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Farmers hit with most disruptive price hikes, supply shortages in decades as pandemic slowdowns catch up to Colorado

Colorado farmers and agricultural businesses have been hit with cost increases for pesticides, fertilizer and other supplies as global supply chains sputter in the wake of the pandemic.

Business

Tiny Branson rallied for a football field of dreams — and scored big for the unifying power of small-town sports

The 6-man team remains nostalgic about bidding farewell to the “worst field in America,” but synthetic turf made a splash in a parched corner of Colorado.

News

3 Denver International Airport workers remember how 9/11 changed them and their careers

Steve Lee, Mike Carlson and Mark Nagel all were working at DIA when terrorists attacked the United States 20 years ago. Here’s what they remember.

Coloradans

“Cheers to Kit”: A Denver woman’s 9/11 death stole 20 years of memories from her family

Kathleen “Kit” Faragher was among a number of Coloradans or people connected to the state who were killed in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

Coloradans

Can anyone keep climate-friendly homes off the gas grid? A community in Arvada is trying.

Arvada’s Geos community neighbors are all-electric and don’t want the next new homes to burn fossil fuels. But is there anything they can do to stop it?

Environment

Denver’s embrace of rezoning for “granny flats” is growing by neighborhood, individual initiative

After a pandemic pause, accessory dwelling units regain momentum through council efforts and recommendations of city planners

Housing

6 ways Colorado’s laws have recently changed to prevent another death like Elijah McClain’s

From new rules about how and when ketamine can be administered to a ban on carotid and choke holds, Colorado lawmakers have taken steps to prevent a death like McClain’s from happening again.

Crime and Courts

Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide

Crime and Courts

Desperate for teachers and staff, some rural Colorado schools are offering their workers child care

Faced with persistent staffing shortages, some rural school districts have decided to open child care centers themselves.

Education

For Colorado health workers, the latest COVID surge is a special kind of exhausting

“We started to see an end to the tunnel,” said Josi Hamill, a nurse ICU manager. “Everyone was getting really excited. We were down to one to two COVID patients in our unit.”

Coronavirus

Denver streams are glorified fountains, supplied mostly by your sprinkler heads

A new study from CSU shows 80% of summer flows in pleasing city creeks comes from tap water and lawn water leaking back into what should be a dry gulch.

Environment

Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

More homeless camps have been popping up in Colorado’s national forests during the pandemic

Outdoors

Nearly half of Colorado’s 52,000 wells produce little or no oil. Who’ll pay to plug them?

Rules are being drafted to cover the cost of cleaning up obsolete wells. But for rural farmers and suburban homeowners, idle pipes and pump jacks are a daily reminder of how complex and expensive the process is.

Energy

CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. Here’s why Colorado companies are pushing for that to (quickly) change.

Colorado is at the center of the nation’s cannabidiol boom, producing much of the nation’s hemp and serving as home to many CBD sellers

Business

There’s a shady (and leafy) divide between Denver’s whiter, wealthier neighborhoods and everyone else

Trees and green spaces can make people healthier and happier, but maps show communities of color and low-income neighborhoods across the city have less access to shade.

Health

“A lot of complex feelings”: How 3 Colorado veterans who served in Afghanistan feel about the country’s collapse

Forty Coloradans died in the war in Afghanistan. Fort Carson in Colorado Springs lost nearly 100 soldiers to the conflict.

Politics and Government

It wasn’t just I-70 that suffered after Glenwood Canyon slides. The Colorado River took a blow, too.

Wildlife crews and water quality experts struggle to even assess the damage, as emergency management officials warn of threats to the western lifeline for years to come.

Environment

Colorado’s population grew at twice the national rate between 2010 and 2020. Here’s where the boom was biggest.

The populations of Broomfield and Weld counties grew by 30%, and Colorado’s Hispanic population followed growth trend across the West

Politics and Government

Some achievement gaps widened between white students and their Black and Hispanic peers, new Colorado data shows

A great deal of ground was lost during a year of pandemic learning, CMAS and SAT data shows, though fewer kids took the tests last school year than did in 2019

Education

A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis plans to transmit its own internet signal out to families’ homes after years of struggling with the state’s digital divide.

Education
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