Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers! "Normal" weather is expected to continue again today around the state.
Katy and I had Alison Borden's story about unusual bird migration patterns in mind when we spent the weekend camping at an undisclosed location in southern Colorado, but didn't really expect to see — and much more so, hear — the elusive Western Tanager. That the story inspired above-average reader comments is no surprise now, though!
Today's the last day of our membership drive, folks, and get this: Every single dollar you can give to support Colorado Public Radio by 6 p.m. today will be matched 100 percent. That means if you can help us out with $20, you're really helping us put $40 into class-A reporting, classical and new music, and everything else we can give back to Colorado and our generous supporters. And to all our members and supporters, new or existing, please accept our sincere gratitude — we can't do it without you. Thanks!
All right then, still plenty of news to catch up on, so let's.
P.S.: I got the wrong link for a story about people who believe animals should be protected and given rights similar to those of humans yesterday. Here's the correct link.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Struggling Adams 14 Schools is now officially the first district in the state to hand over management to a private company with a four-year, $8.3 million contract with Florida-based MGT Consulting signed Friday.
- A Denver couple has been accused of illegal renting homes on Airbnb in violation of a statute that requires owners to live in the homes being rented. They've been charged with a felony of attempting to influence a public servant.
- Ballots for a Lakewood special election to decide whether to limit residential housing growth in the city are being mailed this week.
- Aspen's City Council voted on Monday to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products to help curb teen smoking and vaping. The ban goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
The Big Stuff
After drawing national attention, the effort to recall freshman state Rep. Tom Sullivan is over
State Rep. Tom Sullivan speaking on the Colorado House floor in favor of HB 1177, the Red Flag bill on March 4, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Almost as quickly as it began, an effort to recall Democratic state Rep. Tom Sullivan over his support of the "red flag" gun bill has ended. Organizer Kristi Burton said in a Facebook post that she would refocus her efforts on recalling Democratic state senators who are not up for re-election in 2020.
More CPR News
Worth a Read
- The fire was in 2008, but in a triumph of PR damage control, the real damage is only now becoming apparent: More than 120,000 music master tapes — from a list of recognizable artists so long it wouldn't fit in an email — were destroyed. The cultural loss is unquantifiable, and the real tragedy is that the record companies seem so unphased. (I was reminded through this story of the 2017 remaster of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which only sounds this amazing because Giles Martin had access to the master tapes.) — The New York Times Magazine , Rolling Stone
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