Morning Headlines: Craft-Brewing Bachelors, Alec Burks' NBA Adventure, Prize-Winning Peeps, and More

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April 22 2011, 9:00 AM

Homegrown: Culminating in a collective "Rocky Mountain High," the inaugural induction event for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame paid tribute to John Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield (Denver Post). CBS4 takes a tour through the Hall, and Westword offers a trivia-worthy five things you may not know about John Denver. Meanwhile, Boulder's in-the-works Etown Hall, which will host the popular etown radio program, has received a nice boost from Fort Collins millionairess Pat Stryker's music-loving Bohemian Foundation (Coloradoan and Daily Camera).

Burks Outgrows CU: Alec Burks led the Big 12 in scoring this year and also made the top 15 in rebounds and assists. Those kinds of stats are leading Burks to forgo his junior year at the University of Colorado to enter the NBA draft. But who will fill in at CU (Denver Post)?

Brew Babes: Heads up, single ladies who swill. Beer Wench and Denver Off the Wagon have scoped out the country's craft breweries for eligible bachelors and have come away with a top 20 list. Six of the studs  (pics included) are based right here in Colorado (Westword).

The Kids Are Alright: Maybe teenagers aren't as financially inept as adults believe they are. Of about 1,500 local students, 355 scored in the top 20 percent—and 15 perfectly—on the National Financial Capability Challenge. Maybe they can help figure out a way to keep Denver from having to shutter up to half of its public library branches (7News).

On the Up-and-Up: Colorado high school track teams are jumping on the barefoot-running bandwagon (Longmont Times-Call), but the growing participants in ski mountaineering races are keeping their boots firmly fastened (Out There Colorado).

For Peeps' Sake: There's an awful lot you can do with Peeps besides get a stomachache. The winners of the Denver Post's Fourth Annual Peeps Diorama Contest proved that point with gusto this week, putting together scenes ranging from the dramatic to the trivial (Post). But the marshmellow-y fascination doesn't stop at decoration: Former Westword food critic Jason Sheehan ranks the "6 Strangest Things Ever Done With Peeps" for Foobooz in Philadelphia, where he now writes for Philadelphia Magazine.