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  • AG Phil Weiser finds pattern of racially biased policing & excessive force at Aurora PD 
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert: God should remove Democrats from office
  • Montrose County approves $33M expansion of the airport
  • Shay Coburn leads progress by Delta Planning Commission on comprehensive plan
  • Gunnison & Garfield County school districts reinstituting mask mandates
  • Linda Gann, Kelly Fox plead with Montrose County School Board to protect kids with mask mandate

  

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

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Tennille Van Vleet

  • Two more Coloradans died in avalanches this weekend
  • Paonia notifies residents of potential lead contamination
  • Colorado Creative Industries awards over $7M in arts grants
  • Fossil fuel interests fund Republican lawmakers who publicly oppose freeze of leasing on public lands
  • State lawmakers resume legislative session tomorrow
  • Kate Redmond speaks to DCSD assistant superintendent Kurt Clay and task force member and parent Jon Hickam about consolidation of K-12 schools in the North Fork Valley

  

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  • More doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are on the way to Colorado
  • PPE supplier reaches settlement with Colorado Attorney General over price gouging, misleading claims
  • Montrose County School District public information officer Matt Jenkins explains new rapid COVID testing teachers can use at home
  • KSUT's Mark Duggan explores what the Biden administration's pause of new oil and gas leasing on public lands means for one drilling proposal in the San Juan National Forest

Kori Stanton

On this week's Local Motion Gavin Dahl speaks with Chalkbeat Colorado bureau chief Erica Meltzer about how school districts are managing coronavirus outbreaks statewide. Plus, Kori Stanton speaks to Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy senior Liza Eller, who wrote and directed 2020 The Musical, produced with fellow students. 

Laura Palmisano

  • Ballot measure would limit state government enterprises
  • Montrose Police Department welcomes three new officers
  • Grand Junction defense contractor Capco Inc. awarded major contract
  • Gov. Polis reviews school safety measures
  • Self-sufficient Westerners still support government relief spending
  • Movie theatres are starting to reopen on the Western Slope

      

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  • Montrose School District seeks survey input on Return to Learn plan
  • Pine Gulch Fire spreading rapidly north of Grand Junction
  • An effort to recall Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fell short 
  • Ventilation a factor in safe school reopenings
  • Paid family leave supporters submit 200,000 signatures for ballot access
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch examines parenting infants during a pandemic

  • School district guidelines released by Colorado education officials
  • Mask mandate may not be enforced in some Western Slope counties
  • Governor Polis announces rental assistance fund to help lower eviction rates
  • Wait times for COVID-19 test results are getting longer as rates increase
  • Republican governors are losing support over their handling of the pandemic
  • Domestic abuse hotlines are seeing an uptick in calls
  • Crews are removing weeks' worth of vandalism at the State Capitol
  • In July, 3 oil and gas pipelines have shut down

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District."   The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor instead of books.

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Colorado has one of the country's highest rates of un or undervaccinated school children. And some school districts in Western Colorado have rates five times higher than the state average. The majority of those kids have personal belief exemptions, which allow parents to easily opt out of some or all vaccines.

A bill in the statehouse would try to change that by requiring parents to talk to a doctor or watch an online class before signing a personal belief exemption. But a senate committee cut those requirements out of the bill yesterday.