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Colorado nursing homes with the most coronavirus deaths were cited for poor infection control

Last February, a month before coronavirus crawled through a Greeley nursing home, inspectors alerted the center’s managers of infection-control problems.  Back then, before the pandemic had even arrived in Colorado, state regulators were worried about the way two nurses at Centennial Health Center cleaned a resident’s wound. The nursing home was cited for federal protocol […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccine plans must be clear, transparent and guided by science

After COVID-19 had claimed more than 300,000 lives, Americans received word in December that two vaccines had been granted emergency authorization in the United States. Now, as the first Coloradans have begun to receive their vaccinations, questions are emerging about who should get the first doses and how distribution is being managed.  At AARP Colorado, […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

A huge number of Coloradans already say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine. Will politics make it worse?

A coronavirus vaccine could end this agonizing pandemic. But two new polls out last week revealed startling numbers on how many Coloradans actually want to receive one. The first, from the Colorado Health Foundation, found nearly one-third of Coloradans surveyed said they would likely not step up to get vaccinated for coronavirus when a vaccine […]

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Xcel pushes natural gas rate hike for Colorado customers even as regulators ask for coronavirus-related delay

Xcel Energy is pressing ahead with a proposed $145 million natural gas rate increase despite concerns by consumer advocates and a state regulator about its impact on customers in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a March 18 ruling, Colorado Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Steven Denman said he “strongly encourages” Xcel […]

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More than 40% of Coloradans don’t have a retirement plan at work. The state seeks to change that.

When Pete Turner, founder of the fresh-burrito chain Illegal Pete’s, decided to offer 401(k) plans to employees a few years ago, it was tedious and time consuming. A staffer now spends 60 hours a year managing the retirement program. But it’s worth it to Turner, who wanted to provide more for his workers other than […]

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Want cheaper electricity? Xcel Energy wants to help — if you’re willing to do your laundry at 2 a.m.

Lisa Ferreira’s hot tub became a little less hot and her washing machine a little more nocturnal when she and her husband tested out the new electricity rates that Xcel Energy now wants to extend to all 1.2 million of its residential customers in Colorado.  Ferreira and her husband were part of Xcel Energy’s two-year […]

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As Coloradans grow older, there’s a push for policies that benefit all ages

Janine Vanderburg led 42 workshops across the state in 2018 to learn about the concerns older adults had about aging or ageism. One issue became clear. Adults were working longer — and wanted to — but they often felt discrimination in the workplace or during the hiring process. “People said, ‘That workplace discrimination issue that […]

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Older Coloradans are working longer and demanding an updated set of tech skills

In an extremely basic training class on internet searches at the new Senior Planet in Lowry, it was clear: the students had done this before. One woman typed in “gratitude” and clicked over to the image search to see pithy paragraphs on gratefulness. Another typed in “crochet patterns” because she’s an avid hobbyist who’d like […]

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Opinion: Let’s celebrate our nation’s heroes — and hidden heroes — this November

November is not only National Veterans Month but also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and thank the more than 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. This November, we should honor and pay respect to both: those who served our country in uniform and the hidden heroes caring for our veterans at […]

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Denver Startup Week isn’t just for Denverites. It’s drawing people from across the U.S.

Vince Kadlubek brought a Meow Wolf crew to Denver Startup Week two years ago. They left  set on the idea that Denver would be the first place the Santa Fe, N.M., arts collective would expand its immersive art venue. “I really wasn’t thinking about Denver as an expansion city. I was thinking about Austin and […]