Happy bizarrely warm November Friday, folks! We had a great time with everyone who came out to meet Drew Litton and Sun staffers at the Denver Press Club on Wednesday. If you missed it, check out a timelapse of Drew drawing John Elway here and stay tuned to this very newsletter for more events like this! (If you live outside the metro area and are interested in events like this, let me know so we can start planning for 2020.)
Our next shindig is Monday’s meeting of The Colorado Sun Book Club featuring author Rory Kress, who just published an op-ed in The Washington Post that animal lovers should check out: “Finally, animal cruelty may become a federal crime. But there’s a catch.” (Look for more details about the book club event below.)
But we have so much Colorado news to get to, from battles between quarries and tourism, cars (both electric and muscle), the rising cost of college outside of tuition and a brand new mountain gondola. Intrigued yet?
Let’s ride this cable car already, shall we?
ABOVE THE FOLD
Glenwood Springs is spending $1.2M in tax money on a public affairs campaign to fight a mine above town
Politically connected investment firm Rocky Mountain Resources wants to grow its Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry, seen in the upper left of the photo, above Glenwood Springs from about 16 acres to 447 acres. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun and EcoFlights)
For the first time in Glenwood Springs history, the city is spending is spending taxpayer money on a public-affairs campaign to battle what officials in the tourist town are calling an “existential crisis.” What’s the crisis? A major expansion of a limestone quarry right above the town’s famous hot springs.
Colorado is home to a collection of classic Shelby muscle cars. But are they just bygone relics in the Uber era?
A lineup of unique vintage Shelby race cars, including the Shelby Factory Team Cobra CSX 2345 FIA Roadster at front, in the Shelby American Collection in Boulder. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)
“For example, a new Toyota Camry, the most boring car you buy, is faster than a 1969 Mustang, no contest.”
— Mechanic Jason Curran, on the difference between perception and reality in the world of muscle car appreciation.
Where to begin with this great story from contributor John Bear? First there’s the Boulder museum that houses some of the legendary muscle cars remade for the screen in the film “Ford v. Ferrari.” Then there are Andy Colwell’s excellent photos of the museum. But even more intriguing, the piece has some clear-eyed thoughts from car guys who know the car culture they love is getting further from the mainstream as we approach a post-car world.
- And right on queue, Lyft held a big, splashy event at the state Capitol yesterday announcing that it’s bringing a fleet of 200 Kia Niros — a long-range electric vehicle that you can’t even buy in Colorado yet — to Colorado that its drivers can lease. Jesse Paul and Tamara Chuang explain how the decision relates to new EV laws in Colorado and why the governor is so excited about the first-in-the-nation program.
Colorado wants to steer more students toward college by driving down higher education costs beyond tuition
Anyone who has gone to college — or paid for someone to go to college — in the past 15 or 20 years knows that when it comes to expenses, tuition is just one of the many things that have spiraled out of control.
- TUITION COULD RISE: That said, the cost of in-state tuition could rise up to 3% under a cost cap included in Gov. Jared Polis’ proposed budget, which was presented to lawmakers this week.
More from The Sun
Idaho Springs resident Pete Galmish, left, and Travis Cook, Mighty Argo project design director, look at a site map of the proposed Mighty Argo Cable Car gondola project. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)
- Idaho Springs is looking to mine for more tourist dollars at the site of the historic Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel (that giant red thing you see off I-70 as you head into the mountains). The first attraction proposed? The “Mighty Argo Cable Car” — a scenic gondola that would climb 1.2 miles above the mountain town. Jason Blevins has all the details here.
- For the first time since it launched in 2014, Colorado’s beleaguered immigrant driver’s license program will expand to a total of nine locations beginning in January. Even more are on the way.
- A grand jury has cleared the Colorado Springs police officers who fatally shot 19-year-old De’Von Bailey in the back as he ran from them, citing Colorado laws that allow law enforcement to legally shoot fleeing felony suspects — laws that conflict with at least one U.S. Supreme Court case that determined such shootings unconstitutional. (via AP, Vox)
- The law banning high-capacity gun magazines in Colorado, passed in the wake of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting and which sparked successful recall elections and led a firearm a manufacturer to decamp from Erie to Wyoming, is being evaluated by the Colorado Supreme Court. Will the policy be upheld? (via AP)
- Many Colorado teachers are prepared and willing to walk out of classes unless the state drastically increases education funding, according to a new poll by the state’s largest teacher’s union. Meanwhile, many school districts are turning to local taxpayers because they say they’re not getting enough money from the state. (via Chalkbeat, The Colorado Sun)
- As more and more marijuana and hemp growers grow their product outdoors, the problem of cross pollination is on the rise. That’s a very expensive issue, and Colorado is one of the many places trying to mitigate it. (via Marijuana Business Daily)
THE FUN STUFF
// There goes Drew Litton again, not sticking to sports — sorta. Whatever your political point of view, his take on the impeachment proceedings is bound to make you laugh in spite of yourself. Check out the bottom of this newsletter to find out how to get one of Drew’s 2020 cartoon calendars for free!
// In the latest edition of “What’d I Miss?” Ossie and Myra take on one of the stickiest situations you can find yourself in: What is your responsibility when a friend or family member says something racist/sexist/homophobic?
// Meanwhile, Jim Morrissey takes one last shot at the backcountry.com legal team that tried to bigfoot small outdoor retailers.
It’s always fun to read fiction — particularly mysteries — told from multiple points of view. That’s what Colorado author Cynthia Swanson offers in this excerpt from her second novel, “The Glass Forest.” We get a preview of her three primary characters — a career woman, a young mother and a teen girl — and just a hint of the intrigue to come. In the SunLit interview, Swanson explains how this book wasn’t quite a follow-up to her first book, “The Bookseller,” but she had some unresolved issues that needed more attention.
// It’s a salacious headline — “Police find 26 children behind false wall at Colorado Springs daycare” — but it’s hard not to see the whole situation as a direct result of the major shortage of childcare workers in Colorado. // KDVR
// Mad Max:
Fury Road Interstate 70: Watch an angry Subaru Forester driver try to ram a Tesla Model X SUV on I-70 — only to be thwarted by the Tesla’s onboard cameras. // Inside EVs (h/t /r/Denver)
// While we’re talking the “Most Colorado Things Imaginable,” how about this headline? “Craig Apothecary fined and suspended for not selling enough locally-grown marijuana.” // Post-Independent
// I’m not a hunter because it never really feels like a fair fight, but I could almost be convinced to go on a hunt with an atlatl — the ancient spear-throwing tool — if it becomes legal in Colorado. // KUNC
// Aurora Central High School was given one year to increase its state ratings after a second year of low student performance. // Chalkbeat Colorado
// It’s been a rough year for West Colfax institutions. First my beloved Dino’s closed in September (RIP) and now Rockley Music Center will close after a 73-year run. // CBS4, 9News
// After a record-breaking winter and rainy summer that effectively wiped out drought in the state, we’re already back to below-average snowpack in Colorado after a dry start to autumn. // OutThere Colorado
// Introducing Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman (but just barely). // Sentinel Colorado
// Less than a week after a man was arrested for a plot to blow up a historic synagogue in Pueblo (here’s an interesting list of stuff seized at the suspect’s home), Denver police arrested a man who allegedly shouted anti-Muslim comments and pointed a gun at the Downtown Denver Islamic Center. // The Colorado Sun, Seamus Hughes on Twitter, CPR News
// Thanksgiving is around the corner, and some Coloradans still can’t access food and medical benefits from the state because of an ongoing glitch from a systems upgrade in August. // Denver7
// The Coloradoan continues its project of analyzing how other cities are dealing with homelessness. This round features a tiny home village in Austin. // Coloradoan 🔑
// In a major victory for Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, the city will begin notifying council members of upcoming “sweeps” of homeless encampment in their districts. // Westword
// As the impeachment inquiry’s televised portion continues to suck up all the available attention in the U.S., this piece on how to treat politics as a hobby really stuck with me: “Politics is for Power, Not Consumption — Political hobbyism takes well-meaning citizens away from pursuing power.” // Boston Review
Why You Might Like It: A few months ago, Spotify started recommending some beautiful, haunting songs by a big, long-haired, mustachioed guy I’d never heard of by the name of Jim Sullivan. But all the songs seemed to come from just one album, 1969’s “U.F.O.” Little did I know about the still-unsolved mystery of how Sullivan disappeared in the desert of New Mexico on his way from California to Nashville in 1975. So this weekend give that album a listen (I recommend the title track and especially “So Natural” to get you started) and contemplate a true musical mystery.
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See you back here on Monday.