on the streets is inhumane. Others call the ordinance cruel and ineffective. It gets a final vote on March 28.

Housing

Ukrainians in Colorado try to make sense of a yearslong conflict from afar

Even as the world condemns Russia’s invasion, Ukrainians in Colorado are feeling helpless and isolated as they try to keep tabs on loved ones stuck in the war zone

Coloradans

Colorado violates Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Justice Department finds

Colorado “unnecessarily” segregates people with physical disabilities in nursing homes, the department found.

Health

Denver wants to open the marijuana industry to those most impacted by the drug war. Some say it came too late.

Denver Social Equity Program applicants say a strict zoning rule is making it nearly impossible for them to launch their new cannabis businesses in an already supersaturated market.

Marijuana

A new fund seeks to close the racial wealth gap by helping Black families buy homes in metro Denver

The Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth aims to give 500 Black families up to $40,000 in down payment assistance to increase their wealth by at least $100,000 within 10 years.

Housing

Black ski groups descend on Snowmass to promote camaraderie, inclusion in the ski industry

The demographic makeup of skiers does not reflect the U.S. population. But Gen Z represents an opportunity to change that.

Outdoors

One apartment building changing hands sheds light on the dire shortage of affordable housing in Arvada

A 20-unit building on Carr Street was affordable to seniors and people with disabilities not using government vouchers. Rents may almost double after renovations are done.

Housing

Marshall fire survivors who didn’t have renter’s insurance now face unique obstacles to recovery

More services may be on the way for renters whose homes were contaminated by smoke and ash, but until then, people are navigating replacing ruined belongings on their own

Marshall Fire

After COVID delay, metro Denver homelessness survey returns to measure the scope of housing crisis

The annual count of unhoused people hasn't happened since before the pandemic and is a "critical" part of measuring housing stability in the metro area.

Housing

Coloradans struggle to navigate insurance after losing a home to wildfire. State lawmakers want to make it easier.

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would shorten and simplify the insurance claims process after a declared fire disaster.

Wildfire

Supply and labor shortages double the time it’ll take to rebuild homes lost in the Marshall fire

Housing and construction management professionals estimated it could take up to three years to rebuild homes from scratch

Marshall Fire

Stitch by stitch, a traveling quilt honors more than 100 Black people killed across America

Four Colorado needleworkers contributed tiny portraits, pieced into two quilts for the Stitch Their Names Memorial Project, which honors a small number of Black people who lost their lives.

Equity

The Green Book helped Black travelers navigate the U.S. Now two women are creating a modern version in Colorado.

Crystal Egli and Parker McMullen Bushman, founders of the Inclusive Guide, hope to create economic incentives for businesses to become more inclusive of people who regularly experience discrimination.

Business

Victims of crimes in Colorado get vastly different level of services depending on race, report finds

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s report also links the lacking racial diversity of staff at victim services organizations to the underserving of victims of color in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims

The VareCo notified tenants of the 95-unit Summit View Inn they had to leave, but pushed them out before they had their day in court. Now some are homeless.

Housing
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