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18 Denver programs, many working to direct kids away from trouble with crime and substance misuse, share in $12M

Melissa Mouton founded 5280 High School in Denver after meeting a teenager who had gone six months without using heroin.   When she asked him how he stayed sober, the teenager said he had to drop out of school because it was like a “drug den.”  The encounter left Mouton, a physician, with a nagging feeling. […]

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Nonprofit offers $750,000 in grants to support nontraditional schools in 4 states including Colorado

For some kids, every school day can be monotonous. That’s why Kyle Gamba, who has worked in public education for 15 years, started the micro-school La Luz in Denver to ensure education was more than just “kids sitting at desks.”  At La Luz, kids learn while being immersed in the community, and on the go.  […]

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Denver will pay $48,000 to settle claim that people with disabilities were overcharged to see Red Rocks shows

Denver will pay $47,950.90 to settle a discrimination claim that alleged wheelchair-accessible seats at Red Rocks Amphitheatre were more expensive than non-accessible seats in the iconic city-owned venue. Amy Fink, a concertgoer who after six years of cancer treatment uses a wheelchair, first brought the complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice after the cost […]

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Denver rents are up 20% since 2019. They’re still rising, but not quite as fast.

What’s Working: A version of this story first appeared in a segment of our weekly What’s Working column on July 23, 2022. Additional details are included in this story. Read the full column. >> Sign up for the newsletter Just like home prices, rents are still much higher than they were pre-pandemic. According to Zillow’s […]

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How a Colorado McDonald’s weathered the Great Resignation with fiesta-themed birthday parties

Tucked in the corner of Longmont, the classic yellow sign seems like any other McDonald’s. The waft of french fries, bustling employees and children running for the playpen. But step inside, and you’ll be greeted with fiesta decorations and birthday cakes.  The so-called Great Resignation took a toll on fast-food restaurants all over Colorado, and […]

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“Get your rosaries off my ovaries”: Thousands protest Roe v. Wade reversal  in downtown Denver

Ellie Wyatt feels lucky that she lives in Colorado, where people have access to abortion. And that’s exactly what sent her and thousands of others to protest at the state Capitol in support of people in other states, where the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has already begun to end access to […]

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What’s Working | Median home values haven’t fallen in Colorado, but list prices for a new house have

As average 30-year fixed mortgage rates continue to hover around 6%, there’s an expectation that prices of homes for sale will fall. It’s only been 10 days since the Fed increased interest rates so it’s too soon to see the impact.  Or is it? So begins week two of What’s Working’s focus on housing (Missed […]