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There was still plenty of political gamesmanship in Colorado’s new independent redistricting process

A Republican state lawmaker worried about being drawn out of his district gave party activists talking points on how he would shape new legislative maps.  At a public hearing in Durango, a number of current and former La Plata County Democratic Party officers testified before Colorado’s independent congressional and legislative redistricting commissions but didn’t mention […] >> READ MORE

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The government says COVID cost the outdoor recreation industry $156 billion in 2020. But did it really?

The collapse of travel and public gatherings during the pandemic last year cost America’s surging outdoor recreation industry $156 billion.  But that’s according to federal accounting.  In a more traditional accounting of outdoor recreation that measures the economic contributions from people going camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and hunting, the outdoor economy weathered the pandemic […] >> READ MORE

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Nearly half of all people released from prison in Colorado return in 3 years. A $1.1 million program aims to reverse the trend.

The No. 1 concern state leaders are hearing from business owners is that it’s hard to find employees to fill their current job openings. And for that reason, the timing for a new initiative to encourage businesses to employ formerly incarcerated people in Colorado couldn’t come at a better time, Gov. Jared Polis said on […] >> READ MORE

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Littwin: Who you gonna believe on vaccines, Aaron Rodgers or that commie, Big Bird?

The news from the COVID-19 front in Colorado is pretty much universally bad. But as worrisome as the numbers are, let’s try to ignore them for the moment and concentrate on where the heart of the problem lies. So, let’s put aside, for the moment anyway, that Colorado is No. 5 among states in percentage […] >> READ MORE

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Opinion: Employees with disabilities can get the job done

America needs workers. The latest reports from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show more job openings than people to fill them. Yet, as desperate as they are for employees, employers continue to put barriers in front of job applicants with disabilities. They would do well to remember that individuals in the disabled community can […] >> READ MORE

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Are COVID-19 boosters the same as the original vaccines?

By Emma H. Tobin, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Are COVID-19 boosters the same as the original vaccines? Yes, COVID-19 boosters use the same recipe as the original shots, despite the emergence of the more contagious delta variant. The vaccines weren’t tweaked to better match delta because they’re still working well. The vaccines work […] >> READ MORE

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Denver Art Museum gives up allegedly looted Cambodian artifacts

Prosecutors have filed a complaint in federal court seeking the forfeiture of four Cambodian antiquities that were sold to the Denver Art Museum by a late art dealer accused of pillaging and illegally selling ancient artifacts. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed the complaint Monday, and the museum has voluntarily […] >> READ MORE

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Colorado loosening requirements for hospital staff as COVID continues to surge

Colorado health officials announced Tuesday that they will give hospitals a break from normal staffing requirements and expectations, part of an effort to help hospitals better handle the personnel shortages they face as coronavirus infections continue to surge across the state. By authorizing so-called “crisis standards of care” related to staffing, the Colorado Department of […] >> READ MORE

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All Colorado adults are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, state says

Every Colorado adult is eligible — and urged — to get a COVID-19 booster shot with the disease spreading rampantly across the state, health officials say. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has instructed vaccine providers not to turn away anyone over 18 years old who wants a booster shot as long as […] >> READ MORE

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Colorado’s slim chance at herd immunity is slipping away as people’s COVID-19 protection wanes

Even as thousands of Coloradans are still being infected by the coronavirus each day and as vaccinations roll out to younger children, an unsettling realization is sinking in among the state’s health leaders: The exit door to the pandemic isn’t as close as we once thought it was. Instead, new research is changing how experts […] >> READ MORE

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