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Colorado is expanding its mail-in ballot tracking app so that all voters in the state can use it. Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced Monday that voters in all 64 counties will be able to check the status of their mailed ballots for the 2020 election and receive notifications by phone, email or text. Enrollment is automatic for voters whose emails are registered the countries.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado wildlife officials have found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery and asking residents to make room for the wolves.

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This year's Colorado General Assembly’s Latino Caucus is the largest in state history. There are 13 members in the group that's only open to Democrats. There is also one Republican who is Latino. The caucus' growing influence is illustrated by the election of Leroy Garcia as Senate president, the first Latino to serve in the position.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

An initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office says supporters turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify the measure. The gray wolf has been successfully reintroduced to a number of U.S. states but was eradicated in Colorado in the 1940s. A group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund is campaigning for the plan.

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Food contaminated with a chemical at a Colorado restaurant sent four people to a hospital. Hospital officials say the female customers of the Qdoba Mexican Grill in Glenwood Springs were treated and released Thursday.

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The Bureau of Land Management moved its headquarters to Grand Junction on Thursday. Demonstrators were there, in part to protest acting department director William Perry Pendley.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary signed an order last Thursday extending the appointment of Pendley until April,despite criticism. Pendley was placed in temporary charge of the agency in July and his current appointment was set to expire this week.

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Authorities say police have arrested 18-year-old Kamyl Xavier Garrette in a mall shooting that killed a 17-year-old boy in a Denver suburb. The suspect's capture was announced the day after the Friday shooting inside a J.C. Penney store at the Town Center at Aurora mall.

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A winter storm is bringing snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska just as many holiday travelers make their way home. The National Weather Service says Saturday's storm is forecast to bring heavy snow to parts of Colorado's plains through Saturday night with near blizzard conditions possible depending on snowfall.

Officials say the Colorado town of Breckenridge has cancelled its New Year's Eve fireworks display over environmental considerations.

Summit Daily reports the decision was a continuation of the town's decision earlier this year to celebrate holidays in ways that have less environmental impact. 

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The governor of Colorado issued a pardon for a Peruvian immigrant who has lived on and off in Colorado churches since 2016 to avoid deportation. Gov. Jared Polis pardoned Ingrid Encalada Latorre on Monday for a 2010 conviction for possessing falsified or stolen identification papers that placed her in deportation proceedings by federal authorities.

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Hispanic voters are heavily Democratic but Hispanic men are more likely to vote Republican than Hispanic women. This gender gap is roughly the same size as the one among white voters.

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Colorado air-quality regulators have approved tougher statewide oil and gas regulations, ending a disparity between areas in western Colorado.

Bureau of Land Management

A federal oversight office will look into a plan to relocate Bureau of Land Management jobs to Colorado and other western states. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports the Government Accountability Office has agreed to review the Interior Department plan following a request by Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Rescuers successfully dug out a person buried in an avalanche at Steamboat Resort in northern Colorado on Sunday. 

A resort official tells the Steamboat Pilot & Today that the avalanche was triggered by skiers shortly before 1 p.m.

Wyoming Bureau of Land Management

About 25 wild horses will be removed from private land in northwestern Colorado using a bait and trap technique. Bureau of Land Management officials say specialists are expected to use hay and water to attract the horses to specific areas until captured.

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U.S. officials will review whether grizzly bears have enough protections across the Lower 48 states after advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the animals to more areas. The review must be completed by March 31, 2021, under a settlement approved Monday by a federal judge.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A 29-year-old Fort Collins woman has died in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in northern Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says it's the first avalanche death this winter season in Colorado.

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Almost 300 people have contracted hepatitis A in Colorado since an increase in the contagious liver disease began in 2018. State health officials say at least two of those people have died, one in Denver and the other in nearby Arapahoe County.

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A 58-year-old Nevada man shot during a confrontation with police in a parking lot of a store in a Colorado mountain town has died.

The Colorado State Patrol says the shooting happened Thursday night soon after state troopers and local officers attempted to make contact with the driver of a rental truck on Interstate 70 that they pulled over near the Avon exit.

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Colorado court officials have denied a request to reconsider a ruling declaring the sentences of hundreds of criminal defendants to be illegal.

The Denver Post reported Monday that the state Supreme Court refused to rethink whether criminal offenders could be sentenced to both prison and probation in the same case.

 

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Colorado regulators have approved a set of safety measures designed to increase protections surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state.

 

The rules approved Thursday provide for public access to a more detailed and accurate state map of locations of flowlines, which are pipelines that connect an oil or gas well to other pieces of equipment.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to a historic low.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the 2.6% rate is the lowest measured in a series going back to 1976.

The department says the measurement in October matched the rate that was in place from February to June 2017.

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County officials in Colorado have imposed a moratorium on new or amended mining and gravel projects for the next six months to allow time to create a 2030 comprehensive plan and adjust the land-use code.

The Post Independent reported Monday that the moratorium imposed in Garfield County means Rocky Mountain Resources Industrials cannot make changes to its special use permit for a limestone mine north of Glenwood Springs.

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The Colorado State Patrol says six people died in six separate accidents on state roads over a 12-hour period this past weekend.

Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the state patrol, says six fatal crashes occurred between about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday involving either excessive speed or alcohol.

The accidents included a pedestrian hit while standing on the road and a handicap-accessible van crash that resulted in the death of a man in a wheelchair inside the van.

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The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

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Coloradans will soon be able to use digital IDs on their smartphones in their dealings with state agencies.

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that residents can create the ID by scanning their driver's license into an app called myColorado .

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The mountain highway that provides a shorter scenic route to and from Aspen is closed for the season.

Independence Pass closed for the winter Monday after a snow storm that moved across Colorado dropped several inches of snow on the pass.

Bureau of Land Management

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ease some rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven U.S. Western states.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill said changes adopted by the administration in March likely would cause further declines in populations of greater sage grouse.

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Weather officials have verified a new high temperature for Colorado that surpasses the previous record by a single degree.

The Colorado Climate Center confirmed the Lamar area reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit July 20.

The previous record of 114 degrees was recorded in July 1933 in Las Animas and again in July 1954 in Sedgwick.

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 Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout, resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.

 

Between 1945 and 1992, the U.S. conducted more than 1,000 nuclear weapons tests, nearly 200 in the atmosphere.

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