Latest Colorado state government News

Colorado Gov announces new state park in western mountains

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A private ranch with ponds, springs and rare wetland plants in Colorado's western mountains will be part of a new state park, Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday. Joined by state and federal parks officials, Polis announced the 488-acre ranch near...

Trial starts in 1984 killing of girl shown on milk carton

Oct. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate on trial in the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl wasn't even remotely considered a suspect to law enforcement until his obsession with the crime and incessant visits to talk with police about it provided clues that...

Judge rules Mesa County clerk cannot oversee Nov. elections

Oct. 13, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Colorado county elections clerk cannot be involved in the November elections after multiple investigations, including a criminal probe by the FBI, were opened into a security breach of the county's voting machines. Judge Valerie...

Feds OK Colorado plan to cover gender-affirming care

Oct. 12, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will include gender confirmation care in its individual and small group health insurance plans, state and federal officials announced Tuesday. The state's plan under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will include jaw, cheek and eye...

Groups say Colorado weakens Latino votes for Congress

Oct. 08, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Civil rights groups on Friday filed to block Colorado's new congressional map, arguing the independent redistricting commission that redrew the state's legislative boundaries to match its population growth shortchanged Hispanic residents. The filings from...

Aurora police poll disapproves of chief committed to reform

Oct. 01, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A majority of officers from a suburban Denver police department that had faced investigations and community outrage over its run-ins with people of color reported disapproving of the police chief who has committed publicly to reforming the force and its reputation. ...

Police challenge to Denver vaccine mandate is dismissed

Sep. 29, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed an attempt by a group of Denver police officers to block the city's vaccine mandate from taking effect. In a lawsuit filed last week, seven officers claimed the city lacked the authority to impose the mandate under a local...

Colorado commission agrees on new congressional map

Sep. 29, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's independent redistricting commission approved a new congressional map minutes before midnight on Tuesday, in the latest test of whether citizens can draw legislative maps that are fairer than ones sketched by politicians and a sign that the redistricting process has...

Report: No cover-ups at Colorado air-pollution division

Sep. 24, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Whistleblower allegations that the state health department's air pollution division interfered with staff efforts to properly enforce federal air quality standards are unsubstantiated, according to an independent report released Friday by the Colorado attorney general’s...

Final version of Colorado congressional maps released

Sep. 23, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Independent Redistricting Commission released its final congressional map on Thursday, sketching out a possible future in which solidly Democratic Colorado has an evenly-divided delegation to the House of Representatives. The document will be...