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Custer County drops all of its coronavirus-related restrictions

WESTCLIFFE — Citing major declines in coronavirus cases and progress in vaccinations, the Custer County Board of Commissioners has voted to eliminate all pandemic-related restrictions on social gatherings, businesses and government operations. KCNC-TV reports that the board voted Thursday to lift restrictions immediately. Health authorities in the southern Colorado county consulted with the state health […]

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Colorado has two years to hit its 28% recycling goal. A new report shows we’re nowhere close.

With all the campaigns and eco-guilt heaped on Coloradans to recycle, the state just released new data showing that we’re still not where we want to be. The state’s recycling rate for 2018 landed at 17.2%, which is below the prior year’s 20.5%. But before anyone gets all judgy, the state’s Department of Public Health […]

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Opinion: Colorado vaccination bill would have set a dangerous and discriminatory precedent

The assertion by Dr. Edwin J. Asturias in The Colorado Sun that the minority of parents using school vaccine exemptions were only being asked to make a “small effort” is misleading. Parental efforts were already increased with the passage of HB-1288 in 2014, which also provided the health department with the vaccination coverage and exemption […]

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Forget plastic bans: Mountain towns try volunteerism, bootcamps as solutions to single-use

The sister towns of Telluride and Mountain Village bagged plans to ban plastic straws after learning about an arcane Colorado law preventing municipalities from doing so. But that hasn’t stopped the resort communities from searching for alternatives to single-use plastics — or even recycling. The two towns, separated by a free gondola ride, feel the […]

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As with birth control, Colorado makes anti-smoking drugs available at pharmacies — no doctor visit required

It’s about to get easier to quit smoking in Colorado. People now can skip the doctor’s office and go straight to a pharmacy to get prescription medication — pills, nasal sprays and inhalers — to help them quit smoking. The new statewide prescription protocol is the second in Colorado, following approval last year for pharmacists […]