A new year brings so much promise and possibility — not only for individuals but also for the Colorado Capitol. A hundred lawmakers will return to business Wednesday morning with visions of new laws dancing in their heads.

Denver Post reporters Alex Burness and Saja Hindi have spent the past six weeks talking to those women and men about what’s in the works on vaccine rules, a statewide family and medical leave program, and health care costs — among many other topics.

They’ve written here and there about many of the issues, but in Sunday’s paper Alex and Saja pull together all of the possibilities, along with predictions about the session from the minority Republican Party. Check it out to see what might be happening on the topics you care about most.

— Cindi Andrews, politics editor

The 2020 legislative session will start ...

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

The 2020 legislative session will start Wednesday at the Colorado Capitol.

RELATED: New Colorado laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 include red flag gun measure and insulin cost cap

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Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Justin Allen ...

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Lincoln County sheriff’s Deputy Justin Allen stands outside of his squad car looking up at the night sky on Thursday near Limon. The Lincoln County sheriff’s office is working with surrounding counties to figure out who is behind the mysterious drones flying overhead.

On a chilly evening on the Eastern Plains, the red-and-white lights of drones in the air blink rapidly, punctuating the rural Colorado landscape. As the mystery surrounding the drones continues to grow, The Denver Post’s Sam Tabachnik and RJ Sangosti went out to take a look for themselves. Here’s what they found.

Abu Kalam, a refugee from Burma, ...

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Abu Kalam, a refugee from Burma, holds his grandson Abdul Hawk, 1, in a line for a fresh food giveaway outside the Street Fraternity on Dec. 12, 2019, in Denver.

“Denver is becoming more of an elite city where poor people don’t have a place,” said Amadou Bility, a Street Frat co-founder born in Liberia and one of the four paid staffers.

For a collective of refugees who fled trouble abroad and are fighting to fit into Denver, mean streets turned meaner this past year. At least four members of a refugee self-help group called Street Fraternity died from car wrecks and guns in 2019, Bruce Finley reports.

From left, Dave Demerling and Roberto ...

Rachel Woolf, Special to the Denver Post

From left, Dave Demerling and Roberto Meza, co-founders and farmers at Emerald Gardens Microgreens, clean a CropKing microgreen rack at their farm in Bennett last month.

Dave Demerling and Roberto Meza are prime examples of the kind of people state Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg and her staff are trying to cultivate as they pursue new major initiatives. One of the state department’s big goals is to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers, Judith Kohler reports.

Vivian Elementary School second graders Lisa ...

Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post

Vivian Elementary School second-graders Lisa Mitchell and Krishna Chait Anya Varma Siravuri read a book together in class last month in Lakewood.

Colorado allows parents to send their children to school in different neighborhoods or districts, but there are a few caveats. Meg Wingerter explores the options for metro-area school districts in this school choice guide.

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Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs on June 26, 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 347 Colorado Springs homes.

In the past 10 years, the state has seen destructive wildfires and floods, grieved mass shootings, legalized marijuana and saw a population boom. Here is a roundup of the biggest stories between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2019.

+ Colorado governors have been tapping federal fund for “essential services” for years

+ A transgender teen helped pass a new birth certificate law. She’s now the first in Colorado to benefit from it.

+ Parents of Kendrick Castillo, student who rushed shooter, file claims against STEM School over failure to prevent tragedy

+ Colorado lawmakers consider bill to clear past marijuana convictions automatically

+ Colorado’s red-flag law invoked, likely for the first time, in Denver case

+ Every free day in 2020 at Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum and other Colorado cultural institutions — The Know

+ Denver family inspired to hand out supplies to homeless on New Year’s Day

+ Denver’s George Washington High to place all freshmen in honors English to better integrate advanced classes

+ University of Colorado presidential finalist questions choice of Mark Kennedy after candidate list is leaked

+ Xcel Energy wins $41.5 million rate increase, far below the $158 million requested

+ They’ve been intertwined for more than 100 years. Now the Boy Scouts and Latter-day Saints prepare for life apart.

+ Up to Speed? Tired of waiting for broadband, rural communities are tapping grants, partnerships to get modern internet

Braving cold temperatures, wind gusts of ...
Braving cold temperatures, wind gusts of 20 mph and 2- to 3-foot-deep snowpack, Priscilla Clayton, third from right in yellow jacket, and other climbers with the AdAmAn Club make their way up Barr Trail on Pikes Peak on their way to the 14,115 foot summit on Dec. 31. The group makes its ascent of Pikes Peak to put on the new year fireworks display from the summit.  Read more and see additional photos here.


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