Posted inCrime and Courts, Health, News

Charges against 2 Colorado women accused of killing their newborns point to need for more awareness of Safe Haven law

The recent arrest of a young Highlands Ranch woman whose dead newborn baby was found hidden in her home — the second newborn murder case in Colorado in the past four months — underscores the reasons behind Colorado’s rarely used “Safe Haven” law.  The law, passed in 2000 after similar cases involving young mothers, allows […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Here are the themes from meetings across Colorado on the state’s new congressional, legislative maps

East versus west versus south. Rural versus urban. County versus county. In more than 100 hours of public testimony during July and August, the two independent commissions redrawing Colorado’s congressional and legislative maps heard plenty about perceived differences among various communities. They also heard why certain cities and counties shouldn’t be split among multiple districts. […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water

As aquifers drain, El Paso County is hoping a nearly endless loop of water can fight future shortages

FOUNTAIN — Water drawn from deep wells in the southern Denver Basin has a wild ride ahead, if a $134 million proposal to build a pipeline and reusable water “loop” through much of El Paso County moves forward.  With drought and climate change piling on top of population growth, getting creative to the point of […]

Posted inEconomy, Equity, Housing, News

Racial segregation is getting worse in big U.S. cities — except for Colorado Springs

Since 1990, the United States has become more racially diverse—yet during that same period, racial residential segregation has climbed, according to a yearslong analysis by researchers at the University of California’s Othering & Belonging Institute in Berkeley. In Colorado, two cities fall on opposite ends of the spectrum: Denver is “highly segregated” while Colorado Springs […]

Posted inCOVID, Crime and Courts, Health, News

$95,000 deal reached to settle El Paso County jail coronavirus lawsuit

COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado county agreed on Tuesday to pay $65,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that alleged that mismanagement by the sheriff led to a COVID-19 outbreak in the jail last year. The payment approved by El Paso County commissioners will cover attorneys’ fees paid by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed […]

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Colorado’s county commissions will have guardrails on how they draw commissioner districts under new law

A new state law sets new rules for how powerful Colorado county commissions redraw their political boundaries. It currently applies only to three counties, but would apply to counties with growing populations that opt to expand the number of representatives on their commissions. Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday signed House Bill 1047 into law. The […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Officials advise 4,000 people vaccinated at Colorado Springs spa to get new coronavirus shots

Nearly 4,000 people who received COVID-19 vaccinations at a Colorado Springs medical spa need to be re-vaccinated because health officials have been unable to verify that the vaccines were properly stored there, the Colorado Department of Public Health said Tuesday. The department stopped vaccinations at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic on Friday after county […]

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Colorado’s county commissions are powerful. A new effort aims to ensure their districts are drawn fairly.

El Paso County isn’t as Republican as it used to be.  Unaffiliated voters now make up the largest share of the county’s registered voters at 43%, with Republicans coming in second with 36%. And that has translated into changes at the ballot box. In November, Democrat Joe Biden won nearly 43% of El Paso’s vote, […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Rep. Chris Kennedy: Let’s extend redistricting reform to Colorado’s county commissioners

In November 2018, Colorado voters passed two constitutional amendments to reform the redistricting process and ensure that neither political party could gerrymander districts in their favor.  Amendments Y and Z were the product of years of conversations between party leaders who came to the table because they knew that a fair set of rules was […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado legislators should model COVID-19 safety guidelines

On Nov. 30, at the Colorado legislature’s special session legislative session regarding COVID-19 relief, state Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, was photographed wearing a mask over his head for over 10 minutes and greeting his colleagues with no facial covering on.  When prompted for an explanation for this behavior, he told the Denver Post he […]