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State tax official who is required to be neutral advised luxury resort owners on how to minimize property taxes

A top official at the Division of Property Taxation met regularly with a tax agent involved in litigation with Eagle, San Miguel and La Plata counties. The state’s property tax boss says it’s “a strong working relationship with all constituents.”

Business

Some of the worst ozone pollution in the U.S. settles along the Front Range. New rules to fix it are ahead.

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the chemical dangerous to human health. But it will take leaning on automobiles and oil and gas producers to really move the needle.

Climate

Pueblo’s Arkansas River levee is a Colorado gem. It’s also a reminder of the state’s deadliest disaster.

A 24-foot wall of water fed by torrential rain along the Front Range slammed through the narrow Arkansas River channel in downtown Pueblo on June 3, 1921.

Climate

“Finding out that we are all human”: COVID-19 brought Colorado teachers back to the basics of connecting with kids

Teachers learned lessons of their own during the pandemic. They’ll return next year with new ways to educate and a focus on relationships.

Education

This senior property tax exemption has saved Colorado’s older homeowners millions. But it also has an equity problem.

As lawmakers continue their efforts to address housing issues, the exemption that’s less available to people of color will get a hard look with an eye toward fairness

Housing

Colorado abortion fund helped 20 times more women last year as other states pass stricter laws

In a four-day period in late April, 28 new abortion restrictions were signed into law in seven states

Health

Lauren Boebert is known for her far-right Republican views. But Republicans alone didn’t send her to Congress.

Unaffiliated voters on Colorado’s Front Range often vote for Democrats. But in rural parts of the state, like the 3rd Congressional District, where they make up the largest voting bloc, that’s not the case.

Politics and Government

Is remote learning here to stay? Many, but not all, Colorado schools will offer online classes this fall.

More than 700 Jeffco Public Schools students are enrolled in the district’s new online program for next year, while some rural schools are prioritizing in-person learning.

Education

The slow fade of Colorado’s mountain pine beetle is triggering a massive shift in the timber industry

Loggers and sawmills prepare for a downturn in supply of beetle-kill timber 15 years after a surge of pests began their devastating march through 3.3 million acres of Colorado forests.

Business

“Everyone is being crazy”: Conservative Delta County erupts over an effort to teach sexual education

A task force spent two years drafting a curriculum that was ultimately rejected by the Delta County School District 50J board last week amid dueling rallies and big tensions

Education

“Bedrooms Are For People,” say Boulder housing activists working to reimagine occupancy limits

The proposed ballot measure would set the number of people allowed to live in a residence based on the number of bedrooms plus one.

Housing

Here are some of the radical ideas to help alleviate Colorado’s high-country housing crisis

In Crested Butte, workers ponder a midsummer strike while Frisco leaders weigh a first-ever emergency declaration as the lack of affordable housing in Colorado communities threatens communities.

Housing

A solid No. 2 surveillance tool: How a year of testing Colorado’s coronavirus poop has gone

More than 65% of Colorado’s population is now under wastewater surveillance, which has been a critical leg of the state’s COVID-19 testing stool.

Coronavirus

To combat coronavirus vaccine misinformation, Colorado turned to a counter-terrorism expert

The state is working with New York-based Miburo Solutions to spot vaccine falsehoods and plan information campaigns

Coronavirus

As Colorado’s older homeowners consider moving, a hot housing market often keeps them stuck where they are

Equity in their current homes doesn’t buy what it used to, so some figure the prudent move is to adapt what they have. That makes the market even tighter.

Housing

Modular housing is getting a second look as Colorado confronts a lack of affordable homes

New Fading West home-building factory in Buena Vista can deliver two houses a day and is drawing interest from communities around the state.

Housing

“A lot of big items still out there”: Colorado lawmakers have a massive to-do list with only a month left

There are about 250 pieces of active, unresolved legislation. And more meaty bills are being introduced by the day.

Politics and Government

Vanlife is booming in Colorado as housing costs climb and work-anywhere appeal grows

Dozens of Colorado companies that customize cargo vans into homes on wheels reporting brisk business as housing prices and rents climb alongside pandemic-fueled push for backcountry adventure.

Outdoors

The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers

So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.

Sun Investigation

In rural towns like Kit Carson, a housing and development conundrum born of rising costs, disrepair — and lots of asbestos

As existing home stock deteriorates, locals struggle to reconcile needed business development with sparse affordable housing. A small town’s future can hang in the balance.

Housing
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