Posted inCulture, Sun News, Transportation

Leaving a job you had somewhere you’ve never lived? Take the train to say goodbye.

This spring, I’ve had the opportunity to write for The Colorado Sun. But, surprise! I don’t live in Colorado.  I’ve been reporting as an intern from my home in Evanston, Illinois, something I didn’t even know would be possible before the coronavirus pandemic changed my life. Instead of working for a news outlet in person, […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors

Why Rocky Mountain National Park’s new online reservation system is only a short-term fix

After years of worsening crowding turned one of the state’s most pristine places into rush hour gridlock, Rocky Mountain National Park’s new timed-entry permit system is slowing the surge of summer visitors. But the system only runs until Oct. 11, a temporary fix to problems caused by a 44% increase in visitors to the third-busiest […]

Posted inCOVID, Education, Health, News

Coloradans ages 12-17 who get a coronavirus vaccine are eligible for $50,000 scholarships under new sweepstakes

The state will enter Coloradans ages 12-17 who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine into a sweepstakes for a $50,000 college scholarship, Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday. Twenty-five total Colorado kids will win. There drawings each Monday in June, winners will be chosen and revealed the following Friday. The first drawing […]

Posted inCOVID, News, Politics and Government

Not every vaccinated Coloradan will be entered into the $1 million sweepstakes. Here’s how to check if you are.

One lucky (and vaccinated) adult Coloradan will become a million dollars wealthier this week, the first of five to win the Colorado Comeback Cash sweepstakes Gov. Jared Polis announced late last month.  If you’ve received at least one dose of a free coronavirus vaccine in the state, you’ll automatically be entered into the Colorado Immunization […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Wildfire

Nearly half of Colorado emerges from drought conditions while Western Slope remains dry and at risk for fire

Recent rainfall has been a boon for eastern Colorado. The Front Range has enjoyed abundant precipitation and nearly half of the state’s geographic area has shed drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But the Western Slope hasn’t been blessed with the same precipitation levels, leaving a brutal drought and a high risk for […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Colorado’s U.S. senators recommend three candidates to Biden for vacancy on Denver’s federal bench

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper recommended three candidates — Kenzo Kawanabe, Charlotte Sweeney and Nina Wang — to President Joe Biden to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Colorado. The candidate chosen would fill Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s seat, which will open when he takes senior status in September.  “All three […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News

While Colorado’s eastern half revels in rain, the Western Slope is still stuck in a drought

The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation sits at the lower end of a 40-mile, gravity-fed canal, and waits for whatever water the towering San Juan mountains will give up for the season.  By the second week of May, it was clear 2021 will be a bust. The Utes’ farm enterprise has already switched to hopes for […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Transportation

Colorado isn’t experiencing a gas shortage, but there aren’t enough truckers to supply stations

No, there isn’t and won’t be a gas shortage in Colorado. The Colonial Pipeline, the country’s largest pipeline system for refined oil products, suffered a ransomware attack that left many in the Eastern U.S. dry at the pump last week. But Colorado has been spared from the lack of fuel plaguing those stations. “If you […]

Posted inHealth, News

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Denver area

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings, Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday, marking one of the most significant returns to pre-pandemic life.  “We are going from mask-wearing requirements to mask-wearing suggestions and guidance,” Polis said at a news conference. “We have now reached a threshold where not enough people are […]