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Polis avoids mask rule despite 'warning lights' in Colorado

After the number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations across Colorado jumped by nearly 40% in less than a week, Gov. Jared Polis again stressed the importance of wearing masks, but still stopped …
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Littleton Mayro Jerry Valdes

Littleton mayor: City should reject face mask mandate

Littleton City Council has not yet decided how to handle the Tri-County Health Department’s mandatory face mask order, but Mayor Jerry Valdes said he would like to see the city opt out. “This is …
Kelly O’Connor helps older adults find senior care homes that fit their needs. She works with homes throughout the Denver metro area, including in Centennial.

My Name Is: Kelly O’Connor

A helping hand I live in Denver and have for the past 14 years, and I am 54 years old. I am an elder care consultant specializing in senior living placement. I help people stay at home safely until …
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Polis signs bills on sick leave, rent, business help amid COVID-19

The Colorado legislature took numerous steps to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and they've become law under Gov. Jared Polis' signature a day ahead of the July 15 deadline for the governor to …
This cartoon was posted on Facebook by the Douglas County Republican Party, then later removed. The county party has since apologized.

Douglas County GOP chair apologizes for mask cartoon (9News video)

The chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party has apologized to anyone who was offended by a Facebook post depicting a cartoon police officer labeled "Polis,” who is shown stepping on the neck of a man wearing a mask.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is widening what’s called the Gap, a stretch of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument, after a study found the area in urgent need of improvements.

Pace of construction on I-25 Gap between Castle Rock and Monument increases

The longest work zone in the state is preparing residents for a surge in construction as the Colorado Department of Transportation increases its weather-dependent tasks on the I-25 Gap — the …
Education

‘I don’t feel safe’: A school’s nightmare

A principal has left the Douglas County School District for another job in education, months after his school became embroiled in a “failure to report” investigation into alleged “sexual contact” by first-grade children at the school.
A sign on the doors of every Mines campus building provides a reminder of steps to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mines planning on in-person classes in the fall but campus will be different

Classes will be held at Colorado School of Mines campus in the fall — but life on campus will still look plenty different. In a message sent to students and faculty on June 22, School of Mines …

Community colleges launch improved admission system

A new, guaranteed admission program will provide Colorado Community College System students pursuing an associate degree a more solid path to admission to a partner four-year university. Arapahoe …
A Denver Public Schools bus parks outside of an apartment complex in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Denver schools hit by steep COVID-19 costs

With Colorado school buildings closed, and students learning remotely from home, it might seem that districts are saving money. But that’s not necessarily the case. Denver Public Schools officials …

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discusses COVID-19 at his news conference Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Polis 'optimistic' but not certain about schools re-opening in August

Gov. Jared Polis said he expects in-person classes to resume at the state's schools in the fall, but acknowledged that it isn't certain.
Business
Khiem Nguyen, owner of Crawfish Boil Co. at The Streets at SouthGlenn, serves food to customers June 4. Nguyen had just recently opened back up for dine-in service after Colorado lifted its ban on sit-down meals in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

'Just happy to be working' as dine-in resumes in Centennial

When Colorado allowed restaurants to resume sit-down service statewide, that green light came with a slew of new requirements eateries had to meet — staff wearing masks, limiting the number of …
Caution tape wraps swings at Sterne Park in Littleton.

Colorado relaxes rules for worship houses, gyms, playgrounds, recreation

The state continues to try to strike a balance between public safety and returning to normalcy.
Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree has reopened its dining room. It typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.

Colorado may consider small-business relief fund

Eateries across Colorado are now allowed to resume sit-down service, but Gov. Jared Polis acknowledged “the pain our restaurants have been through” during the state's closure of dine-in service. …
A steady stream of people stopped by C&C Coffee and Kitchen on May 12. Some hoped to order food and found the restaurant closed. Others taped cash donations to the storefront. A few came simply to see the spectacle.

Castle Rock coffee shop files lawsuit over shutdown

The Castle Rock restaurant that drew national attention for opening to in-person dining on Mother's Day in defiance of state and public health orders is suing the governor along with state and local …

An employee at Sierra restaurant in Lone Tree.

Colorado restaurants can open limited dine-in service May 27

A long-awaited step in Colorado's relaxation of social distancing requirements arrived Monday, May 25, when Gov. Jared Polis announced that restaurants will be able to open for limited in-person …
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