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One of Colorado’s poorest school districts gave its superintendent a 17% raise after losing $1M-plus in state funding

The $30K pay bump prompted the board president to resign and has the local teachers union asking questions after a battle over teacher pay.

Education

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan dies

Sullivan served as sheriff between 1984 and 2002 and was considered a local legend until he was arrested in 2011 and charged with trading methamphetamine for sex after he was caught in an undercover operation

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s county commissions will have guardrails on how they draw commissioner districts under new law

House Bill 1047, which aims to enhance transparency and create legal guidelines for a process previously left up to counties, was signed by Gov. Jared Polis.

Politics and Government

Universal free lunch will help Colorado districts keep feeding kids. But could it also rob some schools of state funding?

The USDA has extended universal free meals through the next school year. Some districts worry it could result in fewer state dollars they need for vulnerable students.

Education

Rep. Chris Kennedy: Let’s extend redistricting reform to Colorado’s county commissioners

Three Colorado counties elect some or all of their commissioners by individual districts, and there’s nothing in the law requiring them to draw fair maps.

Opinion Columns

Coloradans have been giving generously during coronavirus. But some nonprofits worry it won’t be enough.

The pandemic has resulted in record fundraising for nonprofits. But some groups worry the focus on coronavirus relief will leave their other needs unmet.

Coronavirus

More Coloradans than ever voted this year, and the state’s turnout ranks in the top 5 nationwide

Members of both major parties and unaffiliated voters all cast ballots at record-high rates, but Democratic counties led the way

Election 2020

Colorado voters take on coronavirus, power outages to contribute to record turnout

But early voting meant that for many counties, the day was relatively calm

Election 2020

Rejected ballots top 10,000 in Colorado. Election officials are working to get them counted.

Mail ballot rejections in the 2020 election remain below average, but are expected to rise and disproportionately affect younger voters, an analysis shows

Election 2020

Colorado vote tracker: Here’s a look at turnout in the 2020 election

A statewide analysis and breakdown of the top 11 counties shows Democrats hold the vote edge in Colorado

Election 2020

Colorado opens statewide in-person voting with rules designed to prevent coronavirus outbreaks

Counties across the state have set up voting procedures to address health guidelines and voter fears about COVID-19, using money from the federal CARES Act to buy everything from gloves to disposable pens.

Election 2020

Robberies dropped, fights between roommates spiked: How quarantine affected crime in Colorado

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest that targets shifted with the closures, which in some areas also may have veiled an anticipated rise in domestic violence

Crime and Courts

Colorado likely won’t have an accurate coronavirus death count for months, or even years

17% more deaths occurred in Colorado in March and April compared to last year — and only a fraction are listed as COVID-19 victims. Here’s what we know about the “excess deaths.”

Coronavirus

Most of Denver area to remain under stay-at-home order as governor eases statewide restrictions

The extended orders mean that about half of Colorado’s 6 million residents will remain under some kind of stay-at-home directive. Douglas County, the lone exception, will follow the state’s safer-at-home guidance.

Coronavirus

Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order raised a lot of questions. Don’t call 911 to ask them.

Residents are wondering if they can pick up children from ex-spouses, teachers want to know if they can deliver homework to students, and some people are even asking if they still have to follow traffic laws.

Politics and Government

Metro counties drop stay-at-home orders for one issued by state of Colorado

Public health departments representing Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson and Douglas counties say the patchwork of decrees was confusing, and tell residents to stay at home until April 11.

Coronavirus

To boost low measles vaccination rates, public health agencies are targeting Colorado’s biggest counties

After an executive order from Gov. Jared Polis, departments are running radio ads, mailing parents and urging schools to beef up vaccination efforts to avoid an outbreak

Health

Here’s a roundup of the most important 2019 local election results in Colorado

From Mike Coffman’s apparent political comeback to an anti-fracking sweep of the City Council in Broomfield and the rejection of big tax measures in the Denver area, these are the results you need to know from Tuesday night

Politics and Government

New law to keep Colorado foster kids in their home schools is off to disappointing start

Less than 2 percent of state funds set aside for foster children’s transportation have been spent

Education

One in three Colorado suicide deaths followed binge drinking, study finds

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment study was the first to examine link between suicide and alcohol

Health
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