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Anti-maskers are spreading a new tactic to challenge Colorado school boards: recalls

Kathy Gebhardt has been called a Nazi and a child abuser because of her unwavering support for requiring masks in schools. Now she and two of her colleagues on the Boulder Valley School District board are facing a new reprisal by parents outraged over mask mandates — a recall petition seeking their removal, an undertaking […]

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Opinion: Even after a year of pandemic, hope springs eternal

It’s been quite a year. Last March, just shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak caused lockdowns across the globe, I penned a rather upbeat, optimistic column published here. It posited that  humankind’s awakening to the fundamental truth that we are all linked together (and, therefore, inescapably interdependent) presented a profound opportunity; as a result, I foresaw […]

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Roadmap to return Colorado students to school calls for more testing, contact tracing

Asserting that schools have proved themselves to be safe, Gov. Jared Polis and a group of public health and education leaders laid out a roadmap Tuesday for getting children back to the classroom as soon as possible in 2021. But the report is short on details about how the state will help schools overcome logistical […]

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Mask-wearing mandates in Colorado, other states leave big gaps in protection

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News BOULDER — Brady Bowman, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and two friends strolled down 11th Street, all sporting matching neck gaiters branded with the Thomas’ English Muffins logo. He had received an entire box of the promotional gaiters. He thinks they are just more comfortable to […]

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Are you wearing your mask? Because public health officials in Colorado are watching you to find out.

They really are watching you. From their cars and trucks, parked in the lots of King Soopers, Whole Foods and the corner store, they are staring out their vehicle windows as you shop. But these guys — volunteers from the public health department — are only interested in what’s on your face. Mask or no […]

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Silverman: Bandimere Speedway is a rush, but coronavirus has us on the verge of crashing

This coronavirus is getting old. So is staying home. Summer adventures in metro Denver are hard to find. But I found new thrills last Wednesday evening at Bandimere Speedway. I’d seen Bandimere’s lights and grandstand my whole life, but never partaken. The ticket taker asked if I was there to race or spectate. Say what? How cool […]

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Nicolais: Racine’s may be gone, but plenty of excellent eateries remain open for business

Politicos and newsies alike let out a collective moan of despair when Racine’s announced it would close several months earlier than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Or maybe it was just the sound of their stomachs grumbling. Regardless, the toll taken on Colorado eateries threatens to squelch the burgeoning foodie scene that saw Denver’s […]

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Littwin: The COVID-19 situation is serious enough that Polis had to risk humiliation in issuing a mask-wearing mandate

Give Jared Polis credit. In the end, he wasn’t a selfish bastard after all.  “Selfish bastard” is how Polis had described anti-maskers who, in the face of COVID-19, refuse to wear a mask because, you know, liberty.  The one flaw in Polis’ mask-wearing game — and for many of us, it was pretty much a […]