Facing a labor shortage, construction tries to rebrand

Apr 11, 2019
To recruit more young people, employers talk up technology and higher pay.
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The number of electrical car charging stations is rising, but does that mean wider adoption of electrical cars will follow?

Dec 11, 2017
Charging electric vehicles in 2017 can still be a hassle, and it leads some to rethink their purchase. Here’s how the industry, and even some government entities, are trying to address that.
A new electric vehicle charging station is seen near San Francisco city hall. Will the proliferation of charging stations lead to more electric cars in the West?
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Wedding cake case goes to the Supreme Court

Dec 5, 2017
The Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments today in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He said a state law forbidding discrimination on grounds of sexual discrimination forces him…

What happens to a neighborhood when oil and gas companies move in next door?

Nov 2, 2017
Residents of Broomfield, Colorado are fighting to keep oil and gas drilling out of residential areas.
A drilling rig near homes in Erie, Colorado. 
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Coal under Trump: one miner’s perspective

Aug 18, 2017
"When somebody has something good to say about you, you’d say, 'You know what? That’s great.'”
Don Stahly, a third-generation coal miner, has been working underground in Colorado's West Elk Mine since 1999. He says he understands his job will not last forever, but is happy with what President Trump is doing to bolster the coal industry.
Dan Boyce

A deadly home explosion renews debate on drilling near homes

Jun 15, 2017
High housing costs in Denver are driving home development in outlying areas close to oil and gas infrastructure.
Image of the cafe in Cabin Creek, Colorodo in the 60s. 

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Colorado's rain barrel banditry is coming to an end

Jun 3, 2016
A frontier-era law ended last month when small drums were legalized.
Rain barrels are used to collect water that falls off into a home’s gutter system, and usually store between 40 and 60 gallons. In Colorado, their use has been illegal for decades.
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Wheat, corn, cannabis? Farmers eye next cash crop

Apr 20, 2016
With the demand for cannabis growing, farmers realize their expertise has value
Well-trained plant breeders can now entertain a new calling: marijuana. Breeding programs, like this one at The Farm in Boulder, Colo., are becoming a significant commercial enterprise.
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Local Money: Google moves into Boulder, Colorado

Nov 13, 2015
Google's expanding its Boulder, Colorado campus, but some residents are worried about the effects on housing costs.