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Concerns about Trump administration spur Thompson Divide oil and gas lease lawsuit 20.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Questions about whether the Trump administration will defend a recent decision canceling oil and gas leases in Thompson Divide led Pitkin County and a local nonprofit to sue the federal government Wednesday, officials said.
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How a Private Prison Company Used Detained Immigrants for Free Labor 3.4.2017 Mother Jones
When Carlos Eliezer Ortiz Muñoz arrived at the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado, in 2014, he was given a clothing package and assigned to a housing unit, where he'd have to stay for months. Like tens of thousands of other immigrants across the country who are kept in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention each night, Ortiz and his fellow detainees were waiting to see if they'd win their immigration cases or face deportation. Before long, the private prison company that ran the detention center put Ortiz to work. Each day in his housing unit, guards assigned a crew of six detainees to clean the private and common living areas; scrub down toilets, showers, and eating tables; and sweep and mop floors. "None of us got paid anything," Ortiz said in a court statement. But he couldn't protest—he knew he could be sent to solitary confinement if he refused to do the cleaning. "Some of the guards would threaten us by saying, '¿Quieres ir al hoyo?'" Ortiz said. "'You want to go to ...
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What's Attacking the Web? A Security Camera in a Colorado Laundromat 20.3.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A video recorder in a Colorado laundromat is just one of hundreds of thousands of connected devices that host malicious software. Often left without adequate protections, these devices are drafted into ‘botnets’ that are constantly attacking the internet.
Soroco saving energy, money after free audit 20.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
A state energy program is helping the South Routt School District save energy and lower utility costs for district buildings. The district was able to complete an energy audit through the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Savings for Schools program, identifying low-cost ways to save money and energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 30 percent of a school district’s total energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily. The audit took place in May 2016 and was specifically for Soroco High School and Soroco Middle School buildings. Some of the updates already have been put in place and will pay for themselves within the first year or two after implementation. For example, the district is spending only $200 to upgrade hot water piping insulation, which is expected to save $530 and 130 therms of energy annually. The upgrade was identified through the audit. The district also spent $200 to repair a dishwasher hot water heater leak, which will, in turn, save $770 and 7,800 kilowatt ...
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Thousands of immigrants claim they were forced into labor after being detained in U.S. 5.3.2017 Washington Post
The lawsuit filed against one of the largest U.S. prison companies could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants. The original nine plaintiffs alleged that people detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in the Denver area are forced to work without pay — and that those who refuse are threatened with solitary confinement.
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Thousands of immigrant detainees sue private prison firm over 'forced' labor 5.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

During part of her time in an immigrant detention center in Colorado, Grisel Xahuentitla spent six hours a day passing out trays before meals, scrubbing toilets and scouring showers.

She was participating in a voluntary work program that allows detainees to earn $1 a day to help with the upkeep...

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Niwot-based Crocs names new CEO, plans to shutter 160 stores 1.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Crocs Inc. is shaking up its top leadership and closing more stores after reporting another quarter of losses Wednesday.
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Steamboat briefs: Alzheimer’s support group to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday 28.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors a free monthly support group for spouses caring for a partner with dementia. The group, which offers an opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting, meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Rollingstone Respite House. The next group meeting is Thursday, March 2. Call Barbara at 970-879-8942 for more information. Indie Lens Pop-Up film focuses on Sandy Hook community Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues with a free screen-ing of “Newtown,” a documentary film by Kim A. Snyder, at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. “Newtown” uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors and first responders, “Newtown” documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, ...
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Steamboat briefs: The Foundry slated to offer ear acupuncture 4 p.m. Thursday 16.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Foundry Treatment Center will hold a free acudetox, or ear acupuncture, event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the organization’s outpatient clinic, 1915 Alpine Plaza, Unit C4. Possible benefits of acudetox include a general feeling of well being, improved sleep, sense of relaxation and decreased cravings for addictive substances. Plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes receiving acudetox. Contact clinical director Jasmine Aranda at 970-879-7230 or for more information. Library screens documentary about global artist Lily Yeh Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “The Barefoot Artist,” a new documentary film about Lily Yeh, a 70-year-old global artist, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. “The Barefoot Artist” is a visually stunning and deeply emotional film by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub about the long and colorful life of Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world’s ...
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January storms erase part of California's snowpack deficit 28.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The recent storms that have buried the Sierra Nevada in snow have taken a big bite out of the state’s five-year snowpack deficit, according to researchers.

Using satellite data, computer models and snowpack measurements, University of Colorado at Boulder scientists estimated the water content of...

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Steamboat briefs: Call for artists to participate in CVA small works show 28.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is accepting entries for its upcoming “Room Full of Views” small works show, which will be featured during the gallery’s First Friday Artwalk opening reception March 3. This is a non-juried show, open to all artists, with a maximum of 35 entries accepted in order of sign-up. All work must be original, 2D or 3D work and no larger than 12 inches in any direction. Artwork is due Feb. 18. Visit  for complete details and registration. Free cardiovascular screenings available for women Friday Friday is National Wear Red Day, raising awareness of heart disease in women. Women can drop in for a free cardiovascular and diabetes screening from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Screenings include cholesterol panel, blood pressure test, blood glucose test and BMI. Participants will receive personalized education and heart disease prevention tips based on their results. Free cardiovascular ...
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Tale of two states: N. Dakota has $4 billion saved from oil and gas taxes; Colorado has almost none 28.1.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado, on the heels of a court case that expanded energy industry tax exemptions, is scrambling again to tap diminished severance tax revenues collected from mining and energy exploration. The tax stash is getting carved up to pay for budgetary emergencies and parochial interests.
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2 Florida students plotted Columbine-style school attack, police say 27.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Authorities say two students who were plotting a Columbine-style attack at a central Florida middle school have been arrested.

Sumter County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that the boys, ages 13 and 14, planned the attack at The Villages Charter Middle School for Friday.

Deputies say...

Nat Geo: Get soaked in the ‘Boat 24.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Downtown Steamboat Springs and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs received a positive mention in the February/March issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine as the ideal place to embark upon a road trip through Colorado’s geothermal hot springs. The article touted the growing number of craft cocktail bars and small-plate dining rooms in Steamboat and suggested stopping at The Laundry before heading for the Mad Creek trail to reach the hot springs (remember the trail is closed in winter, and vacationers are urged to book a shuttle up the slippery slope of County Road 36). From Steamboat, the itinerary routes hot springs travelers down Colorado Highway 131 and west on I-70 to Glenwood Springs, which claims to have the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. However, Nat Geo recommends Iron Mountain’s 16 pocket-sized pools instead. The next destination is the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort south of Leadville via Colorado Highway 82, Aspen and Independence Pass (in summer only). Mount Princeton ...
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McDonald's U.S. restaurant sales fall after five quarters of gains 23.1.2017 Yahoo: Business

The logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company McDonald's (MCD) is seen in Los AngelesShares of McDonald's were down 0.5 percent at $121.60 after the world's biggest fast-food chain released its fourth-quarter report on Monday. McDonald's and other U.S. restaurant operators are battling competition from convenience stores, supermarkets and meal kit delivery services such as Blue Apron.

Colorado business filings indicate “optimistic” 2017 19.1.2017 Denver Post: Business
The Colorado Secretary of State recorded 109,526 new business filings last year, and the number of businesses in good standing continued to move higher, according to the Quarterly Business & Economic Indicators released on Thursday.
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Three companies make dramatic comebacks in rough and tumble year for Colorado stocks 31.12.2016 Denver Post: Local
U.S. stock markets got off to a miserable start in 2016, were plagued with disappointing earnings and blindsided in ways that should have sent them spiraling lower still.
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Nearly $20 million approved for companies eyeing big Colorado operations 16.12.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado's Economic Development Commission on Thursday approved nearly $20 million in incentives for seven companies looking to set up or expand their operations along the Front Range.
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New Mexico finds no 'red flags' in nuclear dump inspection 15.12.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico inspectors did not uncover any red flags in their recent review of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository as the facility prepares to reopen after a radiation leak, regulators said ...
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Stocks pull back from record highs as banks and retailers fall 29.11.2016 LA Times: Business

Stocks pulled back slightly Monday, retreating from the records the market set last week. 

Consumer companies and banks took some of the largest losses. Small-company stocks, which have been outperforming the rest of the market for weeks, gave back some of their recent gains. 

The Dow Jones industrial...

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