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Colorado universities are increasingly losing money on sports as coaches’ pay, recruitment costs rise

Colorado’s public universities increasingly lost money on their sports programs as they spent more on coaches’ salaries, recruitment and other expenses between 2013 and 2019, an audit by the state released Monday shows. Expenses for athletics increased by $75.9 million during the audit period, while revenue increased by only $49.2 million over the same span […]

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College students find $564 solution to the million-dollar problem with Gillette Flats spring in Teller County

Two sophomores at the Colorado School of Mines designed a $564 system to allow an unclaimed but locally beloved artesian spring in Teller County to remain open. Installation not included. That is mostly because getting permission to install the few feet of connecting pipes, a water meter and a self-closing valve is among the last […]

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How does Colorado’s Lockheed Martin keep future engineers interested in space? By asking them to design robot cars.

The room was abuzz with pint-sized autonomous vehicles, mind-numbing calculations and geeks in shoe socks.  Julia Harvey had heard about the curious Lockheed Martin Space Systems event from a school newsletter and thought, “Oh, that looks really cool!” So, the Colorado School of Mines computer science major spent Halloween morning training her AWS DeepRacer (on […]

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Michael Bennet: Colorado is the obvious choice for the new U.S. Space Command’s home

This week, the Department of Defense will stand up the temporary headquarters for the new U.S. Space Command here in Colorado. As the department assesses options for a permanent location, it should look no further: the Centennial State is the obvious choice. Colorado is best positioned to ensure the United States maintains superiority in space. […]

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Women’s tackle football involves more guts than glory, and the championships are headed to Colorado

At dusk on a Wednesday night, two columns of football players are tearing up the grass doing practice drills, hitting, spitting, cussing and getting reamed by the offensive line coach.  “Give me some F— energy or get off of the field!”  If they don’t win in the playoffs, their season is over.  Dressed out in […]

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How to close the technology gender gap? A Colorado-launched effort starts with making sure stories don’t go untold

After TV news show 60 Minutes aired its “Cracking the Code” episode in March about the gender gap in technology, many of the folks working on the gap were furious. The show didn’t reference any of the female-led organizations working on the issue, concluded that things were getting worse and let a man speak for […]

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Memorial service planned for Kendrick Castillo, hero in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

A memorial service is planned for a student hailed as a hero for tackling one of two teenage gunmen who attacked his suburban Denver school. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch for 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo. Castillo was killed in the shooting. Castillo and two classmates […]

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Computer science isn’t required in Colorado schools. But enough people think it should be that the state is training teachers for free.

Which is heavier — a parrot or a barrel full of rum? How about a pirate flag, or a compass or a pirate’s spyglass? Now, sort it all out by thinking like a computer. That was the query asked of five elementary school teachers holding up cards of pirate-themed images and posing as third and […]

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Colorado’s universities are catering to out-of-state students. Is their public mission at risk?

Colorado’s flagship public university is within reach of a controversial milestone: the majority of its student body could soon come from out of state. The University of Colorado’s Boulder campus has trended that direction for years — the result of radically changing its business model to make up for two decades of state budget cuts. […]

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Oil rigs may draw protests, but Colorado’s pipelines could get pinched by Democratic lawmakers

Oil rigs dotting the Front Range have been lightning rods of controversy and targets of protests, lawsuits, ballot measures and now an expected push at the statehouse for new regulations. But behind those drill rigs is a multibillion-dollar network of processing plants and pipelines that also could be affected. This part of the industry is […]