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Colorado led the nation in bank robberies last year. Some blame fentanyl.

In 2021, Colorado’s FBI field office ranked No. 1 for bank robberies in the country

Crime and Courts

Life is hard for middle and high schoolers who struggle to read. This Colorado public school aims to help.

Experts say Colorado’s local control landscape means wide variation in the kinds of extra help provided to secondary struggling readers — if there’s any at all

Education

Colorado voters to decide to limit tax exemptions to fund free school lunch expansion

Lawmakers have sent a measure to the voters that would bring in an additional $101 million a year by limiting tax deductions for high-income earners

Education

Colorado’s secretary of state’s race tests Republicans’ embrace of election conspiracies

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson and Mike O'Donnell, a former nonprofit leader, are running in the Republican primary

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers just passed legislation creating a statewide recycling program. Here’s how it would work.

Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the legislation, House Bill 1355, into law

Environment

Jim Morrissey: Not everyone figures Space Command move is “reasonable”

Opinion

What’d I Miss?: Are petty lawbreakers fair game for violent arrest?

Opinion

100 bills debated at the Colorado legislature this year that you should know about

The Colorado Sun combed through the roughly 650 pieces of legislation introduced at the Capitol this year to find the ones that will affect — or would have affected — your life.

Politics and Government

Here’s what’s in the Colorado fentanyl “accountability and prevention” bill just sent to the governor

House Bill 1326 was one of the most contentious measures debated at the Colorado Capitol this year.

Politics and Government

Republican stall tactics in Colorado House threaten fate of dozens of bills as 2022 lawmaking term nears Wednesday close

Stuck in a long queue are bills that would change Colorado’s unemployment system, increase penalties for fentanyl users and dealers, and spend millions of dollars in federal coronavirus aid. The School Finance Act is also stuck in the logjam.

Politics and Government

Democrats want Colorado to be one of the nation’s first presidential primary states in 2024

The move comes as the Democratic National Committee looks to move the spotlight away from Iowa and New Hampshire

Politics and Government

Colorado-based New York Times reporter wins his second Pulitzer Prize

The New York Times team that won the international reporting Pulitzer included David Philipps, who is based in Colorado Springs. Philipps won the national reporting Pulitzer in 2014 when he was an investigative reporter at The Gazette.

News

A Colorado camp connecting deaf students to the outdoors is reemerging from the brink of collapse

Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has faced tens of thousands of dollars of debt, staff turnover, a lawsuit, a flooded lodge and a pandemic. In three years, it’s regained stability and is branching out to educate more kids.

Education

Colorado schools with “Thunderbird” mascot set to get one-year reprieve from $25,000 monthly fines

About 24 schools were supposed to get rid of derogatory mascots by June 2022. But any other schools told to jettison mascots will have one year to come into compliance.

Education

Colorado’s high-stakes property tax battle ends dramatically as opposing sides agree to embrace $700M reduction

The legislature will move forward with Senate Bill 238, which would reduce projected property tax increases by $700 million over the next two years, as is

Politics and Government

What’d I Miss?: The high price of a cash-only marijuana industry

Opinion

Former Loveland police officer sentenced to 5 years in prison for assault of woman with dementia

Austin Hopp arrested Karen Garner in 2020 after she left a store without paying for about $14 worth of items in Loveland

Crime and Courts

Property tax arms race involving Colorado power players grips Capitol as fragile deal starts to deteriorate

Billions of dollars in funding for schools and local governments are hanging in the balance. Those involved in the negotiations have likened the situation to a high-stakes game of chicken.

Politics and Government

To refine water forecasts, Western cities — including some in Colorado — map the snowpack by plane

For decades, Western U.S. states have been measuring snow through hundreds of remote sensing sites known as SNOTEL stations. But as climate change causes rising temperatures, water managers are looking for other ways to finetune forecasting methods.

Water

Fully fund K-12 schools? Colorado lawmakers say maybe next year.

Higher state spending is only sustainable, Democrats in the Colorado legislature said, if local property taxes rise enough to take over some of the burden in future years

Education
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