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The definitive guide to Colorado’s history-making, fan-angering, TV landscape-shifting winter sports blackout

Call it a cruel irony of our times: Just when there has never been a more exciting period to revel in the success of Colorado’s two marquee winter pro sports teams, there has never been a more daunting time to try to watch them on television. For the first time in memory, hockey’s Colorado Avalanche […]

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The disruption of local sports TV began years ago — and it’s far from done

It’s not all about Altitude. Frenemies of the Denver sports broadcasting arm of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment have been in its shoes before. Longtime partners Comcast and AT&T’s DirecTV also own regional sports networks and have felt the pain as local sports channels nationwide deal with business models some say are broken. The networks face […]

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Altitude sues Comcast, says cable provider is running Denver sports network out of business

The dispute preventing Denver Nuggets fans from watching basketball games on Comcast turned uglier Monday as Altitude Sports & Entertainment filed a lawsuit calling the cable company “anti-competitive” and trying to eliminate the Denver-based regional sports channel in order to buy it “at a dramatically discounted rate.”  Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games vanished in late […]

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“The cruel irony of the digital divide” in Colorado: Urban poor are left behind even as access, technology improves

When money is tight, Elysia Lucero has to make a choice: Pay the internet bill or buy food for her family.  She bought food last month. On Wednesday, she stopped by the PCs for People store on West Alameda Avenue to take care of the unpaid internet bill. “We can’t live without the internet,” said […]

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From Denver to Durango, public-access TV channels still face budget threat after FCC decision

Public-access channels fearing funding cuts received a temporary reprieve as the Federal Communication Commission exempted the channels while approving new rules that limit how much cities can charge cable TV providers in franchise fees. The PEG channels —  short for public, educational and governmental access — are often one of the few local sources televising […]

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Finding family in the folds: Learning the art of wonton connects Coloradans across cultures

Clarence Low called up his mother last year and asked if she’d fly to Denver to teach his two sons how to make bao, the steamed pastry often filled with Chinese BBQ pork. “Mom, why don’t you come out and reteach me how to bao wonton?” Low, president of Colorado’s Asian Chamber of Commerce, recalled […]

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Cannabis lobby gains new clout in Colorado as its spending tripled in the past five years

As Colorado’s marijuana industry has grown to top $6 billion in sales in its fifth year of legalization, the cannabis lobby at the Capitol is also growing, in numbers, spending and stature. This will be a big year for the industry, with marijuana regulations sunsetting and bills vetoed by former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper resurfacing. […]

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Lobbying is big money in Colorado. But the spending is difficult to track.

Some chat with lawmakers while others huddle in small groups to discuss legislation. Together, these lobbyists will receive tens of millions of dollars this year from big businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments hoping to influence Colorado elected officials. The combined total spent on lobbying from July 2014 through December is estimated at $138 million, […]