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Colorado Springs day care owner sentenced to 6 years in prison for hiding 26 kids in basement

Carla Faith was only licensed to care for up to six children and only two of them were allowed to be under the age of 2

Crime and Courts

Aurora police officer suspended after cursing at teen driver

Sgt. Ed Acuti was placed on paid administrative leave and will remain on leave pending the outcome of an investigation

Crime and Courts

Ozone plagues Colorado’s Front Range, state report says, but bids to change it are elusive

Air pollution officials wrap up the “ozone year” with a dire look at summer of ‘21 and rising three-year averages, with little hope for better in near future.

Environment

Grand Lake voters turn out in force to retain Mayor Steve Kudron in recall sparked by workforce housing plan

Two-thirds of registered voters cast ballots in the recall, more than double the number who participated in the 2020 mayoral election

Politics and Government

Colorado doesn’t have a statewide building code. Would enacting one help protect homes against wildfire?

A handful of state lawmakers are interested in pursuing a statewide building code, in large part as a way to secure more federal grant money

Wildfire

Colorado governor tells geographic renaming board to consider easier-to-pronounce alternatives

Gov. Jared Polis said "dots and dashes" made it hard to say Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain — leading one board member to label the governor's position "problematic"

Outdoors

Colorado has just 120 intensive care beds available statewide as COVID hospitalizations rise

Gov. Jared Polis urgently pleaded with Coloradans to get vaccinated as more than 1,100 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19

Coronavirus

Denver judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to invalidate votes cast for Amendment 78

Judge J. Eric Elliff found that the legal action filed by Bell Policy Center Executive Director Scott Wasserman and Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue was filed too late

Politics and Government

Fatal shooting lawsuit alleges culture of excessive force in Kiowa County

The lawsuit was filed by Zach Gifford’s family as one of his shooters, former Kiowa County Sheriff’s Deputy Quinten Stump, is scheduled to stand trial in January on criminal charges

Crime and Courts

Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear Tina Peters’ appeal of ruling barring her from having role in 2021 election

Peters’ appeal argued that Mesa County District Court Judge Valerie J. Robison lacked the authority to remove her as the county’s designated election official

Politics and Government

Students at Denver high school targeted by racist, antisemitic graffiti try to rally forward

On what was meant to be a light-hearted pajama day, George Washington High School students grappled with fallout from swastikas, racist epithets and hateful rhetoric scrawled on campus over the weekend.

Education

Colorado’s new state House and Senate maps drew several Democrats into Republican districts and vice versa

Lawmakers now have to decide whether to move into a more favorable district or not run for reelection in a game of political musical chairs that could have implications for years to come

Politics and Government

A flurry of policy experiments in Colorado serves as “regional laboratory” for regulating, limiting short-term rentals

Crackdown on short-term rental properties across Colorado mirrors national effort as communities grapple with escalating home prices and a shrinking workforce.

Housing

New creative expression workshop aims to combat artists’ addiction, isolation and death in Colorado

Colorado Artists in Recovery originally formed to help people in recovery from drug addiction but it has evolved to also support people with other mental health issues

Health

Prosecutors allege Colorado judge used AR-15 rifle in felony menacing case

The name of Mark Thompson's alleged victim was redacted from court documents and there were no details included about what allegedly happened

Crime and Courts

FDA signs off on extending booster shots to Americans who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration's decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign

Coronavirus

Colorado gets a 43rd state park under first-in-the-nation deal with the Forest Service

Several owners have eyed development of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake parcel in the last 30 years, but the Garfield County oasis is now the second new state park in the last two years

Outdoors

Douglas County School District sues its new county health department over masks

The lawsuit asks the courts to block enforcement of the county's health order, which also limits quarantines for people exposed to COVID-19

Health

Family of 6-year-old girl who died on Glenwood Springs amusement park ride files wrongful death lawsuit

Wongel Estifanos was killed by the “extreme recklessness” of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and its operators, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday

Crime and Courts

Former Denver high school teachers accused in submarine espionage case are federally indicted

The New York Times reports Jonathan and Diana Toebbes' lost their Denver-area home in 2010 in the wake of the Great Recession

Crime and Courts
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