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Hick Ventures Into the Would-Be 51st State, Not Warmly Received

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Gov. John Hickenlooper arrives at the University Center on Wednesday at the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley. Hickenlooper spoke with several city and county officials in an effort to create regular communication between the Governor’s office and Colorado communities. (Photo by Joshua Polson/jpolson@greeleytribune.com | The Greeley Tribune)

Gov. John Hickenlooper deserves at least a modicum of credit for his willingness to enter the lion’s den. In this case, that would be a trip last week to Weld County to meet with a group of 30 or so local and elected officials so unhappy with the state of politics in Denver that they’re voting on whether to secede from Colorado. Eleven counties have just such a measure on next Tuesday’s ballot – 10 counties in northeast Colorado are proposing to become a new state of North Colorado, while Moffat County in far northwest Colorado will explore becoming part of Wyoming. Continue Reading →

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Rainfall that Led to Epic Flooding Sets Boulder’s All-Time Record

Weather records in Boulder began in 1893, just in time to record a massive flood in 1984 when Boulder Creek went out of its banks several block wide, according to Bob Henson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. The epic flooding that struck river and creek valleys in the northern Front Range and points east earlier this month was higher than any of  those since 1894, “higher than any of those in that almost 120 year history, so in that sense it was a 100 year flood,” Henson said. But in terms of amounts of water running through as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey “it was almost like a 50 or 60 year flood,” he said in an interview with radio station KUVO’s morning public affairs segment. The rain fall measured in Boulder was indeed historic, he said. The main cell of the storm Wednesday through Friday, Sept. Continue Reading →

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New movie about White House butler Eugene Allen rings true, says Denver soul food scholar

Denver resident, author and soul food scholar Adrian Miller is giving the new movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” two thumbs up. The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents, beginning with Harry S. Truman. In the course of his own creative endeavors, Miller has interviewed White House chefs and looked extensively at the service of African Americans in the back corridors of the White House. “Every president has had an African American chef, either as head chef or as an assistant chef,” Miller said, in reviewing the new film for radio station KUVO’s morning news and public affairs segment. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Allen and Oprah Winfrey portrays his wife in this passage of time story. Continue Reading →

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Viewing the historic year of 1963 through a Manual lens

Much is being made about the 50th anniversary this month of the famous civil rights march on Washington D.C., and the era defining “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Locally, much is being made about Manual High School’s class of 1963 gathering in Denver this weekend for its 50th reunion. And yes, there are connection between those two signal events, the coming of age Manual students in a time of epic national turmoil and change. “As a teenager, the March on Washington and the speech were wonderful,” Michigan Hill, a Manual 50th reunion committee member, told radio station KUVO’s morning jazz and public affairs show. But he said many of the racial tensions that were tearing at the country were not present in Manual’s East Denver neighborhood of 1963. “There was a real sense of neighborhood pride, and it didn’t matter if you were brown, white, black or yellow, we were one community, the Manual community,” Hill said. Continue Reading →

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