Over six years, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided women with long-acting contraceptives at little or no cost, and teen birth and abortion rates took a nosedive. Now, funding for the program — public and private — has all but dried up. The Pueblo Chieftain covered the story locally, and The New York Times delved into what could happen when Colorado enters the dicey territory of free birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
A motorcycle club comprised of troops, veterans and military contractors in Colorado Springs caught a lot of flak for the anti-Ramadan pig roast they put on last month. But according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report obtained by The Gazette, the military community of the Pikes Peak region has been increasingly targeted for recruitment by the more nefarious outlaw biker gangs.
John Houston is a one-man movement warring against red-light cameras, writes John Aguilar in the Denver Post. Houston sums up his position: “I don’t think it’s constitutional to have some robot send you a ticket in the mail.”
Smoking the competition
State and local health officials are urging Coloradans to be wary of tularemia, “rabbit fever,” this summer. More rain means more vegetation which means more breeding which means more bacteria, a state veterinarian told Associated Press reporter Colleen Slevin. Via The Durango Herald.
A 25-year-old Fort Collins man was in critical condition the night of July 4th after getting punched in the face in a dispute over proper American flag etiquette at a pool party near CSU’s main campus. The Coloradoan now reports he’s on the mend.
The Daily Camera reports that Rep. Jared Polis is no longer the worst dressed congressman in the country, since getting a makeover from a local menswear designer Ninox. The Boulder Democrat earned that title from GQ last year for an outfit involving a purple polo shirt the magazine described as “an assault to America’s eyes, a slap in the face of Lady Liberty, and a downright disgrace.”
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