Howdy, Lookout readers. It's Tuesday morning and yesterday's snow is already off most main roads, the sun is out, and daytime highs are expected to warm through the week.
One hundred and twenty-seven years ago today, Asa Candler, with his brother and several others, formed the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta to market the syrup formula Asa had purchased while running a drug store. About 90 years after Asa said Coca-Cola sales had spread to every state — on April 23, 1985 — New Coke was introduced. While my dad rationed his stockpile of real Coke bottles by the case in the garage, the whole debacle was becoming one of the ultimate teachable moments for marketing and business classes . The company capitulated to consumer outrage, returning the old formula to stores (with the "Classic" added to the name) within a few months.
I gave up Coke in favor of Dr. Pepper on Christmas Day, 2001. Why I remember is a long story — much longer than the news today, so let's do that instead.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse and Sen. Michael Bennet last week introduced legislation to protect 400,000 acres in Colorado — the largest such move in decades.
- The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs wants to expand its exhibition hall space by nearly 100,000 square feet to better accommodate large events such as the annual Space Symposium.
- A man who left a backpack of explosives outside the Nederland Police Department and tried unsuccessfully to detonate it in 2016 has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
- After several prior postponements, Denver's International Church of Cannabis goes on trial today after its 4/20 celebration raised questions about illegal public consumption.
The Big Stuff
Denver teachers union files response in bid to stall state intervention in salary negotiations
Denver teachers and their supporters protested outside school district headquarters on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, ahead of a loud and contentious board meeting addressing a potential strike by the teachers union. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
After a landslide vote to walk out, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association filed a response with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment stating that the union in the school district can solve the dispute.
The response says an intervention would be futile because experienced mediators haven't been able to close the gap in discussions, and says it would be an endorsement of the district's "abusive practices."
More CPR News
- The Dead Sea Scrolls just finished up a stint at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and examining what we know about them for the exhibit helped an archaeologist at the museum understand why historians' long-held practice of discounting the oral traditions of indigenous peoples is wrong. — Sapiens
- The drought cycle in the Southwest, including Colorado, has been between dry and drier for nearly 20 years. We see the Colorado River in the news more and more. It's beginning to become apparent that water use planning on the Colorado that began in the early 20th century was based on abnormal moisture, and that the current aridity is probably the new normal. (If none of that grabbed you, click for the scary pictures of Lake Mead at 40 percent of capacity.) — Yale Environment 360
- "America built the railroads, and the railroads built America," says lifetime railroader John Bush in this visually stunning short documentary that preaches preserving by doing with its intimate portrait of a historic railroad in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. CPR News wrote about learning to drive a train on the Cumbres & Toltec in 2017, too. — National Geographic
- The history of the Central City Opera House is storied and fascinating (kangaroo boxing, anyone?), but now it might be in a position to help renew the town's artistic roots, as well. — KUNC
Worth a Read
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