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Mike Coffman: Aurora can do better than being a laboratory for suburban development

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Aurora is now the 56th largest city in the United States, with a population of 372,000, while Denver is ranked as the 19th largest city, at 732,000.  Denver’s future growth will be limited to controversial redevelopments that squeeze more density into an already crowded city, while […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s representatives in D.C. must take a stand against detention center horrors

Every day, we’re confronted with horrifying new details about the impact of the Trump administration’s barbaric and racist immigration policies. Families are being separated and children are being denied access to necessary care, with tragic and unconscionable consequences. In the past year, at least six migrant children have died in U.S. custody or shortly after […]

Posted inColoradans, Growth, Health, News, Politics and Government

Parked: Aurora considers how to preserve mobile-home parks after park’s closure

More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters. Now, Aurora lawmakers, like so many across the state, are struggling again with whether and how to preserve the dwindling stock of affordable housing. When Aurora City Council members approved a 10-month […]

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Opinion: Let’s separate fact from fiction when it comes to the detention of immigrants in Aurora

The activists who desecrated the American flag flying over the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Aurora committed an outrage against our community. This incident, which occurred when nearly 2,000 people from the metro area joined a national protest against immigration policies, thrust Aurora into the nation’s spotlight. Although several of the groups who […]

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Homeland Security watchdog slams conditions at ICE detention facilities, including one in Aurora

By Collen Long, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees’ rights. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California, Louisiana, Colorado and New Jersey between May and November of last year, […]

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Colorado cattle rustling’s colorful history helps modern brand inspectors keep up with a changing crime

GREELEY — Amid clanging gates and lowing cattle, Terry Florian steps into a crowded pen and begins a subtle dance among the livestock, carefully stepping around and between their churning hooves to catch a glimpse of the brands burned into their hides. He and his fellow brand inspectors circulating outside the sale barn will cull […]

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Immigration detention center in Aurora opens to media amid criticism of mumps, chicken pox quarantines

Most of the bright-blue bunk beds lined up in rows were empty by midday Monday, though a few detainees were still trying to sleep under bright lights and matching blankets. Others — all flown to Colorado from the Mexican border — read newspapers or chatted at small tables in their dormitory at the immigration detention […]

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Here’s what Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in Aurora about startups, AI, Facebook and Tesla

Challenged acoustics inside Colorado’s newest conference center didn’t deter technology legend Steve Wozniak from passionately sharing why he distrusts artificial intelligence, ditched Facebook and wished Apple had moved a division to Colorado long ago. The Apple cofounder was in town Thursday to keynote a business event capping off another year for the city of Aurora, […]