Latest Colorado state government News

Colorado firms, individuals owing back taxes get COVID aid

Nov. 28, 2021 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — At least 161 Colorado companies and individuals who owed millions in back taxes still qualified for federal pandemic relief loans, a 9Wants to Know investigation found. “Essentially, they’re benefiting from taxpayer money without contributing to the...

Some states dropping 'dehumanizing' terms for immigrants

Nov. 27, 2021 15:13 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother’s residency card as a child: “alien.” In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal...

Denver imposes mask mandate in indoor public places

Nov. 23, 2021 17:45 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver is joining other nearby counties in imposing a mask mandate in public places, a coordinated move that officials said Tuesday was needed to prevent the region's hospital system from collapsing amid a surge in cases. Starting Wednesday, everyone age 2...

Report: Free deal for Colorado COVID effort costs taxpayers

Nov. 22, 2021 12:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado paid more than $630,000 last year to a group of personal and business associates of Gov. Jared Polis that had ostensibly volunteered to help the state manage its way through the COVID-19 pandemic by tracking people’s movements, records show. ...

Colorado gov expands antibody access, resists mask mandates

Nov. 20, 2021 13:56 PM EST

DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado residents with COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe illness will no longer need a doctor's referral before getting antibody treatments designed to keep them out of hospitals, starting next week. Gov. Jared Polis made the announcement...

Ex-Colorado House speaker appointed regional EPA head

Nov. 19, 2021 12:23 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden has appointed former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker as regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Colorado Sun reports that Becker's appointment was announced Thursday by the White House. ...

Cops search 4 Colorado locations in election security probe

Nov. 17, 2021 19:15 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — An FBI-led law enforcement task force searched four western Colorado locations, including the home of an elections clerk, amid an investigation into allegations that the clerk was involved in a security breach of elections equipment earlier this year, a district...

Ex-Craig city councilman sentenced as sex offender

Nov. 16, 2021 17:32 PM EST

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A former Craig city councilman convicted of internet luring of a child and other charges has been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in Colorado's sex offender supervision program. A First District Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Brian MacKenzie...

Former youth corrections campus eyed for homeless center

Nov. 13, 2021 10:15 AM EST

WATKINS, Colo. (AP) — On the treeless flatlands east of Denver, in a field of yellow-brown weeds that feels like the middle of nowhere, sits an empty campus with seven dormitories, 500 beds, a cafeteria, a gym and a football field. Gov. Jared Polis has big plans for...

California, Colorado and NM expand virus booster access

Nov. 12, 2021 21:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is among three U.S. states now allowing coronavirus booster shots for all adults even though federal health officials recommend limiting doses to those considered most at risk. The nation's most populous state, along with Colorado...