Colorado

Covid Exodus Fills Vacation Towns With New Medical Pressures

As people stick around in posh destinations used to only dealing with tourist influxes for one season, some local leaders are worried about strains on medical facilities both for newcomers and longtime residents.

Covid Exodus Fills Vacation Towns With New Medical Pressures

As people stick around in posh destinations used to only dealing with tourist influxes for one season, some local leaders are worried about strains on medical facilities both for newcomers and longtime residents.

Colorado

Paid Leave Measure to Appear on Colorado Ballot This November

The medical and family leave program would be funded by a tax paid by employers and workers in the state. Eight other states now have similar programs in place.

Wildfires Raging in Several Western States

Fires are forcing hundreds of evacuations in the south and western United States.

Colorado’s Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce

COMMENTARY | Through ongoing conversations, strategic development and measurable goals, Colorado is working to increase equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the state government workforce.

States Warn Residents About Unsolicited Seed Packages Sent From China

People have received the mysterious shipments in at least 22 states. The seeds could pose threats to the environment and agriculture. Federal authorities are investigating.

State Fairs Are the Latest Casualty of Covid-19

At least 15 states have canceled their annual fairs due to public health concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while others are moving ahead with modified, pared-down events.

Colorado Officials Ask Older Residents to Keep Staying Home

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds tell states to share education funding with private schools .... Pennsylvania environmental enforcement down … Weekend fire at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco will devastate the seafood industry.

Colorado Groups Push for Tax Hike on Higher Earners to Help With Budget Shortfall

The temporary income tax increase they’re supporting would apply to households making upwards of $250,000 per year. The state, like others, is facing budget pressures tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

For Firefighters Battling Wildfires, Coronavirus Adds New Risks to Already Dangerous Job

States plan to change many usual practices to help prevent the disease from spreading among firefighters, as well as evacuees.

Decontamination Systems Can Rejuvenate First Responders' Masks

The systems, which are being deployed across the country, can disinfect up to 80,000 N95 masks per day, allowing each to be reused up to 20 times.

Colorado Offers Guidance to Other Governments That Want to Establish Drive-Thru Testing

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment wants other state and local government agencies to know: yes, they can set up drive-thru testing.

Colorado Sets Up Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Center

Drive-thru testing—free in Colorado to patients with a doctor's order—appeared in a few locations across the country this week. It soon may be much more widespread.

With Big Spending on School Board Races, A State Lawmaker Seeks to Cap Contributions

Colorado currently does not have any limits in place for individual donors giving money to local school board candidates.

The Passionate Pursuit of Innovation in Colorado

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

Don’t Toss That E-Cig: Vaping Waste Is A Whole New Headache For Schools And Cities

In Boulder, Colorado, school custodians are dealing with vaping litter, while city staffers are trying to educate people about not just dumping e-cigarette components in the trash.

In Two Blue States, Voters Back Democrats, But Show a Wariness Toward Taxes

In Colorado and Washington, residents this fall voted to either constrain state tax revenues or cut fees, even as Democratic lawmakers argue the money is needed to support education and transportation programs.

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations

Cities that have experienced flooding in recent years are trying new strategies to ensure that existing and new developments are prepared for the floods to come.

A Move to Allow Digital Driver’s Licenses as a Legal Form of ID

Under a Colorado program, bars and other businesses will have the choice of whether or not to accept them. Similar initiatives are taking shape in other states.

CBD May Be Natural, But Is It Safe?

The health benefits of cannabidiol are unclear, and many products hitting the market haven’t been made in clean, permitted facilities or tested for toxic pesticides, heavy metals and bacteria.

Trailer Park Near Posh Ski Resort Part of Statewide Mobile Home Debate

Mobile home parks could be a key part of affordable housing in Colorado. But some say they also need more regulation.

If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know

Colorado is on the front lines in dealing with how marijuana use affects surgery. Lessons learned on operating tables and in recovery rooms have prompted calls for more research on marijuana nationwide.