Happy Friday, Lookout lovers. How's this February cold snap treating you? As I write this, it's -1 degree in Broomfield but with the promise of a warmer weekend.
One thing I can't praise my old Jeep for is its heater. My solution yesterday was midweight baselayers, my thickest wool socks, and a nice, heavy wool sweater under my parka. I could never stand sweaters — or wool — when I was younger, but there's definitely something to be said for them. Is there a particular item of winter clothing (or accessory) that you only came to appreciate as you got older? Let me know.
I trust I need no excuse for baby goats in sweaters? Excellent! Let's do the news.
P.S.: Moments before hitting send I became aware that Jim Dunlop Sr., the man behind billions of guitar picks and 50 years' worth of pioneering effects, has died at age 82.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Rep. Ken Buck is sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would eliminate the per-county cap on employment-based green cards, which supporters say will allow more highly skilled immigrants to work here.
- Superfund sites can take decades to clean up, but the EPA hopes to speed that up — and a group of mines including the Gold King and others polluting the Animas River will be one of the first projects they pursue.
- The site of CSU's former football stadium will be developed into 600-700 single-family homes.
- One of the largest construction companies in the world, Kiewit, plans to build a new campus in the south metro area big enough for more than 1,000 workers.
The Big Stuff
Ever have an unexpected and astronomical medical bill? Colorado lawmakers want to stop that from happening.
Zoe Williams of Denver shares a story about how her child’s broken leg led to a surprise bill of $15,000. Williams spoke at a press conference Thursday in support of a bipartisan proposal that would prevent so-called "balance billing." (John Daley/CPR News)
A bipartisan proposal in the state legislature would put an end to "balance billing" in Colorado — a practice that can hit patients with unexpected and sky-high bills.
The surprise bills can come when someone seeks care at an in-network facility but is seen by an out-of-network provider, or when seeking emergency care from an out-of-network provider or facility.
This Denver printmaker was so obsessed with Tarot she was driven to create her own deck
Emi Brady’s deck of tarot cards features 78 hand-colored linocuts. (Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)
“Technically, I wasn’t ready, and I think emotionally I wasn’t ready. I was definitely still learning a lot of things about myself, and I think the Tarot is about having a depth of knowledge and compassion for yourself and for others. And I just wasn’t there.”
Denver artist Emi Brady
Printmaker Emi Brady considered making her own tarot card deck for more than a decade before she was finally ready. The result — The Brady Tarot — is a set of hand-colored, linocut cards that was released last year.
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