The Weld County District Attorney’s office is appealing a December ruling that put an end to Operation Number Games, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identity theft based off tax records.

A lawyer filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Weld County DA Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke on January 31. At issue is a civil court case initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Amalia Cerillo, a Greeley tax preparer.

A judge issued a temporary injunction that put a stop to efforts last April, and in December that ruling became permanent.

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Plunging temperatures are pushing many homeless shelters to capacity along the Front Range. And some communities are kicking overflow shelters into high gear.

With Fort Collins’ two homeless shelters maxed out, Monday night brought record attendance of 33 at its emergency winter night shelter. Meantime, day programs that provide warm meals and shelter are also attracting more.

Denver International Airport

It is now official – 2010 was the busiest year ever for Denver International Airport. 

The past two weeks have seen two bank failures along the Front Range. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about what brought about the demise of United Western and FirsTier banks.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is co-sponsoring legislation that would add an amendment to the US Constitution directing Congress to balance the federal budget each year, similar to what many states already require.

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With America already short $38 trillion needed to pay for Medicare insurance for the elderly over the next 75 years, the nation must focus on controlling healthcare costs, according to Dr. Michael Pramenko, president of the Colorado Medical Society.

For the first time in its history, the University of Colorado in Boulder has more graduates serving in the Peace Corps than any other large college or university in the nation.

A leading business conditions survey shows a strong start to the New Year for the mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

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The future of state funding for a breakfast program benefiting Colorado’s needy children is uncertain, but one Colorado Springs collation says it will help if lawmakers can’t. 

Last month the Joint Budget Committee blocked a request by the Colorado Department of Education for $124,000 in supplemental money for the program. That means kids might have to start paying 30 cents a meal after March when the funding runs out.

Gay rights activists are criticizing Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for seeking to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, which is being challenged in Massachusetts. At issue are federal benefits for same-sex couples.