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Colorado Republicans decide not to opt out of 2022 primaries

The opt-out effort was defeated by a vote of 241-172, though the Colorado GOP may challenge the state's open primary system in court

Politics and Government

Biden, speaking in Colorado, pitches spending plan as key to fight climate change

Biden spoke about “more jobs for the economy” as he checked out a giant windmill blade laying on the ground outside the lab and got a demonstration of wind turbine technology

Politics and Government

Man pleads guilty after remains found in suitcases in Denver

Benjamin Satterthwaite struck a deal with prosecutors and acknowledged killing 33-year-old Joshua Lockard

Crime and Courts

Colorado trooper who guards Capitol and governor charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at driver

Jay Hemphill allegedly pointed a gun at a driver near the Colorado Capitol

Crime and Courts

Residents of a Steamboat Springs mobile home park that went without power for 60 days still await answers

The electricity was out at Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park from mid-June to mid-August and a state investigation is ongoing.

Equity

Wild horse roundup in northwest Colorado begins as BLM tries to gather 733 mustangs

The federal Bureau of Land Management is removing 80% of the wild horses in Sand Wash Basin after drought-stricken rangeland turns to “moon dust”

Environment

Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide

Crime and Courts

BLM to remove 80% of wild mustang herd from Sand Wash Basin in Colorado’s second helicopter roundup of the summer

The federal Bureau of Land Management intends to remove 733 horses from the northwestern Colorado rangeland despite protest from Gov. Jared Polis and horse advocates.

Environment

Experts warn of dangers from breaches of voter system software like the one in Mesa County

In Colorado, federal, state and local authorities are investigating whether Mesa County elections staff might have provided unauthorized individuals access to their systems

Politics and Government

Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

More homeless camps have been popping up in Colorado’s national forests during the pandemic

Outdoors

“A lot of complex feelings”: How 3 Colorado veterans who served in Afghanistan feel about the country’s collapse

Forty Coloradans died in the war in Afghanistan. Fort Carson in Colorado Springs lost nearly 100 soldiers to the conflict.

Politics and Government

Denver LGBT-rights activist tapped by Biden to serve as ambassador to Switzerland

Scott Miller, the husband of Tim Gill, is a former account vice president at UBS Wealth Management in Denver

Politics and Government

Colorado reenacts mask mandate for nursing homes, regardless of vaccination status

The restriction is another hint at the worsening coronavirus situation in Colorado and across the country, driven by spread of the more contagious delta variant

Coronavirus

Littleton passed an ordinance requiring that gun stores take steps to prevent burglaries. Half of the city’s shops are struggling to comply.

The law, which took effect Aug. 1, requires all gun retailers within city limits to obtain a city-issued license showing approval of a “safe storage plan"

Politics and Government

Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water. Here’s how Colorado stands to benefit.

$300 million would go directly to carrying out the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan, $50 million of which would go to Upper Basin states, including Colorado

Politics and Government

Arvada parks worker dies after his ride-on mower tips into lake

Joe Herrin, a parks maintenance worker who has been with the city since May 2018, was using the mower near the edge of Birdland Lake at Jack B. Tomlinson Park

News

Warming rivers in the western U.S. are killing fish, imperiling industry

Officials in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and California are asking anglers to fish during the coolest parts of the day to minimize the impact on fish stressed from low-oxygen levels in warm water

Environment

Two more bodies found after Poudre River flooding, mudslides

One more person remains missing after flooding around the Cameron Peak burn scar

News

Interior secretary, speaking in Denver, stands by Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead Bureau of Land Management

Deb Haaland is in Colorado in large part to visit the BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction as she decides whether to keep it there

Politics and Government

Pilot appears to have been flying too low in mountains near Aspen before deadly crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of 11,500 feet on July 3 as it approached a mountain ridgeline with summits over 13,000 feet

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