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Southeastern Colorado struggles to attract home builders. Now federal stimulus will help add 127 homes.

Between the state and private prisons, the sheriff’s office, schools and a growing cannabis cultivation industry, there are plenty of workers who could make Crowley County their home.  Except there aren’t enough places for them to live. And, as the supply of houses and apartments has declined in the rural county east of Pueblo, few […]

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The Colorado Capitol’s next big labor fight: whether to let local public workers unionize

A bill that would grant more public employees in Colorado the right to unionize is shaping up to be the next big labor fight at the state Capitol. The proposal, which will be sponsored by House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, a Pueblo Democrat, would allow people working for cities, counties, schools, public hospitals and other […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

A mental health hold can help Coloradans in crisis. But for many who are seriously ill, that’s where the help stops.

It was the most hopeful Sandy Sharp had felt in a long time.  Her 29-year-old son, Drew, had landed a bed at Grant House, a residential treatment facility in Denver. He was on track to stay there for a year. It seemed to be a huge breakthrough for Drew, whose schizophrenia and substance use had […]

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Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announces reelection campaign amid new grand jury investigation

GRAND JUNCTION — Standing in front of the Mesa County Justice Center where a grand jury will weigh possible criminal charges against her, Tina Peters asked about three dozen cheering supporters if they wanted her to “stay and fight” and then announced she will run for a second term as Mesa County Clerk and Recorder. […]

Posted inColoradans, Housing, News, Wildfire

Marshall fire officially becomes Colorado’s most destructive, with 991 homes and businesses burned, officials confirm

The wind-driven Marshall fire devoured 991 homes and businesses and damaged 127 more, authorities confirmed Saturday, making it Colorado’s most destructive fire in history when it comes to the number of homes burned.  Three people were missing and presumed dead – two in Superior and one in Marshall.  Boulder County authorities had previously announced that […]

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Colorado has finalized its congressional redistricting, but don’t forget about your powerful county commission

Congressional and state legislative redistricting may have grabbed the headlines this year, but Colorado’s powerful county commissions will also need to overhaul their districts after a decade of big population growth.   County commissioners are required to reassess their districts after the once-a-decade U.S. census to make sure they are close to equal in population.  Nearly […]

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Colorado lawmakers still have more than $2.6 billion in federal COVID stimulus to spend

In the summer of 2020, Colorado lawmakers were grappling with deep cuts to the state’s budget amid uncertainty about coronavirus and how the pandemic would impact the state’s economy.  Now, as they enter the 2022 legislative session, they have a very different and welcome challenge: deciding how to spend more than $2.6 billion in federal […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water

Colorado wants to keep investors from flipping water rights. Let the speculation begin.

Want to understand water speculation in Colorado?  Let’s say you’re in line at a pizza shop. Hear us out.  There’s a big sign at the pizza counter saying, “Limited quantities due to climate change. Buy only what you can eat.”  But the guy in front of you buys five pizzas for $20 each. He starts […]

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Ethics complaints are on the rise in Colorado. The one person in charge of investigating them says he needs help.

A Colorado panel responsible for investigating ethics complaints against government workers and elected officials is asking lawmakers for more money to help its only employee deal with a growing caseload. Since the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission first convened in 2007, the commission has mostly operated with just one employee, an executive director responsible for everything […]