I can't believe the first Friday of 2019 is already here. And the first weekend is coming hot on its heels — with pretty nice weather expected, to boot.
Last night Katy and I took a detour up into the canyons west of the Front Range to see if we could catch a bit of the Quadrantids meter shower. We wound up seeing a few pretty cool meteors, which is good, because it looks like we won't have the opportunity to see many more until the Perseids in August, which coincide with an annoyingly full moon.
I'm going to leave you here for today, because I have to head back to the dentist for whatever comes next in my root canal journey. But I'll leave you this news.
The Big Stuff
Where it all began: Hick talks legacy and future aspirations from the Wynkoop
Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, speaks with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner during an interview Jan. 3, 2019 at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver, while standing at the edge of the pool table where former President Barack Obama once beat him in a friendly game. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Gov. John Hickenlooper's office is a mess — he's packing up to make room for Jared Polis, who'll be sworn in next week — so he took questions in his last regular interview with CPR's Colorado Matters at the Wynkoop in downtown Denver.
Talking with Ryan Warner upstairs in the brewery and pool hall he founded in 1988, Hickenlooper related the part it had played in his gubernatorial decision making, said he's working with family to plan for the future, and even implied he has a call from Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York he needs to return.
Purplish, the politics podcast from CPR News that takes a look at what it is that makes Colorado purple, will be returning as Colorado's legislative session get going. But first, a bonus episode:
This time Purplish takes a look at Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's record on gun control, an issue likely to come up in any presidential bid he might make, with CPR News public affairs reporter Bente Birkeland.
More CPR News
Worth a Read
- There's a whole segment of the population — mostly millennials, but don't take this as exemplary of anything — who really just want to stay in bed all the time. Like all the time. But beyond the implications of job creation in the form of delivery services for Literally Anything™, they're just plain becoming a coveted demographic for homebody goods and services of all kinds. — Vox
- It's the kind of nuts-and-bolts agency that you wouldn't expect has a lot of room for corruption, but an interim report to the oversight committee from the U.S. Government Publishing Office's Office of Inspector General includes accusations of wasteful spending, cronyism and other misconduct. — NPR
- It's always hard to decide whether to share stories like this, but understanding the details and circumstances of tragic events is important if we are to learn from them what we need in order to seperately and collectively contemplate a better future. “Friends took this photo at their favorite bar in Thousand Oaks. Minutes later, the shooting started.” — Los Angeles Times
- Last-minute addition: A Phoenix woman who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years last week gave birth to a baby in a skilled nursing facility. Police are investigating possible sexual abuse in the case, and the baby is believed to be alive and healthy. — AZFamily.com
- It's difficult to truly grasp the distribution of the world's population even when you know the numbers, but now you can spend your weekend with this brilliant population visualization that will bring a whole new dimension of understanding to your world view. — The Pudding
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