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In a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus and speed the forthcoming economic recovery, Gov. Jared Polis asked Coloradans to adopt face masks when they leave their home for essential functions.

Governor Jared Polis singled out El Paso County as a place that needs more compliance with the statewide stay-at-home order. The comments came during a press conference Monday when asked about the high number of COVID-19 related fatalities in the county.

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The state of Colorado will be under a stay-at-home order, as announced Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis. It will go into effect Thurs., March 26 at 6 a.m. and continue through April 11.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday March 23, that he had signed the bill to abolish the death penalty, and would commute the sentences of the three men on Colorado's death row to life in prison without parole.

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Gov. Jared Polis today ordered non-essential businesses to reduce the number of people physically present in the workplace by 50 percent, and more if possible.

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Haircuts, tattoos, massages and manicures are all the latest victims of the coronavirus.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment added them on Thursday to an existing order that's closed restaurants, bars, theaters, and more across the state. That order was also extended through April 30. 

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Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order Wednesday evening closing all of the state's schools from March 23 to at least April 17 to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Monday ordered the closure of dine-in services at restaurants and bars throughout the state as he continues efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Gov. Jared Polis spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the state’s continuing efforts to contain the novel coronavirus.

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President Donald Trump riffed for more than an hour to a near-capacity crowd in Colorado Springs on Thursday night.

The opening days of Colorado's legislative session are typically jovial and largely free of partisan politics. The governor capitalized on that mood during his roughly hour-long speech. After an interruption from a heckler in the gallery shouting, "Ban fracking now!" Polis started with a recap of his first year in office.

Gov. Jared Polis has unveiled a budget proposal for 2020-21 that would expand the capacity at some state parks and boost spending on school safety in the wake of the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Polis’ spending plan would also provide about eight weeks of paid family leave for all state employees.

When Gov. Jared Polis used an executive order to create his new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care eight months ago, he said it was the first office of its kind.

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DENVER (AP) — The press operation for Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is being criticized after asking two small town newspapers to remove a story by a news organization it deems biased. 

The sight of dozens of plastic tubs being unloaded from a white truck in front of the state Capitol on Friday morning attracted a crowd of curious out-of-state tourists and political activists.

The tubs contained recall petitions targeting Gov. Jared Polis, and the crowd gathered around them quickly learned the groups trying to remove the governor from office failed to get the 631,000 signatures they needed to put Polis' fate on the ballot.

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic governor is offering little sympathy to oil and gas executives worried about tighter state restrictions on drilling.

Gov. Jared Polis visited Memorial Rock Tuesday, one of two boulders that wrecked a stretch of Colorado Highway 145 in May.

Emergency reconstruction of the highway was completed in late July, about two months after the Memorial Day weekend rock slide. Colorado Department of Transportation crews also performed rock slide mitigation along the nearby ridges. 

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Governor Jared Polis is supporting calls for an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs that resulted in the death of 19-year-old De'Von Bailey. 

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For the first time ever, a congressional committee held a field hearing on the climate crisis. And it happened this week right here in the Mountain West — in Boulder, Colorado. 

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Colorado has a new poet laureate. 

In a Denver ballroom filled with red "Make America Great Again" hats and hundreds of conservatives, Ann Howe doesn't appear daunted by the task of gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures to attempt to recall her governor.

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor says he anticipates that individuals' health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act market will be substantially lower next year.

Gov. Jared Polis released projections Tuesday showing that average individual premiums in 2020 will be reduced by more than 18 percent, thanks to a pending state reinsurance program.

Polis says some individuals on the market could see rates drop by 41 percent

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The long-simmering battle between New Mexico and Colorado over which state grows the best chile is heating up.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham went on the offensive Wednesday after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proclaimed on Twitter that hot peppers from Pueblo were the best and would be stocked across a four-state region by a well-known grocery store chain.

Polis went on to say stores in Lujan Grisham's state would be supplied with inferior New Mexico chile.

Fossil Beds National Monument Set To Expand

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After a four-year effort to acquire a 280-acre parcel from a private property owner, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is set to expand on the park's west side. The monument can now accept the land from the private donor after a bill granted federal approval. Because of a 6,000-acre ceiling, the park and other participants in the project needed to take congressional action to expand the monument’s acreage limit to 6,300 acres.

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Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law a bill to protect citizens and news outlets from lawsuits that seek to curb their free speech rights.

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Gov. Jared Polis has signed legislation aimed at lowering prescription costs by importing drugs from Canada.

The Denver Post reports the bill signed Thursday will require federal approval before it can take effect. Polis says he has spoken with President Donald Trump, who has praised a similar plan in Florida.

The law tasks the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing with creating a plan for safely importing Canadian drugs and presenting a proposal to U.S. Health and Human Services by September 2020.

Colorado lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill giving patients more protection from a practice called “surprise medical billing,” or “balance billing.” Now, it’s headed to the governor’s desk.

Speaking to reporters in the final hours of the legislative session, Gov. Jared Polis touted the passage of several health care bills and the funding for full-day kindergarten.

But he quickly faced questions about some recent setbacks at the Capitol, including the death of a bill he backed that would have asked voters to add taxes on cigarettes and vaping products.

Three weeks ago, Gov. Jared Polis stood outside Denver Health’s downtown hospital and made a long list of promises about improving health care.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle stood next to him and cheered him on, while a glossy, 10-page road map to lowering health care costs circulated through the crowd.

For Mitchell Byars and other breaking news reporters around the country, the police scanner might be just as important as a laptop computer.

Byars, who covers everything from wildfires to mountain lion sightings for the Boulder Daily Camera, said the radio traffic helps him answer important questions from residents.

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