A New Newspaper Ownership Model Emerges in Colorado

May 3, 2021

Once again, Colorado is staking out new ground in the battle to save local news, this time with a first-in-the-nation effort to keep newspapers locally owned and thriving.

NPS Photo - Teri Jobe

The narrative about the Sand Creek Massacre among white historians and lawmakers hasn’t always stayed true to what actually occurred.

Lack of monsoon rainfall last summer and spotty snowfall this winter combined to worsen the Western drought dramatically in the past year, and spring snowmelt won’t bring much relief.

Colorado Signals An Extraordinary Wildfire Season Following Last Year’s Historic Blazes

Apr 12, 2021
Colorado Public Radio

Coloradans should brace for another formidable year of wildfires, according to an annual forecast from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

Colorado Lawmakers Hope Threat Of Small Fine For Gun Owners Leads To Big Changes

Apr 7, 2021
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage

Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill requiring gun owners to call police within five days of noticing a firearm has been lost or stolen. If they do not, they would face a $25 fine.

When Major League Baseball decided to move the All-Star Game to Denver, it was a moment of celebration for many Colorado politicos.

MLB had pulled the game from Atlanta in response to criticism of Georgia's new voting law. The choice of Coors Field as the new site was seen by Colorado lawmakers as another validation of Colorado's reputation for having some of the nation's most accessible and secure elections.

Colorado opens eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to every Coloradan 16 years and older on April 2.

A Colorado River Showdown Is Looming. Let The Posturing Begin

Mar 29, 2021
Lexi Peery, KUER

The states that draw water from the Colorado River are about to undertake a new round of negotiations over its future.

The 10-hour debates and lobbyist-filled hallways are signs things are returning to normal at the state Capitol. And that has some lawmakers reviving bills they shelved because of the pandemic.

One such bill aims to lower costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they cannot get it through an employer.

Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, is sponsoring the bill because he continues to shoulder an unflattering statistic at the state Capitol.

Fort Lewis College

Indigenous students with historical ties to Colorado could soon get in-state tuition at public colleges under a proposal that recently cleared its first legislative hurdle.

On Edge: Caring For the Essentials

Mar 4, 2021
PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado

For the time being, the children of city employees, hospital staffers and other essential workers are still romping around Little Angels Daycare.

Colorado is making it easier for residents to see what their government is spending their tax dollars on, down to every last paperclip and coffee order in the governor’s office.

Late last year, the state quietly turbocharged its clunky and neglected online checkbook by migrating millions of lines of financial data to a new software system.

On Edge: For Tylan Jones, Anxiety is Also a Battle Between Optimism and Pessimism

Feb 28, 2021
Marc Piscotty

Tylan Jones is not naive. He is a 20-year-old Black man living in the United States. This reality does not easily accommodate naivete.

Colorado is giving away free electric bicycles. The program is one piece of the state’s plans to confront climate change.

As Colorado Public Radio’s Sam Brasch reports, the e-bikes are an early attempt to get people out of their cars and help lower-income Coloradans.

The Bureau of Land Management oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, with multiple uses from recreation to oil and gas drilling.

On Edge: Colorado’s Behavioral Health Chief Opens Up About His Own Severe Depression

Feb 21, 2021
Marc Piscotty

Some words fail us, and for Robert Werthwein, “depression” is one of them.

The city of Greeley wants to keep growing, and it needs water to do so.

Over the last couple years, city leaders have focused their energy on testing and developing an underground water supply to make that growth possible. The Terry Ranch project, estimated to cost upwards of $318 million to fully build out, would give the city access to an untapped water source — a rarity on the fast-growing, water-tight Front Range.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivered his State of the State address to the legislatures yesterday. While the speech was mixed with somber moments around the virus and inequities, Polis remains hopeful for the future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 


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Gov. Jared Polis told lawmakers during his annual state of the state that Colorado has been “bruised, battered, and shaken to its core” over the last year.

But with vaccines being rolled out — and case numbers dropping — he sounded optimistic about what lies ahead.

“Coming out of this traumatic year, we can finally live up to our fullest potential to truly create a Colorado for all,” he said. “There’s a lot of work ahead. But we’re more than ready.”

On Edge: How Friendship Can Be a Safety Net

Feb 17, 2021
Dean Humphrey for COLab

Laurel Carpenter and Melissa Humphrey, two 30-something nurses, moms and best friends in Grand Junction, rely on each other for support with anxiety.

Marc Piscotty

Jimmy Brown is Kiowa County's elected coroner, its only funeral director and a third-generation. Exceptional drought has prompted increases in anxiety and depression, but getting people to talk about it won't be easy.

Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun

COVID-19 delays have slowed a three-year process that supporters hope will put the former War Relocation Center site in the eastern Colorado town of Granada under federal management.

As Colorado embarks on an effort to reintroduce gray wolves, two competing packs are starting to form.

One wants to run, and the other wants to walk.

Gov. Jared Polis is leading the pack wanting to speed up the process, saying wolves “take care of themselves” and will be easier to release into the landscape than other animals Colorado has already brought back, including the Canada lynx and the black-footed ferret.

Polis says he has already lined up the first batch.

In the U.S., there are too many children with not enough people to take care of them while their parents work.

In Colorado, demand for early childhood educators is expected to increase 20% in the next 10 years. But even before the pandemic, turnover was high and a big number of early care educators are reaching retirement age.

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In the latest installment of On Edge, we meet Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, who keeps scrubbing her hands because, during a pandemic, it's on of the few things she can control.

Small Town Struggles with Mine Owner Clean Water

Jan 19, 2021
Roberta McGowan/Sopris Sun

Residents of a tiny, unincorporated, coal town on Colorado’s Western Slope are pitted against billionaire mine owner Bill Koch in a fight for clean drinking water. But this David vs. Goliath story isn't as simple as it sounds.

Gov. Jared Polis needed a dry-erase board and some math skills on Friday as he attempted to clarify Colorado’s current vaccine distribution situation in front of a live TV audience.

Polis kicked off his latest COVID-19 update by blasting the Trump administration, saying it lied to Colorado and other states about speeding up distribution of millions of vaccine doses from a national reserve.

“I’m not going to cast dispersions; my guess is it’s gross incompetence,” he said.

To Verify the 2020 Vote Count, Colorado Takes One Final Step: an Audit. Here’s How it Works

Nov 16, 2020
Mark Duggan

How does Colorado confirm the legitimacy of an election? It begins with the roll of a dice.


The Colorado Sun interviewed about a dozen firefighters, first responders and evacuees to piece together a timeline of the East Troublesome fire’s terrifying 100,000-acre run on Oct. 21.

Colorado Reservoirs Down 25 Percent as Drought Persists

Oct 15, 2020
Jerd Smith, Fresh Water News

Colorado’s reservoirs are a quarter lower than they were last year at this time, as hot, dry, summerlike conditions continue into the fall. And as Sarah Kuta with Fresh Water News reports, a La Niña winter could split the state, with the northern mountains getting most of the snow.