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“I can’t do this to myself anymore”: Pandemic stress has driven some Colorado teachers to leave the classroom

Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a second-floor classroom baking at […]

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Colorado businesses relied on sidewalk extensions to make a profit during COVID. They may be here to stay.

DURANGO — From their office overlooking Durango’s main drag, marketer Maggie Kavan and architect Michael Carrier watched in the spring of 2020 as the pandemic closed businesses and emptied out downtown. And they saw how restaurants responded by erecting a hodgepodge of outdoor seating areas, some of which seemed unsafe or created a messy look.  […]

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How southern Colorado is working to bridge the digital divide in schools

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado teachers, parents and students have been forced to adapt to periods of remote learning. Kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and offices have been converted into temporary classrooms as students try to absorb new material through small boxes on a computer screen. But some families have struggled to adapt more than others. […]

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Adre Baroz charged with killing 5th person in southern Colorado

ALAMOSA — A man already charged with killing four people in connection with the discovery of human remains and missing persons cases in Colorado’s San Luis Valley has been charged with murder in the death of a fifth person. Adre Baroz (BAH-ross) was charged by prosecutors Monday with first-degree murder, tampering with human remains and […]

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Colorado school districts look toward summer to help their students make up for coronavirus learning loss

Though many Colorado students still have at least 100 days left before they reach the end of the academic year, many school district leaders and education advocates are already focused on what comes next. In a year when learning has become routinely unpredictable, with kids zooming back and forth between in-person instruction and remote classes, […]