Terrific Tuesday, Lookout readers!
Today's newsletter is so jam-packed with stuff you don't want to miss — a contest for solo musicians, a conversation with Bill Clinton, to name a few — it's like David Lynch's "Dune," where if you miss just a small fraction, you may be confused the rest of the way through. I can't find any way to connect the film to today's date, specifically — or the Frank Herbert novel that changed the world. It's just a really great film (and book), so I don't think I need an excuse to mention it.
Why not get down to business with the news now — don't worry, I wedged in some fun stuff with the serious.
P.S.: Leave it to sharp-eyed Lookout readers to catch a huge ball when I drop it — I completely failed to mention yesterday in my note about Leonardo Da Vinci's birthday that the Denver Museum of Nature & Science at this very moment has an exhibit celebrating 500 years of the master's genius. I hope to see it before it closes on August 25.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Slow down: CDOT has lowered the speed limit from 75 miles per hour to 70 on eight curvy miles of I-70 through Grand Junction.
- A Trump administration tariff on solar panels slowed the pace of growth in Colorado's solar industry last year, though the state is still shining compared to some others.
- Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is polling well enough to make it on the stage for the Democratic presidential primary debates. For now.
- Crowds filled the Colorado statehouse on Monday for debate on a bill that aims to improve the state's relatively low childhood immunization rates. HB19-1312 advanced on Monday.
After Columbine, President Clinton set a new standard as 'Consoler in Chief' — and he’s still thinking about the survivors
Former President Bill Clinton at his office in New York in April 2019. (Nathaniel Minor/CPR News)
“There are certain things, if you’re president, you need to say. There are certain other things you need to not say.”
Former President Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton still remembers the moment he learned about the shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and he knew immediately that it was different. The role he took, as "Consoler in Chief," set the modern standard for presidents.
Subscribe to Since Columbine or listen to this episode on NPR One.
The Big Stuff
Colorado could be the next state to let its employees collectively bargain
A monument to the Civil War, that includes a reference to the Sand Creek Massacre, in front of the State Capitol building, July 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
State workers in Colorado have sought the right to collectively bargain for years, and now it looks as though Democratic lawmakers could make that a reality this legislative session — if Gov. Jared Polis will go along with the plan.
More CPR News
Solo musicians wanted: Our "Solo on the Slope" contest seeks talent to feature on a live Colorado Matters show
(Photo Courtesy of Avalon Theatre)
In June, CPR News' Colorado Matters will be on the road and broadcasting live from The Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction.
The winner of the Solo on the Slope contest will perform in front of the live audience and later be heard across the state on Colorado Public Radio's airwaves. Here's how to enter the contest.
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