Posted inNews, Wildfire

Code enforcement officer blamed for starting 3,000-acre fire that burned homes in southeast Colorado

A Las Animas code enforcement officer accused of starting a fire that burned nearly 3,000 acres — including homes — in a few hours on April 12 has been arrested. Charles Gregory Champney, 67, turned himself into the Bent County Sheriff’s Office, facing three felony arson charges related to the fire that investigators say originated […]

Posted inEducation, News

Colorado grants $27 million to support career training, literacy programs, Indigenous curriculum

Colorado awarded $27 million in education grants to 19 programs aimed at helping students in communities hit hard by the pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis and state officials announced Monday.   The announcement represents the second round of funding under the RISE grant program, which emphasizes cooperative programs between school districts, charter schools, and higher education institutions […]

Posted inCOVID, Education, Health, News

Coronavirus has spoiled Colorado schools’ decade of planning to improve nutrition, get kids exercising

In Colorado Springs, gym teachers are shooting videos of their own kids making jump ropes out of plastic grocery bags.  All across the state, kids are growing weary of pancakes on a stick and calorie-packed Uncrustables PB&Js.  In Denver, high schoolers are wondering how to get their PE graduation requirements in a pandemic year when […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado’s rural pharmacies wrestle against big business to remain community cornerstones

CHEYENNE WELLS – Ted Billinger Jr. closed his pharmacy in this prairie town on March 13, 2019, as the worst storm on record hit Colorado. He delivered a prescription for a child with the flu and one to the local nursing home, went home, had a heart attack in his backyard and died. For nearly […]