Two bills would help students pay for education costs — including covering upfront tuition, fees and supplies — to fill critical workforce gaps.
A Louisville family begins construction on a new home where the Marshall fire destroyed their last one
Louie Delaware and his family said their idea to build a new “living in place home” helps soften the blow of what they lost in the 2021 fire.
Zornio: One year after the Marshall fire, there’s a lot to be thankful for
The Marshall fire revealed a new normal as climate change reshapes our state, but the past year has proved that Coloradans are resilient.
The construction industry has a high suicide rate. Experts gathered in Denver to find a solution.
Nicholas Williams began to panic when his construction equipment malfunctioned. He was 65 feet off the ground, and less than two months into the new job, when he became stuck in a lift basket. When another lift basket rose up to rescue him, Williams had no choice but to jump into the other functioning piece […]
Women’s Bean Project celebrates rebuilding lives — and a huge new facility in Denver
Sabina Dyer was in a treatment center when she applied for a slot at the Women’s Bean Project in Denver. She needed a job and had heard good things about the nonprofit that uses employment to help train women for the workforce from a previous graduate of the organization. The organization hires women struggling to […]
Supply and labor shortages double the time it’ll take to rebuild homes lost in the Marshall fire
Casey Cazier protected his eyes with sunglasses as he sawed a piece of lumber in half to repair a wood fence that was blown off the hinges by 100 mph winds during the Marshall fire. Over the past two decades, Cazier’s general contracting business has focused on replacing roofs and other parts of homes that […]
Colorado doesn’t have a statewide building code. Would enacting one help protect homes against wildfire?
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers are interested in pursuing legislation next year that would enact a statewide minimum building code in Colorado as part of broader long-term efforts to prepare for wildfires driven by a warming climate. The new code could help unlock millions of dollars in federal grant funding to protect communities against […]
Housing demand is greater than ever but Colorado is building fewer homes than expected. Here’s why.
In a past life, Susan Ohlhaber helped people as a mental health counselor. Actually, it wasn’t that long ago. It was just last year. Then the COVID-19 pandemic began and she was laid off. Ohlhaber, who lives in Morrison, is now learning the difference between a jig saw, a circular saw and a reciprocating saw. […]
What’s Working: How much federal COVID relief went to unemployed Coloradans?
The day is finally here and some will weep but others will likely be cheering. It’s the last day Colorado will pay pandemic unemployment benefits, if you’re reading this on Sept. 4. According to Department of Labor and Employment officials, about 107,000 Coloradans will no longer be eligible while another 30,000 people will no longer […]
In rural towns like Kit Carson, a housing and development conundrum born of rising costs, disrepair — and lots of asbestos
KIT CARSON — The hope for rural sustainability in this small, spare town lives in a light-brown, 1,800-square-foot, two-story frame house with four bedrooms and three baths. Her name is LouRae Rady, a single mom and a second-grade teacher at the sparkling new school just a couple blocks away. The hope lies in Rady, whose […]