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Recent articles by Sam:

Denver Art Museum removes looted Benin Bronze from its collection

The move to "deaccession," or remove, the item from the museum's collection earlier this month comes as collections around the globe are reexamining, and outright returning, items in their possession that were pillaged during colonial rule. → Read More

Colorado Springs wildfires: One grass fire out, the other 15% contained after prompting evacuations Thursday

The Ackerman Fire brought flames to the Skylark Mobile Home Park, where the fire was contained to the neighborhood → Read More

Fires in Colorado Springs destroy 8 mobile homes, force evacuations of 1,000 people

A grass fire burning in Colorado Springs on Thursday has prompted an evacuation notice. → Read More

1 woman killed, 4 others injured in suspected DUI crash in Thornton

One woman was killed and four family members were injured Sunday night after a two-car crash in Thornton. → Read More

Suncor refinery reports third fire in Commerce City since November

Another fire sparked inside the Suncor oil refinery in Commerce City on Monday afternoon, the company announced. → Read More

Jury awards nearly $9 million to families suing Colorado fertility doctor who used own sperm to impregnate patients

Precedent-setting fertility fraud verdict comes as state legislators weigh added protections for donor-conceived people → Read More

Colorado’s COVID-19 numbers on the rise, but still relatively low

Colorado's COVID-19 cases rose for a fifth consecutive week and hospitalizations are up slightly, but the virus is still circulating at relatively low levels in the state compared with other points of the pandemic. → Read More

How the U.S. Forest Service is preparing for the Rainbow Family’s 50th anniversary festivities in Colorado

The federal agency launched an incident management team to deal with the potential conflict. → Read More

Jury acquits DaVita, ex-CEO Kent Thiry in landmark antitrust prosecution of “non-poaching” agreements

A federal jury acquitted Denver-based DaVita Inc. and its former CEO Kent Thiry of all charges Friday, a resounding defeat for the government prosecutors who had pursued an unprecedented criminal conspiracy case targeting the dialysis giant's deals with rival companies to not poach each other's employees. → Read More

Lawsuit alleges Xcel Energy’s power lines were “substantial factor” in sparking Marshall fire

Xcel Energy failed to maintain and monitor its power lines and did not immediately contact authorities in December after sparks from its downed lines were a "substantial factor" in the ignition of the devastating Marshall fire, a new lawsuit alleges. → Read More

23-acre wildfire east of Estes Park prompts mandatory evacuations

Mandatory evacuations went into effect Monday afternoon after a wildfire sparked just east of Estes Park. → Read More

57% of Colorado’s teen driving fatalities related to speed, new report finds

Colorado had 213 teen driving fatalities during that time frame and 57% were speed-related. → Read More

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to pay feds $20 million over 416 fire

The historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has agreed to pay $20 million and adopt a series of fire mitigation plans for its role in sparking one of the largest wildfires in Colorado history. → Read More

Colorado regulators can now inspect funeral homes and crematories without owners’ permission

Colorado regulators will now have greater authority to inspect funeral homes and crematories, closing long-standing loopholes that made the industry one of the least regulated in the nation. → Read More

Unsealed memos reveal concerns by Denver police about internal “leadership failure” during 2020 protests

Denver police Chief Paul Pazen was often "angry or 'paralyzed'" during the George Floyd protests in 2020, and a "leadership failure" may have led to injuries to police and protesters, high-ranking officers told the city's police watchdog in newly unsealed memos. → Read More

“It doesn’t define us”: Boulder community reflects one year after King Soopers shooting

In the year since a gunman attacked the King Soopers store on Table Mesa Drive in South Boulder, killing 10 people on March 22, 2021, the trauma of the shooting rippled out from the store and engulfed the entire Boulder community, a wave that spread even as the attack faded into the steady drumbeat of mass violence in America. → Read More

Man, 20, sentenced to six years in prison for destruction of Aurora courthouse during 2020 protests

Jordan Joseph White pleaded guilty to two felony counts, including inciting a riot and fourth-degree arson. → Read More

New report calls Colorado’s dispute-resolution process for SNAP benefits “a system in turmoil”

Nearly all Coloradans who go before an administrative court regarding issues with their food-stamp benefits do so without a lawyer -- and these low-income individuals are far less likely to win their cases, or even appeal their decisions, than in much of the United States, according to a new report by a state anti-poverty organization. → Read More

Colorado inmates begin broadcasting over America’s first statewide prison radio station

A collection of giddy men in green jumpsuits on Tuesday introduced Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio, the first statewide radio station in U.S. history to be recorded and produced inside prison walls. → Read More

Colorado unveils new driver license design

The state unveiled its new identification cards Monday, featuring Mount Sneffels of the San Juan range on the front and scenic Sprague Lake from Rocky Mountain National Park on the back. → Read More