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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.


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

Colorado launches Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

The office was authorized by legislation passed during the Legislature's 2021 session that provides an initial $4 million from the state's marijuana cash tax fund for its operations


Adams County adopts new oil and gas regulations that critics say will effectively ban drilling

Adams is one of the first Colorado counties to adopt new drilling regulations under Senate Bill 181


Boulder County puts review of Gross Reservoir expansion on hold

The county on Tuesday said it had agreed to a Denver Water request to put the process on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit


Colorado lawmakers blocked some misdemeanor offenders from buying guns. They also made it OK for some felons to own them.

The change to Colorado’s felon-in-possession law was made through Senate Bill 271, a 304-page measure that mostly made changes to the state’s misdemeanor code

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Bureau of Land Management stepping up safeguards for wild horse adoptions

The bureau estimates there are about 86,000 horses and burros on the range in 10 western states, about half of those in Nevada


Colorado governor not pursuing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees as delta variant rages

Cases are rising across the U.S. and in Colorado as the delta variant, which is far more contagious than other strains of the disease, spreads


Colorado Tourism Office’s new director will stay the course on sustainability, mitigating visitor impacts

Timothy Wolfe replaces Cathy Ritter, who was ousted from her six-year position in April by Pat Meyers, Colorado’s new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade


Colorado’s health department argues it can’t be sued in whistleblower lawsuit tied to botched HIV program

Colorado’s former head of disease control, fired last summer amid the pandemic, alleges state health officials retaliated against him after he blew the whistle on financial mismanagement

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“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

Haaland said one of her first goals was to consider the well-being of the agency as she thinks about the future of its headquarters

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How is Colorado’s new farmworkers’ rights bill being received by migrant farmworkers? With a shrug.

In fields hours away from the political pressure cooker of the Colorado legislature, Senate Bill 87 is stoking a different kind of debate.


Colorado’s new redistricting process faces a time crunch. The state Supreme Court will decide whether to push back deadlines.

As a last resort, one commission has also proposed cutting public hearings to 21 from 32 to wrap up sooner

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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

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Colorado will keep its long-term mental health program for doctors after yearlong fight

The controversy between the Colorado Medical Board and the state Department of Regulatory Agencies is nearing a close after protest and accusations.


Colorado expected to receive at least $300 million through opioid-crisis settlement — if local governments approve the deal

The tentative settlement, announced Wednesday, would bring to nearly $400 million that could come to Colorado through opioid litigation


Colorado’s reinsurance programs will continue to keep health costs low, governor says

Individuals buying on the exchange are expected to save more than 24% next year compared with what they would pay if they had to purchase coverage without the reinsurance program


Westminster city councilman will keep his seat after contentious, expensive recall election

Jon Voelz’s victory marks the end of a 10-month-long battle fought between community members over water rates, housing and commercial growth

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Despite partisan rhetoric at the Colorado Capitol, just 4.4% of bills this year passed along purely party lines

The analysis, the second such study conducted by The Colorado Sun in three years, once again indicates more bipartisanship in the Colorado General Assembly than might be expected

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Racial discrimination still exists in jury selection. Colorado’s Supreme Court rejected a proposal meant to fix that.

The court rejected a proposal, modeled after one adopted in Washington state, aimed at addressing implicit racism in how juries are picked

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