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Colorado defense attorneys double down after COVID-19 outbreak hits jails  'COVID-19 poses an imminent...

Criminal defense attorneys Friday morning called on chief judges across the state to release more inmates from jail, saying the COVID-19 response from Colorado’s...
A playground in Lone Tree is sectioned off on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Forest Wilson)

Update: The latest on COVID-19 in Colorado Polis urges all Coloradans to wear cloth...

This story was originally published on March 5 and will be updated daily.  April 3, 5:00 p.m. update:  Here are some of the latest numbers on...
Jason and Sara Hogan keep distance from each other outside their home in Crested Butte South, Colorado. Sara, a physical therapist, is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

‘We run towards problems, not away from them.’ As COVID-19 closes in, a rural...

In early March, Dr. Jason Hogan realized what was about to happen: The new coronavirus had infiltrated his community, and it was going to...
Students at the Greenlee Elementary School on March 22, 2019 as Gov. Jared Polis and lawmakers announced a plan to fund full-day kindergarten. The picture would be vastly different a year later as the governor announced Colorado schools will remain closed at least through April 30, 2020.

Colorado extends statewide school closures through end of April School closures are a key...

Colorado schools will remain closed at least through April 30, a move that makes it even less likely that in-person classes will resume this...
President Donald Trump addresses the Nation from the Oval Office about the widening coronavirus crisis, Wednesday, March, 11, 2020. (POOL PHOTO by Doug Mills/The New York Times) NYTVIRUS

Littwin: The virus news has gotten so bad that Trump is forced to try...

I heard something strange and remarkable and frightening at the White House coronavirus press briefing Tuesday. I’m pretty sure it was something very much...
Traffic congestion on I-25 northbound. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado will fight Trump administration’s rollback to vehicle emissions standards Emissions from trucks and...

Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser said on Tuesday he plans to sue the Trump administration over its new rule undoing Obama-era vehicle emissions standards.  The...

Guest Post: Quiet is the sweet spot amid this tragedy

This may be the sweet spot of tragedy in my world, the calm before the pandemic storm. I’ve not lost loved ones or even...

Denver jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19 Advocates say the spread within jails may...

An inmate in Denver’s downtown jail has tested positive for COVID-19, city officials said on Monday.  The inmate has been isolated in the medical unit...
Photo of the Adams County Justice Center, taken Friday, Mar. 13, 2020.

Prosecution drops death penalty in Adams County police-shooting case District Attorney Dave Young, a...

Prosecutors have backed off seeking a death sentence against the man accused of killing Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm in January 2018.  In a motion...
Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado's first two cases of coronavirus in Colorado on March 5, 2020. As of Friday, March 27, tyhe state was up to more than 1,700 cases with 31 deaths. (Photo by John Herrick)

Littwin: Trump is back to war and Polis is telling us the best defense...

In case you were wondering, the wartime president is back. It took Donald Trump only a few days to realize that wishing away the...
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