G'morning, Lookout readers. It seems like it's one of those weeks where you're alternately thinking "It's only Monday..." and "It's already Monday?"
Was anyone else on I-25 yesterday around 4 or 4:30 p.m. on the north side of downtown? Katy and I were headed northbound and hit heavy traffic around 6th Avenue, which turned out to be curiosity slowing from where an allegedly stolen pickup was stopped by officers from several agencies — in the southbound lanes, just south of 58th Avenue — using a PIT maneuver after the suspect allegedly ran over the truck's owner while stealing it at a car wash in Longmont. The owner suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.
After that added an hour to what we expected to be an easy Sunday afternoon drive, I admit I was grumpy and may have driven a bit impatiently on the rest of our trip. That reminded me to remind you to stay calm and soldier on, and stay safe out there.
There's a lot of big news today, so I'd better leave you to it.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A bill to ban licensed therapists from counseling LGBTQ youth on changing their sexual orientation — so-called "conversion therapy" — gets its first hearing at the state capitol this week.
- A Denver police officer has been suspended for 10 days after accidentally discharging his weapon as he was turning on its attached flashlight while responding to a call.
- A snowboarder died while attempting a jump at the Snowmass Mountain terrain park Sunday morning.
- Hotel occupancy in metro Denver declined slightly last year — but most likely because so many new hotels opened.
The Big Stuff
The strike is on after Denver teachers union breaks off negotiations; what you need to know
A big crowd of striking teachers started to grow Monday morning outside East High School, in Denver. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
After last-ditch efforts to come to agreement on Saturday ended with the teachers union walking out of the room, a strike looked inevitable. Denver Public Schools negotiators invited union representatives to continue discussions on Sunday, but no talks took place.
On Monday morning, picket lines began forming at Denver schools well before the first bell. The district says all regular K-12 schools will be open and staffed during regular hours today, but preschools will be closed and charter schools may have different plans. More details, tips and resources in our story.
- BONUS: Ryan Warner spoke with teachers and district representatives on Saturday after talks broke down. You can find that on our Facebook page and Twitter stream, both of which you can follow for updates today and throughout the strike.
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.
A tough question in Colorado: Which is more dangerous, skiing or hiking?
A day hiker navigates loose rock on Mount Lindsey, a Colorado 14er in the Sangre de Cristo range. Experts say there’s scant reliable research on how risky a climb like this is compared to other outdoor activities. (John Daley/CPR News)
Coloradans are not known for their safe, tame recreational activities, and two of the by-far most popular are skiing and hiking. Remember when it was still possible to hike less than two hours away from the metro area and not see other people every five minutes? Both activities carry very real risks.
Health reporter John Daley explored how the two compare to each other, and where each falls overall among dangerous outdoor pastimes Coloradans enjoy.
Got a Colorado question of your own? Fire away.
More CPR News
- In a new American Hospital Association report on the state of America's rural hospitals, there's good news (fewer hospitals in rural areas are closing than elsewhere) and bad news (there's a veritable black hole of mental health professionals in rural areas) for Colorado and the Mountain West. — KUNC
- While much of the Mountain West scored poorly for legal protections for the LGBTQ community on the Human Rights Campaign's latest State Equality Index, Colorado received top marks. — Wyoming Public Media
- Two of life's greatest simple pleasures are good craft beer and Girl Scout Cookies (my favorite are the Trefoils). Now a couple of Northern Colorado breweries are pairing the best combinations of the two. — Fort Collins Coloradoan
- Tick-borne illnesses have more than doubled in the U.S. since 2004, so should Coloradans be concerned? Well, we should at least be conscientious. — 5280 Magazine
- Kevin Kaufman, longtime editor of the Boulder Daily Camera, died Sunday of complications from cancer at age 62. Kaufman was passionate about serving the paper's community and eager to try new things to do it, especially as print journalism faced tough times the last decade. He was a mentor to many Colorado journalists, and an all-around good egg. We'll miss you, Kevin. — Boulder Daily Camera
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