Monday is here and I'm back in Colorado, Lookout readers! And the weather here at home is something I can really appreciate after so much humidity.
As with any time I travel, getting home is the best part. But Katy and I had a great time Friday night and Saturday. I took Katy to the historic Tadich Grill for her birthday before we wandered up and down Telegraph Hill and through Chinatown. Saturday we had bad coffee and good shakshuka for breakfast, fought the ferry system for two hours before getting a Lyft to Lands End, explored the Sutro Baths, waded in the ocean, walked all through Golden Gate Park, and then enjoyed a great izakaya in Castro. Sunday was one of those days were it just seemed like nothing could go right until we were finally back home and unpacking. I don't want to talk about Sunday.
Now it's back to our regularly scheduled Lookout — and today's is pretty jam-packed with news, so I'd better leave you to it.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- Photographer Hart Van Denburg and reporter Natalia Navarro will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade in Denver today and you can follow them for our coverage.
- There have been 10 officer involved shootings in Colorado in the last 12 days, including three on Wednesday. Vice president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Gary Creager tells CPR News it's too early to tell if this spike in shootings will continue:
“Statistically does that seem like a lot? It probably does but it could be that you have tend at a period of time and then not have any for another several months.”
- A multistate compact that lets Western students attend other Western colleges for reduced tuition saved Coloradans more than million this year.
- A Colorado bill would bar schools from teaching religiously-based doctrines as part of sex ed, and from using shaming language or gender stereotypes. The bill does not require schools to teach sex ed.
The Big Stuff
Mason Lowe's death was a rare tragedy in a dangerous sport, says Colorado retired champion bull rider
Mason Lowe rides Cochise during a Professional Bull Riders event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 11, 2017. (The Associated Press)
“The fact is: It’s always been a dangerous sport and it’s always going to be a dangerous sport”
Champion bull rider Kody Lostroh
Shock reverberated through the bull-riding community when Mason Lowe died after being thrown and stomped on by a bull Tuesday at the National Western Stock Show.
Kody Lostroh, who won the Professional Bull Riders World Championship in 2009 and recently retired from bull riding, tells Colorado Matters it was especially shocking for those who know what stepping into the arena entails.
Photos: Getting a custom-fit hat from Rick Bishop at the National Western Stock Show
Rick Bishop's business is called Western Tradition. He cleans and reshapes cowboy hats for a living. Sells some, too. He's been at it for more than three decades. But he doesn't have a store anywhere. Throughout the year he hops from one stock show to the next. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
For 45 years, Rick Bishop has been selling and steam-shaping western hats. For 39 of those he's come to Denver for the NWSS. Bring your head and Bishop will find a hat to fit it; bring your hat and he'll reshape it like new.
More CPR News
- Colorado is one of two members in this exclusive club: states with a legislative chamber in which women hold a majority of the seats. And beyond the majority in the state House of Representatives, women make up nearly half of our lawmakers overall.
- Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado have, within a one-year span, dried up more than 70 percent of the country's 3.2 beer market by letting folks drink the real thing. Utah and Minnesota are the only two states remaining with a market for 3.2 beer, and brewers are already starting to discontinue lines.
- Though women's marches in 2019 were slightly smaller after the movement has faced some setbacks, contingents still set out in Colorado to push for furtherance of equal rights and acceptance for all people.
- After wage negotiations broke down on Friday, DPS teachers began a vote to strike on Saturday. The earliest a strike could happen would be Jan. 28 — next Monday — and we won't know how the voting turns out until tomorrow.
- December finished a strong year for jobs in Colorado with unemployment still at just 3.5 percent.
- Once considered a child golf prodigy, Denver's Becca Huffer was sidelined by a misdiagnosed injury after a star career in high school and at Notre Dame. Now she's ready to make her much-anticipated LPGA debut.
- Republican Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner helped push Senate candidates closer to Trump during the 2018 election season; facing his own re-election bid in 2020, he's instead seeking distance from the president.
- "Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies" at Aurora Fox Arts Center isn't an easy sell: a social justice story drawn on themes raised by the Trayvon Martin case, but funny too. Director Betty Hart and executive producer Helen R. Murray spoke with Colorado Matters about the show.
- An offer by President Donald Trump that drew ire from both sides does not appear to have brought any closer an ending to the government shutdown which now is in its 31st day.
- The Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is a landmark. But the keys to its beauty and icon status are also part of why it so desperately needs an ambitious restoration.
- Early in the campaigning for the 2020 presidential election, it's becoming clear that Democrats feel they need to win over America's black voters anew.
- The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 3, and after wins yesterday, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will face off for the Lombardi Trophy.
Any time you find yourself asking, "What's the deal with...?" odds are you're not the only one. In walks Colorado Wonders, where CPR News will dig up the answers to your burning questions about the Centennial State.
I-70 traffic to the mountains sucks; what happened to high-speed trains?
Traffic along Interstate 70 slows to a crawl due to an earlier tanker leaking on U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass in a file photo. (AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin)
It's easy to daydream about a high-speed train to your favorite resorts along the I-70 corridor when ever leaving at 5 a.m. isn't enough to beat traffic on a fresh powder day. So why do we have a clogged highway instead of rails?
Actually, it turns out rail never has been completely off the table. A coalition of communities along the route known as the I-70 Collaborative Effort has launched a new study that could make the case for new mass transit.
Got a Colorado question of your own? Fire away.
- It's one of the reasons a lot of large predators — and in part, the bison — are endangered or extinct. The first Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting was earlier this month in Jackson Hole, Wyo. — Wyoming Public Media
- As meat grown in labs instead of on ranches comes closer to becoming a reality in your grocer's meat case, states have begun taking up bills regulating how meat that wasn't one a living animal can be labeled. Missouri took point, and Wyoming lawmakers are set to debate this session. — KUNC
- Beware radon, Pitkin County residents. — Aspen Public Radio
- From the This Is More Important Than It Sounds™ files: The U.S. Department of Interior says it's being bogged down by Freedom of Information Act requests, and it's proposing to allow itself to deny requests it considers "burdensome" or "vague." (These are the requests that journalists make constantly to check up on public officials and agencies.) — KDNK
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