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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis urged lawmakers Wednesday to take quick action on a $1 billion-plus stimulus plan, lower taxes to jump-start the economy and rally the state after a year that saw the coronavirus claim the lives of nearly 5,700 residents, three of the largest wildfires in state history and protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

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As the pandemic nears its one year mark, Gov. Jared Polis has issued more than 260 executive orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. He says he can’t wait until they all expire.

“You know each one is difficult, and thoughtful and predicated by science,” he said in an interview with Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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Gov. Jared Polis and First Gentlemen Marlon Reis tested positive for COVID-19. The governor tweeted the announcement Saturday night, and included a statement. 

"Marlon and I are feeling well so far, and are in good spirits. No person or family is immune to this virus. I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet from others, and wash your hands regularly," said Polis.

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Gov. Jared Polis created a new group this week to come up with a strategy to safely reopen more schools to-in person learning next year. Many districts across Colorado recently switched to remote learning because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Districts in the Roaring Fork Valley have moved between in-person and remote learning since the start of the school year, depending on known cases among staff or students in accordance with safety protocols from the state. 

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In a speech Friday afternoon, Gov. Jared Polis delivered some stern warnings  for the state as it goes through its most challenging throes of the pandemic. 

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Colorado is now seeing its highest coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, but Gov. Jared Polis is not issuing any new restrictions.

Instead, Polis is urging residents to do three things this month, including wearing masks, staying six feet apart and only visiting with members of their own households.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced new orders Friday afternoon limiting gatherings to 10 people from no more than two households in all counties at all three “Safer at Home” levels. The announcement comes after weeks of increased cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring landlords to give tenants more notice before seeking evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

But some residents fear the move will not go far enough during a month when unemployment benefits are scaled back and Congress remains gridlocked over a new round of stimulus checks.

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Longtime local resident Maria works in housekeeping and lives in a shared mobile home in El Jebel. She said she’s worried about paying her $300-a-month rent this summer. (We’re not using her full name because she’s undocumented.)

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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.

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Coloradans who purchase their health insurance on the individual marketplace can expect to save even more money next year than lawmakers originally thought.

 

Governor Jared Polis says premiums on the marketplace will go down by an average of twenty point two percent next year thanks to a new reinsurance program. The savings will be two percent higher than what the state projected in July.

Colorado's 42nd State Park: Fisher's Peak

Sep 12, 2019
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Colorado is getting a new state park that will include an iconic mountain peak and lots of wildlife.

Fisher's Peak near Trinidad was privately owned, but the state and conservation groups are teaming up to buy the land and turn it into Colorado’s newest state park.

 

Polis Recall Effort Fails

Sep 6, 2019
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Organizers have come up short in their effort to remove Governor Jared Polis from office.

  Standing in front of large plastic tubs full of signed recall petitions at the Capitol Friday, leaders of the recall effort said they failed to get the six hundred and thirty thousand signatures needed to put Polis’ fate on the ballot. Friday was the deadline to turn in those signatures.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis was in Aspen last Friday, the same day it was announced that an effort to recall him in his first year of office failed.

 

 

Gov. Polis says he'll still closely watch the recall efforts against other Democratic lawmakers, and hopes those recalls will fail as well.  Then, he says, he wants to re-focus on issues like transportation, education and healthcare costs. 

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Three Democratic governors speak in Aspen on Friday about their approaches to jobs, health care and immigration. 

Colorado governor Jared Polis will be joined by Kate Brown of Oregon and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico at the Aspen Institute.

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Governor Jared Polis’ appearance at an oil and gas convention turned tense this week when the governor defended his decision to give local governments more power to regulate the energy industry.

Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan is joining Governor Jared Polis’ administration.

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Congressman Jared Polis is hoping to become Colorado’s next governor and will be in Aspen on Saturday at an event hosted by Pitkin County Democrats.

Donna Lynne formally launches gubernatorial campaign

Sep 8, 2017

Colorado’s Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has formally kicked off her campaign to run for Governor. She joins a crowded Democratic primary race.

Jared Polis enters race for Colorado governor

Jun 13, 2017

The list of Democrats wanting to be Colorado’s next governor is growing. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder said he’ll run against his colleague Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, along with other high profile opponents.

Basalt science, literacy teacher wins statewide award

May 20, 2015
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Two schools in the Midvalley are welcoming new school administrators. The Roaring Fork School District announced new principals at Basalt High School and Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. 

Matthew Koenigsknecht will lead Crystal River Elementary School. He was a language arts teacher in Denver and managed a summer program at Basalt Elementary School.

Peter Mueller will take the reigns at Basalt High School. He works for The Nature Conservancy and served as principal at Telluride public schools. Mueller also worked in Evergreen, Colorado at a private school.