Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

Colorado to expand probes of PFAS “forever chemicals” in biosolids from city waste

Wastewater treatment plants may have to start testing for presence of PFAS “forever chemicals” in biosolids as early as next year, and those plants may be required to investigate upstream sources of the toxic substances, Colorado regulators say.  State water quality officials also said Colorado’s PFAS grant program is also open to help communities test […]

Posted inEnvironment, Health, News

Colorado has been spreading biosolids with “forever chemicals” on farms, records show. How dangerous is it? 

Metro Denver’s wastewater treatment system is spreading sewage biosolids laced with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” at its farm in eastern Arapahoe County and on private farms that buy the material as fertilizer, according to test records obtained by the Colorado Sun.  The likely presence of the ubiquitous and dangerous chemicals on Colorado farmland, placed there […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

PERA sues Tri-County Health, its departing counties seeking $50 million withdrawal fee

Out of all the political controversy the coronavirus has caused in Colorado, the pullout of Douglas County from the Tri-County Health Department — and the domino effect it had on Adams and Arapahoe counties — may be the action that ends up having the biggest consequences on some metro Denver governments. The costs of Arapahoe […]

Posted inHealth, News

Arapahoe County — the last holdout — votes to leave Tri-County Health Department

The final member of the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), Arapahoe County, voted today to leave the agency at the end of 2022.  This vote follows earlier decisions by Douglas and Adams counties to do the same.  “County residents will continue to receive all public health services from TCHD until a replacement health department and new […]

Posted inCOVID, News

Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties will have indoor mask mandates starting Wednesday

Facing the possibility that the current COVID-19 surge could breach Colorado’s hospital capacity, the public health agency for Adams and Arapahoe counties Monday issued a new indoor mask mandate through at least the end of the year. Also Monday, Jefferson County Public Health’s board voted 4-1 to pass a new ordinance to require people ages […]

Posted inSun Investigation

Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died after taking the synthetic […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Outsider

Zillow spent big in Colorado’s Front Range this summer, months before collapse of home-flipping business

The collapse of Zillow Offers — the online real estate giant’s venture into buying and selling homes — announced Nov. 2 can be traced, in one small part, to its over eagerness to invest in Colorado’s red-hot real estate market.  The company bought hundreds of homes in the Front Range this summer, mostly in August […]