Why America's Great Crime Decline Is Over

COMMENTARY | Even before the recent mass shootings, violent crime was surging to its highest rate in 30 years. Patrick Sharkey illuminates what's happening.

Wyoming’s Flood of Anti-Abortion Bills Reveal What’s Happening Across the Country, Experts say

Wyoming has filed eight anti-abortion bills this session, a record number in recent history for the state legislature.

Growing Number of Cities Weigh Tribal ‘Land Acknowledgements’

In Arizona and other states, some local governments are formally recognizing Native American connections to lands.

In Colorado, the Looming Liability of Oil and Gas Cleanup

After collecting only a fraction of the funds needed from companies, the state is reforming financial requirements.

A Bolder Way To Tweet About Boulders: How A Traffic Alert Typo Rocked the Internet

On Jan. 27, 2020, San Miguel, Colorado Sheriff's Office PIO Susan Lilly tweeted a warning of a highway obstruction: a "large boulder the size of a small boulder." The rest is internet history.

Covid-Certified Businesses Try to Woo Leery Patrons

A program in Colorado encourages businesses to partner with public health authorities to promote Covid-19 precautions.

In The Sweetheart City, Love Endures—Even During Covid

Loveland, Colorado will celebrate the 75th year of its valentine re-mailing program, where people around the world send valentines to be marked with a special postmark and stamp en route to their final destinations.

Colorado Lawmakers Eye Renewable Natural Gas Mandate

When the legislative session starts this winter, lawmakers are expected to again take up a proposal to mandate the state's largest utility use so-called "renewable natural gas." But some environmentalists are critical of RNG, saying other strategies will be more effective at combating climate change.

Live Free or Die if You Must, Say Colorado Urbanites—But Not in My Hospital

Longstanding tensions between residents of two Colorado counties gets more intense during the pandemic.

A Ski Community Will Require Tourists to Sign a Virus Test Affidavit

Pitkin County, Colorado—home to Aspen—will require visitors to sign an affidavit attesting that they've received a negative Covid-19 result recently or will quarantine locally until they can obtain one.

What Happened When the Only ER Doctor in a Rural Town Got COVID

The pandemic has been particularly lethal in rural areas.

For Decades, Denver Outlawed Pit Bulls. Voters Just Overturned the Ban.

The city passed a pit-bull ban in 1989 after multiple people reported being attacked by the breed, although research has shown that such policies have little effect on public safety.

Russia and Iran Obtained Voter Information to Meddle in Election, Federal Government Says

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colorado aims to safely reopen ski resorts ... Wichita man accused of threatening mayor over mask ordinance is charged with criminal threat ... University of Michigan places students on lockdown as coronavirus surges.

Will Colorado Bring Back Wolves? It’s Up to Voters

COMMENTARY | By the 1940s, shooting, trapping and poisoning had eradicated gray wolves from the state. Wildlife biologists will likely need to reintroduce them if Colorado voters decide to move ahead.

Eleven States Join DOJ in Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Police in Colorado take off-road vehicles to homeless encampment to provide vaccines and Covid tests … Can city recoup cancelled RNC costs? … Colleges require flu shots.

Fast Moving Colorado Wildfire Still Raging in State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan prohibits voters from carrying guns to the polls … Virginia home health workers to get one-time bonus pay … Rhode Island cracks down on break rooms.

Climate Change Amplifies Colorado’s Water Diversion Debate

Booming communities on the state's "Front Range" want to move forward with a plan to pump water over the Rocky Mountains for use in their cities. But conservationists say climate change should instead be prompting new thinking about how water is used in the state.

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in 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.

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