Happy Tuesday, Lookout readers. After initially teasing us with bitter cold, 2019 seems apt to continue its new balmy weather trend a bit longer.
We can wish happy birthdays today to some real greats, including Stephen Hawking, David Bowie, and two of my grandmother's favorite people — Elvis Presley and my Dad. Happy birthday, Dad; instead of a video, you get a GIF:
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And now, if you folks are done enjoying the YouTube videos and forwarding this email, I've still got plenty of news to share.
The Big Stuff
With 11 days left to negotiate, Denver teachers could vote to strike for wages and benefits
Denver teachers listen to district and union negotiators at one of the public bargaining sessions in December. (Jenny Brundin/CPR News)
Denver Public Schools has been negotiating with its teachers for more than a year over wages and benefits, and now has less than two weeks to reach an agreement before the date the union has threatened to hold a vote to strike.
CPR News education reporter Jenny Brundin lays out that complicated way in which teachers are paid — a system that I had no idea was so confusing and potentially inconsistent — and how teachers want it changed to something they can count on.
President Trump to address nation tonight at 7
President Donald Trump will address the nation this evening at 7 o'clock our time from the Oval Office, a venue whose history as the setting for a presidential address is storied. Trump's first Oval Office address will be followed by a Thursday trip to the southern border to emphasize his demand for a wall.
CPR News will carry the address tonight on air and online — tune in at 7 p.m. on your radio or your smartphone, ask your smart speaker to "play Colorado Public Radio News," or watch live on cpr.org.
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.
What's up with cloud seeding? Is that a thing?
A wing-mounted generator emits particles of silver iodide for the Western Kansas Weather Modification program Aug. 28, 2007, near Lakin, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)
You bet your Cessna, it's a real thing. A CPR reader asked us about the reality of cloud seeding through Colorado Wonders, no doubt because the idea has been in the news lately as the state's snowpack has declined and rivers have run lower and lower.
CPR News producer Xandra McMahon explains the science, safety and economics behind the technology that Colorado is just starting to get serious about.
Got a Colorado question of your own? Fire away.
More CPR News
- Among the campaigns to make the cutoff for submitting signatures to get issues on Denver's May 2019 ballot was a group whose initiative would decriminalize possession of psilocybin mushrooms. (The signatures still need to be validated, so it's not guaranteed to get a vote quite yet.)
- For 29 years, Richard Rokos has coached the CU ski team, leading it to eight NCAA titles — the best record of any CU coach in any sport. Before that, though, Rokos tells Vic Vela, he fled Communist Czechoslovakia in 1980 and sought asylum in the U.S.
- You think of drones as being an aerial thing, but a team of engineers led by CU professor Sean Humbert is working on taking them subterranean to save earthquake and cave-in victims.
- Americans pay more for prescription drugs every year, and a new study attributes the increase not to innovation but to consistent price hikes for drugs already on the market.
- Soon it will be time to file tax returns, and some 70,000 IRS employees are furloughed. On top of that, this will be the first tax year under new rules from the big tax cut at the tail end of 2017, which the IRS already had its hands full preparing for. Nonetheless, the White House insists our return checks will be issued.
- A question I've had myself, finally answered: Why does Denver have a nativity scene on the steps of the City & County Building among its holiday decorations? — Denverite
- After a contentious election, San Juan County, Utah, has sworn in its new majority-Native American county commission. — Salt Lake Tribune
- If you head to Lafayette, you could visit the world's third-best masseuse. They buried the lede here, though because the real story, as far as I'm concerned, is that competitive massage exists. — Boulder Daily Camera
- On the Eastern Plains and in the San Luis Valley, a new study effort hopes to expand understanding of the impact of the opioid crisis in Colorado, in part by improving the availability of medication-assisted treatment. — KUNC
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