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Ohio had the 6th highest number of maltreatment victims in the nation, with 36,106 victims reported, according to the 2008 DHHS Child Maltreatment report.

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Colorado CPS News Archive

Colorado News Coverage

by Bob Dotson

The Kellogg family of Glenwood, Colo., would like to remind us that "work" and "life" are not the same words. They discovered that simple truth when they were on vacation last year and decided to do something that most of us only dream about.

They bid goodbye to car pools and work cubicles, sold their house and bought an RV. A lot of folks do that when they retire, but Dan and Susie Kellogg still have kids at home. The Kelloggs aren't just a family: They're a crowd, determined to live full-time in an RV. "We wanted to get rid of the mortgage," Susie said. "Get rid of the car payments and breathe."


January 28, 2013

by Jacob Sullum

Greenwood Village, a Denver suburb, had passed an ordinance purporting to ban marijuana possession on city property, including streets and sidewalks, even though Amendment 64, the ballot initiative approved by Colorado voters.

Reason Foundation research assistant Andrew Livingston points out that Ordinance 43-12, which bans public possession of "marijuana accessories" as well as marijuana, conflicts not only with Amendment 64 but also with another anti-pot ordinance that the Greenwood Village City Council is on the verge of passing.

January 28, 2013

by Ann Imse

Colorado's prison population is diminishing so quickly that the state in the coming 18 months could close two to 10 prisons, depending on which facilities are chosen for closure.

Colorado already is at 7,500 fewer inmates than it once expected in 2013. It has closed three state prisons and stopped using two private prisons. Reasons for the drop in prison populations are simple: The state felony crime rate dropped by a third from 2002 to 2011, said Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements. Prosecutors filed a quarter fewer felony charges in the same period.

January 26, 2013

The Division of Parks and Wildlife will attempt to find and kill an aggressive mountain lion after two people were approached by it in Cheyenne Mountain Park on Friday.

The first encounter happened when a man was running on the Sundance Trail, where he came across the mountain lion eating a deer carcass. The man stood his ground, made noise, and then backed away.

December 23, 2012

National Park Service officials say a woman attacked by a mountain lion in Big Bend National Park, Texas, did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Andrea Pinero Cebrian and companions were exploring the Mesa de Anguila, near Lajitas Friday, Nov. 23 when she was attacked. Cebrian was treated by Terlingua Medics.

November 25, 2012

by Jennifer Brown

Children who are beaten, starved or abandoned are likely to suffer emotional trauma so severe that it can impair the way their bodies and brains grow up - and, if never addressed, cause lifelong health problems.

Three months before Jazzmin Escobar died because of what her uncle described as a tumble down the stairs to a cement floor, her older brother told a caseworker that the same uncle scratched him behind his ears and whipped him.

November 17, 2012

by Christopher N. Osher

Children who are beaten, starved or abandoned are likely to suffer emotional trauma so severe that it can impair the way their bodies and brains grow up - and, if never addressed, cause lifelong health problems.

But in Colorado, specific treatment for such emotional distress is rare, leaving these children vulnerable to being misdiagnosed as mentally ill or hyperactive when, in reality, they are exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorders, experts say.

November 17, 2012

With classes set to begin in a month, Sam and Robert Pritcher received an email from the college where they were enrolled stating that because they were homeschooled and did not have a GED more than half of their financial aid had been withdrawn.

The brothers were victims of a commonly misunderstood provision of the Federal Student Aid Handbook concerning the eligibility of homeschool students for federal financial aid. Under an old policy, students used to be eligible for funds by taking an "ability-to-benefit" test. A new policy removed this option, but some colleges and universities mistakenly thought that this removed the eligibility of homeschool students, too.

November 8, 2012

by Joe Wolverton, Ii, J.D.

Of those 72 hours of election coverage not one minute was devoted to reporting the results of several ballot initiatives nullifying unconstitutional acts of Congress.

Massachusetts: A substantial majority of voters (64 percent) in the Bay State voted in favor of a law "eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use."

November 8, 2012

Libraries are supposed to be doorways to learning, unless that is, you are a parent trying to learn what books your children are checking out.

When Mrs. Kalgan asked a librarian what books her 9-year-old son had borrowed from their local library, she was told she had to get her son's permission before that information would be released. Shocked by this response, Mrs. Kalgan contacted Home School Legal Defense Association.

November 5, 2012

CORTEZ, Colo. -- Wildlife officials say they have euthanized a mountain lion that was responsible for killing five sheep near Cortez in southwestern Colorado.

Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, tells us a dead sheep was used as bait, and the mountain lion was trapped and euthanized Thursday. He added that the lion was an older 100-pound female and likely would have gone after other livestock or pets if allowed to remain in the wild.

October 14, 2012

by Jordan Steffen

Attorneys argued Wednesday that two Denver County child-protection workers were not legally responsible for 7-year-old Chandler Grafner's care after he was placed in the home where he would eventually starve to death.

The two, Margaret Booker and Mary Peagler, face a wrongful-death lawsuit in the boy's May 2007 death, filed by Chandler's estate and his biological parents. They are appealing a U.S. District judge's December ruling that while county human-services departments enjoy immunity, the lawsuit against the two women can proceed.

October 9, 2012

DENVER - Attorneys for the Denver Department of Human Services are defending two social workers who are being sued over the death of a 7-year-old boy who starved to death, rejecting accusations they could have prevented the boy's death.

According to the Denver Post, the city told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that Denver child-welfare services was not legally responsible for the boy's care because the man the boy was living with was not a certified foster parent.

September 20, 2012

by Mitchell Byars

Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers were forced to shoot one mountain lion and scare off another after the two animals wandered into Boulder on Monday night, according to officials.

The first mountain lion was spotted around 8 p.m. Monday near Folsom and Walnut streets in a backyard hot tub area, according to Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

August 29, 2012

Designed to meet the needs of homeschooled students in grades 6-8, the Platte River Academy for Homeschoolers is opening its doors Aug. 22 in Highlands Ranch.

The free, publicly funded, part-time charter school is open to students all over the region and uses a classical, university model approach with an emphasis on the sciences. Three days a week, students will complete assignments at home where parents will function as supervisors/facilitators.

August 20, 2012

Foster kids who receive mentoring and training in skills such as anger management, healthy communication, and problem solving are less likely to move foster homes or to be placed in a residential treatment center.

Many programs nationwide have tried to help foster children achieve better placement outcomes by working with parents and making system-wide changes. This study, published in Pediatrics, focused on something new -- improving child well-being. Foster children in the prevention program had 44 percent fewer placement changes and were 82 percent more likely to avoid placement in a residential treatment center. They were also twice as likely to have reunified with their families a year after the program ended.

July 3, 2012

ALAMOSA - When Sara Taketatsu started homeschool at the end of December she was able to dedicate time to the National History Day Competition. However, she had just three weeks to submit a paper.

She decided to commit the time to do the research and writing because she really is interested in her topic: the relocation of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Taketatsu won first place regionals and then went on and placed second in Denver at the state National History Day competition on May 5, 2012.

May 23, 2012

ASPEN - Warning signs will go up again to caution users of the Rio Grande Trail outside of Aspen about the potential presence of mountain lions.

Lion tracks have been spotted in the area recently, according to John Armstrong, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails ranger. He planned to consult with a wildlife officer and put the signs back in place.

March 2, 2012

by Jordan Steffen

In the past five years, 43 Colorado children died from abuse or neglect after entering the child welfare program. Every one of those deaths was marked by a policy violation or sparked concern in the way the case was handled by county social workers.

Investigations completed by the Colorado Department of Human Services since 2007 indicate that social workers in 18 counties repeatedly failed to complete basic functions - such as interviews or follow-ups on assessments - in 43 cases where a child later died from abuse or neglect.

January 30, 2012

by Julia Wilson

ALAMOSA - District Judge Pattie Swift will not preside over the parental termination portion of a case involving the custody of a half-Navajo child, but plans to stay on for the balance of the case.

Merida Zerbi, attorney for the child's biological mother, said the decision to ask Swift to remove herself from the parental termination portion of the case was made due to the professional relationship Swift has with one of the expert witnesses.

January 7, 2012

by Dan Barker

Fort Morgan Middle School students had a lesson in what happened during the Holocaust and also helped others as they hosted Alan Morawiec, founder of the Holocaust Shoe Project Friday.

Even before he came to the school, students had collected 1,044 pairs of shoes, which will go to the homeless and needy. That was up from the 447 pairs they collected last year for the project, said Miranda Harper, the language arts teacher who organized the effort with the help of some students.

November 8, 2011

by Bob Benwyn

A mountain lion killed a pet dog this week near Sunlight Ski Area, and another lion was seen in Carbondale.

The sightings prompted Colorado wildlife managers to warn that encounters with the potentially dangerous animals will become more frequent as the state's population grows to 5 million and lion populations rebound.

September 24, 2011

by Susan Jones

Never mind what the U.S. Supreme Court decided.

An international tribunal says the U.S. government violated the human rights of a Colorado woman, whose estranged husband murdered their three children.

CNS News

August 18, 2011

As a new school year starts, public health and school officials are issuing their annual reminder to parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their immunizations. Some parents, however, will ignore the message.

CDC researchers found that only 23 percent of parents in a 2010 survey had no concerns about vaccinations. Though the analysts concluded that parents' concerns don't necessarily translate into a decision to opt out, they believe more needs to be done to address them.

August 14, 2011

by Bob McCarty

Since breaking news about a July 21 raid on a farm 12 miles north of Denver that resulted in local law enforcement officials seizing 193 rabbits from a nationally-recognized rabbit expert, I've learned more disturbing details about the case.

Without a warrant, officials with the Sheriff's Office descended upon Debe Bell's Six Bells Farm Candle Factory and Rabbitry at approximately 10:30 a.m., accompanied by three veterinarians and several volunteers from the local branch of the House Rabbit Society - a nationwide group comprised of people who, according to Bell, think rabbits need to be raised like small children. During the next three hours, according to Bell, the throng of law enforcement officers, veterinarians and volunteers opened the doors of her 600-square-foot barn, turned off the water to the swamp cooler (an air conditioning system for the barn) and caused the temperature in the barn to rise to 84 degrees.

Big Journalism

August 14, 2011

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