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More Coloradans than ever voted this year, and the state’s turnout ranks in the top 5 nationwide

Members of both major parties and unaffiliated voters all cast ballots at record-high rates, but Democratic counties led the way

Election 2020

3 numbers that explain Republican Lauren Boebert’s victory in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Diane Mitsch Bush’s loss can be explained, most easily, by the Democrat’s failure to secure a big victory in Pueblo County

Politics and Government

Colorado voters take on coronavirus, power outages to contribute to record turnout

But early voting meant that for many counties, the day was relatively calm

Election 2020

Colorado colleges want to offer more in-person classes this spring. Here’s what they learned from a tough fall.

Some schools have been more successful than others in adapting to the coronavirus pandemic

Education

Colorado vote tracker: Here’s a look at turnout in the 2020 election

A statewide analysis and breakdown of the top 11 counties shows Democrats hold the vote edge in Colorado

Election 2020

They’ve been called soccer moms, rage moms and Zoom moms. Why the Colorado suburban-women vote is so important.

Republican women are talking about the economy and law and order, while Democrats are concerned about respect, and women’s rights

Politics and Government

Colorado teens pregnant during coronavirus face increased isolation and difficult decisions

Still children themselves, teenagers have needs that differ from older parents, and the pandemic has made their pregnancies even more challenging.

Health

“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

The work of three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners and mountain bikers yields not just Colorado’s most anticipated trail, but a model for how communities can bring big ideas to fruition.

Outdoors

Forgotten ballots. Allegations of errors. Missed deadlines: The recall of Mesa County’s clerk is a political potboiler

First-term Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is trying to fend off an effort to remove her from office

Politics and Government

An army of volunteers is using Facetime, Zoom to protect Colorado foster kids during coronavirus

Calls to the child abuse hotline are down during the pandemic and fewer eyes are on kids. One advocate tried to determine via video conference whether a little girl’s bruises were from falling off her bike.

News

Record unemployment is leading to unprecedented food insecurity in Colorado

Pantries and food programs are struggling to meet demand as major donors suspend manufacturing. But Gib's New York Bagels in Fort Collins still is sending 5,000 bagels it would normally sell in a week to food banks.

Health

Here’s where the jobs are in Colorado as unemployment surges during coronavirus’ economic meltdown

Thousands of new jobs available in Colorado in the past week could help offset expenses for laid-off workers or move to a new career

Business

Colorado counties sue state over new air-quality regulations

Garfield and Mesa counties joined seven other counties in the lawsuit against the state Air Quality Control Commission, Air Pollution Control Division and Department of Public Health and Environment

Environment

Nearly 600 uncounted 2019 ballots have been found in a western Colorado county

The missing ballots would not have changed the results of any of the 2019 elections, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters said

Politics and Government

U.S. House approves largest Colorado wilderness bill in 40 years. But not everyone is happy.

Rep. Diana DeGette’s wilderness package would protect 660,000 acres of wilderness in Colorado, but its future looks bleak in the Senate and White House

Outdoors

A $60,000 solar project, with no money down: A Colorado program helps businesses finance renewable energy projects

29 Colorado counties have opted in to C-PACE, Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy

Business

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.

Environment

A Western Colorado professor’s mosquito book created so much buzz that it brought him to tears

Timothy Winegard’s book, “The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator,” hit the New York Times bestseller list in early August

Coloradans

Are Colorado’s oil and gas and recreation industries all that different? Economists say no — and we need to protect them both

Both industries have impacts on land and rural communities, but “we can coexist” in pursuit of economic diversity, say promoters of recreation and energy

Outdoors

How hot is Mesa County’s housing market? Just look at the number of new homebuyers

On pace for a record-setting year of loans and down-payment assistance, CHFA investment is having impact far beyond the Front Range

Growth
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