Well, it's Thursday again, dear Lookout readers. Fortunately, it looks to be a lovely day through most of the state. Enjoy it while you can, though; it should be colder and will probably snow a bit tomorrow (or earlier in the mountains).
So, today I'd like to introduce something new to The Lookout: Top of the Hour. It's a new, short section just below my intro, which will feature a few quick news items that we haven't reported on the website but have mentioned on air, things coming up today, and so on. Sometimes it could be something just breaking. Let me know how you like it.
I can't believe it's been 20 years (to the day) since The Sopranos debuted on HBO and James Gandolfini (rest in peace) was catapulted to stardom.
If you've seen the show, you know it also rekindled interest in Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Now that you've got a soundtrack stuck in your head, here's the news.
Top of the Hour
This morning, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (weird to write that after eight years of Hickenlooper!) will give his first State of the State address. We'll carry audio live (on air, streaming, smartphone app, smart speaker) or you can watch it on our website. Can you believe we couldn't find the time of the address when we looked yesterday? It's at 11 a.m., and as soon as we knew that we shared it with the internet.
Also: the National Western Stock Show Kickoff Parade begins at noon and we'll be pushing photos to our Instagram account starting then. Here's some Stock Show trivia from 1972: Grand Champion steer "Big Mac" was ruled ineligible after the discovery that it had been dyed black for the National Western Stock Show after being entered in Kansas City as a white steer.
- Western Slope's Holy Cross Energy moves toward achieving 70 percent renewable energy by 2021: it will sell coal-fired power to a wholesale energy provider in exchange for a major source of wind power to be constructed soon.
- A DMV computer glitch overcharged about 100,000 drivers for vehicle registrations last month; those affected will be notified by mail.
- A legal clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Boulder Justice Center will help residents to vacate pre-legalization marijuana convictions; a second clinic is planned for Jan. 15.
- The Food Bank of the Rockies will hold three emergency distributions over the next week to help feed federal employees impacted by the government shutdown.
The Big Stuff
Trinidad mulls the future of its iconic Fisher's Peak as conservation deal falls into place
Fisher's Peak is the most prominent part of the 30-square-mile Crazy French Ranch outside of Trinidad. (Courtesy Tegan May/The Nature Conservancy)
Boulder has the Flatirons, Grand Junction has Colorado National Monument. Castle Rock has ... Castle Rock. Imagine if you couldn't actually take a closer look at your town's picturesque slice of topography, though.
That's the way things have been for Trinidad and Fisher's Peak, part of the privately owned 30-square-mile Crazy French Ranch. But that could all be changing soon.
More CPR News
From CPR Classical
Itzhak Perlman performs in Denver tonight, but first he spoke with CPR Classical's Monika Vischer
Itzhak Perlman. (Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco)
Itzhak Perlman is in Denver tonight to perform with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. CPR Classical program director Monika Vischer talked to Perlman about a special anniversary, the role of music today and a Grammy nomination that surprised him despite the 15 Grammys he's already won.
The performance features Ludwig von Beethoven's illustrious Violin Concerto and starts tonight at the Boettcher at 7:30. There were still just a few tickets available when I checked a few minutes ago.
- The 2018 Farm Bill includes some provisions that reinforce tribal sovereignty in the U.S., and could help tribal governments improve the availability of nutritious foods for their people. — Wyoming Public Media
- A near-record number of coal power plants shut down in the U.S. last year, but power consumption went up — and most of the demand was met by natural gas-fired plants. Which means even though coal is on the decline, greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are still on the rise. — KRCC
- Here's how it looked: New York hedge fund dude donates tons of cash and a truck to rural Colorado sheriff's office, gets volunteer deputy sheriff badge in exchange. The scandal ultimately cost the sheriff his title, but not before he revoked the moneyed Easterner's badge. — Bloomberg
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants you to know that the federal government shutdown hasn't affected their operations (in case you want a park experience with recently cleaned bathrooms and room in the trash cans). And, in case you can't figure out whether you're in a Colorado State Park already, they've provided this handy (and humorous) flow chart. — CO Parks & Wildlife on Twitter
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