Posted inClimate, News, Politics and Government

Douglas County drops San Luis Valley plan for $828M idea to pipe South Platte water from Sterling

Douglas County still wants to use some of its COVID relief funds to secure future water, but may spend it to store unused South Platte River flow after dropping a controversial proposal to buy water from the San Luis Valley. The Douglas County Commissioners indicated they may help fund the major water proposal from Parker […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The COVID-relief act has tangled online resellers in ridiculous tax red tape

As much as we hoped everything would be back to normal in 2022, the pandemic is still making life tough for many Coloradans. Personal savings that lasted through the past two years are dwindling, and certain government programs that helped with everyday expenses are set to expire. Knowing the economic uncertainty that lies ahead, it’s […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, Housing, News

Demand for pandemic rental assistance in Colorado jumped 33% in November

A program that covers rent for struggling Coloradans saw a 33% increase in applicants in November compared with the average of prior months, and reasons for that include a more efficient system for processing and awareness that help is available.  The Emergency Rental Assistance program, which launched in March, hit a program high of 4,700 […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Housing, News

Colorado launches program to help homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments

A new Colorado pilot program to help struggling homeowners make past-due mortgage payments is now up and running and offering up to three months of payments.  The Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, or EMAP, has been in development since $10 billion in the American Rescue Plan was set aside by Congress in March for housing aid. […]

Posted inNews, Opinion, Opinion Columns

Carman: Buckle up! Wild and crazy California politics likely will be on full display in Colorado in 2022

The absurdly undemocratic election to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, which cost taxpayers some $300 million and exposed them to relentless campaigning for months in what was supposed to be an off-year respite from political browbeating, finally ended last week. Nothing changed. Ah, but … wait for it … it’s not really over. Is it […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, News

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 […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News, Politics and Government

Free meals, flexible schedules: Colorado kids on where federal stimulus money for schools should go

Rowan Raetz has grand ideas for his high school, an aged building that could use a little sprucing up. He envisions an outdoor classroom or, at the very least, a relaxation space — one filled with plants, some comfy lounge chairs and perhaps even a water feature. “I think that would really help us mentally […]