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Farmers in northeast Colorado didn’t benefit from the snow, rain that just hit the rest of the state 

Northern Colorado ditch companies say they are in need of more water


Meet the “Lightsaber Guys” who are summoning the force in Greeley

At the University of Northern Colorado, students cooped up too long are finding community through lightsaber battles


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

High Plains Library District says it was merely reviewing programs and asked that Brooky Parks’ Read Woke Book Club be renamed to be more inclusive


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

Parks departments along the Front Range are working with the land to create spaces that the next generation will actually use.


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

Northern Colorado transit systems struggling to lure back riders can’t restore full service because there aren’t enough drivers and that may be keeping customers away.


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

Jurors found Steve Pankey guilty of false reporting but could not reach agreement on murder and kidnapping charges

Crime and Courts

Weld County jurors deliberating in the murder case against Steve Pankey

Steve Pankey was a neighbor of Jonelle Matthews and her family when she vanished

Crime and Courts

Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

Coronavirus measures, teaching on race motivate national groups, wealthy individuals and both Republican and Democratic parties to get involved in local races across the state


Weld County trial begins for man accused in 1984 cold case killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

Steve D. Pankey, a repeat longshot gubernatorial candidate in Idaho, was arrested last year in the death of Jonelle Matthews

Crime and Courts

Footage of Colorado police officer’s chokehold released after media challenge

While holding the standing man around his neck during the June 7 arrest at a city building in Greeley, Officer Kenneth Amick accused him of trying to grab his hands


JBS Foods cited after death in chemical vat in Colorado

JBS and its Swift Beef Co. operations were cited for eight safety violations related to the accident and is facing $59,000 in fines


Greeley is growing so fast, it’s starting to run out of water

As a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfs the American West, some communities are going to extremes to protect their water supplies.


How Colorado counts kids eligible for subsidized lunch is a recipe for school budget disaster

As lawmakers sit down to reform the state’s school finance formula, they’re worried using help with meals as an indicator of poverty will cause districts to lose money dedicated for “at-risk” students.


JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley shuts down so workers can get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Workers at the plant where six employees and a corporate manager died from the coronavirus will receive 4 hours of pay plus a $100 bonus for getting the vaccine.


UNC program prepares students with intellectual, developmental disabilities for competitive jobs

Students are integrated into classes, dorms, jobs and community life at the University of Northern Colorado. “Let them show you what they can do,” one educator says.


Workers at Greeley meatpacking plant where 500 were sickened by coronavirus will be vaccinated

The major meatpacking companies — JBS, Cargill, Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods — say a number of states plan to begin vaccinating meat plant workers this week, including in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Michigan.


$5 million bond for man accused of killing 12-year-old Greeley girl in 1984

Prosecutors said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to charge Steve Pankey, 69, with the killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

Crime and Courts

“We’ll never do as much as he did”: Immigrant meatpacker in Greeley who died from coronavirus left legacy of compassion

Saul Sanchez spent decades working alongside other immigrants and refugees at a JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley that would become a coronavirus hotspot


JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley accused of negligence after COVID-19 outbreak

Hundreds of workers at the JBS plant in Greeley were infected with the coronavirus and at least six died


Workers protest $15,615 federal fine for JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley where coronavirus killed six

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union called the fine for the multi-billion dollar company “insulting” and “ineffectual"

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