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What’s Working: Colorado needs transit and truck drivers. How’s a $5,000 bonus sound?

More people are finding work and employers appear to be closer to fulfilling their job openings, but there’s still a shortage of drivers in Colorado.  Of course, there’s long been a need for drivers. It’s not just a pandemic thing. A 2019 report from the American Trucking Associations laments the shortage but notes that the […]

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Colorado OKs SCL Health megamerger, creating one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the West

Colorado-based SCL Health, which operates eight hospitals and dozens of clinics across three states, cleared the last hurdle on Thursday in its plan to merge with Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare to create one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the Western U.S. After a review, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion allowing the […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado tightens air pollution rules after staff shake-up, whistleblower complaint 

Colorado air quality regulators are moving to tighten oversight of small sources of air pollution, which critics contend have gotten a free pass under the previous policies of the state Air Pollution Control Division. Those policies were the target of a federal whistleblower complaint by division employees and an investigation by the state’s Attorney General’s […]

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Whistleblowers raised valid concerns about Colorado air pollution monitoring, probe finds, but problems were unintentional

Whistleblowers attacking the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division for conflicts of interest and improper modeling of potential pollution sources raised valid concerns in complaints to the EPA Inspector General, but the state’s violations were not intentional and officials did not falsify data, according to a new report by the state Attorney General’s Office. The report […]

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Owner of Loveland clinic fined $40,000 after he wouldn’t stop marketing fake COVID-19 cures

The owner of a medical clinic in Loveland has to pay $40,000 after he failed to stop marketing alleged cures for COVID-19, such as an anti-parasite drug often used for farm animals, while illegally overstating their effectiveness. Siegfied Emme, owner of Loveland Medical Clinic, will have to pay only $20,000 if he complies with the […]

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Aurora police consistently break the law through racially biased policing and excessive force, attorney general finds

The Aurora Police Department consistently violates state and federal law in a pattern of racially biased policing and excessive use of force, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office concluded after a year-long investigation into the agency. The department, which has been mired in a string of headline-grabbing controversies in recent years, also fails to record legally […]

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Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Colorado’s statewide grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment against the Aurora police officers and paramedics who stopped 23-year-old Elijah McClain two years ago in an encounter that preceded his death, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Wednesday. Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and […]

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Billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife are suing Colorado for a tax refund. How much they want is a secret.

Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, are suing the Colorado Department of Revenue for a tax refund in a case that could have big financial consequences for the state. The couple argue that due to changes to federal tax law made as part of Congress’ 2020 pandemic response bill, the CARES Act, Colorado’s […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Landowners who shaped Colorado’s conservation easement bill would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars if credits are restored

A controversial bill setting aside $149 million in reparations for state-rejected conservation tax credits is speeding ahead, despite renewed accusations that the proposal was steered by landowners who will benefit from repayments, including the family of a former state agriculture commissioner. The official working group that helped write Senate Bill 33 included three landowners who […]