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Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

Plague found in fleas collected after death of 10-year-old girl in southwest Colorado

The plague-positive fleas were collected from a prairie dog colony that went "silent" shortly after a 10-year-old girl died of the plague in the area.

Health

A person may have died from plague in Colorado for the first time in six years

San Juan Basin Public Health was notified July 7 of the potential case of plague, which is transmitted by infected fleas.

Health

Colorado AG appoints investigators for whistleblower’s pollution complaint

Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a Thursday statement saying his office had appointed attorneys at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, an Atlanta-based firm, as special assistant attorneys general

Environment

Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

Phil Weiser’s office asks for a third-party investigator to assess internal employee complaints that the Air Pollution Control Division ignored the law and falsified data

Environment

Colorado’s coronavirus dial system ends Friday. As hospitalizations spike, it will be up to counties to respond.

Gov. Jared Polis said Colorado has reached a point in the pandemic where local communities can decide what restrictions are right for them. But at the same time he’s pleading with the public to be careful.

Coronavirus

Officials advise 4,000 people vaccinated at Colorado Springs spa to get new coronavirus shots

The state health department stopped vaccinations at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic on Friday

Coronavirus

3,000 vaccine doses seized from Colorado Springs medical spa due to storage problems

Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic offers mostly aesthetic services such as facials, acne treatment and tattoo removal

Coronavirus

Environmental groups demand Polis remove Colorado Air Pollution Control director, call for independent investigation

A whistleblower complaint filed Tuesday accused state air regulators of illegally approving permits, telling staff to falsify records

Environment

Ambitious plan for cap-and-trade greenhouse gas cuts rejected by Colorado Air Quality Control Commission

Environmental Defense Fund and allies want tougher, faster cuts to climate change pollutants, but commissioners and Gov. Jared Polis says the plan is too complex and current rules should get time to work.

Energy

An environmental group claims 70% of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions come from oil and gas. But that’s in dispute.

350 Colorado’s worst-case scenario modeling suggests oil and gas should be gone from the state by 2030 to slow climate change.

Energy

Colorado has now confirmed 5 cases of more contagious coronavirus variant

The latest confirmed case is in a person in their 20s in Boulder County

Coronavirus

Colorado is about to change its coronavirus vaccine priority list — again

People between the ages of 65 and 69 could receive the vaccine sooner under the changes

Coronavirus

Colorado will rework its dial system once people age 70 and older are vaccinated, governor says

Gov. Jared Polis said his administration is already talking with local public health authorities about what changes to make in the spring to focus more on people’s economic and social-emotional needs

Coronavirus

Colorado is behind on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. How far should the state push industry to get there?

Critics say the governor's roadmap is guided by "wishful thinking" rather than binding mandates to cut emissions blamed for climate change.

Climate

Grand Junction keeps its grave for radioactive, Cold War dirt thanks to new coronavirus-aid package

Trump’s signature means a disposal site can remain open for another decade, averting millions of dollars in added expenses

Environment

Now that the coronavirus vaccine is here, public health agencies must convince Coloradans to take it

At least 70% of Coloradans must get the shot to achieve herd immunity, but it will take more than a $1 million marketing budget to build credibility

Health

Agricultural water contaminated with “forever chemicals” could taint produce, Colorado study finds

The Colorado School of Mines study didn't do real-world tests, but state health monitors say they will pay closer attention in sampling

Health

Colorado health officials warn state could reach record coronavirus hospitalizations by Nov. 10

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says its modeling shows that approximately one out of every 219 Coloradans are currently infectious with COVID-19

Coronavirus

Colorado wanted to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. Then came coronavirus.

Advocates say family and friends of prospective voters living in the more than 900 elder care centers and other care institutions in Colorado must remain extra vigilant that COVID-19-related health restrictions do not bar their loved ones from casting a ballot.

Election 2020
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