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 inCrime and Courts, News

3 caregivers charged in death of 86-year-old at Grand Junction assisted living facility

Three caregivers have been charged in the death of an 86-year-old woman who investigators say was left outside a Grand Junction assisted living facility in the heat for six hours in June, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday. Caregivers Jamie Johnston, 30, Jenny Logan, 50 and Letticia Martinez, 27, are accused of negligent death […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Politics and Government, Technology

Nearly 200 companies with Colorado customers reported data breaches in the past 16 months

As two consumer data privacy bills wind their way through the statehouse, a law passed three years ago is giving Colorado a sense of what happens when private companies, government entities or nonprofit organizations get hacked and consumer data is exposed. Nearly 200 companies or organizations have reported data breaches and notified 1.6 million Colorado […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, Education, News, Politics and Government, Technology

Colorado AG leads push to use federal internet discounts to help students get online at home — not just at school

Nearly five years after the Boulder Valley School District asked the Federal Communications Commission to let it use federal funds to help students on the wrong side of the digital divide, the district finally got a response — in a roundabout way.  The FCC wanted to hear more, though it asked for comments in response […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, News

How scammers targeted Colorado’s unemployment system — and what the state is doing about it

Like many victims of unemployment fraud, Duane Thomas only learned that someone had used his identity to file for jobless benefits when a strange 1099-G tax document arrived in his mailbox last month. He reported the mistake in an online form provided by the state Department of Labor and Employment. Within about three weeks, the […]

Posted inCOVID, Crime and Courts, News

Colorado company accused of price gouging, false labeling around coronavirus gear to pay $70,000 penalty

A Colorado company accused of price gouging and labeling masks and respirators with misleading information has reached a settlement with the state attorney general’s office. Nationwide Medical Supply Inc., based in Denver, agreed Monday to pay $70,000 to the state and stop charging excessively for its personal protective equipment products. The company also agreed in […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News, Politics and Government, Technology

Colorado pours $2M into internet access for families while partnering with providers like T-Mobile to expand broadband

Colorado will invest $2 million in federal coronavirus relief funds in school districts trying to make sure all of their students have a reliable internet connection while learning at home.  Districts will be able to use the money to purchase hot-spots for families who live in areas where broadband service isn’t readily available or to […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Politics and Government, Technology

Fraud, ID theft in Colorado have shifted during coronavirus. Now is the time to double down on protection.

The coronavirus pandemic offered identity thieves a gold mine.  Using stolen identities, thieves targeted the federal relief program known as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which was being administered by local state unemployment agencies.  The key to the gold mine was that workers could backdate claims all the way to February and collect thousands of dollars […]