Colorado

7:20am

Thu January 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Denver Reconsiders The Olympics Despite Dumping 1976 Games

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 12:37 pm

February 1976: The Winter Olympics were moved to Innsbruck, Austria, after Denver decided it couldn't host them.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

It may be the most insulting snub in Olympic history. After seeking and winning the right to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, the city of Denver backed out of the games. Colorado voters rejected public funding of the Olympics in 1972 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was forced to turn to Innsbruck, Austria, the host city eight years earlier.

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1:22pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Politics

Colorado Democrats Blast Romney on Immigration

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio and State Rep. Dan Pabon spoke at a news conference at the party's headquarters Wednesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

With the Iowa caucuses over and attention shifting to the New Hampshire primary, Colorado Democratic leaders are wasting no time blasting presumed GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, with party officials focusing on what they say is the former Massachusetts governor’s hard line stance on illegal immigration.

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4:00am

Mon January 2, 2012
Environment

Hunters, Anglers to Gather for International Expo in Denver

Courtesy of International Sportsmen's Expositions

Thousands of hunters and anglers will convene in Denver later this week for the annual International Sportsmen’s Expo. The event comes as many sportsmen’s groups are fighting expanded oil and gas development on western public lands.

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3:01pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Economy

Long Term Joblessness Taking Toll on Coloradans

Posing with his dog Kiska, Arvada resident Doug DeCounter says he's given up trying to find full-time employment.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Many jobless Americans have turned to friends and family for help to get by.  A recent NPR and Kaiser Family Foundation survey of the long-term unemployed and underemployed shows people’s trust in the government’s ability to help the economy is low, and there may be a correlation.

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6:38am

Mon December 19, 2011
Health

Budget Slammed As Soaring Number Of Coloradans Need Medicaid

Tobias, JJ and Tommy Harris help their mom, Clara Harris, by doing dishes before dinner.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Five years of high unemployment have driven another 216,000 Coloradans into such dire straits that they qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.

That jump – to a total of 608,000 people in major financial trouble – has cost Colorado’s budget an extra $1.4 billion since 2007. The continuing rise in the cost of Medicaid is the main reason the governor proposed cutting school funding again this year.

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