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Economists called the state’s economy resilient but they’re also more pessimistic than they were a year ago. Plus econom...
12/09/2023

Economists called the state’s economy resilient but they’re also more pessimistic than they were a year ago. Plus economies around the state and more!

The state Prescription Drug Affordability Board declined to set an “upper payment limit” for the drug Trikafta
12/09/2023

The state Prescription Drug Affordability Board declined to set an “upper payment limit” for the drug Trikafta

The Colorado Prescription Drug Advisory Board declined to set a price cap on the massively expensive cystic fibrosis drug Trikafta

FDA say it hasn't acted on states’ importation applications because it has not determined whether they would save signif...
12/09/2023

FDA say it hasn't acted on states’ importation applications because it has not determined whether they would save significant money for consumers without posing risks to public health

FDA say it hasn't acted because it has not determined whether they would save significant money for consumers without posing risks to public health

The horned, caped, furred and festive celebrants at the 60th annual Ullr Fest on Thursday lined their chins and broke th...
12/09/2023

The horned, caped, furred and festive celebrants at the 60th annual Ullr Fest on Thursday lined their chins and broke the record for world’s longest shot-ski with 1,377 people slamming a shot-ski at one time.

For 60 years Summit County locals have gathered in Breckenridge to celebrate Ullr, the Norse god of snow. They parade and dance on Main Street, hoping for a snowy winter. Nearly everyone is wearing a Viking-esque helmet with horns.

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The lawsuit, filed in West Virginia’s northern district, challenges the NCAA’s authority to impose a one-year delay in t...
12/09/2023

The lawsuit, filed in West Virginia’s northern district, challenges the NCAA’s authority to impose a one-year delay in the eligibility of certain athletes who transfer between schools

Karen Hoskin created Montanya Distillers in 2008, building a craft distilling phenomenon. She’s leaving it in the hands ...
12/09/2023

Karen Hoskin created Montanya Distillers in 2008, building a craft distilling phenomenon. She’s leaving it in the hands of women who helped her get there.

On the last day of February 2020, Karen Hoskin scraped up all the money she could gather and bought the building on Crested Butte’s historic Elk Avenue that housed her Montanya rum distillery and restaurant. ...

Before the Colorado 2024 legislative session begins, join The Colorado Sun to hear about some of the topics our state’s ...
12/08/2023

Before the Colorado 2024 legislative session begins, join The Colorado Sun to hear about some of the topics our state’s leaders will be discussing.

The event is free. RSVP today and submit your questions for speakers.

Join The Colorado Sun as we talk to Colorado lawmakers, health experts, scientists and more about issues affecting Colorado.

Should the northern Colorado utility build a bridge to a renewable energy future with an expensive new natural gas-power...
12/08/2023

Should the northern Colorado utility build a bridge to a renewable energy future with an expensive new natural gas-powered electrical plant?

Platte River Power Authority's plan to include a new gas-fired power plant for its clean energy transition is raising opposition.

As Wyoming plans to auction park land for at least $80 million, some call on the Colorado State Land Board to transfer 8...
12/08/2023

As Wyoming plans to auction park land for at least $80 million, some call on the Colorado State Land Board to transfer 8,817 acres inside 13 state parks to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Colorado State Land Board and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are negotiating management of 8,817 board-owned acres inside state parks

Approximately 10% to 15% of people in the United States show evidence of a previous T. gondii infection. In other countr...
12/08/2023

Approximately 10% to 15% of people in the United States show evidence of a previous T. gondii infection. In other countries, it may be much higher.

So what's it do to us? For starters, there’s some evidence that it does impact human behavior and possibly make people less risk-averse.

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, spread through cat p**p, could be linked to frailty in older humans, according to a new study

The driver suspected of hitting the first responders was arrested
12/08/2023

The driver suspected of hitting the first responders was arrested

“Office” has become a 4-letter word.
12/08/2023

“Office” has become a 4-letter word.

In the Denver metro, "office" has become a 4-letter word as about 30% of downtown office space is vacant — and that doesn’t include “zombie buildings.”

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii can also be spread to humans through undercooked meat
12/08/2023

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii can also be spread to humans through undercooked meat

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, spread through cat p**p, could be linked to frailty in older humans, according to a new study

Nearly 30,000 migrants from Venezuela have come to Colorado — many in chartered buses sent from Texas in political stunt...
12/08/2023

Nearly 30,000 migrants from Venezuela have come to Colorado — many in chartered buses sent from Texas in political stunts — looking for shelter, and have found a city overwhelmed by its efforts to help.

On the corner of Speer and Zuni, a tent encampment has stretched farther and farther up the street outside one of five hotels that the Denver Department of Human Services is using to house 2,700 migrants.

As winter approaches, migrant families no longer have a time limit in shelters, but single adults must move out after 14 days.

“There is no reason that anyone with children should be sleeping outside," said Jon Ewing, a Denver Human Services spokesman.

Venezuelans began arriving by busload in Denver a year ago this week, and since then, the city has enacted an emergency operations system and spent $33.6 million. Thousands have received one-way bus tickets to other cities, mainly New York and Chicago, and an unknown number stayed in Colorado.

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12/08/2023

In the third quarter, office vacancy rates in downtown Denver hit a high of 30.6% in the third quarter, the first time it’s been above 30% since 2000, according to CBRE.

The Colorado Sun’s health reporter John Ingold spoke with a panel of experts about health insurance options. Open enroll...
12/07/2023

The Colorado Sun’s health reporter John Ingold spoke with a panel of experts about health insurance options. Open enrollment is currently happening, watch the event to figure out how to pick your best option!

The Colorado Sun health reporter spoke with experts about the health insurance open enrollment, different plans, options and more.

The state education department authorizes veterans and other professionals to teach career and technical education cours...
12/07/2023

The state education department authorizes veterans and other professionals to teach career and technical education courses

Colorado’s largest utility is also asking for $3B in new transmission lines. PUC looks to see if that sum can be cut bef...
12/07/2023

Colorado’s largest utility is also asking for $3B in new transmission lines. PUC looks to see if that sum can be cut before passing it on to consumers.

Regulators also hope request for $3B in new transmission lines can be slimmed before it is passed on in customer bills

As winter approaches, migrant families no longer have a time limit in shelters, but single adults must move out after 14...
12/07/2023

As winter approaches, migrant families no longer have a time limit in shelters, but single adults must move out after 14 days

“We’re seeing office buildings that are effectively worth their land price."
12/07/2023

“We’re seeing office buildings that are effectively worth their land price."

In the Denver metro, "office" has become a 4-letter word as about 30% of downtown office space is vacant — and that doesn’t include “zombie buildings.”

Innovation schools are designed to give struggling public schools more flexibility. But a new report shows that they're ...
12/07/2023

Innovation schools are designed to give struggling public schools more flexibility. But a new report shows that they're largely failing to ensure their students meet grade-level benchmarks.

Innovation schools are designed to give flailing public schools more flexibility in how they teach kids. But experts say that without strong leadership and committed teachers, flexibility alone will…

Aurora Fire Department paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec told detectives in separate 2019 interviews that pro...
12/07/2023

Aurora Fire Department paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec told detectives in separate 2019 interviews that prosecutors showed to jurors Wednesday that McClain was actively resisting officers

Don’t forget to join us tonight at 6 p.m. to learn about choosing your health insurance plan. A panel of experts will ta...
12/07/2023

Don’t forget to join us tonight at 6 p.m. to learn about choosing your health insurance plan. A panel of experts will talk about the options available and how to pick the best plan to fit your needs and budget.

Watch for free at 6 p.m.!

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If the clause does apply to presidents, Donald Trump could be barred from appearing on Colorado’s Republican presidentia...
12/06/2023

If the clause does apply to presidents, Donald Trump could be barred from appearing on Colorado’s Republican presidential primary ballot next year

Colorado could spend millions more to replace water-hungry lawns, keep extra water in streams, and repair water-wasting ...
12/06/2023

Colorado could spend millions more to replace water-hungry lawns, keep extra water in streams, and repair water-wasting delivery systems.

In all, 24 recommendations will be voted on this week.

Colorado River Drought Task Force has worked for months on recommendations for the state as rules change downstream

You're not going to find hay inside this yellow farm.
12/06/2023

You're not going to find hay inside this yellow farm.

The Yellow Barn Farm was once a thriving equestrian center. The sisters who own it are trying to revive it as a cultural gathering space.

Xcel Energy has a new clean energy plan that would lead to 26% more generation. It's also twice as expensive.
12/06/2023

Xcel Energy has a new clean energy plan that would lead to 26% more generation. It's also twice as expensive.

Colorado utilities regulators take up the new plan, which was revised in hopes of capturing renewable energy credits while slashing emissions

On today's The Daily Sun-Up:A conversation on race, Colorado history and local authors.Apple podcasts: https://cosun.co/...
12/06/2023

On today's The Daily Sun-Up:

A conversation on race, Colorado history and local authors.

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Today – we're talking to Sandra Fish, a Colorado Sun politics reporter, who put together a SunFest panel on race, Colorado history and local authors.

Innovation schools are designed to give flailing public schools more flexibility in how they teach kids. But experts say...
12/06/2023

Innovation schools are designed to give flailing public schools more flexibility in how they teach kids. But experts say that without strong leadership and committed teachers, flexibility alone will not fix a struggling school.

Innovation schools are designed to give flailing public schools more flexibility in how they teach kids. But experts say that without strong leadership and committed teachers, flexibility alone will not...

Jon and Carie Hallford, owners of Return to Nature Funeral Home, are accused of abusing corpses, stealing, laundering mo...
12/06/2023

Jon and Carie Hallford, owners of Return to Nature Funeral Home, are accused of abusing corpses, stealing, laundering money and forging documents

A judge sentenced Pablo Vazquez to 12 months of unsupervised probation. If he stays out of trouble during that time, the...
12/06/2023

A judge sentenced Pablo Vazquez to 12 months of unsupervised probation. If he stays out of trouble during that time, the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed and the case will be sealed.

A judge sentenced Pablo Vazquez to 12 months of unsupervised probation. If he stays out of trouble during that time, the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed.

Want to find the best place to grab a burger, or find the best hike in your area? The Colorado Sun has a list of Best of...
12/05/2023

Want to find the best place to grab a burger, or find the best hike in your area? The Colorado Sun has a list of Best of The Colorado Sun 2023 for every region within the state. Check out the winners and runners up from Fort Collins to Trinidad, from Grand Junction to Burlington, there are businesses across the entire state!

Visit https://cosun.co/3COpTvQ to check out all the winners.

The readers of The Colorado Sun chose the best businesses in their areas in 2023.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines will become one of the first to allow pilots to pump milk in the cockpit during noncritic...
12/05/2023

Denver-based Frontier Airlines will become one of the first to allow pilots to pump milk in the cockpit during noncritical phases of the flight

The Denver-based airline will become one of the first to allow pilots to pump milk in the cockpit during noncritical phases of the flight

A geothermal test well drilled in Carbondale with a federal grant yields promising results for next-gen application of a...
12/05/2023

A geothermal test well drilled in Carbondale with a federal grant yields promising results for next-gen application of ancient technology

Geothermal test well drilled in Carbondale with a federal grant yields promising results for next-gen application of ancient heat technology

A decade after Steamboat Springs voters funneled lodging taxes into trails, a final plan on Rabbit Ears Pass seeks to ba...
12/05/2023

A decade after Steamboat Springs voters funneled lodging taxes into trails, a final plan on Rabbit Ears Pass seeks to balance recreation and wildlife habitat

Ten years after Steamboat Springs voters funneled taxes into trails, the final Mad Rabbit project works to balance recreation and wildlife

Colorado’s runaway truck ramps were used 13 times in 2019, though CDOT suspects that some uses may have gone unrecorded,...
12/05/2023

Colorado’s runaway truck ramps were used 13 times in 2019, though CDOT suspects that some uses may have gone unrecorded, resulting in what appears to be a statistical outlier in comparison to subsequent years.

"We have more runaway trucks in this state than anywhere else in the country, hands down," one expert said.

One man’s failure to use a ramp near Golden in 2019 led state and industry to collaborate to raise awareness of mountain driving dangers

Colorado explicitly invited faith-based preschools to participate in its new $322 million universal preschool program. B...
12/05/2023

Colorado explicitly invited faith-based preschools to participate in its new $322 million universal preschool program. But state officials have sent mixed messages about whether preschools can offer religious instruction during state-funded class time.

Colorado explicitly invited faith-based preschools to participate in its new $322 million universal preschool program. But state officials have sent mixed messages about whether preschools can offer religious...

12/05/2023

Behind the scenes of how illustrator Peter Moore makes his cartoons.

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