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Denver school board bans use of handcuffs on elementary school students

Campus safety officers employed by the Denver school district will no longer be allowed to use handcuffs on elementary school students, after the school...

Cory Gardner has voted to confirm more than 100 Trump-picked judges

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Cory Gardner burnished his near-perfect record in support of his party’s effort to reshape the federal judiciary, voting this week...
Colorado Bike Month

6/26/19 – Bike to Work Day 2019

June is Bike Month.  Get ready for 2019 Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 26. Colorado is a premier bicycling state. To celebrate bicycling for transportation,...
Teachers, parents, and students wait to speak in favor of updating LGBTQ policies at a recent Jefferson County School Board meeting Thursday. (Photo by Kati Weis, Chalkbeat Colorado)

Jeffco schools to consider updating LGBTQ policies as backers call for ‘more foundation and...

Supporters of stronger LGBTQ policies waited together for six hours to explain why the Jefferson County Public Schools board should update its anti-discrimination practices....
"Happy Happy Birthday Cake" by Mathew Wilson via Flickr: Creative Commons

Many refugee students register for school using the wrong birthdate. Advocates urge Aurora district...

Some Aurora students are aging out of local schools — often because of an incorrect birthdate on their immigration documents. “I had several students who...
Dudley Brown, executive director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, announced a lawsuit to overturn Colorado's red flag law on May 2, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Littwin: Now that Sullivan recall bid has failed, does state GOP know enough to...

For those who wonder why Republicans keep losing in Colorado, we give you the latest GOP fail, in which Kristi Burton Brown, vice-chair of...
Rep. Diana DeGette at a candidate forum in Denver in October 2018. (Photo by Rachel Lorenz for The Colorado Independent)

Trump EPA failing at its mission, say four former agency bosses Rep. Diana DeGette:...

WASHINGTON --  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency, a show of...
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at Western Governors Association Conference in Vail on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Alex Burness)

In accidental interview, Interior Sec. David Bernhardt talks climate change, national parks and outdoor...

VAIL, Colo. -- Interior Secretary and native Coloradan David Bernhardt said Monday in a brief, if unintentional, interview with The Colorado Independent that he’s...
Jose Miranda lays down to cuddle with one of his water buffalo. They are very attached to him, excitedly running to the gate when his truck approaches for a visit. (Photo by Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado The challenges and possibilities of...

“If more ranchers knew about water buffalo, they would forget about cows,” José Miranda, a Carbondale rancher, told me one morning last January over...
A student holds open the contact information for Colorado's Safe2Tell program on June 7, 2019. The program saw a 84% increase of tips since this time last year. (Photo Illustration by Austin Fleskes)

Anonymous Colorado school safety line sees record number of tips in May

A state program that allows students to anonymously report concerns for their own safety or the safety of others in Colorado schools received a...