What’s Working: Colorado employers may finally have found enough workers, as job openings flatten
The Colorado Sun
by Tamara Chuang
2h ago
Tamara Chuang Business/Technology Reporter Colorado received some notable mentions in the latest national job-openings report. The state had the largest one-month increases in both workers who quit jobs or left involuntarily. That helped the state rank as the second highest in the nation for workers who quit jobs and third highest for those who lost them in April, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, or JOLTS. The last time the state hit a 3.5% quit rate was in the summer of 2021, when the Great Resignation took hold and employers faced the worst labor shorta ..read more
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Two different plans for winter athletes will build leagues and teams competing throughout the season
The Colorado Sun
by Jason Blevins
3h ago
Action sports is getting an overhaul next year.  After years of one-off events, freeskiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross athletes will be competing in global leagues, with winter and summer seasons of events. And in the last two weeks, two competing organizations have announced plans to gather athletes into leagues with global events.  The X Games on June 13 announced the most sweeping transformation in its 30-year history, with a new global X Games League featuring sponsor-supported teams of athletes competing in four  winter and four summer events ..read more
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2024 Colorado Book Awards honor writers in 15 categories — including a new one
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by The Colorado Sun
9h ago
The 33rd annual Colorado Book Awards celebrated the state’s literary scene with presentations to some new names and familiar authors Friday night at the Tivoli Turnhalle Theater on the Auraria campus in Denver. The competition is presented by Colorado Humanities’ Center for the Book. In the competition for best Novel, which this year consolidated the General Fiction and Literary Fiction categories, “The Applicant: A Novel” by Nazli Koca won for her debut about a 20-something Turkish woman on a student visa struggling to make her way in Berlin. In the nonfiction realm, Chip Colwell’s “So Much ..read more
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Colorado GOP spent $20,000 supporting Chairman Dave Williams’ congressional campaign in May, report shows
The Colorado Sun
by Sandra Fish
18h ago
The Colorado GOP spent nearly $20,000 in late May to help party Chairman Dave Williams in his 5th District Congressional campaign. That represented the largest single expense of the nearly $90,000 the party spent last month, according to a Federal Election Commission filing late Thursday. The party raised about $56,000 in May and began June with about $550,000 in the bank. Williams has faced intense criticism for using party resources to benefit his congressional bid as he faces conservative commentator and activist Jeff Crank in the 5th District Republican primary June 25. Earlier this week ..read more
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Senate Ethics Committee appears skeptical of Faith Winter’s story
The Colorado Sun
by Jesse Paul, Sandra Fish and Brian Eason
19h ago
The Colorado Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously Thursday to advance its investigation into a complaint filed by the Northglenn City Council against state Sen. Faith Winter for appearing to be intoxicated at a community meeting in April. The committee discussed the evidence against Winter during a three-hour hearing at the Capitol. Some highlights: Winter admitted to drinking alcohol before the Northglenn event, but not in excess. “I expected the meeting to be emotionally charged, so I had a drink before walking in,” she said in a written statement to the ethics committee, asking for ..read more
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Will Sundance ditch Utah for Colorado?
The Colorado Sun
by The Colorado Sun
20h ago
I’ve been spending a lot more time at the creek near my house. Despite the fact that my allergies are trying to kill me this year, I’m loving this lush season of foliage at the water’s edge. I learned from a faded trailside sign that most of the trees are either Plains cottonwoods, peachleaf willows or crack willows, and I find a new favorite every day. Once I pick one out, I’ve been trying to identify it and study its grand form, but I also spend a lot of mornings just staring up into a tangle of branches, sniffling and trying not to touch my eyes. If you like picking favorites, help us pic ..read more
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It’s a pup! Colorado wildlife officials confirm Grand County wolves have reproduced.
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by The Colorado Sun
1d ago
At least one pup was been born to a pair of wolves transplanted to Colorado from Oregon in December. Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday evening said a gray wolf pup was spotted on June 18 in Grand County but said it is likely as many as five more were born. Biologists tracking location data noted in early April that a female’s collar had stopped uploading GPS coordinates, but then resumed sending data later in the month. This led the biologists to believe she was likely in a den. Though CPW did not release a photo or video footage of the pup, a news release said biologists had observed t ..read more
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Boulder granted $1.5 million to help lure Sundance Film Festival, beginning in 2027
The Colorado Sun
by Parker Yamasaki
2d ago
A one-time grant of $1.5 million was delivered to a coalition in Boulder working to bring the Sundance Film Festival to the city for 10 years beginning in 2027. Sundance Film Festival has been hosted in Park City, Utah, every year since 1985, but in recent years locals and festival goers alike have been grumbling about the cost and accessibility of visiting a high-end mountain town in the middle of winter.  In April, the Sundance Institute began considering a new home for the world renown festival beginning in 2027. Boulder responded to a request for information in May and was invited to ..read more
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Teachers claim they were assaulted by students for months
The Colorado Sun
by The Colorado Sun
2d ago
The sun breaks through storm clouds looking west from Yuma on June 16, 2024. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun) Good morning and happy Thursday, folks! I just got back from a visit to Yuma, my first since the hailstorm that left knee-deep drifts in the streets of my hometown. Evidence of the storm was visible on just about every block, where anything with a clear view to the northwest — trees, windows, siding, vehicles — was simply pummeled. But amid the destruction, there were signs of the kind of community resilience that I have come to expect from Yuma — from my mom’s screenprinted shirts ..read more
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Expensive battle over direction of policy at the Colorado Capitol plays out in Democratic legislative primaries
The Colorado Sun
by Brian Eason and Jesse Paul
2d ago
Democratic legislative primaries this year across the Front Range have become an extraordinarily expensive — and at times mean-spirited — battle over the direction of policy at the Colorado Capitol. The stakes are significant.  The makeup of the historic Democratic majorities at the statehouse will determine the future of laws on housing, environmental regulations, taxes, and worker and consumer protections — policy areas where bills have lived or died based on the votes of a single Democratic lawmaker on a key committee. While each of the contested Democratic legislative primaries have ..read more
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