Hello Lookout readers, and hello Friday. It finally stopped raining in San Francisco yesterday afternoon and, aside from this thing they call "humidity," it's pretty nice with the clouds and mild temperatures. You could almost wear a jacket.
I'm kidding, of course. San Francisco has plenty to offer but it's got nothing on Colorado. We did have quite a bit of fun last night at Urban Putt. Think of it as being like The 1Up, except with Rube Goldberg-inspired miniature golf and craft beer instead of Skee-Ball, Frogger and PBR. And get ready, because they're coming to Colorado. Here's one of the creative holes in S.F.:
A quick happy birthday to Katy, shout-outs to new friends I've met here from KQED, KPCC, WBUR, WABE, KERA, NPR and others, and away we go to the news of the day.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- TSA workers, despite missing one paycheck already due to the government shutdown, are still showing up to work in Aspen.
- Colorado's 18th Judicial District, encompassing Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties, is now the largest in the state. So large that lawmakers plan to propose forming a new district by dividing it in two.
- Today is the last day for Denver Public Schools to reach a deal with teachers before the union calls for a strike vote on Satuday.
- Small federal loans to low- and middle-income America from the USDA aren't being processed due to the shutdown, and sellers may soon start dropping buyers with USDA mortgages.
- CDOT's Heat is On campaign steps up impaired driving enforcement across Colorado today through Jan. 28.
The Big Stuff
Will health care policy tilt to the left under Colorado’s Democratic trifecta?
The Colorado State Capitol dome in Denver. (CPR News file)
Before November's blue wave in Colorado, the statehouse was divided — a Democrat-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate — and lots of legislation that passed either house died in the other.
But with both houses and the governorship now in their hands, Democrats could now propose and pass their own health care agenda.
Photos: Sheep-shearing at the Stock Show
Bob Schroth of Strasburg gives a sheep shearing demonstration on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
In 2018, the most recent numbers from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture show Colorado with 435,000 head of sheep and lamb, making it the third largest producer behind Texas and California. Colorado ranks fourth nationally in wool production.
Strasburg sheep farmer Bob Schroth runs shearing demonstrations at the National Western Stock Show. All sheep have to be shorn and Schroth said a few even enjoy it.
More CPR News
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.
So how many natives are there in Colorado, anyway?
A sign welcomes travelers to Colorado near Montezuma in the southwestern part of the state. (Photo: Flickr user Zruda/Creative Commons)
Being a native in Colorado is kind of a big deal, apparently. If you flip through Tinder profiles, you'll notice everyone who is proudly proclaims it. I'm not a native, but I've lived here longer than nearly all of them based on median age stats. Even so, I kinda wish I could claim native status.
So how many natives are really here? I'll give you a hint: 43 other states have higher native populations than Colorado.
Got a Colorado question of your own? Fire away.
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