Archive | May, 2017

A shortcut at the DMV? Now that’s what you call public service

A couple of state lawmakers are touting a speedy end-run on renewing your vehicle registration under a pilot program they helped make possible in suburban Denver’s Arapahoe County. Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Brighton, will give the press a progress report at a briefing this week on the implementation of their Senate Bill 138, passed in the […]

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Paris Agreement raises defense from Colorado’s left, as Trump weighs leaving international climate change pact

President Trump is considering pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, the landmark international deal to curb greenhouse emissions. Colorado leaders on the left were aghast Wednesday at surrendering the nation’s status as a leader on climate change response, but they couldn’t have been surprised. Trump promised as much on the campaign trail, even surmising […]

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‘Compromise’ or ‘casserole’? Rural-sustainability bill does a lot; here’s an in-depth look

As we mentioned in passing just a day ago when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the wide-ranging Senate Bill 267 into law, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” (the measure’s title) can mean a whole bunch of things. It’s all very complicated. In other words, Tuesday’s signing was about more than Hick and Senate President Kevin Grantham shooting hoops […]

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Colorado’s high school graduation rates lag behind other states’, but new programs offer hope

Colorado’s four-year graduation rate has been creeping upward in this decade and is nearing 80 percent, but a 2017 report released earlier this month pegs it as the seventh worst in the nation. “Graduation rates are definitely too low, and a lot of students who should graduate don’t because they lose sight,” said Natalia Taylor, […]

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Death of Colorado Springs Marine prompts Coffman to call for probe

The death of a Colorado Springs Marine profiled in Sunday’s Gazette has prompted a measure before Congress that mandates an outside investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs handling of suicidal patients. Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said his measure would require the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine review veterans’ deaths within […]

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Front lines of Colorado refugee resettlement uncertain, but optimistic over Trump travel ban

An Iraqi woman celebrating Refugee Day Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Durham, N.C. (Bernard Thomas /The Herald-Sun via AP)

Zainab Nader left Iraq for Denver as a refugee just four months ago. She smiles big, ear-to-ear, with an infectious laugh when she talks about her short time in Colorado and reuniting with her brothers who left Iraq for Denver eight years before her. “I’m happy when I see my brothers,” she said, pushing out […]

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Bees and butterflies continue to add political buzz, as governor gives them a June commemoration

Leave it to bees and butterflies to become a political thing at the Colorado Capitol. Last month, lawmakers proclaimed Interstate 76 across northeast Colorado a route that promotes pollinators. Now Gov, John Hickenlooper has declared June in Colorado Pollinator’s Month, the first time flying insects have received such a statewide designation. (Apparently no one is […]

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