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

One in 20 Colorado students live in a home without internet access. Most of those houses have elementary school age kids and are in rural or low-income areas.

Education

Adre Baroz charged with killing 5th person in southern Colorado

Baroz is charged in the deaths of Korina Arroyo, Myron Martinez, Shayla Hammel, Selena Esquibel and Xaiver Zeven Garcia

News

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

A group of Colorado school districts and educators is calling for summer planning to start now, with a community-wide approach across the state

Education

Climate change ravaged Colorado and the West with heat and drought in 2020. This year may be worse.

Coloradans also can look out their windows and see the “snow drought” forecasters are talking about when they say snow cover in the West is the worst it has been at any time in the last two decades.

Environment
Blue Mesa is Colorado’s 2nd largest reservoir was formed by Blue Mesa Dam, is a 390-foot-tall earthen fill dam across the Gunnison River near Gunnison, Colorado, completed in 1966 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The Colorado River Storage Project was created to manage the Colorado River, provide water storage, flood control and create hydroelectric power. Blue Mesa Reservoir is approximately 30 miles long with 96 miles of shoreline and spreads over 14 square miles in area. The reservoir can hold 940,700 acre feet of water. The Gunnison River is the Colorado River's 5th largest tributary. Ice fishermen standing on the ice of Blue Mesa Reservoir beneath the Dillon Pinnacles give a sense of scale to Blue Mesa reservoir near Gunnison, Colorado on January 22, 2021. Normally the landscape around Blue Mesa is buried under deep snow. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the statewide snowpack is currently at 73 percent of normal and the Gunnison Basin is at 50-70% of normal. Such low amounts of snow may create drought conditions. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado judge weighs dropping charges against Danish man accused of starting massive wildfire

Wildfire

Smaller Colorado providers are boosting students’ broadband speeds — and helping parents block TikTok

Jade Communications in Alamosa has been helping customers deal with pandemic-related problems — even as bigger ISPs hang back

Technology

Two more men arrested in San Luis Valley discovery of three sets of human remains

Julius Anthony Baroz faces murder charges and CJ Walter Dominguez is accused of kidnapping, tampering with human remains. Prosecutors add charges for Adre “Psycho” Baroz, too.

News

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online.

Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution.

Technology

Thousands of families redshirted their preschoolers and kindergarteners. Will they swell Colorado schools next fall?

Districts could face larger classes of young learners come 2021, which may result in bigger class sizes or hiring challenges amid strapped budgets.

Education

Rural Colorado communities vow to keep their schools open, even as coronavirus cases rise

Without evidence of the virus spreading in their schools, some districts will continue in-person learning. Their leaders worry what will happen to kids if they don’t.

Education

Police search for suspect after three people’s remains are found in San Luis Valley

Adre “Psycho” Jordan Baroz, a 26-year-old from Conejos County, is wanted in connection with the deaths

Crime and Courts

Air pollution, asthma rates in Colorado’s San Luis Valley are a growing concern

About 14% of San Luis Valley children suffer from asthma, which is a medically significant higher number than the 12% U.S. average. Can monitoring air quality help?

Health

Colorado’s substitute teacher shortage, worsened by coronavirus, could force some schools to close. Again.

Districts are finding creative ways to fill the gap, leaning on their own teachers, administrators and even parents to sub

Education

Lack of child care prevents moms from getting drug treatment in Colorado. Here comes “RV Honey.”

The first-of-its-kind program will send RVs renovated as child care classrooms to drug and mental health centers in Denver and the San Luis Valley.

Health

How one of Colorado’s smallest Black Lives Matter protests became its most violent

A 27-year-old lawyer participating in a crosswalk protest is accused of shooting a man in the head as he drove through an intersection.

Politics and Government

Most Colorado student teachers aren’t paid and need second jobs. Will lawmakers step in to ease their financial burden?

Sen. Nancy Todd, a former teacher, will push forward an omnibus bill this session that will grant student teachers more flexibility and possibly compensation.

Education

Colorado has a big shortage of volunteers to speak up for foster kids in court

That gap has sparked Colorado court appointed special advocates to make a plea for more volunteers -- they want 2,020 new ones in 2020

Coloradans