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For the first time, Colorado has a Latina state historian. Here’s what Nicki Gonzales hopes to accomplish.

On Sunday — Colorado Day, marking the state’s 145th birthday — Nicki Gonzales will become the official state historian, and the first Latino person to assume the role. Gonzales, a professor of history and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Regis University, will serve a one-year term, succeeding historian and author Duane Vandenbusche. Gonzales […]

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Opinion: While we’re debating how to improve infrastructure, let’s pay more attention to countering cyber-threats

With the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline leaving much of the East Coast without gasoline during the six-day outage, it’s long past due to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the country’s critical infrastructures. Significant cyberattacks in the past decade include the Equifax breach of 147 million records (almost 42% of the U.S. population) in […]

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Opinion: Stimulus funds should support Colorado students in need at both public and private colleges

Our colleagues in Colorado public higher education have affirmed a call for bold action to use monies from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to support all students in need across Colorado no matter which college or university in our state that they choose to attend.   As leaders of private Colorado higher-education institutions, we […]

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After a small Colorado city paid cyber attackers a ransom, there’s concern about the rest of the state

If Debbie Wilmot could turn back time, the city of Lafayette would have scanned its computer network regularly. It would have hunted down and plugged holes that tempt cyber prowlers. And there would have been more training sessions to keep cybersecurity awareness high among the town’s 200 employees. The town of about 30,000 people is […]

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A Colorado-born tale of the zombie apocalypse details a feast of the undead — with a side of ethics

When Bryan Hall combined two of his favorite things — ethics and horror — into a medium designed to both enlighten and entertain, there was never any doubt about which did which. His just-released book, “An Ethical Guidebook to the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Keep Your Brain without Losing Your Heart,” covers a lot of […]

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America trashes 40% of its food. A Colorado startup is connecting the discards to dinner tables.

Occasionally, at Regis University’s school cafeteria, there are dishes that sous chef Grant Ruesch calls “monotony breakers.”  A recent one? New York Strip steaks. “I bought the steaks for a really awesome deal. I can’t remember, but like $3 a pound,” said Ruesch.  “$3.49,” someone interjected.   “We ran a steak night special at the college […]

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Lockheed Martin sniffs around for space in Grand Junction

An oh-by-the-way comment dropped into a recent Club 20 address by Gov. Jared Polis may—or may not — signal a significant economic development win for the Western Slope city of Grand Junction that has been wooing the aerospace industry. Polis was speaking to the Western Slope coalition of counties at their annual fall meeting Saturday […]

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While Colorado voted, cyber experts were watching for the worst threats to state’s election systems

Inside one of Colorado’s busiest election hubs on Tuesday morning, it was so quiet you could hear someone crack open a can of soda. All eyes were on personal computer screens or the big monitor in the front of the room showing activity on computer systems handling state voter registration, voter verification and vote tallies. […]