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Peak near Evergreen renamed Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain as slurs are stripped from Colorado landmarks

By Corinne Westeman, Clear Creek Courant The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved the petition to rename a Clear Creek County peak Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain. The board approved changing the name from Squaw Mountain, a name government bodies have recognized as a slur, during a meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C. Teanna Limpy, director of the Northern Cheyenne […]

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

Five people were killed in Denver during the first six days of July 2020, including 19-year-old Tayvion Washington, who was hit multiple times in a drive-by shooting near a library in northeast Denver. Since his death on July 6, Washington’s mother, Saundra Kay Huggins, said she has never been able to reach the Denver Police […]

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An Adams County apartment complex set aside 12 units for foster youth. It barely makes a dent in the demand.

Alyah Zaragoza waited about six months before she was finally accepted into the new Caraway Apartments, a 116-unit complex where 12 units are set aside for young people like Zaragoza, who are transitioning out of foster care. “I’m really excited,” Zaragoza said last week, just days before she began moving into her new one-bedroom apartment […]

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The need for preschool has never been greater — and never harder — for struggling Colorado families to get

By Carina Julig, The Sentinel On a cold morning in mid-November, a group of children were learning the days of the week inside a renovated bus parked in the Willow Park neighborhood of Aurora. The brightly-decorated bus is home to You Be You Early Learning’s preschool program, which began serving students in the subsidized-housing neighborhood […]

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What happens when the lure of outdoor rec starts to pull people onto tribal lands?

INDIAN WELLS, ARIZONA — When the FBI suspected someone was illegally digging artifacts from the Navajo Nation, an agent called Jonathan Dover for help.  Dover was working as a Navajo Ranger who specialized in archaeological crimes. He drove with the FBI agent out into a search area that spanned hundreds of square miles. They were […]

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With federal COVID sick leave gone, workers feel pressure to show up at work

By Rae Ellen Bichell, KHN Economists and public health experts alike say paid sick leave is an essential tool — like testing, masks and vaccines — in the effort to prevent COVID-19 infection and keep workplaces safe. Yet the U.S. is in the midst of another COVID holiday season, and federal laws that offered COVID-related paid sick […]

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

Marlis Sneed lived in a dilapidated apartment for nearly five years at the Summit View Inn, an extended stay motel on East Colfax Avenue in Aurora where tenants paid rent daily or weekly. Wires hung from her ceiling and protruded from outlets in the wall. Sneed’s mattress was ripped and her walls were cracked with […]

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Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

By Kate Ruder, KHN WESTMINSTER — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, […]

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Denver’s program to house people who were homeless was so successful, the federal government is offering millions more to expand it

Five years ago, Denver made a list of people most often involved with jail, detox centers and emergency rooms — and then offered them housing.  The program was so successful at keeping people in stable housing and out of jail, that the U.S. Treasury Department has offered the city more than $6 million in new […]