Colorado state news and state government coverage from our correspondents on the Front Range. 

More Vaping Related Illness Reported In Colorado

Sep 19, 2019

Colorado health officials have confirmed six cases of vaping-related illness since the state announced its first case last month.

The Colorado Department of Public Health previously announced four known reports before confirming two more Wednesday.

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Colorado’s auditor says the state agencies charged with reviewing discrimination complaints take too long to do their work and lack transparency.

The Civil Rights Division takes in complaints and passes them on to the Civil Rights Commission. The state auditor’s office says the commission improperly takes votes in closed-door meetings and fails to document its deliberations.

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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.

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

Sep 12, 2019

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.


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.


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.

Polis Recall Effort Fails

Sep 6, 2019

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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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.

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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.

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


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.

Keeping Colorado's Wild Rivers Wild

Aug 29, 2019

It’s tough to find a river in the West that still behaves - like a western river. One that rises and falls with the rush of melting snow. Most of the region’s major streams are controlled by dams.

Who Will Get Colorado's Electoral Votes?

Aug 28, 2019

Colorado residents will learn this week whether they’ll have the final say over how the state casts its votes for presidential candidates. Last spring, Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law that made Colorado part of a group of other states that want to give their electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote.

Colorado Highway Project Uncovers Native American Ruins

Aug 26, 2019
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Native American ruins have been discovered in the path of a proposed Colorado highway construction project.


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.

Colorado Court Rules On Electoral College Votes

Aug 22, 2019


A U.S. appeals court in Denver says Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and are not bound by the popular vote in their states.