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Western Slope vineyards bubble over with young wine drinkers raised on fizzy beverages

Four Front Range millennials are tasting wines at Sauvage Spectrum winery in Palisade following a morning of river rafting and hiking. As they work their way through plastic cups of unfiltered and sparkling wines nestled in muffin tins, the conversation around their outdoor table goes like this: “This reminds me of kombucha, which I love.” […]

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Opinion: The most unexpected weapon in the Israel-Gaza conflict? Instagram stories.

TEL AVIV, Israel — In the same predictable manner as just about every other 19-year-old, I have the tendency to instantly push back on every single opinion, task, and lecture that my parents issue. I intentionally devour spicy Takis in the face of my dad’s staunch Gwyneth Paltrow-style clean-living routine, and relish playing political devil’s […]

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Opinion: For Colorado’s small businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic is the wrong time to rein in Big Tech

State Rep. Mark Baisley’s Feb. 7 Colorado Sun op-ed, “It’s time to rein in Big Tech,” misses a fundamental fact — that large digital companies are extraordinarily important to small businesses.  Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, YouTube and many other digital platforms offer free and low-cost small business tools that are critically important, particularly during […]

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“Social Dilemma” movement wants to force change at tech companies. Lawmakers do too.

Boulder director Jeff Orlowski hopes viewers of “The Social Dilemma” will fuel a campaign to force Facebook, Google, Twitter and others toward a more humane business model, or enlist lawmakers to better regulate the social media giants. The hot new horror flick that simmered on Netflix’s Top 10 list for the past month features an […]

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Kindness Yoga called out: Weakened by coronavirus, 9 studios close after Instagram campaign exposes rift over race

Patrick Harrington is sitting on a rock high on a hilltop, using his bare feet to push his flip-flops around the sandy gravel, his head in his hands. The owner of Kindness Yoga, and one of the most well-known yogis in Denver, is struggling to piece together the words to explain what happened — in […]

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This mic is on: Black women in Colorado take over Instagram accounts of white allies

After seeing the impact of the #ShareTheMicNow Instagram campaign, where black women took over the accounts of white celebrities last week, Ida Pennymon’s brain began churning. This could happen in Colorado, she realized.  She began tapping her network and reached out to Bozoma Saint John, an old family friend who was behind the national campaign. […]

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Tragedy has prepared Colorado students for their next battle: police brutality and racism

Minutes before a group of young protesters was set to begin its own Black Lives Matter moment on Saturday, the skies opened up. Heavy rain mixed with wind gusts and swirling dust sent demonstrators sheltering in groups near cars at Strive Prep – RISE near Denver’s Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Most of the protesters, most […]

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Colorado Democrats unveil sweeping police accountability bill in response to George Floyd’s death

Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday began to unveil a sweeping bill aimed at increasing law enforcement accountability in Colorado by collecting racial profiling data, ensuring officers hold each other accountable and making it easier for the public to file lawsuits against police. The measure, which could be introduced as soon as Wednesday, also would beef […]

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Safety and stoke: A-Basin’s coronavirus reopening provides glimpse of what next ski season may look like

ARAPAHOE BASIN — There are a lot of words to describe skiing and snowboarding. “Moral” and “victory” are not usually among them.  But that’s how the staff at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area talked about reopening Wednesday after being shuttered for more than two months because of the coronavirus crisis. “This is a moral victory,” said […]