News, November 29th


Glenwood Springs— Colorado Mountain College is seeing a large number of students taking advantage of in-state tuition rates for immigrants without legal residence.   CMC’s nine campuses across western Colorado had 148 students who are immigrants who grew up in Colorado. That’s more than the University of Colorado, which has roughly 43 students across its three Front Range campuses. The Metropolitan State University of Denver has 348 students enrolled under the law. Metro State has offered in-state tuition to undocumented students since 2012  CMC vice president Lin Stickler tells the newspaper that the school has recruited students by placing ads in Spanish-language newspapers and sending recruiters to high schools looking for eligible students.


DENVER (AP) – New dental care benefits are coming to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans next year because of the health care overhaul. But Colorado is short on dentists, especially dentists who serve Medicaid patients. The shortage has prompted a new statewide campaign by the Colorado Dental Association to get more dentists to treat the needy  About 335,000 current Medicaid adults gain access to dental care in the spring. Tens of thousands more will join Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act expansion.
Colorado has about 3,600 dentists. Nine counties have no dentists at all. The state has only about 1,000 dentists actively enrolled as Medicaid providers.  The CDA is asking each dentist in the state to accept at least five Medicaid patients or families in the coming year.


BOULDER (AP) – The University of Colorado is considering renaming two dorms on its Boulder campus in the Arapaho language.  TheKittredge West dorm could be renamed “Nah-wath” – after Chief Niwot next spring. Kittredge Central is expected to be renamed Houusoo Hall after Chief Little Raven.  Andrew Cowell, chair of CU’s linguistics department, says the pronunciations might be confusing, but it made sense to rename the buildings in the Arapaho language to honor the chiefs and their cultures. He adds that “there are tons of examples where you have names in Spanish or French where it could be mispronounced, but if we’re going to name a building for someone French, we wouldn’t respell it in English.”