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The Front Range fails to meet federal standards for healthy air quality. Again.

Air quality in Denver and the northern Front Range worsened over the summer and the region missed an extended deadline to meet federal health standards, according to monitoring results by the state’s Air Pollution Control Division. That’s bad news for Coloradans suffering from asthma and lung diseases, or young children whose lungs are still developing. […]

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Here’s why more electric vehicles, including a future Subaru, may become available in Colorado — or not

The sales of electric and hybrid vehicles continue to rise in Colorado. And to no surprise, the top-selling model this year is a crossover-SUV, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But that’s a hybrid, so gas power kicks in when needed. Pure electric vehicles, especially SUVs and pickups, are a much rarer breed at area auto dealerships […]

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Denver’s tech ecosystem is a work in progress as companies come and grow — and others get sold

The Colorado tech community cheered when email service SendGrid had its initial public offering in November. Finally, a home-grown business was moving to the level that so many startups aspire to. Less than a year later, SendGrid last week said it was being acquired for $2 billion in stock by Twilio, a firm that does […]

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After Colorado was hailed as a national model for payday loans, voters will be asked to further limit payday lending

Raise your hand if you feel it’s unfair for working class folks to get sucked into a cycle of financial woe because they borrowed against their future paychecks at rates that can hover into the triple digits? Or how about this: Raise your hand if you feel it’s unfair that a business operating within Colorado’s […]

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Why Maker Faire Denver — a celebration of the city’s curiosity and ingenuity — got a makeover

Not long after last year’s Maker Faire Denver, Dan Griner got a call from Elise VanDyne, the seemingly indefatigable leader of the annual creative event for the past five years. Griner, an industrial designer, had just moved back to Denver after living in India. He was happy to connect with his old friend. “She cold-called […]

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The massive GOP tax bill created a powerful incentive to invest in distressed communities — including one in Boulder

Not too far from the new Google campus in Boulder, an aging strip mall is in need of a makeover. Redevelopment of Diagonal Plaza has been tried before. A Walmart Neighborhood Market, for example, popped up in 2013 but closed last year. Now, there’s a renewed effort to invigorate the shopping center, Google’s neighborhood and […]

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Colorado’s candidates for governor offer a first glimpse into the importance they will place on cybersecurity

COLORADO SPRINGS — Both major candidates for Colorado governor on Monday pledged to step up the state’s efforts to train more cybersecurity professionals and to keep a consumer’s private data safe from malicious attackers. But Republican Walker Stapleton and Democrat Jared Polis, who each gave a short presentation to an attentive audience of security professionals at […]

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Uber to bolster driver background checks in Colorado, at a cost of $2.4 million annually, after state sanction

Ride-sharing service Uber has agreed to increase the frequency of its criminal background checks of drivers in Colorado after state regulators discovered last year that the company failed to disqualify some drivers with felony criminal convictions. The move is part of a settlement stemming from an $8.9 million fine levied by the state Public Utilities […]

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CDOT is looking for a great idea to keep cars from crashing into wildlife

If you’ve got a great idea on how to stop a deer from leaping into headlights, you just may help Colorado solve one of its worst rural-traffic nightmares: collisions with wildlife. The state’s Department of Transportation is challenging the public to come up with ideas that use technology to address this issue. According to the […]

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Denver Startup Week isn’t just for Denverites. It’s drawing people from across the U.S.

Vince Kadlubek brought a Meow Wolf crew to Denver Startup Week two years ago. They left  set on the idea that Denver would be the first place the Santa Fe, N.M., arts collective would expand its immersive art venue. “I really wasn’t thinking about Denver as an expansion city. I was thinking about Austin and […]