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Legacy of Hard Rock Mining in the West -- Death of a River, a Community's Response

A century and a half of hard-rock mining with no accountability, without consideration for environmental consequences or downstream neighbors has taken a heavy toll in the West. Metallic, acidic wastewater from mines have a long-term effect on agriculture, ranching, aquatic life, human and wild life, and aquifers. Show More Summary

For Brauchler, It's Ken Buck!

Who's most like you, Sen. Cory Gardner or Rep. Ken Buck? Many see Buck and Gardner as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, one wearing a smile the other seething with anger. But if you're a Tea-Party activist in Colorado, the answer is "KenShow More Summary

From Denver to the World Stage: One High School Student Tells How

You wouldn't know it at a glance, but Freya Quist has seen the world and is hungry for more. At 17, Quist has made a life out of globetrotting. Quist was born in Hong Kong to parents overcome by wanderlust. "I was born in 1997 the year that [sovereignty of] Hong Kong was transferred back to China," Quist says proudly. Show More Summary

Roanoke: He Was Not One of Us

I imagine I am Alison Parker, doing a live shot, yet another live shot, one of a dozen that will fill the work week. I imagine how the sun rises behind her in the moments before it happens, how her photographer Adam has to adjust his camera to accommodate the encroaching fingers of light. Show More Summary

Pro-Choice Voice Rejected Where It's Needed Most: CO Springs

In an op-ed in the Colorado Independent yesterday, Colorado State Sen. Michael Merrifield writes: On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Colorado Springs Gazette published an editorial that contained many of the same falsehoods about Planned Parenthood that are being spread by the extremists who made the hoax video. Show More Summary

I Am an Anchor Baby

My mother's eldest sister was a tall, slim, beautiful woman, with impeccable manners and a lilting laugh. She had black hair that reflected bluish hints in the sunlight, and pale skin that contrasted strongly with it. With her penchant...Show More Summary

A Blow to the Heart

If you felt sorrow for the fate of the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado, please know there are over 5,000 abandoned mines in the Animas river corridor that need remediation. Colorado alone has over 22,000 such mines. Help this core part of America's heartland recover. Show More Summary

Brauchler Tries to Brag about Losing Aurora Theater Trial

Journalists have been careful to report, as The Denver Post's John Ingold and Jordan Steffen did today, that nine jurors apparently voted for the death penalty in the Aurora shooter's trial, two were undecided, and one voted for life in prison. Show More Summary

How It's Made: 11 Mind-Melting Factory Tours in the U.S.

By Dalia Colon for the CheapTickets Blog In this age of online shopping, it's easy to forget that our favorite goods come from actual, you know, places. See where everyday items are born during one of these made-in-America factory tours. Photo...Show More Summary

How It's Made: 11 Mind-Melting Factory Tours in the U.S.

By Dalia Colon for the CheapTickets Blog In this age of online shopping, it's easy to forget that our favorite goods come from actual, you know, places. See where everyday items are born during one of these made-in-America factory tours. Show More Summary

Why Chicken Is the Hottest Dish in America Right Now

When David Chang first opened Fuku earlier this summer in the East Village, like all establishments from the Momofuku king, the queues were mighty, teeming with New Yorkers clamoring for spicy, crusty, oversized chicken-thigh sandwiches protruding from Martin's potato rolls. Show More Summary

Humans Are a "Unique Super-Predator" Claims New Research: We Really do Kill Here, There, and Everywhere

This morning my email inbox was brimming over with news about an essay published in Science magazine by researchers from the University of Victoria (Canada) and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation called "The unique ecology of human...Show More Summary

My First Lesson in Politics: How to Avoid Being Treated Like a Sex Object

In January 1983 I was one of 163 members sworn in to the Missouri House. How I was treated then had a lot to do with how I looked. It took a while, but I would overcome the "ditzy blonde" stereotype as the only female lawyer, thoughShow More Summary

Forget the Stinky Flower, Smell the Putrid Fungus

The corpse plant over at the Botanic Gardens is getting viral love because it's supposed to be so stinky. But it turns out to smell quite mild, as articulated in a tweet from Denver Post reporter Kirk Mitchell: "Early visitors to Denver...Show More Summary

No, Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Make Colorado Better

After he voted to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Cory Gardner hopped on the radio said, not to worry, no one in Colorado will suffer if the health organization loses federal funding. "We voted to take the money from Planned Parenthood...Show More Summary

Compassionate Conservation, Cecil the Murdered Lion, and Blaze the Slaughtered Yellowstone Bear

"More than ever conservation needs new ideas, risky ventures to find out what will work and what won't; biodiversity doesn't benefit from us calling each other stupid as a substitute for rational discourse." (Harry Greene, 2015, Pleistocene...Show More Summary

Thinking of Asking a Woman When She's Going to Have Kids? Don't.

I am a single twentysomething living and working in New York City; I like yoga, running, hanging out with friends, pursuing hobbies and binge-watching television shows on Netflix. My current lifestyle sounds like that of countless other...Show More Summary

I'm With Stupid: Why I'm Hoping to Break a Leg Next Week

In my life, I've written four plays. Of those, only one -- my fifth-grade class's Christmas pageant -- has ever been produced, and I have to admit it wasn't very good. I was told by my teacher that I had to write it, play Father Christmas and make sure everyone else got a role that allowed them to present their report on Christmas in another country. Show More Summary

My Q and A With Petteri Lahtela, Whose OURA Ring Will Track Your Sleep

Petteri Lahtela is the CEO and co-founder of OURA, a wearable device -- in the form of a waterproof ring -- that measures our well-being as we sleep. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the restorative power of sleep,...Show More Summary

10 Adrenaline-Pumping Outdoor Activities in the West

buck·et list noun, informal A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The diverse climate and terrain of the Western U.S. make it a popular destination for adventurers and adrenaline junkies. Show More Summary

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