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Perlmutter recounts Capitol insurrection

On Jan. 6, US legislators debated the merits of completing a perfunctory certification of the electoral college results in the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the House and Senate were … more

Denver mayor closes city buildings early as hundreds protest outside state Capitol

Denver's municipal buildings closed Wednesday afternoon "out of an abundance of caution" as hundreds of people protested in support of President Donald Trump. "With the activities around the … more

State lawmakers denounce 'siege' on U.S. Capitol

State lawmakers from both major parties spoke out against the violence in Washington, D.C., the afternoon of Jan. 6. Chris Holbert, a Republican from Parker and the Senate minority leader, gave … more

In D.C., U.S. senators, representatives from Colorado use social media to tell of 'attempted coup,' 'anarchy'

Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate shared their experiences from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., amid protests and violence on Jan. 6. U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora, via … more

Teachers must wait for COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado as others given priority

Teachers and other school staff must wait for COVID vaccinations until after first responders and people 70 and older are vaccinated, state officials told local public health agencies Jan. 5. The … more

Without public discussion, Brighton City Council suspends city attorney

Brighton City Council suspended City Attorney Jack Bajorek without any public discussion at a Jan. 5 meeting. Council unanimously approved the motion to suspend Bajorek after an hourlong executive … more

Confusion abounds as metro-area counties' COVID-19 restrictions loosened

Public health restrictions in Denver metro counties will loosen Jan. 4, even though many don't qualify for a lower level of restrictions. Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties, which are … more

With family missing in war, her `mind is the hardest place to be'

Millete Birhanemaskel, a refugee, longtime Denver resident and businesswoman, grappled with 2020 as many others have: She tried to protect her family, her employees, her tenants from COVID's reach. … more

Polis seeks to ease COVID-19 restrictions in counties at level red

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday he is asking the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move Colorado counties that are currently in Level Red on the COVID-19 dial down to … more

In Elbert County, one case of mutant COVID-19 strain confirmed, another possible

The United States' first confirmed case of a new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant recently announced by officials in the United Kingdom — as well as a second potential case — are members of the Colorado National Guard who were deployed to a nursing home in Simla, state officials said Dec. 30. more

COVID vaccinations underway at Platte Valley

Christmas came a few days early for Dennis Bradberry, a respiratory therapist at Brighton's Platte Valley Medical Center, and the rest of his hospital colleagues in the form of sore arms, a bright … more

Political tint: Judging how deep blue runs in Adams County

Judging just by the demographics and statistics, Adams County looks plenty blue. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans. Democrats occupy most state legislative seats, the entire board … more

Justices choose seasoned manager for troubled judicial district

When Don Quick answered the phone on Dec. 11, he had no idea it was for an interview to lead the troubled 17th Judicial District with the current and incoming chief justices of the Colorado Supreme … more

A psychiatrist absorbs her patients’ pain

Dr. Patricia Westmoreland washes her hands 20 to 30 times each day she does rounds at the Medical Center of Aurora. That, she says, “doesn’t count sanitizing them who-knows-how-many times more” … more

With expanded testing, Denver metro school districts hope for January return

Testing for quarantined students, some preemptive testing in schools and modified quarantine requirements are expected to be the ticket to more consistent in-person classes for several school … more

Brainstormers create ‘Road to Recovery’

Some of the state’s best business minds collaborated on a way to get Colorado out of the economic mess it’s in and presented in a report that came out Dec. 10. You can read the “Road to … more

Northglenn imposes new regulations on tobacco retailers

Northglenn will tighten the belt on tobacco retailers to curb teen vaping. The City council approved new regulations for businesses that sell tobacco products with a 7 to 2 vote at a Dec. 14 meeting. … more

Hazmat leak at senior care facility in Brighton

Three people were hospitalized Dec. 15 after a reported hazardous-materials leak at the Inglenook at Brighton senior-care facility. There's no word on their condition, nor is there word if the … more

Enrollment drops by nearly 30,000 students at Colorado public schools

For the first time in more than 30 years, Colorado public schools posted a decrease in year-to-year enrollment, according to a Dec. 15 news release by the Colorado Department of Education. As the … more

RE-8 food support to continue through winter break

Chartwells Food Service, the food provider for the Weld Re-8 School District, announced it would continue its food distribution plans through winter break. There will be two locations, one at the … more
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