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The question of whether this case is ready for litigation is particularly relevant because Smith does not yet offer wedding websites services and no charges have been brought against her under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.

Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic to a Colorado-based web designer who claims the state's Anti-Discrimination Act violates her First Amendment free speech rights - even though she does not yet offer the services in question and no charges have been brought against her. Read more»

A gunman entered a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub during a midnight drag show Saturday and killed five people and injured over a dozen others. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated or hate crimes. Read more»

In just a few moments, six people were killed and 19 others injured by a gunman who attacked an LBGTQ nightclub in Colorado on Saturday night. Halted by bystanders, the massacre is just one in a long string of recent mass shootings. Read more»

Some states have created Yellow Alert systems aimed at helping make it easier for police to track down hit-and-run drivers.

States are creating a Yellow Alert system for fatal hit-and-run crashes - similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children - in hopes it will help make it easier for police to track down hit-and-run drivers. Read more»

A wooden sign marks the turn for Amache in Granada, Colo.

On March 23, President Biden signed the Amache National Historic Site Act — preserving the place on the western rim of the Dust Bowl where the U.S. government imprisoned 10,000 Japanese Americans and immigrants behind barbed wire from 1942 to 1945. Read more»

You may think it was bad timing for Rep. Lauren Boebert to issue a gun-themed Christmas card right before there was a mass shooting in her state of Colorado. You would be right except there have been several mass shootings in Colorado. Boebert knows better but she doesn’t care. Read more»

Amid the latest surge of COVID-19 cases, health care workers yet again are having to make difficult triage decisions in caring for patients.

When a crisis escalates to the point that we simply can’t provide necessary services to everyone who needs them, we are forced to perform crisis triage. At that point, the care provided to some patients is admittedly less than high quality – sometimes much less. Read more»

Cover photo: The Rio Grande seen from Country Club Road at the Texas-New Mexico state line, with Mexico’s Sierra de Juárez in the background, on Aug. 15.

Attorneys laid out their arguments Monday during the first day of a virtual trial in a lawsuit over Rio Grande water with Texas and the federal government alleging that New Mexico’s use of groundwater cut into Texas’ share of river water. Read more»

Texas’ new voting restrictions, a recent push by GOP activists to seize control of local party precincts and efforts to delegitimize the elections process in places like Hood County could have a greater chilling effect that drives out a generation of independent elections administrators.

Hood County stands out because it offers a rare view into the distrust and political pressure facing elections administrators even in communities that Trump safely won, and also represents the escalation to replace independent administrators with more actively partisan election officials. Read more»

Bison congregate around water next to State Route 67 in Little Park in the Grand Canyon. There are about 600 bison across the North Rim now, but experts fear the herd could grow to 1,500 in 10 years if it is not managed.

A planned hunt of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this week appears to be moving forward, despite last-minute pleas by lawmakers in Colorado to move the animals there instead. Read more»

The Western U.S. is experiencing another severe fire season, and a recent study shows that even high mountain areas once considered too wet to burn are at increasing risk as the climate warms. Read more»

Oak Flat in 2020.

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana's coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. Read more»

A man in a forklift moves boxes containing ballots from the 2020 general election.

Conan Hayes, former professional surfer who made millions from the clothing brand he started and author of a Twitter account that has been called a “superspreader of election disinformation,” is part of a web of people connected to election fraud claims across the country. Read more»

A U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter from the California Army National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Stockton, California, performs a high altitude pinnacle landing on Mt. Whitney in Inyo County, July 27, 2021, to rescue three hikers who were stranded above 12,600 ft. overnight with little to no supplies.

As search and rescue teams across the country are hampered by an aging volunteer base and struggling to keep up with a surge in calls for help, a Colorado law enacted earlier this year could lead to a dramatic rethinking of the current current SAR structure. Read more»

The Bighorn Fire burning along the Catalina Mountains near Golder Ranch and Oracle Roads. A plane surveilling the fire makes a figure eight over the eastern edge of the fire on the ridges.

Climate change is a big part of why wildfires are getting worse, but active fire suppression contributes to what is often referred to as the wildland fire paradox – the more we prevent fires in the short term, the worse wildfires become when they return. Read more»

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