Gov. Hickenlooper says he will not pardon Nathan Dunlap

“We are not considering Nathan Dunlap,” the governor said Monday. “Not on my list.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday he has no plans to consider convicted killer Nathan Dunlap’s efforts to commute his death sentence.

Hickenlooper briefly addressed the case during a news conference in which he announced pardons for 22 individuals he said had served their time, rebuilt their lives and are contributing to their communities.


Investigation finds improper wait list used for vets’ mental health care in Denver, Golden and Colorado Springs

Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed a whistleblower’s claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department’s official wait list system.

By Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press

A watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that the agency’s Denver-area hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans’ mental health care.

Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed a whistleblower’s claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department’s official wait list system. That made it impossible to know if veterans who needed referrals for group therapy and other mental health care were getting timely assistance, according to the report.


Longmont to pay $200,000 after unwarranted drug searches of subsidized apartments

A Colorado city will pay more than $200,000 in a settlement with residents of a subsidized housing apartment complex whose homes were searched by police without warrants.

The settlement between the City of Longmont and four residents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado also requires the city to take input from the ACLU on search policies, hold a public forum to address the incident and release a report on the May 2017 drug searches produced by a local sheriff’s office.



How Denver Art Museum is protecting its treasures during the North Building remodel

Art handlers have been bubble-wrapping, taping and binning paintings, furniture, ceramics, modern sculpture and other pieces since April.

By Donna Bryson, Associated Press

Anyone who has lived through a major home remodeling project can sympathize with Laura Elliff Cruz, collections manager for the Denver Art Museum who is in charge of relocating or trying to protect tens of thousands of treasures during a building upgrade expected to take a year.