Not-So-Clean Air, ‘The Nutcracker’ And Our Holiday Extravaganza Take The Stage, Some Cute Critters And More Photos From The Week

December 6, 2019
Cattle in a Weld County feedlotCattle in a Weld County feedlotHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Cattle are a significant source of methane. A Weld County feedlot in November 2019.

State regulators at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment acknowledged to Colorado Public Radio that several of the publicly available data files on the presence of methane in Colorado’s air were inaccurate.

After questions from CPR, the state uploaded data files with “reprocessed” methane numbers to address issues that originated from a third-party lab. They say the incorrect data don’t affect their ability to track methane emissions.

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A natural gas installation in Weld County, with Longs Peak in the background.
CDPHE AIR QUALITY MONITOR SOUTH VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL PLATEEVILLEHart Van Denburg/CPR News
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDPHE, maintains air quality monitoring equipment on the roof of Platteville's South Valley Middle School.
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Gabrielle Petron studies greenhouse gases like methane in the earth’s atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder.

It's "Nutcracker" time

Colorado Ballet’s holiday staple “The Nutcracker” is underway at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. CPR arts reporter Stephanie Wolf was backstage this week, working on a story about the ballet’s sets and costumes.

After more than 30 years, they aren’t holding up so well. The ballet will get new sets and costumes, but in the meantime, it takes a village to keep the old ones looking as good as they do in these photos. — Stephanie Wolf

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Stephanie Wolf/CPR News

Have we mentioned the newsroom is now in downtown Denver?

That's right. The growing CPR News and Denverite newsrooms are now combined at 303 East 17th Street. That puts us right next to the business, political and cultural institutions and officials we cover every day. And it offers some new views to our photographers.

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A pedestrian crosses 17th Avenue at Blake Street in downtown Denver Friday Dec. 6 2019.
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Skyscrapers, steel and glass in downtown Denver Wednesday, Dec. 4 2019
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Long morning shadows in downtown Denver Friday, Dec. 6 2019.

Coming Soon: The Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza

For the fourth annual holiday show, Ryan Warner welcomed hip hop artist Kid Astronaut, Boulder comedian Nancy Norton, Holocaust survivor Osi Sladek, the Young Voices of Colorado’s Crescendo, Colorado musician Julie Davis, Latin pop band 2MX2, Denver's King Cardinal and the Andy Hackbarth Band. Recorded live at the University of Denver, keep an ear out for the show soon!

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Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner and his holiday sweaters.
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Kid Astronaut
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Osi Sladek
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Young Voices of Colorado’s Crescendo
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Latin pop band 2MX2
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Nancy Norton
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King Cardinal
Colorado Matters Holiday Extravaganza 2019Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Andy Hackbarth

Meet a modern-day prospector

We were in Nevadaville near Central City a few weeks ago on another assignment when we met Nevadaville prospector Wes Williams. He gave us a tour of his shop.

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Nevadaville prospector Wes Williams.
191109 NEVADAVILLE MINERHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Nevadaville prospector Wes Williams.
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Nevadaville prospector Wes Williams.

And as a Friday treat, here are some cute animals.

Courtesy of Johanna Zablocki
Western Slope reporter Stina Sieg couldn't resist the visual contradiction here on Grand Junction.
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Turkeys near Mesa.
Prairie dogs in Weld CountyHart Van Denburg/CPR News
The photographer raised his camera and this Weld County prairie dog froze.