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Kent Denver’s raucous, racist, regionals
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 18:47:10 +0000

Boy’s Tennis Regionals as administered by CHSAA, Colorado’s high school sports honcho, are usually sleepy affairs.

Kent Denver AD Jeff Holloway

They are played around the state, most often at truly neutral sites.

The 4A Region 2 event hosted by Kent Denver took on the affect of a Davis Cup match October 7, complete with racist taunts.

Kent Denver’s Athletic Director Jeff Holoway had the school’s upper classes released, and hundreds of students flooded the narrow confines around the courts, lured by snacks. What ensued was, by tennis’ normally serene standards, chaos. Noise, chanting during points, and the aforementioned racist remarks from students. Kent’s coach, Randy Ross said he wouldn’t apologize for the unsporting conduct.

Holloway is new to Colorado, a recent transplant from Pennsylvania, where perhaps jeering and cheating are more accepted in high school athletics.

For Kent, regionals are a big deal, a ticket to potential state championships. Their team has talent and depth. They simply didn’t need  hundreds of rowdy students to win matches. And had Kent done the traditional thing— a handful of students spectating— whatever success the team meets would be untarnished. Instead, opponents were treated to a circus, with racist overtones. As it is, Kent’s morning wins should be struck, and their opponents awarded the points and allowed to advance. But most importantly, CHSAA badly needs to find more neutral venues for regionals. Kent Denver should never host another tournament again.

CHSAA tennis chief Bethany Brookens declined to comment.

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How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:12:54 +0000

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. 

But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border.

The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction of Hurricane Ida, which shut down two of the state’s three abortion clinics for several days. The growing number of patients seeking help had to wait until the clinics could restore power, or travel hundreds of miles to other providers. 

But that was just a preview of the obstacles that would emerge if the Supreme Court upholds a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. For example, Louisiana’s own law would shift to the same 15-week ban, advocates say.


The abortion case that will be heard by the nation’s top court on Dec. 1, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could spur a cascade of legal changes across two dozen states if justices back the restrictive Mississippi law — and potentially dismantle the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the right to an abortion.

Access would be most severely restricted in a long band of neighboring states stretching across the South and Midwest, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is challenging the law.

The process would be far more time-consuming for those who have the means to travel elsewhere. And states with fewer restrictions would be bombarded with patients seeking out a shrinking number of providers.

The organization has identified 24 states as “hostile” to abortion rights, meaning those states could immediately or very quickly prohibit abortion. They have laws that were on hold but would automatically go into effect or could be enforced again, or lawmakers there are likely to attempt new bans. 

Among those are: Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

A dozen states — including Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri and Idaho — have “trigger laws” that would go into effect banning abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on reproductive health and rights.

Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and five others still have abortion bans that pre-date Roe v. Wade on the books, which would become enforceable again if the precedent is overturned. That list shrunk by one earlier this year, when New Mexico repealed its pre-Roe ban.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are 15 states that have laws protecting the right to abortion, a tally that includes Maine, Maryland, Nevada and Oregon, according to Guttmacher.

In Kansas, a state Supreme Court decision in 2019 found the right to bodily autonomy embedded in the state Constitution guaranteed access to abortion. But state voters could change that next year, when a constitutional amendment will be on the ballot to reverse that ruling.

Colorado has few restrictions on abortions, which may be performed in the state throughout a pregnancy. The General Assembly this year in fact expanded access to abortion and reproductive health care. Colorado’s liberal abortion laws position it as a place that pregnant people from abortion-restricting states such as Texas are visiting to obtain abortions.

Narrower ruling also would mean new bans

While the Mississippi case will be heard by a Supreme Court with a new conservative majority following the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, it’s not clear that it will lead to a complete reversal of Roe. 

But a narrower ruling favoring the Mississippi law also would spur restrictions. A 2019 Georgia law that would outlaw most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected — about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant — has been on hold, pending the outcome of the Mississippi case.

President Donald Trump introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Louisiana also has a pending law that’s nearly an exact replica of Mississippi’s 15-week ban, and it is explicitly tied to the outcome of the Mississippi case, said Michelle Erenberg, executive director of Lift Louisiana, which advocates for abortion access. 

If the Supreme Court backs that neighboring ban, Louisiana’s pending 15-week law also will take effect.  

“We’ve grown accustomed to this sort of ping-ponging back and forth, and waiting on judicial review and judicial rulings as these laws have made their way through state legislatures and through the courts,” Erenberg said. “But it is really difficult to feel that you can fully prepare for this inevitability.”

The Supreme Court’s recent rulings suggest it may support the Mississippi law, which was blocked by a lower federal court. 

It will be the first time the court will rule on the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban since Roe. That decision forbid states from banning abortions before the fetus can survive outside the womb, or about 24 weeks.

The court’s justices announced in May that they would take up the Mississippi case. Since that announcement, they also voted in a 5-4 decision against preventing the more-strict Texas law from taking effect.

That Texas law bans abortions once cardiac activity can be detected, or typically around six weeks after the patient’s most recent menstrual cycle. It also allows private citizens to file lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone who aids an abortion.

That law was briefly paused by a federal district court, but then reinstated by an appeals court.

Since the Ida-related closures, Louisiana’s abortion providers have seen a substantial rise in the number of Texans seeking abortion services. 

Amid the legal chaos and uncertainty, Erenberg said the phone calls from potential patients are “increasingly panicked.”

Record year for state restrictions

The battle at the U.S. Supreme Court is playing out during a year when state legislatures have approved a record number of abortion restrictions, according to tracking data compiled by Guttmacher. As of October, 19 states have enacted 106 restrictions, including 12 abortion bans. 

Four states, including Idaho, adopted bans on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy. A Florida lawmaker already has filed a bill for the session beginning in January based on the Texas law, replicating its six-week ban and the ability for citizens to sue people who provide or enable abortions.

“The passing of abortion bans is not slowing down,” said Quita Tinsley Peterson, co-director of Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, an abortion fund working in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi.

The passing of abortion bans is not slowing down.

– Quita Tinsley Peterson, of Access Reproductive Care-Southeast

Residents across most of those states already are living in “a post-Roe reality,” Tinsley Peterson said, describing the myriad of limitations that have been enacted on abortion access across the South. (Florida is the only state in ARC-Southeast’s region that has passed any abortion protections.)  

When the Texas law went into effect, ARC-Southeast worked with another abortion fund to help support people who may be seeking services across the group’s region. 

But “people weren’t really calling us,” Tinsley Peterson said. Texans seeking help in other states faced a number of other challenges in states where abortion was technically available, such as waiting periods in Tennessee and Alabama that require multiple appointments or a lengthy trip to get to less-restricted clinics in Georgia or Florida.

“That’s not a decision that anyone should be forced to make: Are they going to drive or fly hundreds of miles for a simple, safe health care procedure?” Tinsley Peterson said.

Longer wait times in states with fewer restrictions

One of the few states that has acted to back abortion rights is New Mexico, where earlier this year state legislators repealed the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban, so it cannot be enforced if the Supreme Court overturns the Roe case.

That effort was driven by “the understanding that a federal protection is not the end-all be-all,” said Charlene Bencomo, executive director of Bold Futures New Mexico, one of the groups that worked to repeal that dormant ban.

But while the state has a more-favorable legal landscape, “actual access is pretty scarce” across the large, rural state with only a handful of providers, Bencomo said. 

That’s become even more apparent since the Texas law took effect, which has resulted in New Mexico providers becoming inundated with calls, the same prospect predicted for other abortion-rights states if the Mississippi law holds.

Providers in New Mexico have described an “overwhelming sense of fear and panic,” including among New Mexico residents unsure if the Texas law would mean changes in their state, she added.

One consequence will be longer wait times for patients and longer work days for providers. Some people may need to travel to neighboring Colorado to obtain abortions, she said.

For states and residents seeking abortion services, legal clarity on what comes next also will be a matter of waiting.

The Mississippi case will be heard by the Supreme Court in a few weeks, but a decision isn’t likely until next year, potentially as late as the end of the court’s session in June.

Until then, abortion providers and activists who support abortion rights will be left to watch the court weigh arguments on whether a state law banning abortions much earlier than the Roe standard can be constitutional.

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Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production
Tue, 26 Oct 2021 08:27:40 +0000

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making a significant push for new offshore wind development to meet ambitious climate goals, but industry leaders say they also need long-term commitments and support from Congress to reach their potential. 

Leaders of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry called on Congress to invest in renewables at a hearing of a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel Thursday. 


The hearing comes as the Biden administration aims to ramp up offshore wind development from pilot projects to a viable power source. It is an opportunity for Democrats to address two major goals: reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs.

The Biden administration set an ambitious goal earlier this year to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by the end of the decade, enough to power more than 10 million homes and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s roughly the carbon equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road for a year.

The United States currently only produces 42 megawatts of power from offshore wind. The nascent industry here trails far behind Europe and Asia, where it has been developing for years and offshore wind turbines are producing 34,000 megawatts of power. 

“Europe has had several decades to build the infrastructure needed to support a mature offshore wind industry, and although we’re making considerable progress to building a U.S. supply chain, it remains a challenge that needs regulatory certainty and incentives if we want to achieve the goal of 30 gigawatts by 2030 and reach our potential,” said David Hardy, CEO of Orsted Offshore North America.

Orsted, a company that started in Denmark, operates the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island and is involved in the new projects off the coast of Maryland and with Dominion Energy in Virginia.

Massive growth

The offshore wind industry is poised for massive growth over the next decade.

Dominion Energy, a Virginia utility, plans to install nearly 200 more ocean turbines east of Cape Henry over the next five years. And developers have permits pending for 10 more offshore wind projects along the East Coast, from North Carolina to Maine.

Last week, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced plans for her agency to hold seven new offshore lease sales by 2025, for areas in the Gulf of Maine, central Atlantic, off the coast of North and South Carolina, California, Oregon and New York.

As the industry ramps up, it is supporting inland manufacturing jobs for ships and materials, including projects already underway in Louisiana, New Jersey and Texas. 

But with the steep cost of starting a project, leaders want to know they won’t be subject to the political winds.

“We need certainty and predictability,” said Heather Zichal, the chief executive officer of the American Clean Power Association. 

Specifically, the renewable energy industry wants lawmakers to support tax credits, research programs at the Department of Energy, a national offshore wind transmission plan and upgrades to ports.

Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest electric utility and a major U.S. energy company, is headquartered in Richmond. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

House Democrats’ infrastructure package has incentives for offshore wind and would build out transmission lines for renewable energy, including offshore wind. Negotiators are in the process of trimming the package to lower its price tag, but Democrats at the hearing said they hope to continue to support renewables.

“We can’t rely on existing trends or wishful thinking to get us to net zero electricity sector emissions, and that is why investments in the Build Back Better Act are so critical in our efforts to tackle the climate crisis,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Diana DeGette asks a question during a hearing House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on offshore wind energy on Oct. 21, 2021. (Screenshot from House Committee on Energy and Commerce)

“Offshore wind is good for workers, good for the economy and especially good for the planet,” said Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.).

“The U.S. offshore wind  industry is a game changer for renewable energy and our efforts to combat climate change,” said Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.).

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, alluding to misleading characterizations of wind power’s capacity to withstand cold weather earlier this year when Texas experienced rolling blackouts amid frigid temperatures, asked Hardy about the performance of wind turbines in extremely cold environments, such as the North Atlantic.

“The turbines are designed to operate in those environments and we haven’t had any significant issues with any reliability,” Hardy said.

In fact, he said, offshore wind turbines yield the most power during cold winter seasons, because it’s during winter storms that the wind blows the most. This can offset the need for other sources of energy.

Partisan divide

But the partisan divide on investment in renewables was on display at the hearing, as Republican members of the committee complained that their panel would even consider a hearing on offshore wind at time of rising energy prices and concerns about further strain in the winter months. 

“While I am optimistic that technology and American ingenuity will bring advancement in offshore wind, I believe this committee should be focused on how to lower energy prices in the near term,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the Republican leader of the subcommittee.

“Folks, I think the windmill hearing could have waited,” said Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio).

Florida Democrat Kathy Castor pushed back against that perspective, noting that the costs of climate change are also significant.

“Anyone who is concerned about the rising costs and risks on American families and businesses should be pressing for ambitious investments in clean energy,” Castor told her colleagues.

Hardy, the CEO of Orsted, said the investment and commitment for offshore wind needs to be for the long term.

“I think it is important to recognize this is a long-term play, a long-term solution, and we’re making investments now that will make us competitive and less reliant on carbon fuels in the long-term,” said Hardy. “We are not going to solve a 2021 winter crisis with offshore wind, but we might prevent  a crisis in 2026 or 2029 if we invest now.”

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Protesters turn out as Rep. Boebert speaks during Columbus ceremony in Pueblo
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:58:59 +0000

Rep. Lauren Boebert spoke on Monday morning in the shadow of Colorado’s last remaining monument to Christopher Columbus, a sandstone bust that sits in the median of a busy commercial street in Pueblo. The bust has been a political flashpoint as Indigenous activists and the Italian Americans who support the monument are at a stalemate over its future. 

While Colorado no longer recognizes Columbus Day, replacing it last year with Frances Xavier Cabrini Day, the Pueblo chapter of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America still held its annual celebration in what they said was a ceremony to honor the cultural and economic contributions Italian immigrants made to the southern Colorado city. 

Speakers, including Boebert, lauded Columbus’ “discovery” of America that led to European colonization and Westernization of the land already occupied by Indigenous people.


“He was a pioneer, willing to risk the necessary to chase his dreams, which are now our dreams that we get to live out. We would not be here today without that voyage,” Boebert said to the crowd of spectators. The Republican represents Pueblo in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. 

The event had a controlled entry, so the dozens of protestors who showed up were stationed a few hundred feet away from the stage, behind barricades and a line of both police officers and hired private security. 

“Columbus’ voyage was a major step towards establishing America and changing the course of the world,” Boebert said. “American exceptionalism is real, and I am darn proud to stand for Old Glory.” 

Boebert wavered from Columbus within minutes to hit on her usual stump speech talking points: the immigration “crisis” at the border, anti-Biden rhetoric and COVID-19 restrictions. Boebert has not held an in-person town hall in Pueblo since taking office but has appeared at a few private events, such as a fundraising dinner for the local Republican Party.

President Joe Biden proclaimed Monday Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the first time a president officially adopted the day to commemorate Indigenous histories and cultures. Some cities, such as Boulder, Aspen, Denver and Durango, also officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Columbus Day remains a federal holiday.

Patty Corsentino was audibly upset about the congresswoman’s remarks and said the event felt more somber than in past years. Corsentino, whose family helped construct the monument and who wants it to remain in place, said that bringing Boebert in detracts from the reason to remember Columbus. 

“I’m disappointed because this shouldn’t be politicized,” she said. “It’s about the culture and the history.” Corsentino said she comes from a family of Democrats and did not vote for Boebert. 

History of opposition in the city

Italian immigrants built Pueblo’s Columbus monument in 1905. Many of them moved to town to work for the city’s then-bustling steel plant. It sits across from the main branch of the city’s library, flanked by flags and a brick wall commemorating significant Italian Americans from Pueblo, including local officials. 

Activists have called for the monument’s removal for decades, but last year’s nationwide protests for social justice reignited the local effort. Opponents of the monument protested at the site consistently all summer, calling the bust a reminder of the nation’s violent dislocation and enslavement of Indigenous people. 

But as other Columbus statues in the country came down either by force or city action, Pueblo’s bust remained standing. Government entities lobbed responsibility in a game of political hot potato. 

This statue is embarrassing. It’s a shameful thing.

– Emily Gradisar, a protester at Monday’s ceremony

The city hired an outside mediator in August 2020 to find a resolution, but those talks reached an impasse. 

“The other side is camped on believing a misrepresentation of historical events,” Jerry Carleo from OSDIA said Monday. “There’s not an issue for us. The issue is of poisoned minds on the other side.”

Also last year, Pueblo’s city council voted against putting a measure on the ballot that would have let voters decide the monument’s fate. The issue wasn’t even considered this year as ballots were finalized for the consolidated election.

And when the city finally proposed a plan last year to create a plaza with additional statues of Black and Indigenous leaders, the library district’s board of trustees voted it down. 

The result is a still-simmering conflict with no resolution in sight and no governmental body willing to take responsibility. It means that the first Columbus monument west of the Mississippi River is now one of the few left.

Protests began again earlier this year, and activists from the groups Take it Down Pueblo and Los Brown Berets speak at nearly every city council meeting.

Emily Gradisar, a protester at Monday’s ceremony and the niece of Mayor Nick Gradisar, said the inaction is frustrating. 

“This statue is embarrassing. It’s a shameful thing,” she said. “Just because we paid a lot of time and money being stupid about this statue doesn’t mean we need to continue.” Pueblo’s police department has spent over $190,000 in overtime for the officers present at the protests. 

“That monument is a travesty,” she said. 

While opposition to the Columbus monument is percolating in Pueblo once again, there is no formal plan for further mediation talks or action. The November city council elections have the potential to replace five of the seven seats, which could produce the political will to force a decision on whether the bust should stay or go. 

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New Mexico’s lone shark attack
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 20:14:31 +0000

A version of this story first appeared in Source New Mexico.

New Mexico has had one shark attack since 1900, a glaring statistic considering it’s one of the few landlocked states with an incident.

It all started with a tweet.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis published the innocuous post on last week from his personal verified account, which has more than 112,500 followers.

Colorado is tied for state with the least shark attacks! 🦈

— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) October 12, 2021

His message is tongue-in-cheek. It’s even missing a word to complete a full sentence and is accompanied by a data graphic showing shark attacks in each state. It reads, “Colorado is tied for state with the least shark attacks! (shark emoji).” Colorado is one of 23 states with no reported shark attacks since 1900, according to the aptly named website 

New Mexico is not one of the 23.

ABQ BioPark Aquatic Conservation and Operations Manager Kathy Lang said New Mexico’s ecosystem could never support a shark in the Rio Grande, or any lakes or acequias, meaning a shark attack could never happen here in the wild.

A diver in the ABQ BioPark Aquarium on Oct. 14, 2021. (Shaun Griswold/Source NM)

But an attack could and did happen in the controlled environment at the city’s aquarium on March 12, 2005.

Diver Ken Pitts was wrapping up a feeding with the sand tiger sharks, and he was taking off his aquatic suit. 

“So now he’s not paying as much attention to what’s beneath him,” Lang described. 

One of the animals bumped into him causing two quarter-inch puncture wounds five inches above his wrist on the forearm. Pitts’ wounds were minor, requiring six stitches, and he was back diving in the tank shortly after the incident.

That’s why New Mexico doesn’t show up on the map with a clean record for shark attacks.

Sand tiger sharks commonly swim with their mouths slightly agape, exposing their prolonged teeth, Lang said. The one that nicked Pitts was no stranger to a human presence in his environment.

A sand tiger shark in the ABQ BioPark Aquarium on Oct. 14, 2021. (Shaun Griswold/Source NM)

“A resident of the tank for 11 years, he was used to divers being in the tank,” a report of the incident from the BioPark reads. 

The sand tiger sharks are the only animals in the tank that have their teeth exposed outside their mouth so bumping into that area could incidentally cause harm, Lang said. 

Because the shark lived in the aquarium, it was considered captive, so any incident is considered a provoked attack even if it was an accident, Lang said. “The shark did not bite the diver nor display any aggression,” the report states. “The fish was apparently dozing and simply bumped into him.”

The shark is no longer alive. Pitts has also passed. Neither loss is related to the run-in. 

The BioPark still has two sand tiger sharks — quite notable because their teeth give a somewhat unflattering appearance compared with every other fish in their tank. 

“The different species have different teeth,” Lang said, “so we can tell if it’s a sand tiger by their teeth. Their teeth are actually quite pointy.”

Lang said protocols for the dive teams did not change after the incident. The sharks are fed three times a week in a specific area in the tank. That’s done to give them a trained response for dinner time. Divers never make direct contact with the sharks. They feed them mackerel with poles and wear dense gloves so their skin never goes under the surface in the water.

“One thing about these sharks in particular is that they’re well-fed, honestly,” she said. “So they’re not going around hunting, looking for opportunity to go for something.”

Because they cull smaller, weaker fish from the schools, the sharks tend to keep the fish populations healthy, she said.

Lang argues the negative reputation sharks have as being aggressive is unfounded. She says the misconception can even lead to inhumane poaching practices, because hunters treat sharks as aggressive beasts. 

“But most of the time, the shark’s primary prey is not going to be a human,” Lang said. “They’re not that blood-thirsty.” 

The numbers back up what Lang’s saying. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, 129 instances of human-shark interactions were reported in 2020. Worldwide, 57 unprovoked attacks were reported, down from the five-year average of 80 attacks each year between 2015-2020. Unprovoked attacks happen in a shark’s natural habitat when there is no effort on the human’s end to entice a shark to attack.

Ten people across the world died from shark attacks in 2020. By comparison, mosquito bites result in the death of 1 million people annually, according to the World Health Organization.  

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Can I do a private gun sale in Colorado?
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 15:17:16 +0000

Colorado law requires that firearm transfers between private parties (people without a firearms dealer license or any other industry license) must take place by a licensed firearms dealers. The background check of the purchaser must also be completed.
Private gun sellers that are not federally licensed must conduct a background check before transferring a firearm. Except for the above, unlicensed individuals who wish to transfer firearm ownership to someone else must: 1) request that a background check be conducted on the potential transferee by licensed gun dealers; and 2) get approval from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to complete the background check.
If the transferee of a firearm is an entity (e.g. If the transferee is an entity (e.g., a business), then a background investigation must be done on every person authorized by the entity for firearm possession.
A background check must be done by a licensed dealer on any potential transferee. The dealer must also record the transfer and keep the records the same way as when conducting a retail sale, rental, or exchange. The background check results must be provided by the dealer to the transferor as well as the approval or disapproval from CBI.
For a background check on an unlicensed seller, a dealer might charge up to $10.
Until CBI approves the transfer, a transferee can’t accept the firearm in its possession from an unlicensed vendor. Within 30 days after that approval, the transfer must be complete.
It is illegal for a transferee to knowingly provide false information to a potential transferor or to licensed dealers in order to acquire a firearm.
These transfer provisions are not applicable, with the exception of:
An immediate family member can give or borrow a bona fide gift; A transfer that is made by operation of law, or due to the death of someone for whom the transferor is executor or administrator in an estate or trustee in a trust established in a will. Temporary transfer occurs in the home of an unlicensed transferee, if: Unlicensed transferees are not prohibited from owning firearms. Unlicensed transferee believes that the firearm is required to protect him from imminent death or serious bodily harm. Temporary transfer of possession, without power or title to ownership. A shooting range that is located on or near premises of a duly-incorporated organization, organized to conserve firearms or foster proficiency in firearms. A competition for target firearm shooting under the auspices or approval of a state agency, nonprofit organization, or both When hunting, fishing or target shooting while trapping, Legal for all locations where the firearm is owned by an unlicensed transferee Unlicensed transferees hold any license or permit required for such activities; Transfer of firearms to facilitate repair or maintenance. However, all persons who are part of such transactions must legally possess firearms. Temporary transfer occurs when the firearm’s owner is present; Temporary transfers should not last more than 72 hours. Persons who make such a temporary transfer could be jointly and severally responsible for any damages that are proximately due to the subsequent unlawful use of firearms. Any member of the Armed Services who will be deployed to another country within the next 30 days. This information is available to any immediate family member.7 A person who violates these transfer requirements is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The person cannot possess a firearm for at least two years from the date of their conviction. The report must include information indicating that the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years, beginning on the date of his or her conviction.9
See the Background Checks in Colorado section for further information about the procedure.
Colorado law makes it a crime to be criminally liable for the following:
Under 18 years old, intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly provide a handgun; Recognizes that a juvenile is in illegal possession of a gun and fails to take reasonable steps to stop it; If the parent is aware that there is a significant risk that a minor will use a gun to commit a crime, and allows the juvenile to own a firearm; Recognizes that there is a significant risk that a juvenile will use handguns to commit a crime and makes reasonable efforts to stop it from happening. Without the consent of the parent or guardian, a minor can sell, rent, or transfer ownership of a long guns to another person. This prohibition applies to anyone who permits unsupervised possession to a juvenile of a long guns without consenting to the guardian or parent. Violates unlicensed transfer requirements, such as failing to have a licensed dealer perform a background check on the transferee. Any civil damages that are proximately related to the subsequent use of the firearm by a person who violates the private transfer requirements may be jointly and severally held liable.



Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(1)(a).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(1)(b), (2)(A).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(2)(b), (c).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(2)(d).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(3)(a), (4).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(3)(b).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(6).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112(9)(a).
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-108.7.
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-112.



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Arrests made in Coors Field homicide
Tue, 10 Aug 2021 17:17:38 +0000

Denver Police last night arrested the following two suspects, Rayvell Powell and Javon Price, from an August 6th homicide/shooting that occurred outside of Coors Field.  The surviving victim is continuing to recover from his injuries, and the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting occurred outside of the stadium between 22nd St./Blake St. and Gate A, about an hour after the game concluded. Two adult male victims were transported to the hospital where one victim was pronounced deceased. A second victim, believed to be an uninvolved bystander, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The dead man was a contracted concessions worker at the stadium, and police believe the shooting was related to his job. Early information indicates the victim argued with Powell and Price before he was shot, as was the bystander.

Police arrived after a 911 call, and found one victim shot in the groin, and another suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The altercation may have begun as the victim and Price spoke to the same girl. The shooting was caught on Coors Field video. Price shot the man at least four times, according to video

Rayvell Powell (DOB 4/14/91)

Currently being held for:

o   Investigation of First Degree Murder

o   Investigation of First Degree Assault


Javon Price (DOB 11/17/99)

Currently being held for:

o   Investigation of First Degree Murder

o   Investigation of First Degree Assault

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As Open Enrollment Nears, Advice for Coloradans Picking Insurance Plans – Guerin Green
Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:48:25 +0000


DENVER – In less than two months, the open enrollment period begins for the state-run health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. That means it’s time to plan ahead for 2022.

Colorado established its own insurance marketplace in 2011 – and this year, enrolled nearly 180,000 people, an all-time high.
Eight companies offered insurance plans to Coloradans on the exchange last year. In the coming year, for individual plans, the insurers are asking for an average rate increase of 1.4%, which is still being reviewed by the Colorado Division of Insurance.
Dr. Rhonda Randall – chief medical officer for employer and individual policies at UnitedHealthcare – said when choosing from the plans available, it’s important to consider your health needs.
“Anticipate what your expenses are for next year,” said Randall. “So, are you anticipating you’re going to need to have a certain procedure, or you’ve recently been diagnosed with a specific condition? Or maybe you’re planning to expand your family.”
What’s known as the “easy enrollment” program will debut in Colorado in early 2022. It’ll allow residents to say on their tax returns that they’d like Connect for Health Colorado to determine whether they’re eligible for free or subsidized health coverage.
Open enrollment runs November 1 through January 15.
More than 940,000 Colorado residents are enrolled in Medicare, covering folks age 65 and older and people living with disabilities – but Medicare doesn’t cover everything, including prescription drugs.
So, Randall said Medicare “Part D plans” are needed for those who don’t have employer-based coverage for medications.
“So you need to pick a separate prescription drug, ‘Part D’ program,” said Randall. “It generally doesn’t cover supplemental benefits and things like vision, dental and hearing, in most circumstances.”

For vision, hearing and dental care needs, people can purchase supplemental coverage or what’s known as a Medicare Advantage plan. These also have open enrollment periods.

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City Park Jazz – Jazz heritage with the El Chapultepec All-Stars July 25
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:07:55 +0000
Denver Jazz Heritage with the El Chapultepec All Stars Featuring Tony Black Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:00 PM 6:00 PM City Park Jazz (map)
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In 2020, we said goodbye to two of the most venerable Jazz institutions in Denver history — Freddy Rodriguez Sr. and his longtime stage, El Chapultepec. In addition, one of Denver’s other longtime, great jazz venues was shuttered — Live at Jack’s.

That’s a lot to lose in one year, but rather than dwell on what we lost, we’d like to celebrate what we were so blessed to have for so many years. Join us as Tony Black leads a legendary jam session with some og the great players to have graced El Chapultepec’s stage over the last several decades — including Freddy Rodriguez Jr., playing in tribute to his father’s legacy.

Important Info about 17th Street Closures:

From our friends at the Denver Office of Special Events: A construction project has closed 17th Ave for 2.5 blocks just west of Colorado Blvd. Also, traffic is reduced to one lane for eastbound traffic between Garfield & York. Parking on 17th is greatly reduced and prohibited on some stretches. This closure will last throughout the summer. Read more >

As always, we recommend carpooling, public transportation or rideshare, or riding a bike. This year, our new friends at Z Cycles are sponsoring the Bike Corral, where you can safely check your bike while you enjoy the show.

COVID-19 Update

We’ve partnered with Curative to provide pop-up COVID-19 testing at City Park Jazz this season! They’ll be located on the Plaza in front of the Pavilion for walk-ups.

As of now, large outdoor gatherings are permitted. We ask that if you have not yet been fully vaccinated, please continue to protect us and your neighbors by wearing a mask. Thank you!

Do you need accessible parking?
There is a lot adjacent to the Pavilion for those who need it — you’ll need a placard or license plate designation in order to access it, and it’s first-come, first-served. See the map >
Bring a buck! Or even two!
City Park Jazz is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We have no paid staff — we’re completely volunteer run. YOUR donations make the series possible. If every person who attended a show brought just $1, we’d cover the costs every week! Look out for the bucket brigade at the set break and help us out so we can keep City Park Jazz going forever!

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City Park Jazz – Cast Iron Queens August 8
Wed, 04 Aug 2021 19:14:52 +0000
Cast Iron Queens Sunday, August 8, 2021 4:00 PM 6:00 PM City Park Jazz (map)
Cast Iron Queens

Cast Iron Queens

The Cast Iron Queens is the realization of an idea that has always been close to Erica’s heart. The Cast Iron Queens is a vibrant, joyful expression of American Music, that is a new and exciting melting pot of Jazz, Soul, Blues and Country that is sure to take you to Higher Ground! The Queens say “Our Mission is to showcase the richness and diversity of our tapestry of talents! If being moved is your goal, the Cast Iron Queens are your vehicle!!”

Important Info about 17th Street Closures:

From our friends at the Denver Office of Special Events: A construction project has closed 17th Ave for 2.5 blocks just west of Colorado Blvd. Also, traffic is reduced to one lane for eastbound traffic between Garfield & York. Parking on 17th is greatly reduced and prohibited on some stretches. This closure will last throughout the summer. Read more >

As always, we recommend carpooling, public transportation or rideshare, or riding a bike. This year, our new friends at Z Cycles are sponsoring the Bike Corral, where you can safely check your bike while you enjoy the show.

COVID-19 Update

We’ve partnered with Curative to provide pop-up COVID-19 testing at City Park Jazz this season! They’ll be located on the Plaza in front of the Pavilion for walk-ups.

As of now, large outdoor gatherings are permitted. We ask that if you have not yet been fully vaccinated, please continue to protect us and your neighbors by wearing a mask. Thank you!

Do you need accessible parking?
There is a lot adjacent to the Pavilion for those who need it — you’ll need a placard or license plate designation in order to access it, and it’s first-come, first-served. See the map >
Bring a buck! Or even two!
City Park Jazz is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We have no paid staff — we’re completely volunteer run. YOUR donations make the series possible. If every person who attended a show brought just $1, we’d cover the costs every week! Look out for the bucket brigade at the set break and help us out so we can keep City Park Jazz going forever!

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