Makers Market, a locally-owned store in the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, is an upbeat neighbor to the new Amazon 4-star store. Co-owner Lisa Roina feels her mix of local goods and enthusiasm can coexist next to the modern, data-collecting Amazon, which now pays workers $15 an hour. (Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun)

“The mall is really cutthroat.” Colorado retailers are desperate for entry-level workers as Amazon (and its $15/hr minimum) moves in

“We just can’t hire at $15 an hour. That’s why we’re here all the time.”

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Gov. Polis prioritizes education in first budget request, but Democratic lawmakers are skeptical

Democratic budget writers worry the money for full-day kindergarten isn’t sustainable. And they want money for transportation

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U.S. Forest Service has built a wild horse pen that could allow it to sell the animals for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service, however, denies claims by horse advocates it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter

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Pueblo is about to elect its first mayor in decades. Will this be the solution the city is looking for?

Nick Gradisar and Steve Nawrocki, both longtime fixtures in Pueblo politics, are running to be the city’s first mayor in roughly six decades