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Colorado will provide free education to students across health care jobs as it tries to fill dire worker shortages

A state effort to ease Colorado’s dire shortage of health care workers will offer tuition-free training for several thousand students, providing a much-needed boost to hospitals and clinics.  The Care Forward Colorado Program will invest $26 million of federal COVID stimulus funding into the program for two years, guaranteeing free schooling for students interested in […]

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How a Colorado Springs school co-op saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in health insurance costs

Pat Bershinsky has gifted his nearly 220 staff members $1,000 every Christmas for four years and once again gave bonuses this summer. The leader of one of Colorado’s school cooperatives has the extra cash because of a decision he made four years ago on employee health care. Bershinsky, executive director of the Pikes Peak Board […]

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Bus assistants, language interpreters and other support staff — in short supply at Colorado schools — are seeking unions and better pay

Carolina Galvan nears the outer edge of her dream each time she steps into her classroom at Valdez Elementary School in Denver. She wants to be a teacher with her own classroom of students, but since she was unable to finish the schooling required to earn a teacher’s license, her role as a paraprofessional sets […]

Posted inSun Investigation

Sexual abuse, misconduct allegations kept quiet for decades at world-renowned Colorado Center for the Blind

More than a dozen previously unreported instances of sexual misconduct and abuse spanning at least two decades at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton have surfaced during an internal investigation of the school’s parent organization. Among the offenses were the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl by a summer youth camp counselor […]

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Denver suburbs look to address homelessness as more camps move south and community tension builds

LITTLETON — Cyclists and joggers along the South Platte River Trail call police on a regular basis these days to report homeless campers. Residents also notify authorities when someone is sleeping on a sidewalk outside a storefront.  And then, while officers are responding to those reports of unauthorized camping or trespassing, other Littleton residents call […]

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Future funding uncertain for Littleton Immigrant Resources Center that has aided hundreds

The future of Littleton’s only affordable resource center for immigrants seeking citizenship has been uncertain for years. But following a recent City Council budget meeting, members appear poised to pull funding from the center by fall of 2022. On Sept. 11, the city council voted 5-2 to move ahead with cutting the Littleton Immigrant Resources […]

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Littleton passed an ordinance requiring that gun stores take steps to prevent burglaries. Half of the city’s shops are struggling to comply.

Two of Littleton’s four firearm retailers will miss the deadline to comply with a first-in-the-state safe-storage law intended to prevent store burglaries, citing contractor delays and supply shortages. Littleton police, however, say they feel confident the retailers are on the path to compliance. Littleton City Council passed an ordinance in February requiring gun dealers to […]