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Government shutdown: What Colorado politicians are saying

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver (via Twitter) “It’s Day 20. @POTUS & @senatemajldr are blocking our efforts to reopen the government. And they’re getting paid. Meanwhile, federal …
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Government shutdown

'There's only so long that I can hold out'

Jake Slyder was planning on taking his wife on a hot springs vacation to celebrate their two-year anniversary — but the U.S. government partial shutdown forced him to cancel those plans. Slyder is …

Denver unveils system for clearing pot convictions

Denver has become the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal, acknowledging the barriers that such offenses pose to …
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Polis inauguration highlights theme of 'Colorado for All'

Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and …

Rotary's State of the State event brings Molly Bloom, focuses on mental health

Molly Bloom, author of the book-turned-Oscar-nominated film “Molly’s Game” who also struggled with addiction, anxiety and depression, is one of two headliners at the Rotary State of the State …
Education
Newly announced DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova, left, and Ron Cabrera, interim superintendent, listen to teachers speak at a community meeting.

Denver teachers will vote on a strike this month

The clock is ticking. After more than a year of salary negotiations, teachers say they are getting ready for their last resort: voting for a strike. For the last 18 months, members of the Denver …

DPS students look to the future

Nearly 4,000 students wearing business casual clothes filled the halls at the National Western Complex in early November. The eighth-graders met with companies, colleges and high schools from across …
Irene Jordan, left, and Mary Rita Cordova fill bags with onions for the food bank at West Leadership Academy. The pair helped open the food bank in April. It helps feeds hundreds of kids each week.

Denver high school food bank serves hundreds

In the parking lot of West Leadership Academy, a truck from We Don’t Waste is backing up toward a small group of volunteers. As soon as drivers have unloaded the first pallet of food from the …
Tom Boasberg, former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, gives a high five to a student on the first day of school at Escalante-Biggs Academy in north Denver.

DPS announces interim superintendent

Dr. Ron Cabrera steps in as interim superintendent Following Tom Boasberg’s departure as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) on Oct. 19, board members announced that Dr. Ron Cabrera would …
Students at the East High School JROTC program participated in a flag ceremony in observance of Sept. 11.

DPS board announces support of state ballot issue

Farm-to-cafeteria program enriches student life Denver Public schools (DPS) is the third-largest procurer of local food in the state, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to …
Business
Jordan Fink, front right, co-owner of Woods Boss Brewing Co. pulled together nine other breweries to make the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. The beer is being sold by breweries nationwide to raise money for Camp Fire relief.

Denver brewers join national effort for fire relief

The beer industry across the nation is a tight-knit one. So when one of their own sent out an email asking for help to raise funds for Camp Fire relief, many breweries jumped at the chance — 1,482 …
Dave Stidman, left, and Duane Davis stand behind the counter at Wax Trax in Capitol Hill. Stidman said that their love of music has kept them like “perpetual teenagers.”

After 40 years in Capitol Hill, Wax Trax still thrives

Dave Stidman leans back in an old office chair in the basement of Wax Trax Records, the music store he’s been running for 40 years with Duane Davis. The basement is littered with stacks of old …
Rocky Mountain Public Media broke ground on its new headquarters at 21st and Arapahoe streets.

Life on Capitol Hill: January Business Matters

Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in north Denver. If there are any inquiries on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business …

Minimum wage rises in Colorado, 19 other states

As of Jan. 1, Colorado's minimum wage is $11.10 an hour, a 90-cent hourly increase from 2018. The Centennial State is not alone, as 19 other states also raised the minimum wage with the dawn of 2019. …

Businesses get reprieve from new sales tax rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue has extended the deadline for Colorado businesses to comply with new sales tax rules to May 31, 2019. The emergency rules, which were enacted Sept. 26, originally …
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