The weekend approaches, Lookout readers! And the weather for at least half of it is likely to be great just about wherever you are.
I don't know what your weekend plans are, but we're going to a show and (as always) cooking for the week ahead. If I have some time, I might pore over the Mueller report — the redactions don't seem as numerous as some feared from the brief look I've gotten so far. I also hope to get something stuck in my head other than Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Fishin' in the Dark" (though I do love the song).
In Colorado history, it was 141 years ago today that two competing crews started a race to conquer a railroad connection along the narrowest part of the Arkansas River — a competition that would ultimately be known as the two-year-long Royal Gorge War.
All right, let's get into the news so we can get into the weekend.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Gov. Jared Polis urged CU to find a president who can unite the Board of Regents — because the next president will impact the state, not just the university, he says. Mark Kennedy's nomination has stirred controversy.
- A bill in the statehouse would expand state funding for the reduced-price lunch program to include high school students from poorer families.
The Big Stuff
With a threat to schools near the Columbine anniversary, a tough week for mental health got tougher
A Jefferson County Sheriff's cruiser parked outside Columbine High School Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Schools and daycare centers along Colorado's Front Range closed with little warning this week following a threat posed by an armed young woman authorities feared was planning a school shooting.
Counselors at a Jefferson County mental health agency grappled with the community’s worries over this week’s threat — and with their own memories.
Bonus: Written in the wake of the Columbine tragedy, "An American Elegy" continues to help heal
Scenes from Columbine High School's grand finale concert Thursday night, April 18. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Composer Frank Ticheli stepped on stage at the Macky Auditorium in Boulder a year after the Columbine shooting to present the piece he'd written to help comfort a grieving community. CPR Classical host Karla Walker explains what makes "An American Elegy" a lasting, healing musical memorial.
Listen to this bonus episode of Since Columbine on NPR One and tune in for a special broadcast on CPR Classical tomorrow (more below).
Reasons to turn on your radio Saturday
The Columbine Memorial Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Saturday will feature several special broadcasts, so tune in to CPR on your radio, with our online stream or through your smart speaker:
- CPR News reporter Ann Marie Awad will co-host a live national conversation about cannabis legalization with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. The two will be talking with legalization experts and helping to answer questions from callers all over the country. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Colorado time.
- CPR News will broadcast the 20th Anniversary Columbine Remembrance live. Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner will be joined by reporters Andrea Dukakis and Nathaniel Minor, who reported and produced our "Since Columbine" podcast. Saturday starting at 3 p.m.
- Karla Walker takes listeners into the band room of Columbine High School in 1999 to share the healing musical legacy left behind — for many more students affected by similar tragedies since then. Join CPR Classical for Columbine at 20: Remembering Through Music. Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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