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State’s economy needs moderation, taxes, say experts

Colorado’s economic star is rising, but promoting continued growth will require addressing the state’s government funding paradox, according to leading economists. “What’s wrong with public … more

Q&A with Dallas Schroeder

Tell us about yourself. My name is Dallas Schroeder and I am the clerk and recorder for Elbert County. That translates into responsibility in four areas. Those four areas are: the Recording … more

Marching with a new name, new focus

As she helped coordinate the 2019 Womxn’s March in Denver, Regan Byrd noticed a trend among previous attendees. “Some folks were disenchanted from the first march to the second march, saying it … more

Governor presents first budget to lawmakers

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pitched his plan for state-funded full-day kindergarten to lawmakers, calling it an opportunity to address educational and economic inequities facing young families. Polis … more

How the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership battles opioid misuse

When the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership formed in 2016, the group aimed to battle the opioid epidemic from every angle. Members drafted a plan in which workgroups would focus on six key … more

Battle against opioid crisis: Map is sorrowful guide to lost loved ones

The online map is a living, breathing eulogy of people who have died from opioid use. Matt Lazarus, of Castle Rock, “was known for having a ‘heart of gold’” and “will be missed by many,” … more

Elizabeth laying groundwork for new comprehensive plan

The Town of Elizabeth is preparing to launch the process needed to upgrade its 11-year-old comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan is a document created to establish goals and aspirations in terms … more

Elbert County budget allows addition of staff

The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2019 budget during the Dec. 19 meeting, with a gain of about $1.5 million over the 2018 budget in the comparison of revenues over … more

Government shutdown: What Colorado politicians are saying

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver (via Twitter) “It’s Day 20. @POTUS & @senatemajldr are blocking our efforts to reopen the government. And they’re getting paid. Meanwhile, federal … more

'There's only so long that I can hold out'

Jake Slyder was planning on taking his wife on a hot springs vacation to celebrate their two-year anniversary — but the U.S. government partial shutdown forced him to cancel those plans. Slyder is … more

Polis inauguration highlights theme of 'Colorado for All'

Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and … more

Cancer death rate continues long decline

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection … more

DA to examine claims of innocence for convicted

Taking a proactive approach, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office has launched a process to investigate “legitimate” claims that convicted individuals may be innocent, the office … more

Elbert resident sworn in as Naval Reserve midshipmen

Allison Taylor Schieffer, of Elbert, was recently sworn in as a midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Schieffer was nominated by … more

News in a hurry

Superintendent honored The Colorado Rural Schools Alliance recently presented Elizabeth School District Superintendent Douglas Bissonette with the Rural Service Award at the Colorado Association of … more

County hires employee to enforce zoning compliance

Elbert County has hired its first-ever zoning compliance officer, Mike Moore, and plans to begin enforcing zoning and compliance ordinances that were approved in March 2018. Amendments approved to … more

Input sought for community health survey

The Elbert County Public Health Department is conducting a community health survey. Results from the survey, which is open through the end of February, will be used to build a community … more

Out of power, GOP aims to be 'conscience' at Capitol

The defiantly conservative voice of state Rep. Patrick Neville hit some resigned notes the day before the state Legislature convened, with the Republican House leader from Castle Rock and a Senate … more

Rotary's State of the State event brings Molly Bloom, focuses on mental health

Molly Bloom, author of the book-turned-Oscar-nominated film “Molly’s Game” who also struggled with addiction, anxiety and depression, is one of two headliners at the Rotary State of the State … more

Clydesdales help usher in new beer laws

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales visited the Colorado Capitol Dec. 31 to celebrate the repeal, effective New Year's Day, of laws that prevented sales of beer greater than 3.2 percent alcohol by … more
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