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Parents at a New York City school made and sold pies to raise money for their school. PHOTO CREDIT: Carrie Melago/Chalkbeat

First person: Parent fundraising made my school a great place to teach. I was...

First Person is an occasional Chalkbeat series featuring personal essays by educators, students, parents, and others trying to improve public education. “We’re really lucky here....

Guest Post: Denver’s minimum wage vote is roadmap for other cities – and for...

Denver’s recent historic vote to raise its minimum wage to more than $15 an hour marks a long-overdue victory for local communities over big...

Guest Post: The people’s fight for open government It is up to Gov. Jared...

A major battle plays out daily in Colorado as some of our elected and appointed officials — all of whom took a solemn oath...
Denver Police Sgt. Brian Conover speaks with Dorian Phillips on Nov. 14, 2018, during a police sweep of a homeless encampment in Five Points. (Photo by Alex Burness for The Colorado Independent)

Guest Post: We can do better by repealing Denver’s camping ban

After hearings this week, a Denver County Court judge will decide whether the city's camping ban is unconstitutional. But what the evidence presented has...

Guest Post: Teen suicide epidemic on Pine Ridge reservation

About an hour away from Mount Rushmore, America’s historic tribute to its past presidents, is the Pine Ridge reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota...
Journalism stock image via Gettyimages

Guest Post: Colorado journalism needs public support

There was a time, not so long ago, when the two of us were foes in a "newspaper war." We thought that the winner would...

Guest Post: Denver’s auditor is right about many things; proposing only CPAs hold his...

Late last month, Denver Auditor Tim O’Brien proposed that only CPAs should be allowed to run for the office in in the future. While...
Peaches grow in the orchards of Ela Family Farms ― a fourth-generation orchard in Hotchkiss, CO. (Photo courtesy of Ela Family Farms)

Guest Post: New fracking plan could threaten the Colorado peach

Nothing says summer in Colorado like the treasured Western Slope peach, and we've had a spectacular season. Thousands of pounds of the succulent fruit have...
Oil and gas land managment must accommodate wildlife and growth

Guest Post: Finding accommodation among wildlife, growth, and oil and gas leasing

Last month, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that directs state agencies to prioritize protections for big game migratory corridors and winter ranges....
Halfway house in danger

Guest Post: Colorado’s halfway houses are a beacon of hope for many

For nearly 40 years, I’ve worked in the corrections industry having started as a parole officer and eventually retiring from the Department of Corrections...