Posted inColoradans, Economy, Education, Equity, Health, Housing, News

Key gaps between Black, Latino and white Coloradans have narrowed, but equity is “a dream unrealized”  

Maria Bocanegra Tejeda awakens as the rising sun lights her room. Her room. In the house her family owns. That fact is still capable of surprising her, so far removed it is from her cousins’ crowded trailer in the crowded mobile home park where she spent nearly half of her 22 years. The night before, […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Equity, News, Politics and Government

Fired teen librarian in Colorado files discrimination complaints, cites canceled LGBTQ and anti-racism programs

When Brooky Parks thought about developing programs for teens at the Erie Community Library, her experiences as a mother were a powerful touch point. And while she didn’t necessarily program the calendar for Madeline, now 18, and Jack, who will turn 16 very soon, they were very much on her mind in her work as […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Environment, Equity, News, Outdoors

Plastic hippos are out. Colorado playgrounds are getting a more natural makeover.

Before 2016, Grant Frontier Park was touted as a place where prospectors first discovered gold in the South Platte River near Denver. No one seemed to care.  “I never saw anyone in the park,” Gordon Robertson, director of planning design and construction at Denver Parks and Recreation Department, said of the three-block long park that […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, News, Transportation

Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Way back in 2019, when most of us wore masks only at Halloween, Jayne Neimann considered the Bustang a vital part of her life. The bougie commuter bus run by the state transportation department offered Wi-Fi, cushy seats and a chance to relax with her phone for an hour on her way to Denver, where […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Trial of man accused of killing 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews in Greeley ends with hung jury

GREELEY — The trial of a former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate charged in the killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl ended Thursday with jurors unable to reach verdicts on the most serious charges against him. Jurors found Steve Pankey guilty of false reporting but could not reach agreement on murder and kidnapping charges. Weld County […]