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From Colorado to California, military families’ housing benefits lag as rents explode

By R.J. Rico, The Associated Press When Kristin Martin found out her husband was being transferred to Naval Base San Diego, securing housing for their family of five quickly took over her life. On-base housing wasn’t an option — the waitlist for a four-bedroom home in the neighborhoods they qualified for was 14 to 16 […]

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EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic “forever chemicals”

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. Michael Regan, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said it is taking a series of […]

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Jill Biden thanks military spouses in Colorado for their service

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America First lady Jill Biden extended her gratitude to military spouses for their service on Thursday at an Army base in Colorado. Biden spoke at Fort Carson military base near Colorado Springs at an event hosted by the United Service Organization Spouse Connection ahead of Military Spouse Appreciation […]

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“The best day in two years”: Colorado Army captain celebrates Biden’s repeal of transgender military ban

When the news broke Monday that President Joe Biden repealed the ban on transgender people serving in the military, Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik felt a weight was lifted from her shoulders. “You just kind of get used to it until one day somebody’s like, ‘Hey, let me take that for you,’” Stehlik said. Through 13 […]

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Colorado National Guard soldier working on coronavirus mission tests positive for the disease

A Colorado National Guard soldier who was on mission helping with the new coronavirus pandemic has tested positive for the virus, the guard announced Saturday. The state health department has determined the soldier was exposed to the coronavirus during previous travel, the guard said Sunday. He was medically screened before he was deployed to coronavirus […]

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Their baby was taken away and placed in foster care for 164 days. It turns out, he had a bone disorder.

FOUNTAIN — When a child protection caseworker told Crystal Bryant they were taking her 5-month-old boy, the young mother dropped to her knees on the hospital floor.  “Take me,” she pleaded. “For my son to stay home, take me, I don’t care.”  She begged God and anyone listening, but “they still took him,” Bryant recalled, […]

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Pentagon approves using military bases — including one in Colorado — for coronavirus quarantines

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate 1,000 people who may have to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas due to a new virus. A Defense Department statement said HHS officials requested the use […]

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Thousands of Colorado kids at risk of falling behind aren’t enrolled in preschool, but schools are out of room

Miss Hannah’s morning preschool class at Shawsheen Elementary School in Greeley is full of chatty 3- and 4-year-olds, full of moments gathered in a circle on the floor for storytime, and full of as much laughter as learning. It’s also just plain full. Hannah Halferty’s class is at capacity — as are all preschool classes […]