Posted inCOVID, News

Why are Colorado’s rural counties vaccinating people faster than urban ones?

Across much of the Front Range and Colorado’s other biggest counties, securing a coronavirus vaccine remains an arduous endeavor. Overloaded websites. Lengthy wait lists. Hair-pulling frustration. But, in southwest Colorado, the state’s smallest county has a different problem: It’s run out of people to vaccinate, at least for now. Barely two months after shots started […]

Posted inElection 2020, News, Politics and Government

Colorado sending at least 200 National Guard troops to Washington for Joe Biden’s inauguration

Gov. Jared Polis is sending at least 200 members of the Colorado National Guard to Washington, D.C., for security purposes surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. “Colorado will proudly do our part, joining 40 other states across our great nation in sending members of our National Guard to the nation’s capital for our country’s […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Wildfire

Meet the Colorado helicopter medic trained to rescue wildland firefighters

GYPSUM — Don’t ask Aaron Zinser about which job he’s working. The answer gets complicated very quickly.  The 37-year-old Eagle County paramedic is a firefighter who can provide medical care on the frontlines of wildfire. He’s also certified to care for patients aboard military helicopters. He’s also a search and rescue medic who deploys with […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, News

Colorado National Guard soldier working on coronavirus mission tests positive for the disease

A Colorado National Guard soldier who was on mission helping with the new coronavirus pandemic has tested positive for the virus, the guard announced Saturday. The state health department has determined the soldier was exposed to the coronavirus during previous travel, the guard said Sunday. He was medically screened before he was deployed to coronavirus […]

Posted inBusiness, Health, Politics and Government

The Capitol is shutdown, but Colorado lawmakers are crafting legislation to address coronavirus

Even with the Capitol closed indefinitely and the legislative session in limbo, Colorado lawmakers are working behind the scenes on legislation to address the new coronavirus outbreak. One of the new priorities includes action to accelerate a pay hike for Colorado National Guard members activated in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gov. […]

Posted inCOVID, Politics and Government

Colorado activated the National Guard to help with coronavirus. The lowest rank makes just $1.67 an hour.

The minimum pay for the 50 Colorado National Guard members called to duty by Gov. Jared Polis in response to the new coronavirus outbreak is just $1.67 an hour. Colorado lawmakers gave final approval to legislation in early March to boost the paltry salary days before the state’s emergency declaration and the guard’s activation to […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Technology, Transportation

How SamSam ransomware took down CDOT and how the state fought back — twice

In the early hours of Feb. 21, 2018, malware began spreading rapidly throughout the Colorado Department of Transportation computer network. As employees turned on their computers, messages popped up on screens that files had been taken hostage. If users wanted them back, they would have to pay — in bitcoin. “The impact was fast and […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Politics and Government

While Colorado voted, cyber experts were watching for the worst threats to state’s election systems

Inside one of Colorado’s busiest election hubs on Tuesday morning, it was so quiet you could hear someone crack open a can of soda. All eyes were on personal computer screens or the big monitor in the front of the room showing activity on computer systems handling state voter registration, voter verification and vote tallies. […]