Happy Friday, Lookout readers. It's a perfect weekend to avoid the mountains as avalanche danger remains critically high and more snow is in our futures.
Katy and I last night went to a talk at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science given by Travis Rupp, the "beer archaeologist" about whom I shared an article earlier this week. There were a few tasty beers for ... tasting. Among them a new George Washington Porter, which is the first of Avery's Ales of Antiquity series to be available packaged (but is still only sold in their taproom). This isn't an official review (or an endorsement), but I thought all the offerings were quite good and I would make an effort to acquire more.
Alright, let's get to that news so we can get to that weekend.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Edgewater, just west of Denver, has joined Aspen, Avon, Basalt and Carbondale in raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21.
- King Soopers and City Market workers say contract negotiations ended abruptly Thursday night — after company representatives walked out.
- The state forest service says Colorado's spruce beetle infestation got worse last year, and it blames dense, unhealthy forests, drought, and warmer temperatures for last year's near-record setting forest fires.
- It seems that more Denver teachers were absent from classes during the strike than the district initially reported, according to Chalkbeat.
The Big Stuff
Sounds like this winter's historic avalanche danger could be with us well into spring
A sign alerts skiers to danger on Corona Bowl, known for its extreme skiing, at Eldora Mountain Resort, near Nederland, Colo., in February 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP)
I-70 has been closed multiple times and vehicles have been forced off the road in the last week or so after repeated headline-grabbing avalanches. It's been 30 or more years since the interstate was covered by this much snow, this often.
Strong winds and an exceptional amount of recent snow, on top of snowpack that was already near the tipping point, have led to an inordinate number of avalanches. And more snow in the forecast means relief may be a ways off yet.
Denver's composting program is expanding, and could soon be ready to sell small batches to consumers
A1 Organics Vice President Bob Yost (right) and Marketing Manager Clinton Sander (left) pose with some fresh compost at A1's Keenesburg composting facility. The Denver City Council is working with A1 to extend the benefits of the city's compost pickup program. (Natalia Navarro/CPR News)
Colorado still lags well behind many other states in diverting waste from landfills, but Denver's compost program — its contract with a Colorado company is expected to be extended soon — is something of a shining star. (Full disclosure: I'm an avid composter.)
Get a look inside the massive operation near Keenesburg where all the food and yard scraps wind up, and the business of making it all pay, with CPR reporter Natalia Navarro.
Vic Vela at Spring Training: Do baseball games take too long and should the MLB change it?
Here is today's message from CPR News host and reporter Vic Vela, who's in Arizona with the Colorado Rockies for Spring Training:
Just call me the undertaker. As you know, Arizona has a sizable senior population, and I've met some delightful old timers on my trip here. They included a man I met walking through the lobby of my hotel. He noticed the black ice bucket I was carrying under my arm. I was startled when he asked me, "Who died?"
Confused, I asked him to repeat the question. He said, "That thing looks like an urn," he said with a hearty laugh. "You get to be my age and you just assume people are carrying urns around with them." I just love people!
Anyway, back to baseball! Please be sure to tune in to Colorado Matters this morning at 9. You can follow along live with @ColoradoMatters on Twitter. Yours truly will be on live, talkin' baseball with Ryan Warner. And our conversation with feature a VERY special Rockies guest. I'll give you a hint: He makes a lot of money.
Here's what I've been up to in Scottsdale. Oh, and don't forget to cast your vote in my Twitter poll! —Vic
Note: I gave Vic's dog the name of another dog I know yesterday. Vic's (very cute) dog is named Rider. —Dan
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