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John Aguilar

The Denver Post

Denver, CO, United States

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Recent:
  • The Denver Post
  • The Cannabist
Past:
  • Mercury-Register
  • San Jose Mercury News

Recent articles by John:

Adams County announces it will leave Tri-County and form its own public health department

The Tri-County Health Department is set to lose a second member next year, with Adams County on Tuesday announcing that it will vote on a resolution next week declaring its intention to depart a health agency that until last month served 1.5 million people across a broad sweep of the metro area. → Read More

Going solo on public health will not come cheap for Tri-County’s remaining two members

Public health is about to get more expensive in Adams and Arapahoe counties, as the rapid unraveling of the Tri-County Health Department forces both metro counties to figure out how to best safeguard the wellbeing of more than a million residents amid an ongoing global pandemic. → Read More

Broomfield pauses lottery for marijuana licenses after outcry over application process

Broomfield has suspended a lottery it was scheduled to hold this month to award three retail marijuana licenses after the county received "considerable feedback" about who was applying and whether they were playing by the rules. → Read More

Douglas County’s new health department may let students cast off masks in school

Douglas County's new health department, less than a month old, is expected to issue its first public health order on Friday allowing parents to exempt their children from the school district’s controversial mask mandate. → Read More

Battle for Broomfield's three marijuana retail licenses spurs accusations, lawsuit

Twenty six applicants are jostling for one of three spots in a city that until now has banned all cannabis sales. → Read More

Tri-County agrees to continue providing health services for Douglas County through 2022

The core health services include health inspections, hazardous material expertise, food programs for low-income women and children, vital records and disease control and investigations. → Read More

Aurora reverses itself on pot hospitality measure when second vote comes up short

Aurora appeared to extinguish the idea this week of being among the first cities in Colorado to allow people to smoke weed in lounges, tasting rooms and buses. But due to a tie, the City Council will take a third and final vote on Sept. 27. → Read More

Tri-County Health faces uncertain future as Douglas County pulls away over COVID measures

The true unraveling of Tri-County Health begins Tuesday after 73 years of providing services to Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe counties. The latter two, plus Aurora, are left in the balance. → Read More

“I am angry today:” Jeffco’s top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed

Motorist runs over signs at a vaccine clinic over the Labor Day weekend → Read More

Nighttime I-25 closures scheduled through the weekend near Monument Hill

Interstate 25, where El Paso and Douglas counties meet, will be closed to varying degrees over the next five nights as construction crews complete bridge work and install drainage pipes at the County Line Road interchange just north of Monument Hill. → Read More

Can Weld County maintain its fiscal health as oil and gas production gets pinched?

Weld County took an unprecedented $2.7 billion hit to its assessed property valuation last year, a nearly 18% decline from 2019 that county officials largely pin on a sharp drop in oil and gas extraction in Colorado's top energy-producing county. That translates into $45 million less in taxes to fund things like road repairs and social services in the fast-growing county of 330,000, where last… → Read More

Tri-County Health requires masks for all students, rescinds counties’ ability to opt-out of health orders

All students in a large swath of the metro area will be required to wear masks in school starting Sept. 1, following a decision Monday evening by Tri-County Health Department officials to expand the agency's mask mandate to kids 2 and older as coronavirus cases continue to surge in Colorado. → Read More

Marijuana tourism is evolving in Aurora and Denver with legal tour buses, lounges

Aurora is eyeing the next -- and perhaps final -- frontier in the world of legal cannabis in Colorado, giving initial approval this week for smoking lounges, tasting rooms and tour buses. → Read More

Tri-County Board of Health agrees on masks for children ages 2-11

Earlier in Tuesday's meeting, the board voted down a full mask mandate for all students and teachers in the three-county region. → Read More

Jefferson County Schools changes mask policy, requires all students to wear face coverings in school

The Jefferson County School District announced late Monday that all students in the 84,000-student district will be required to mask up regardless of vaccination status, following a mandatory mask order for schools issued by county public health officials. → Read More

COVID caused many teachers to rethink their career. These new teachers are ready to try again.

Almost one-third of Colorado's new teachers considered leaving the profession after a year of teaching through COVID. One who is staying had these words to say: “Of course I have hope -- I teach kids.” → Read More

Aurora says no to a ban on urban camping amid ongoing homelessness challenge across city

A proposal to ban urban camping as a means to deal with increasing homelessness in Aurora was narrowly shot down by City Council Monday night, dealing a blow to Mayor Mike Coffman, who pushed the m… → Read More

Does my child need to wear a mask? Your guide to Denver area school COVID policies

The Denver Post’s chart will update as public school districts and large private schools across the Denver area decide on mask requirements. → Read More

CDOT’s big challenge: Keeping I-70 open in face of mudslide after mudslide in Glenwood Canyon

More than an month of mudslides is impacting Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, leading to numerous closures that have held up truckers, tourists and locals. And it doesn't seem they'll be stopping anytime soon. → Read More

Clock ticking on getting more Colorado teens vaccinated against COVID-19 before school starts

With the school year starting next month, time is running out for Colorado teenagers to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to class -- a move that public health experts said could help maintain in-person learning even with COVID-19 outbreaks. → Read More