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Colorado’s urban open space past haunts the future of development and community life

From Park Hill Golf to Westminster Farm to the Stock Show grounds, neighbors demand much from rebuilding of spaces they feel ownership in, while developers say there’s only so much they can do.

Growth

Who are parks for? Proposed housing development has Westminster neighbors fighting for space.

Some residents fear being shut out of coveted parkland as developer eyes new subdivision at “The Farm”

Growth

Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s second-largest district, will require masks for children under 12

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks for everyone in a school setting

Coronavirus

What’s Working: Desperate times for employers as 134,000 Coloradans still are on federal unemployment

As the state reports the lowest number of initial jobless claims since the pandemic began, five weeks remain of federal benefits. Plus: Eviction moratorium ends, rental housing assistance available.

Economy

Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon force more than 100 to spend night on I-70

The highway likely will be closed through the weekend because of the massive level of clean up required and heavy rain in the weather forecast.

Transportation

Unvaccinated Colorado state employees will be required to undergo twice-weekly coronavirus testing

Gov. Jared Polis said the decision is a “middle road” approach that avoids a vaccination mandate

Coronavirus

Colorado governor extends some eviction protections to residents still waiting for rent assistance

The national eviction moratorium ends Saturday as thousands of Coloradans wait for promised monthly rent help

Housing

Dick Lamm, former governor of Colorado who “captured a moment,” dies at 85

The cause was complications related to a pulmonary embolism the former governor suffered earlier in the week

Politics and Government

Violent arrest in Aurora reignites anger over policing

Activists decry what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color

Crime and Courts

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation sentenced to a year in prison

Former Judge Ryan Kamada tipped off his friend about the investigation after officers asked him to sign a search warrant

Crime and Courts

Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in US West as states pass laws to drastically cut their numbers

The groups cite unregulated hunting, poaching and genetic problems for why the gray wolf should be listed under the Endangered Species Act

Outdoors

Bus stop by bus stop, Denver-area health officials microtarget vaccine hesitancy

A mobile clinic in the East Colfax neighborhood is part of a new push by Denver-area public health officials to find the neighborhoods where vaccinations lag behind state or county averages

Coronavirus

Denver isn’t pursuing a true-up with charter schools that got federal coronavirus loans

Across the country, charter and private schools got $6 billion in paycheck protecting funding, according to Education Week

Education

Coroner wants to do metal testing on mummified cult leader’s body found in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Colorado agrees to fully fund emerging online learning programs, but the state wants proof they are succeeding

Members of the State Board acknowledge they’re taking a risk with students’ education and that it will take time to know what is and isn’t working, but they believe it’s worth it

Education

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

As coronavirus cases rise again, not even Colorado’s most-vaccinated counties have been spared. Here’s why.

State and local health officials have had a mixed response to new federal guidance urging vaccinated people to start wearing masks again

Coronavirus

Aurora police officer quits days after release of video showing him beating a man with a pistol during an arrest

An investigation will still be conducted into John Haubert’s use of force after body-camera footage showed him beating a man with a pistol 13 times.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s child protection ombudsman announces new program to review child deaths

The first death reviewed will be that of a 12-year-old who died after running away from Tennyson Center for Children.

News

Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government
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