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Mental health care in Colorado has gone virtual thanks to coronavirus. For some patients, it’s long overdue. Community mental health clinics are still open during the pandemic, but therapists are meeting with clients in privacy-protected online sessions.

Months ago, Colorado trained to prepare for a pandemic. But not one like the coronavirus. The nationwide Crimson Contagion training exercise shows how assumptions made in pandemic planning have hindered the response to COVID-19 in Colorado and the nation.

The ski resort industry is hoping for federal relief from its $2 billion in coronavirus losses Ski areas are already slashing capital spending for next year by half as the nation's 460 ski hills in 37 states line up for small business assistance. “When the ski industry sneezes, rural economies catch a bad cold, ” says Dave Byrd with National Ski Areas Association.

Trojan moments: USC beats Colorado in 1940 to make first Final Four The National Invitation Tournament, the NIT, used to be a bigger deal than the NCAA Tournament in the 1940s. It stood to reason that an eight-team tournament - or in the 1950s, the 24 - or 25-team NCAA Tournaments which emerged from the very humble early days of March Madness - would not be regarded as towering cultural events.

Reports of COVID-19 related anti-Asian harassment, assaults on upswing in Metro Denver Name calling and assaults. There are claims that harassment and attacks against Asian-Americans are on the upswing in Metro Denver.

10 Surprising Facts About Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park If you haven't yet experienced the wonder, awe, and slight dread of visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, it's time to plan your late summer/fall trip. Black Canyon is that rare combination of abundant natural beauty and sparse crowds.

Colorado Springs resident set to share some of state's "hidden gems" in the outdoors Updated: March 30, 2020 @ 1:30 am. When he was younger, on the front lines of the rock climbing revolution of the 1970s, Colorado Springs resident Stewart Green would've been bothered by someone writing about places he considered "hidden gems." Now he's writing about them.

VOTE: Best of News 5 Sports High School 'Assist of the Year' This week, we kick off our Best of News 5 Sports with the 'Assist of the Ye.

Southern Colorado athletes highlight All-State swimming & diving, hockey teams We take a look at some exceptional Southern Colorado athletes who were named to the all-state and all-conference teams in traditionally lesser-celebrated sports!

At least 17 reported tornadoes hit Central US during severe weather outbreak A major storm moving through the central U.S. brought at least 17 reported tornadoes to parts of the central U.S., eight in Iowa, three in Arkansas, one in Missouri, four in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. In Jonesboro, Arkansas, a violent tornado did damage in the town with six reported injuries.

586 New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Washington; 6 More Deaths Washington has now confirmed 4,896 cases of COVID-19, including 195 deaths.

Coronavirus In Colorado: What To Know Monday, March 30 President Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Colorado. As of Sunday, there were more than 2,300 cases confirmed in our state.

49ers re-sign versatile offensive lineman Ben Garland The San Francisco 49ers have officially re-signed versatile interior offensive lineman Ben Garland to a one-year deal boosting their offensive line depth….

The Funniest Coronavirus Jokes To Lift Up Your Spirits During Self-Isolation The very premise of this article might sound ridiculous. After all, what could possibly be funny about a global pandemic that has altered our everyday lives, shutting down entire countries, and redefining the very notion of human interaction?

Cale Makar Gives New Jersey Devils Prototype Into How To Treat Ty Smith Cale Makar has been one of the best players on defense all season for the Colorado Avalanche. The New Jersey Devils should use Ty Smith in the same way.

Plati-'Tudes: Some March Madness Fantasy Fun The things you come up with when you have time on your hands… Welcome to a notes and comment column in its 19th year, penned by CU Associate Athletic Director David Plati, who is his 36th year as the Buffaloes' director of sports information. Plati-'Tudes No.

Weld County sheriff’s deputies searching for suspect who taped firecrackers to live gas meter The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a suspect or suspects who taped several firecrackers to a gas meter March 25 in an apparent attempt to ignite a live gas line.

Colorado College hockey's future looks promising with top rated recruiting class According the Neutral Zone, a college hockey recruiting website, the Tigers have a top 5 ranked recruiting class coming in next year.

Railroad crossing at 17th Avenue near Meadow Street closed for Longmont death investigation Longmont police have stopped a train at the crossing at 17th Avenue near Meadow Street to investigate a person’s death Sunday night.

Pueblo foundation extends scholarship deadline The Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation has extended the deadline to apply for college scholarships until April 15, 2020. A portion of the money for the scholarship awards come from sales and excise taxes collected from retail marijuana sales in Pueblo County.

Broncos Legend Peyton Manning Shares A Message For The People Of Colorado Former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shared a message for the people of Colorado on the Broncos' Twitter page.

Quick response stops spread of fire at downtown charity Fire investigators suspect someone may have intentionally lit a mattress on fire at the Arc Thrift Store Donation Station in downtown Colorado Springs. The fire spread to the building, but a fast response minimized the damage.

Colorado junior forward Tyler Bey declares for NBA Draft University of Colorado forward Tyler Bey has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft:. The junior averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Buffaloes. Bey shot 53% from the field overall and 74.3% at the free throw line. Bey also extended his range a bit in his third year at Colorado.

Colorado Legislature Could Extend Its Break By Weeks, But There's Disagreement Over Whether They Have To Make That Decision In Person Same thing here, It's my job." It's not clear whether a quorum of lawmakers would be required to formally submit the letter on Monday, although some lawmakers are planning to come to the Capitol at 10 a.m. regardless. The letter makes the case that it's not safe for the Capitol to be open for businesses as usual.

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