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Former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex, who issued 1st same-sex marriage licenses, dies

BOULDER — Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died. She was 78. Rorex died Sunday of complications from recent surgery at a hospice care facility in Longmont, the Daily Camera reported. […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Environment, News, Outdoors

Colorado’s outdoor industry knows it could be much more inclusive. Here’s how it plans to get everyone outside.

Michael Mojica was up for anything, so when a neighbor asked if he wanted to climb a 14er, a surefire induction for any new Colorado resident, he agreed to it.  “Sure,” the transplanted Texan replied. “What’s a 14er?” A few days later, Mojica topped out on the summit of Mount Yale. His eyes blurred with […]

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All the cool Colorado universities and colleges have one: a mountain campus

This fall, about 1,500 first-year University of Denver students will take turns descending winding mountain roads toward a cluster of rustic cabins, an open field containing a ropes course and barely any cellphone service. It’s something of a “digital desert,” said Jeremy Haefner, chancellor of the University of Denver,  but it offers an amenity hard […]

Posted inArts, Climate, Coloradans, Energy, Environment, Health, News, Water, Wildfire

“The End” bus tour depicts an apocalyptic Denver to help spur climate change action

Boil-water orders remained in effect, curfews were strictly enforced and people without water service to their homes were encouraged to contact local authorities. Extreme heat and power outages afflicted much of east-central Colorado, as harmful levels of airborne particulates filled the air in Denver and its neighboring counties.  “Children, youth and people with compromised immune […]

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Rural Colorado schools, unable to recruit out-of-town teachers, are trying to get locals into classrooms

The question of how to draw more teachers into a profession defined by high stress and low pay has become increasingly difficult for administrators like Dave Slothower to answer over the past two years. “This is important work,” said Slothower, superintendent of Calhan School District east of Colorado Springs. “I don’t think anybody would disagree […]

Posted inColoradans, Equity, Housing, News

After 50 years, homeownership gap between white and Latino Coloradans narrows. But for Black Coloradans, it’s widened.

Michael Diaz-Rivera hoped $25,000 in savings and a good credit score would give him enough leverage to buy a home. But his low teacher’s salary made that nearly impossible. “The prices in Denver were just a little too steep for me and the market was just too high,” he said in late April. “Every time […]

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Colorado teacher prep programs saw an “exodus” when COVID hit — another test for school districts facing shortages

While teaching English to Greeley elementary school students who were just starting to learn the language, Ricardo Lopez would often hear his father’s struggles in their voices. “You don’t want to see them struggle like you see someone so close to you struggle trying to communicate,” said Lopez, whose dad immigrated to the United States […]