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Students released hundreds of blue and yellow balloons into the sky above the Parker campus of Colorado Early Colleges Aug. 18, marking the non-traditional high school's opening. A total of 344 students are enrolled in the free Douglas County … more
Colorado's first-ever statewide mental-health crisis hotline went live on Aug. 12, an effort that state leaders hope will save lives. The 24/7 Colorado Crisis and Support Line was born from legislation aimed at curbing mental health-related … more
A law that temporarily prohibits lottery tickets from being sold online took effect earlier this month. The law was a response to a 2011 decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that opened the door for states to allow lottery ticket sales over … more
A little larvae is causing some major damage to trees in Elbert County and southern Douglas County. Epidemic levels of the Pine sawfly, a native insect that defoliates ponderosa pines, have reached areas south of Denver, according to the Colorado … more
An effort to require school boards to open up collective bargaining negotiations to the public has earned a place on the November ballot. The Secretary of State's Office confirmed Aug. 13 that Initiative 124 earned enough valid petition … more
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner — who is amid a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall — stopped by Parker to talk about small businesses and possible solutions to the tax difficulties they face. Gardner, R-Yuma, spoke during a … more
Dr. Rod Blunck, the former superintendent of the Elizabeth School District, has assumed the position as acting principal at Elizabeth High School. Blunck, who took over on Aug. 7, accepted the position after Greg Wieman — who was principal at … more
The reorganization of a school violence hotline was among a handful of new safety laws that took effect last week. The Safe2Tell Act moves an existing anonymous tip line from the nonprofit sector to a state-run program that is operated through … more
Paint prices will eventually go up under a new law aimed at promoting recycling. The law, parts of which took effect last week, tacks on a fee for household paint purchases. The fee will go toward the creation of a paint recycling drop-off … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that he will be the one who selects the members of a task force that will be charged with finding a compromise on issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing. The governor also addressed concerns on the part of … more
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