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A Colorado county asked residents to share their coronavirus stimulus money. The response was overwhelming.

A Colorado county asked residents to share their coronavirus stimulus money. The response was overwhelming.

People who live on Colorado’s rural Eastern Plains are socially distant as a matter of course, but the pandemic has brought them close as a community.When state-mandated shutdowns of restaurants and other businesses deemed non-essential began, residents of Phillips County knew they had to figure out a way to help make sure that when the restrictions lifted, their favorite local establishments were still around. Responding to calls from friends and articles in the local newspaper and on social media, people stepped up. They donated their stimulus checks, savings or just pocket change. Some...

August 12, 2020
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How Amazon hid its safety crisis in Colorado — and nationwide

How Amazon hid its safety crisis in Colorado — and nationwide

This story was produced by , a nonprofit news organization. Get their investigations emailed to you directly by signing up at .By , , , , , , and , RevealOn Cyber Monday 2014, Amazon operations chief Dave Clark proudly unveiled the company’s new warehouse of the future in Tracy, California.  Behind him, tall yellow racks packed with vitamins, toy rockets and paintball gear zipped across the floor, lugged by the powerful, squat orange robots that would help catapult the company toward world domination. In a checked shirt and with neatly parted hair, Clark looked more the part of a high...

September 29, 2020
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Squeezed by two megafires: Northern Water’s race to save Grand Lake

Squeezed by two megafires: Northern Water’s race to save Grand Lake

Craig Friar and Steve Anderson had seen wildfires smolder and flare before. But they had never seen one run.Until Oct. 21, when the East Troublesome fire sprinted 17 miles in less than three hours, threatening to engulf communities and giving these Northern Water staffers and others just hours to decide how best to move the water agency’s operations center out of Grand County and over to Northern’s emergency operations center in Berthoud, on Colorado’s Front Range.It was unchartered territory. The backup center had never been used before.Northern Water is the largest exporter of water from...

January 3, 2021
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Opponents refuse to play on Branson’s hardscrabble football field. Now the town needs a(nother) miracle.

Opponents refuse to play on Branson’s hardscrabble football field. Now the town needs a(nother) miracle.

The athletic field at the far northeast corner of Branson’s town limits had sat mostly idle since the 1980s, when it was last used for baseball and still held memories as home to a 1967 high school championship team. Without baseball, any pretense to athletic glory literally turned to dust as the field blended with the region’s rough pastureland, dotted with tufts of prairie grass, mixed with rocks and garnished with thistles and cacti.In 2016, when Branson High School finally cobbled together its first varsity football team — the scaled-down, six-man variety — this same parcel amid the...

January 5, 2021
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Jared Polis: Space Command, Bureau of Land Management must stay in Colorado

Jared Polis: Space Command, Bureau of Land Management must stay in Colorado

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.By James Anderson, The Associated PressGov. Jared Polis is urging the Biden administration to keep the headquarters of two key U.S. government agencies in Colorado, arguing the U.S. Space Command and the Bureau of Land Management serve the nation’s interests better if they stay where they are.Polis’ office released a  Thursday urging Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to review the Donald Trump administration’s Jan. 13 announcement — just a week before Trump’s term ended — that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville,...

February 5, 2021
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Colorado hospitals’ profit margins are nation’s highest as state lawmakers move to cap health care costs

Colorado hospitals’ profit margins are nation’s highest as state lawmakers move to cap health care costs

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.A new financial analysis for the Colorado Business Group on Health pegs medical profits at $2.8 billion in 2018, and critiques heavy concentration of hospital power for causing the state’s high pricesColorado hospitals charge more, have higher costs and still report higher profit margins than any other state, according to a financial analysis of federal data presented Wednesday to the Colorado Business Group on Health. Both for-profit and nonprofit hospitals in Colorado have made “strategic decisions to maximize revenue and profit,” in large...

February 18, 2021
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Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.State employees allege a yearslong pattern of illegal state actions designed to speed up permits and avoid scrutiny by the public.State air pollution control managers endangered the health of Coloradans by unlawfully approving noxious gas permits for industry without federally-mandated modeling or monitoring, according to a whistleblowing complaint filed Tuesday by technical employees inside the agency. Three state employees claim in a complaint to the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General that their leaders ordered them in mid-March to stop...

March 30, 2021
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Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

Internet outages became a distant memory this month as a good chunk of western Colorado turned on a new broadband system. But this wasn’t built by a typical telecom. It took a band of local governments and partners from 14 rural communities to stitch together the 481-mile network, dubbed “Project Thor.” Communities from Aspen to Meeker craved better access and affordability but also demanded reliability. Over the years, multiple outages caused by accidental cuts in the internet line would shut them off from the rest of the world. At a Granby clinic, for example, medical staff couldn’t...

April 16, 2020
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Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Rocky Mountain National Park became the state’s first national park to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, two days after the park’s top boss .COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:The park announced late Friday that it is temporarily closing “until further notice,” following the request of Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa and the local health department.The park had already early in the day due to more than a foot of new snow. Earlier this week it announced . “The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Rocky...

March 20, 2020
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Here’s a list of every Colorado business that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan

Here’s a list of every Colorado business that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan

Colorado small businesses found some financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the $600 billion in federal stimulus loans known as the Paycheck Protection Program. Approximately 104,402 of them were approved for a total of $10.4 billion.COVID-19 IN COLORADOThe latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:And now we know who and how much. In Colorado, the loans helped keep about 900,000 people on the job for a minimum of eight weeks, the main criteria businesses had to meet for the loans to be 100% forgivable, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported when it...

July 7, 2020
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