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A tiny Colorado town’s fundraising whirlwind makes a $535,000 football field a reality

On the parched southern Colorado range, Branson's “worst field in America” will be transformed into a showcase facility in time for next season


What is and isn’t allowed in Colorado when it comes to compelling people to get a coronavirus vaccine

No one at the moment is pushing for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, either at the state or federal levels. But businesses and Gov. Jared Polis’ administration are trying out incentives.


A historic San Luis Valley locomotive will tug passengers again thanks to a coal lot of love

Experts from across the country converged to restore Engine 168 for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border.


“It was going to happen eventually”: A popular lunchtime spot for Boulder students is now marred by gun violence

For Fairview High students, King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive was a “go-to place” to hang out with friends. Now, they wonder if they’ll ever feel safe there again.


This Erie neighborhood is ground zero for Colorado’s collision of fracking and housing

Families who bought in Colliers Hill thought they were moving to an outdoor paradise. But the fine print in Colorado’s oil and gas regulations has rattled their lives.


Colorado lawmakers are creating a fund to raise teacher pay. But they’re not putting any money in it.

Think of it like a pressure point for state lawmakers, who no longer will be able to solely blame districts for teacher pay if Senate Bill 172 passes


In the Denver Health emergency department, patients and caregivers are scarred by a brutal year

Patients’ wounds hinted at links to the pandemic. So did the emotional damage to workers.


Boulder shooting victim Rikki Olds “lived life on Rikki’s terms,” family and friends say

The 25-year-old King Soopers manager was known for her vibrant, unapologetic personality.


How CU scientists identified coronavirus “super-carriers” by collecting gallons of students’ spit

Two recent studies from the University of Colorado Boulder may have solved a pandemic mystery: Why were so many dorm roommates of COVID-positive students not also getting sick?


7 states have an assault weapons ban. Colorado is not among them — at least not yet.

It appears unlikely that Congress will be able to pass an assault weapons ban, and so state lawmakers are feeling pressure from their constituents to act

Crime and Courts

Denver’s Tennyson Center to close its residential program after runaways, overdoses and child’s death

State child welfare officials were investigating neglect, lack of supervision and safety issues when Tennyson Center for Children decided to close its residential program.


Animal cruelty initiative aggravates Colorado ranchers fresh off MeatOut Day controversy

The proposed ballot measure would make ranchers wait to slaughter animals until they are older, which ranchers say would devastate Colorado’s agriculture economy.


Here are the new gas and road-usage fees behind Colorado Democrats’ $4 billion transportation plan

The new fees would start in July 2022 to pay for infrastructure projects, efforts to improve air quality and public transportation initiatives


25 Colorado schools still had Native American mascots. This week one finally decided to make a change.

Cheyenne Mountain High School’s decision didn't come without controversy. But Black Lives Matter protests and Senate Bill 116 pushed the effort forward.


Harry Talbott, who gave his life to Palisade’s prized peaches, has died at age 86

The trailblazing orchardman bucked developers -- and his own parents -- to protect, preserve and promote Palisade’s fruit lands. His death leaves a pit in the industry.


Stress threatens Colorado search and rescue teams as calls for help climb during coronavirus

Weary after a year of increased calls and grim missions, Colorado's more than 2,800 volunteer backcountry rescuers are hoping lawmakers can find better funding and support.


Counterfeit opioid pills made in Mexico pushed Colorado into a third, deadly wave of the opioid crisis

The Colorado Sun spoke with Deanne Reuter, special agent in charge of the Denver field office of the DEA, where agents are tracing the illicit fentanyl pipeline across the southern border.

Crime and Courts

An Aurora doctor tried to prioritize refugees for the coronavirus vaccine. Colorado told him to stop.

“We need health affirmative action,” says Dr. P.J. Parmar, who tried to make sure the 500 vaccine doses he gets each week go to people who live in the 80010 ZIP code


Colorado’s old license-plate style — remember the green mountains? — may actually make a comeback in 2022

The retro plates would be available for an upcharge under Senate Bill 69, which would also require Coloradans to get new plates when they buy a new car


How the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus aid bill will affect Colorado and Coloradans

From $1,400 direct payments to expanding the child tax credit and billions in aid dollars to counties, cities and educational institutions, the legislation covers a lot of ground

Politics and Government
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