In Their Words: Stories Of 3 Northern Coloradans Struggling Through The Shutdown

Colorado is far from Washington, D.C., but impacts of the partial government shutdown are hitting the state's workforce. More than 2,000 federal workers in Colorado have applied for unemployment since the shutdown began last month. Most are in Jefferson County, but a large concentration also work in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties. KUNC has been asking for your stories. This week we heard from three individuals in northern Colorado. These are their experiences, in their own words.

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Esther Honig

Denver’s third annual womxn’s march started much the same way it began in 2017. In the early morning, crowds of marchers bundled in coats and pink hats, flooded into Civic Center Park. Attendance this year didn’t come close to the more than 100,000 people seen three years ago, when 53-year-old Jillian Allison first attended.  

“We couldn’t even do the march because it was too crowded to actually do the circuit,” she said.  

Scott Franz

It was a busy week at the State Capitol as lawmakers started debating an initial round of bills at committee hearings and Gov. Jared Polis issued his first executive order to promote electric vehicles.

Here are some highlights, and some things to look for when lawmakers come back on Tuesday.

Gov. Jared Polis says federal workers in Colorado who are required to work without pay through the government shutdown can now apply for unemployment.

The Denver Post reported Friday that Polis signed an emergency rule that makes all unpaid federal employees eligible, whether or not they are reporting to work.

Colorado is far from Washington, D.C., but impacts of the partial government shutdown are hitting the state's workforce.

More than 2,000 federal workers in Colorado have applied for unemployment since the shutdown began last month. Most are in Jefferson County, but a large concentration also work in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties.

KUNC has been asking for your stories. This week we heard from three individuals in northern Colorado. These are their experiences, in their own words.

Colorado lawmakers plan to push a proposal that would form a new judicial district, the state's first in more than half a century.

The Denver Post reports the plan calls for carving a new jurisdiction out of the growing 18th Judicial District, which encompasses Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties southeast of Denver.

The district contains more than 1 million people, the most populous of the state's 22 judicial districts.

CU Boulder International Film Series

The International Film Series on the CU-Boulder campus first put films on screen in 1941. That was the year of Orson Welles astonishing first film Citizen Kane, the great Preston Sturges’s comedy Sullivan’s Travels and French director Jean Renoir’s first American film Swamp Water, made in the U.S. because he’d fled the Nazi occupation of France.

Denver International Airport
Scott Franz / Capitol Coverage

On this week's Colorado Edition, we hear from people in Colorado impacted by the partial federal government shutdown. Other stories this week include a look at the role of so-called dark money in 2018's midterm elections and some tips on how to put down our phones and detach from social media.

Bark beetles are continuing to cause widespread damage to Colorado’s forests, according to a new study. The annual aerial forest health survey, jointly conducted by the Colorado and U.S. Forest Services, shows spruce forests are at particular risk.

Scott Franz / Capitol Coverage

Cheers from environmental groups drowned out nearby construction noise in downtown Denver Thursday morning after Gov. Jared Polis announced an executive order that aims to bring more electric vehicles to Colorado.

For nearly a year before family separation became an official and controversial policy of the Trump administration in the spring of 2018, federal immigration agents separated "thousands" of migrant children from their parents. That's according to a government watchdog report released Thursday.

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