Welcome to your Wednesday, Lookout readers! And a lovely Wednesday it appears it shall be throughout most of the state.
I never had much doubt that I'd buy beer more often when I could get it easily at the grocery store instead of having to make a special trip to the liquor store for anything decent. If beer sales are any indication, I'm far from alone. And I don't know about you, but I don't miss 3.2 beer at all.
Quite side note: Colorado Matters will be taping live in Grand Junction on June 21 and we'd like you to be in the audience. Tickets are on sale now for a mere $10.
All right, let's get our backsides in gear — there's plenty to catch up on.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- The New Mexico governor's office paid about $4,000 to transport 55 Central American asylum seekers to Denver-area churches after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, The Denver Post reports .
- Gov. Polis signed two health bills yesterday. One prohibits providers from charging exorbitant amounts when a patient unknowingly gets out-of-network care, and the other adds $5 million in funding to expand a medication-assisted opioid treatment program in Southern Colorado.
- The American Fitness Index compared cities in 33 categories including health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure; Denver came in No. 9.
The Big Stuff
Coloradans apparently do not mourn — or even notice — the passing of 3.2 beer: Sales jumped in January
An employee rings out a beer customer at Liquor Mart in Boulder, June 9, 2016. (Brennan Linsley/AP)
Folks weren't quite sure what the impact would ultimately be when grocery and convenience stores started selling full-strength beer for the first time this past January, but the verdict is in: Beer sales in Colorado jumped 20 percent year-over-year, setting a new record. Whether that will negatively impact smaller brewers as some predicted remains to be seen.
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