Denver residents sue Purina factory, Special taxing districts to fund Colorado child care, Woman drowns in Boulder Creek

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New bill allows Coloradans to qualify for up to 2 years of free college

Students whose families make less than $90,000 a year can get up to two years of in-state tuition covered, under a new law signed late last week.

House Bill 1340 directs the state to reimburse qualifying students and their families through a refundable income tax credit. This means families must first pay on their own and are then reimbursed during tax season.

Eligible students will be able to claim the credit on their 2025 taxes.

The measure was one of several bills that sought to tap on state revenue collected by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

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Denver hailstorm recovery

Last Thursday and into Friday, Denver residents experienced one of the more destructive hailstorms in the city’s history. The storm spanned 20 miles from Erie to Aurora, and hit later in the evening than usual for hailstorms. That’s according to the National Weather Service, who received seven reports of hail larger than 2 inches in diameter following the storm that hit Thursday night.

Officials are comparing this storm to one that caused over $2 billion in damage back in May 2017. But, that hailstorm covered less ground.

Residents across the impacted region are still assessing damages.

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Woman drowns in Boulder Creek

A 65-year-old woman has died after falling into Boulder Creek Friday afternoon. She was riding an ebike with her husband on Boulder Creek Path and fell into the creek near the intersection of Four Mile Canyon. The woman has not yet been identified to the public.

There have been 11 drowning deaths in Boulder Creek over the past decade, according to Boulder Reporting Lab. Two of those were from car accidents, while six involved alcohol or other substances. Most occurred during peak runoff in May and June.

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Colorado regions explore special taxing districts to fund child care

A Colorado coalition is working to create one of the state’s first special taxing districts specifically to fund childcare. The Confluence Early Childhood Education Coalition says these special districts would allow for more accessible childcare, seeing that many families live and work in different jurisdictions. 

According to the Colorado Sun, special taxing districts for childcare already exist in Florida and Missouri.

Efforts will have to win approval from commissioners representing the districts; then, voters will have the option to sign off.

Colorado passed a statewide nicotine tax back in 2020 that helps fund free preschool for four-year-olds; but several other statewide ballot initiatives for education have failed.

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Denver residents sue Purina factory 

Denver residents living near the Purina pet-food factory have filed a class-action lawsuit with the U.S. District court of Colorado. According to Westword, the suit claims that fumes from the plant are so bad that those living nearby should be compensated for health consequences and loss of property value and quality of life.

Residents name Nestle Purina Petcare as the defendant, claiming that the plant needs to be better maintained to avoid fumes.

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Boulder County voting equipment testing completed

If you’re registered to vote in Colorado, you’re likely to receive your mail-in ballot soon. Ballots and equipment set to be used in Boulder County during the Statewide Primary on June 25 officially passed a required Logic and Accuracy Test (LAT) last week.

Ballots for the upcoming election are starting to be mailed out today, to all eligible and registered Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters.

Today is also the deadline to change or withdraw party affiliation for the upcoming major party primary. New Colorado voters can register and vote up to and on Election Day. You can register or check your registration at GoVoteColorado.gov.

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Popular scenic route through RMNP opened

Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is officially open for the season, after an unexpected delay. Park officials announced on Friday that the high alpine road, which tops more than 12,180 feet, usually opens by Memorial Day Weekend, but above-average snowfall this winter and spring had slowed down road crews.

According to the Denver Post, access to the Alpine Visitor Center, gift shop, and nearby parking areas remains closed for now.

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