Howdy! Alex here, back to curate your end-of-week Lookout editions.
First, a challenge. I need you to close your eyes and think of the most public radio thing you can. (No peeking! I can see! DON'T ASK ME HOW.) Ok, open 'em. Is your answer on the board?
If you guessed member station-branded farmer's market bags, you're a winner! And if you're realizing it's time for another membership drive, uh, daily double?
I'm gonna forego the game show metaphors from here on out because I clearly do not know enough about them, and it's time to get a little serious. (I promise we'll get back to the bags — which are machine washable, by the way.)
I came to Colorado Public Radio about a year ago from the for-profit media world. When I step back and realize that, whoa, not only do I get to play a hand in some seriously groundbreaking journalism every day, but I get to do so because of the generosity and good faith of CPR donors and members, I am deeply humbled and deeply grateful. Journalism is all about serving the community, and the public media model brings us newshounds all the closer to you.
If you are an Evergreen Member — thank you, thank you, thank you! If you're not, there is no time like the present to come aboard. Become a member by 6 p.m. today and you get three of those CPR farmer's market bags. They're green, they're made of mesh so your veggies can breathe and they're cute.
Let's get to that member-supported news, shall we?
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A boulder the size of a house that tumbled across state Highway 145 in southwest Colorado will stay put. State officials plan to save money by rebuilding the highway next to the boulder, which was dubbed "Memorial Rock."
- Two fish hatcheries in Colorado may soon be open to fishing for the first time, one in Hotchkiss on the Western Slope and another near Leadville in the mountains
- There are almost 9,000 home listings on the Denver market now, a 38 percent jump from last year according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. Single-family homes are still selling at an average of $555,000.
The Big Stuff
Colorado is ready for renewable energy. The state's power grid, well ... not so much
Wind turbines, alongside an electrical tower, at the National Wind Technology Center, run by the U.S. Department of Energy, outside Boulder, Colo. (Brennan Linsley/AP)
Increasing renewable energy in Colorado is a case of brain vs. bones, the brain being the state's lawmakers and the bones the aging system of power lines and plants. It's a problem across the U.S. With a dearth of federal funding to rebuild the system, local energy providers and governments are stepping in before customers and residents start to ditch the grid.
More CPR News
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has big policy plans for his third and final term. Hancock shared his vision for sustainability, homelessness and transportation with Colorado Matters the morning after winning the city's runoff election.
- Another winner in Tuesday's runoff: Initiative 302, or Let Denver Vote. If Denver wants to put any money or staff time toward luring an Olympic Games to Colorado, it'll have to go to a citywide vote first.
- If this Denver runoff election wore you out, you're not alone. Denverite reporters David Sachs and Esteban Hernandez processed their exhaustion by comparing this election to an alcoholic beverage and turning it into a haiku.
- A dangerous combination of heavy rains and burn scars from last year's wildfires are threatening southeastern Colorado with flash floods.
- Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. World leaders gathered in Portsmouth, England, to kick off two days of ceremonies. President Donald Trump recited the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt read in a national radio address that day, while Queen Elizabeth II remembered the encouraging words her father King George VI shared with Great Britain.
- It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a nonagenarian? Three D-Day veterans, all in their 90s, parachuted once again into Normandy, this time in celebration.
- Eleven people have died on Mt. Everest this season. Jake Norton of Evergreen, an experienced climber who just returned from his eighth Everest expedition, said too many inexperienced trekkers with the wrong expectations are on the mountain.
- You probably know about Drop City, the Trinidad artist community that media outlets heralded as a '60s hippie mecca. But do you know that Drop City was just the jumping-off point for co-founder Clark Richert's 50-year career? (Also, he disagrees on the hippie point.)
- Oakland just joined Denver in decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms — and went even broader.
Who's Next: Hunger
Join Denverite in recognizing the next group of 2019 Who's Next honorees
As Denver grapples with issues around hunger, food security and food justice, these folks nominated by the Denver community will be the centers of attention. Get to know 2019's Who's Next: Hunger class better here.
If you're already a Denverite member, keep an eye out for a discount code for tickets — use the offer to introduce a friend to the community. If not, there is a ticket option for new members that includes this event. Learn about the benefits of supporting Denverite's work here.
Denverite's Who's Next: Hunger is at Comal Heritage Food Incubator tonight, from 6:30-9 p.m. Jump straight to getting tickets right here.
Worth a Read
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Our newsletter's name, The Lookout, refers not only to our transmitters high atop Lookout Mountain near Golden, but to our ongoing watch for news around Colorado and the West.