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A report says Colorado has one of the nation's worst backlogs of unprocessed U.S. naturalization applications, which one of the report authors says is blocking voting rights.

The Daily Camera reported Sunday that the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released the report saying there are 9,325 applications waiting to be processed.

Wheeler Opera House

A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible.

The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming.

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A third Democrat is bowing out of Colorado's crowded Democratic Senate primary after John Hickenlooper entered the race.

Former diplomat Dan Baer announced he was dropping out and endorsing Hickenlooper. He was one of the three top fundraisers among the dozen Democrats competing for the right to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner next year. Now all three have left the race to make way for former governor Hickenlooper.

John Hickenlooper's Colorado Senate run has pushed another Democrat out of the party's crowded primary.

Former U.S. Attorney John Walsh announced Wednesday he was suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. Walsh endorsed Hickenlooper as the most electable Democrat in the field.

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The director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management may stay in Washington even though the Trump administration says it will move the agency's headquarters to Colorado…

 

Acting Bureau of Land Management director William Perry Pendley told the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday he would be among about 60 agency employees staying in the nation’s capital when 300 others move to 11 Western states, including 27 to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Michael Bennet / Wikipedia

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is vowing to implement free preschool and community college if he becomes president.

Bennet is in a crowded field competing for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was superintendent of Denver Public Schools before entering the Senate. On Thursday he released a sweeping education plan from preschool to college.

Pitkin County / PitkinCounty.com

Colorado authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in a wooded area near Aspen.

The Aspen Times reports the decomposed body discovered last month was within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of an area where a woman went missing five years ago.

Mike Johnston / Twitter

A leading candidate and the top campaign fundraiser in the crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado bowed out of the race Tuesday, the first casualty of former Gov. John Hickenlooper's late entry into the contest.

Roaring Fork School District / Facebook

A western Colorado school district says hackers breached a database of special education students and teachers but didn't obtain any social security numbers or financial information.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Sunday the database was kept by a contractor working for the Roaring Fork School District. The database involved 119 students and 60 staff members.

Senator Michael Bennet / Facebook

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says he plans to keep campaigning for president despite not qualifying for an upcoming Democratic debate.

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State wildlife officers say they trapped and killed a bear that attacked an Aspen restaurant manager.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Friday the bear was found in the vicinity of the attack. Measurements of its teeth made after it was killed matched bite marks on the restaurant manager.

John Hickenlooper / Facebook.com

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.

More than 2,000 people in Colorado have signed a petition asking for an independent investigation into an officer-involved shooting that killed a young black man.

The Gazette reported Monday that Shaun Walls created the petition and plans to present it to state Attorney General Phil Weiser on Tuesday.

University of Colorado

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a Colorado region missed its air quality standards deadline.

Colorado Tourism Office

 

Colorado officials say the state took in more tourism money without increasing the overall number of visitors in what is perceived as a success for sustainable tourism.

 

Colorado Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Mgmt.

Hate crimes in Colorado nearly doubled in 2018 compared to the number of cases the previous year.

Colorado Public Radio reports the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recorded 185 hate crime cases in 2018 compared to 96 in 2017.

 

 

Scott Franz / Capital Coverage

A campaign to end abortions at 22 weeks and after in Colorado is pursuing several versions of a ballot measure in hopes of putting just one before voters in the 2020 election.

The first proposal would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions at that point unless a woman's life is at risk. It was rejected on procedural grounds after objections were filed.

 

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A Colorado sheriff says he will fight a charge of misconduct related to the use of funds.

Vail Daily reports Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek was indicted for second-degree official misconduct for expenditures from a reserve fund.

 

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A Colorado citizens' campaign turned in thousands of voter signatures Thursday in hopes of repealing a new law that would pledge the state's presidential electoral votes to the national popular vote winner.

  

Scott Franz / Capital Coverage

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that the federal government has approved a reinsurance plan designed to lower premiums for individuals buying insurance on the Colorado health care exchange.

 The Democrat already had released projections showing that premiums next year for 400,000 Coloradans — about 8% of those buying insurance on the exchange — will drop by more than 18% with a reinsurance plan in place.

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