Latest Colorado state government News

Colorado governor plans disaster declaration after mudslides

Aug. 02, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Monday he was planning to issue a state disaster declaration and it could be “a few days to a few weeks” before a canyon in the western part of the state can be reopened following massive mudslides that blocked Interstate 70, a major...

Denver mandates COVID-19 vaccines for city, private workers

Aug. 02, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver will mandate all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday. Denver's public health measure applies to more than 10,000 municipal employees...

Flood watches in US West as mudslides close major interstate

Aug. 01, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Mudslides from heavy rains caused "extreme damage” to a major interstate and left it blocked with piles of boulders and logs, Colorado transportation officials said Sunday, as forecasters warned of more flash floods in the coming days across the Rocky Mountain and...

Mudslides force more than 100 to spend night on highway

Jul. 30, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — More than 100 people had to spend the night on a highway, including nearly 30 who took refuge in a tunnel, after rain over an area burned by a wildfire once again triggered mudslides in western Colorado, authorities said Friday. The people...

Polis: Unvaccinated state workers must get 2 tests a week

Jul. 30, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has announced that state employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to be tested twice a week for the coronavirus and continue to wear masks indoors in public spaces. The Colorado Sun reports Polis made the announcement...

EXPLAINER: Housing prices increase; so does homelessness

Jul. 30, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool...

Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dies at 85

Jul. 30, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Democratic Gov. Richard “Dick” Lamm, who successfully fought to stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in Colorado even though they had been awarded to the state, has died. He was 85. Lamm passed away late Thursday following...

Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing

Jul. 29, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color. ...

Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing

Jul. 28, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists on Wednesday decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people...

Colorado's Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

Jul. 28, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced the creation of a Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity, provide financial and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and create jobs in the state's $2.2 billion marijuana industry. The office was...