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How a Denver Man’s Story Helped Shape DACA

Gerardo Noriega was of one America's first DACA recipients. Here's how his life helped shape U.S. policy for thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Climate Change: A Matter Of Degree

Think it’s been hot lately? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Average annual temperatures in Colorado are set to rise 2.5 to five degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2050. If that sounds like a modest increase, think again. We’re here to explain exactly how climate change could alter Colorado as you know it.

The 25 Best Places To Live in Denver Right Now

Looking for a new place to call home? We crunched the numbers—and made a few judgment calls—to come up with our second annual list of the Mile High City’s most livable neighborhoods.

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New Life for Juvenile Lifers

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect Giselle Gutierrez-Ruiz and more than 40 others in Colorado serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles. 

Still Life

Giselle Gutierrez-Ruiz has spent nearly two decades locked up in a Colorado prison. Three and a half years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his sentence is unconstitutional. Why hasn’t his case been given a second look?

2015: Year in Review

Our annual reminder of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Colorado this past year.

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Rhapsody In Red

The inside story of Devotchka's annual performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The Precious Ordinary

When a young writer reached out to Kent Haruf, Colorado's most celebrated novelist generously offered his time—despite having recently learned he had a fatal illness. In his final months, the author spoke to Chris Outcalt about reading, writing, and the meaning of life.

Denver’s Best Neighborhoods

What makes a neighborhood amazing? We dug into the data—home prices, crime stats, school quality—and factored in intangibles such as proximity to parks, public transit, restaurants, and cultural attractions to find the most livable spots in the Mile High City. You might be surprised at what made the list.

No Man’s Land

Twenty years ago, the state of Colorado granted José Espino-Paez a second chance. No one told him the federal government wouldn’t honor the same deal.

The Great Pot Property Bind

Legal marijuana's hardest-hitting side effect is one nobody predicted: a red-hot industrial real estate market.

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Undercover Operations

A recent New York Times piece cites an increase in undercover work by multiple federal agencies, and some operations are happening across the West. 

Colorado’s Year in Review 2014

Whether it was tight political races, gay marriage, marijuana, or the Super Bowl, Colorado found itself in the national spotlight in 2014. Here, a look at some of our best (and worst) headlines. 

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Education 2014: Minding The Bottom Line

A look at life in five elementary schools in the Denver Public Schools district a year after voters turned down Amendment 66. 

The Feather

For centuries, Native Americans have viewed the eagle as their link to the Creator of all living things. Now, from the National Eagle Repository just outside Denver, the United States government controls access to this sacred creature. The question remains: Whose bird is it?

Head of the Class

How Colorado has helped fund construction of new, LEED-certified schools.

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