Happy Friday, Lookout readers. Drizzle in Broomfield turned into heavy snow this morning. I was skeptical (it's my nature as a journalist) but this looks like it could accumulate.
I'm having a harder time being optimistic about this cold, however. You know how you can sneeze so hard it hurts your back? More apropos for this newsletter, did you know that the common cold causes an average of 50 million lost days of work, and billion in lost productivity, each year in the U.S.? Do yourself a favor and do everything you can to avoid this cold going 'round. Wash your hands with soap and water, by the way — don't rely on hand sanitizer alone (and maybe avoid those with triclosan in them altogether).
In case it's not obvious, this is usually the very last thing I write for The Lookout; today that means I get to hand you the news (there's a lot down there, too) and go crawl back into my bottle of original green-death flavored Nyquil*. I'll see you all on Monday!
* "Green-death" flavor is from a Dennis Leary routine. While his language leaves much to be desired, his description of the power of NyQuil is appropriately emphatic and hilarious. If you're still game, you can see it here.
Top of the Hour
“The seasonal forecast for the next three months is calling for a slight tilt in the odds for above normal precipitation. So there are prospects that would favor continued slow improvement. Although we're not expecting a complete elimination of the long term drought over the next two or three months.”
- The National Weather Service's Brad Pugh, quoted above, says there's been a slight improvement in Southwestern Colorado's drought conditions.
- The Pueblo Police Department has an active shooter drill this morning at Pueblo East high School; surrounding streets may be closed and neighbors may hear simulated gun fire.
- Colorado Appeals Court judge Laurie Booras has resigned after a discipline review panel found three judicial code violations, including referring to a fellow judge as "the little Mexican" in an email.
- Two DIY venues in Denver, Rhinoceropolis and Glob, will reopen — but will not be allowed to house artists. They were shuttered in 2016 following the deadly Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, Calif.
- Ex-Broncos linebacker Andra Davis faces charges for allegedly choking a high school basketball coach after an on-court fight involving Davis' daughter.
The Big Stuff
Gov. Jared Polis' first State of the State
Spectators in the House Gallery for the State of the State address included a rather bemused looking service dog. Thursday, Jan. 10 2019. (Hart Van Denburgh/CPR News)
So yeah, the big news that you've almost certainly heard about is Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' first State of the State address, which was delivered yesterday morning.
First, in case you didn't see it and wanted to, we've got video and a full transcript for you. Then there's the Republican reaction to Polis' gubernatorial agenda, which centers on questions of whether the budget can be reconciled with the governor's priorities.
Not clear what those priorities are and don't have time to watch the whole thing? Here are the five biggest things on Polis' agenda.
More CPR News
“Natura Obscura” is an immersive arts experience covering about 5,000 sq. ft. of the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood. (Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)
- Englewood's Museum of Outdoor Arts today debuts its much-anticipated "Natura Obscura" immersive exhibit. CPR arts reporter Stephanie Wolf took her camera for a preview. (I didn't even know this place was a thing, but now I want to check it out for myself when I am alive again.)
- Everyone's talking about the increasing migration of bald eagles to Colorado. There's no time like the present to try to spot one, and Colorado Matters producer Michelle Fulcher is all over the how-to guide for eagle-watching right now.
- The Denver Broncos on Thursday introduced their new head coach, Vic Fangio — an old school coach, described has succeeding through a fundamentals-first mentality.
- In search of possible evidence of plutonium contamination and other environmental concerns, a new petition has been filed to unseal 30-year-old records related to a Federal Grand Jury investigation of a former Rocky Flats contractor.
- Frontier Airlines pilots, who agreed to steep cuts in the face of the Great Recession and have negotiated for a slice of the company's since-found profitability for nearly two years, reached a deal with management that includes a 53 percent average bump in pay.
- Washington's National Mall is bleak under the shutdown, but one federally owned attraction is controversially still open and staffed inside a Trump hotel.
- There's just one year left before the Census Bureau is scheduled to get billion worth of boots on the ground in the decennial American headcount that is the census process. There are more than a few potential hurdles to clear by then, however.
- Even federal workers who aren't furloughed could have trouble with the shutdown if they can't get their income verified to buy or refinance a home, or administer retirement accounts. And us regular folk could be up a creek if we're relying on a federally backed mortgage.
- The shutdown is hammering the sciences in our country, too.
- A new study suggests that focusing on the taste and experience (I'm guessing this is not things like texture?) of insects as food for humans may be more likely to interest consumers than the the fact that raising insects has far less impact on the environment than raising meat.
- President Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas, yesterday, where he again said he would consider declaring a national emergency to get funding for a wall. That likelihood appeared to increase this morning as more than 800,000 federal workers missed their paychecks due to the shutdown. The president continues to insist on border security, though evidence indicates immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans.
Worth a Read
- Everyone loves Honeycrisp apples these days. I'm a huge fan, personally. But there's a dark side to these balanced, crunchy delights. — Bloomberg
- Rental property owners usually can choose whether or not to accept housing assistance vouchers — Section 8 — or not, and no matter how you slice it they're siloing people who need help in the poorest neighborhoods (thus perpetuating a cycle). — CityLab
- It's a common misconception that English is particularly difficult or complex language, or even that it has the most words available to it (although it arguably ranks high on that list). The truth is that most of its perceived complexity results from the number of mismatched spellings and pronunciations: "English is a relatively simple language, absurdly spelled." Of course, it looks even more absurd than that when you string together something like 800 irregularities in one poem. — Oxford Dictionaries, The Economist, Open Culture
- You know "The Brady Bunch," right? Then you know they never discuss how Mike and Carol wound up single parents before they got together. What if it was something sinister? (Or, for your weekend long read, try this even-more-out-there take.) — Slate, The New Yorker
- If we can, for a moment, get over the terrible choice of the word "immersive" when it comes to promoting a WC (does it presage a terribly faulty seat? Offer a more comfortable experience for swirlie victims?), then perhaps we can see this connected and feature-rich commode for the hilarious monument to technological absurdity it is. — The Verge
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