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3 charged in death of 86-year-old woman left outside in heat

Sep. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Three assisted living facility workers are being prosecuted in the death of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who authorities alleged was left outside in sweltering weather for six hours, officials said. Jamie Johnston, 30, Jenny Logan, 50, and...

Land agency moving back to DC, reversing Trump-era decision

Sep. 17, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado, reversing a decision by former President Donald Trump's administration to move the agency closer to the region it...

Elections clerk under investigation says she's still working

Sep. 03, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado elections clerk whose whereabouts have been a mystery since she was accused of allowing a security breach of voting equipment that the FBI is investigating has told county commissioners that she remains on the job and has been working remotely. ...

'The Tank' sound sanctuary offers otherworldly experience

Aug. 22, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

RANGELY, Colo. (AP) — Something — no one can quite say what — is happening on a sandy hilltop. Here stands a rusty, 65-foot cylinder once built to store water, emblazoned with an old railroad logo and graffiti from over the years. Inside there is a young woman with...

Indigenous schools leave legacy of generational scars

Aug. 08, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — When Dzabahe was 11 years old, she went to her first government-run boarding school in rural Arizona around 1953. She left everything she knew on the Navajo reservation where she grew up.. “You became an orphan on that day,” she said. “My life was a...

New calls to search for remains at Native boarding schools

Jul. 31, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Lee Bitsóí must reconcile daily with the fact he works for an institution born from the cultural genocide his own family experienced. Bitsóí navigates this quandary as an Indigenous administrator at Durango’s Fort Lewis College. ...

Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

Jul. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department's Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation's capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to...

Interior secretary: Drought demands investment, conservation

Jul. 22, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Confronting the historic drought that has a firm grip on the American West requires a heavy federal infrastructure investment to protect existing water supplies but also will depend on efforts at all levels of government to reduce demand by promoting water efficiency and...

Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths

Jul. 21, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location where disease detectives found many workers...

Colorado's Mesa County emerges as hot spot for delta variant

Jul. 08, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Dr. Rachel LaCount grasped a metal hoop at a playground and spun in circles with her 7-year-old son, turning the distant mesas of the Colorado National Monument into a red-tinged blur. LaCount has lived in this western Colorado city of...