Latest Colorado state government News

Gov. Polis: Colorado strong after year of pandemic, disaster

Jan. 13, 2022 17:11 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis sought to rally a state besieged by a year of natural disasters, a mass shooting and the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, declaring in his annual state of the state address that Colorado will meet those challenges and others compounded by the increasing cost of living...

Colorado to 'aggressively assert' water rights with Nebraska

Jan. 13, 2022 16:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a...

Grand jury will investigate election equipment tampering

Jan. 13, 2022 12:51 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A grand jury will investigate allegations of tampering with election equipment and official misconduct in a Colorado county where the clerk is being investigated for an alleged security breach of elections equipment, prosecutors said Thursday. In joint...

Colorado Legislature plans to tackle rising costs, crime

Jan. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Legislature reconvened Wednesday for its 2022 session with both majority Democrats and minority Republicans promising legislation to tackle the state's increasing unaffordability and rise in crime. After two sessions defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, this...

Nebraska announces $500M plan to claim water from Colorado

Jan. 10, 2022 18:59 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a $500 million plan Monday to divert water out of Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states that allows Nebraska to seize access to Colorado land along the South Platte River and build canals. Ricketts said...

Polis, Democrats outline top legislative priorities

Jan. 10, 2022 17:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's soaring cost of living and rising crime top a list of priorities outlined by Gov. Jared Polis and fellow Democratic leaders who control the statehouse for the 2022 legislative session that begins this week. After two legislative sessions largely devoted to...

Biden surveys Colorado wildfire damage, comforts victims

Jan. 07, 2022 22:26 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Offering hugs and humor, President Joe Biden comforted Coloradans grappling with rebuilding homes and businesses destroyed last week by a rare wind-whipped, winter fire that burned through a pair of heavily populated suburbs between Denver and Boulder. One...

2 missing; survivors count blessings after Colorado fire

Jan. 02, 2022 20:14 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Search teams looked for two missing people on Sunday in the snow-covered but still smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire, while people who barely escaped the flames sorted through what was left after the blaze and investigators tried to determine its cause. ...

Climate change, new construction mean more ruinous fires

Jan. 02, 2022 14:57 PM EST

The winter grassland fire that blew up along Colorado’s Front Range was rare, experts say, but similar events will be more common in the coming years as climate change warms the planet — sucking the moisture out of plants — suburbs grow in fire-prone areas and people continue to spark...

'So many memories': Over 500 homes feared destroyed by fire

Dec. 31, 2021 21:08 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Colo. (AP) — One couple returned home Friday to find the mailbox about the only thing left standing. Charred cars and a burned trampoline lay outside smoldering houses. On some blocks, homes reduced to smoking ruins stood next to ones practically unscathed by the flames. ...