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Gov. Polis speaks to students at the Greenlee Elementary School on March 22, 2019 after he and lawmakers announced a plan to fund full-day kindergarten. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado vaccine skeptics heartened by ‘pro-choice’ Jared Polis The state ranks last in the...

When Gov. Jared Polis told reporters last week that he’s “pro-choice” on vaccines, “that was music to my ears,” said Philip Silberman. Silberman, the leader...
"Middle School Bathroom Graffiti" by YA RA Resource via Flickr: Creative Commons

‘It’s OK to not be OK’: How one high school saved lives with a...

It was 10:30 a.m. on a Monday in April. Nine counselors, psychologists, and therapists sat around a table in a conference room at Cañon...
Inside the Colorado Capitol. (Photo by John Herrick, Colorado Independent)

Colorado changed its laws around sex ed. Here’s what you need to know.

Colorado law will soon require students who receive sexual education to learn about consent in school. But the road to passing that bill was bumpy....
Amelia Martinez with her husband, Chris, and two children. (Photo courtesy of Martinez family))

GREENE: On mothers and missing pieces

Amelia Martinez is in desperate need of a kidney. The 31-year-old mother of two from Lakewood has known this day would come since she was...
A whiteboard inside the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills Heroin and fentanyl...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on opioids. We also wrote...
"Smoking," by Astrid Kopp, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending

A proposed nicotine tax backed by Gov. Jared Polis was rejected by the Colorado Senate Thursday night. The proposal would have allowed Colorado to double...
People vaping outside the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as lawmakers debate a bill that would increase taxes on nicotine products to help expand state-funded preschool programs. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Nicotine taxes for preschool, vaccine exemptions draw crowds to Colorado Capitol in waning days

As the clock winds down on the 2019 legislative session, two groups packed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a final say on two controversial...
"Vaccination," by Jason, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Littwin: Facing the possibility of a measles outbreak, the governor wants more data

This column was significantly updated on Friday, April 26, after Colorado Public Radio reported that Gov. Jared Polis had indicated he wouldn’t sign the...
"Vaping Electronic Cigarette" by Lindsay Fox via Flicker: Creative Commons

Colorado proposal would triple cigarette tax, fund preschool, fight teen vaping

A proposed tax on nicotine products could double Colorado’s preschool investment, pay for afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income families, and chip away...

The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health Scientists are exploring the...

This story was originally published at High Country News in collaboration with the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise...