Officials warn of high fire danger today and ICE arrests 19 in Colorado for alleged sex crimes

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19 Arrest in Colorado during sex offender operation, mostly immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have arrested 275 immigrants with alleged sex crime convictions across the country, including 19 in Colorado, as part of the National Sex Offender Arrest and Removal (SOAR) operation. ICE officers made the arrests between February 5 to February 16, and targeted individuals in the country without authorization. Colorado’s laws limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities but do not prevent ICE from making arrests in the state.

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New moves in Enbrel price cap

The Prescription Drug Affordability Board voted Friday to start the 6-month-long process of setting a price limit for the prescription drug Enbrel.

The drug, which is mainly used for autoimmune diseases like psoriasis and arthritis, was deemed unaffordable by the board and could become the nation’s first prescription drug to get a price cap. According to The Denver Post, Enbrel cost about $46,000 per patient in 2022. On average, patients with commercial insurance paid about $2,295 of that.

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CDC wants to end funding for organization that supports public health programs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to cut their funds to the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center, which supports public health programs.
The CDC is currently funding one-quarter of the Center’s annual $1 million budget.

Center director Jenn Leiferman told The Denver Post it would be difficult, if not impossible, to continue that without the CDC’s funding.

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Denver Schools collect for migrants

Denver Public Schools collect funds, clothing, and hygiene items to support migrant families and their children.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) created the New to Country Student Supplies Drive to help the wave of new migrant students joining DPS. A special education teacher and member of the DCTA told Denver7 that they could still use help.

Denver7 says DPS officials especially call for adult and student-sized coats, hats, gloves, hoodies, feminine products, shampoo and soap, towels and toilet paper, backpacks with school supplies, and supermarket gift cards.

Drop-off points for donations are John H. Amesse Elementary School, Swansea Elementary School, Place Bridge Academy, Colfax-, Johnson, and Smith Elementary School.

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United Airlines opens an additional $145 million training center in Denver

United Airlines, the largest carrier at Denver International Airport, opened a new building next to their Flight Training Center in Denver on Thursday.
According to the airline, the new building, which costs about $145 million to build, allows them to conduct more than 32,000 training events annually and train up to 860 pilots daily.

United’s training complex is now the largest in the world, with more than 700,000 square feet of training space and 46 state-of-the-art flight simulators.

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Aurora Police officer involved in Elijah McClain’s death files appeal

Randy Roedema, the only Aurora police officer convicted in the death of Elijah McClain, has filed an appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals, challenging his convictions for criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault.

Roedema’s appeal, submitted on Wednesday, questions several aspects of his trial and conviction, including the separation from his co-defendant, the validity of the grand jury indictment, the sufficiency of evidence, and potential errors by the district court judge.

McClain, a 23-year-old unarmed Black man, died after a violent arrest by Aurora police officers in 2019, followed by an overdose of a sedative administered by paramedics. Roedema, sentenced to 14 months in jail with work release in January, was the only officer convicted among the three charged in McClain’s death, while two paramedics were found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. The appeal’s issues may not represent a final list, indicating potential further challenges to the conviction. 

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Fire danger remains high across all of eastern Colorado on Monday

According to Denver7, high fire danger continues Monday as we see warmer, windier, and drier conditions across the state.

A Red Flag Warning will occur until 6 p.m. for metro Denver and eastern Colorado. If a fire were to spark, conditions are favorable for rapid spread. Officals are asking residents to avoid outdoor burning or any activity that may produce a spark that could start a wildfire.

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