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Colorado gets ready for “historic” spring snow storm
Fri, 12 Mar 2021 02:49:06 +0000

Governor Polis provided an update on steps Colorado is taking to prepare for the upcoming winter weather. Governor Polis was joined by Director Shoshanna Lew of the Colorado Department of Transportation; John Lorme, Director of Maintenance and Operations, CDOT; and Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol. Many Coloradans — especially those looking to get outdoors and enjoy one of our over 300 days of sunshine, have been paying close attention to the weather reports in recent days. And as a major snowstorm comes our way, the Governor wanted to update the public on the state’s planned response.

At 11:50 AM today, Governor Polis issued verbal authorization to activate the Colorado National Guard over a 72 hour period, starting Friday at 12 PM through Monday at 12 PM to respond to search and rescue requests through the State Emergency Operations Center due to the winter storm.
Weather forecasts indicate that the most intense periods of this storm will pose extreme travel risks. For that reason, the State urges Coloradans to stay at home or in a safe location beginning shortly after sunrise on Saturday until at least Sunday afternoon, or until conditions become safe again.
The recommendation for this winter storm applies for the Colorado Springs area up to the Wyoming border and from the Continental Divide to the Eastern Plains. We expect to see the highest snowfall along the I-25 corridor, the Front Range, and the foothills areas.
This is a large area that will be affected, which will disrupt the plans of many of us throughout Colorado. In a storm of this magnitude, we cannot avoid some disruptions, but we do want to take every possible precaution to prevent unnecessary threats to people’s health and safety.
If you can stay safe in your home or in another location, especially during the peak of this storm, Colorado Department of Transportation crews will have a greater ability to do their jobs and return our state roadways to a safe and clear condition. The Colorado State Patrol is also adjusting schedules to optimize their staffing levels in areas anticipated to be most impacted by the storm.
CDOT’s winter operations team has been tracking this storm forecast since Monday, and have preparations well underway to mount an aggressive response for as long as they need to.
If anyone needs to travel over the next several days, it is encouraged to check road conditions before you go; will have the latest details for any conditions, including possible road closures that may be necessary during the worst of the storm. For more winter travel information, see comprehensive resources at
If travel is unavoidable, take time before the storm begins to ensure your vehicle is properly equipped.
Make sure your tires are up to the task with a minimum tread depth of 3/16” Check your windshield wipers, replace them if needed, and fill your washer fluid. Check your battery and ensure all your vehicle’s systems are working properly. AWD or 4×4 vehicles would be best, also consider including tire chains or other alternative traction devices. Commercial vehicles should be ready with chains.
If you must go out, take precautions in the event you become stranded. It is recommended that you bring:
Extra clothing Snow boots Blankets Food and water Carry a portable power bank or charger to ensure you can get help on its way
In an emergency, you should call 9-1-1 or *CSP from anywhere in the state. Be prepared to shelter in your vehicle as emergency responders come to assist, conditions are anticipated to be severe and can change quickly.


Ranchers and farmers are directly impacted by large snow storms like the one forecast for this weekend, and we are grateful for their skill in protecting our state’s important agriculture industry when significant storms occur.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture will work with state emergency management on resource needs that may result from the storm for our state’s ag communities.
If farmers and ranchers are in need of resources or assistance as a result of the winter storm, they should contact their local emergency management or sheriff’s office first. The Ag Department works closely with these local offices. You can find contact information for your local emergency management office at


CDOT crews have spent the past several days preparing every piece of equipment they have available and their maintenance teams will be working around the clock in 12 hours shifts throughout the storm response.
This storm forecast is different from the typical high country- mountain passes that typically see 2-3 foot totals. Instead of directing their resources to those passes as they usually do, they have shifted some resources throughout the state so that extra crews and equipment will work the highways and interstates that see the worst of the storm.
They are also pre-positioning specialized heavy equipment to clear roadways of snow or stranded motorists/vehicles, particularly in areas that have known, unique operational challenges.
While we are making every preparation possible, Mother Nature and safety concerns will determine whether we can keep roads open and safe for travel. If conditions demand, we will conduct safety road closures to prevent unsafe situations and give crews the time and space needed to clear a roadway for safe travel again.
They will also prioritize mainline routes such as I-25, I-70, I-76, I-225, and I-270 while making fewer passes along tertiary routes in the state system. Local agency partners will be prioritizing their road networks in a similar fashion in communities throughout the state.
Again, please do everything you can to stay at home and stay off the roads. However, if you must drive, be cognizant of the changing conditions and take a slow, cautious approach. Look for plows and keep your distance as they do a very important job for our communities.
Stay alert for first responders working in these conditions or stranded motorists. Slow and cautious driving is always the best option in winter weather.
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Along with Denver’s mandatory pet license comes new ID tech
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:07:20 +0000

It’s National Pet ID Week! Do you know where your pet is? New PetHub ID tag uses technology that links to owner information in real time on your smartphone

It’s something frightening, upsetting and something pet owners hope they never have to experience—a missing pet. But a new pet license at Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) can help reunite you with your furry friend should he or she ever go missing.

During National Pet ID week, we highlight the importance of making sure your pet’s identification is up to date. A lack of proper ID remains one of the biggest obstacles in returning a missing pet to its home.

ID tags and microchips can both be effective in reuniting pets with owners. But an ID tag attached to a pet’s collar can clearly accomplish this more quickly. If a pet is found by a neighbor or passerby, they can easily contact you from the name and phone number etched on the tag. Sometimes, though, that contact information is worn away by use and time.

DAS has a solution to that problem. When you license your pet in Denver, you now receive a PetHub ID tag. It uses smart technology. The tag has a scannable Quick Response (QR) code. The barcode stores all your pet’s important information, like owner contact, medical records, microchip, and dietary restrictions. It’s quick and easy to update the tag information. You can do it from your smartphone in minutes. And anyone with a smartphone can scan that QR code and immediately pull up your pet’s information.

While microchips are also effective, they require a special tool to read, which means before you can find out who owns a lost pet, the animal must be taken to a veterinarian or a shelter and the tag scanned there. Plus, many owners don’t take the time to update information on the microchip or they don’t know how.

You may not ever think you’ll have to worry about losing your dog or cat. But leashes break, doors and gates get left open and house fires and other emergencies erupt. Losing a pet is always a possibility. Protect your pet and act today by licensing him or her.

Licensing means protection, licensing means love. But it’s also the law. Denver requires all dogs and cats six months of age and older to be licensed within 30 days of moving to the city. You can purchase a license online at or in person at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. in Denver.

Licensing fees are affordable:

One-year license: $15

Three-year license: $41

Lifetime license: $150

Replacement tags are available free of charge at the shelter. You can also order a replacement tag online for a $6 processing and shipping fee. For more information on licensing visit

Please spend a few moments this week, making sure your furry family members are safe and can be quickly returned to you if they’re lost.

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Remote Learning Snow Day for Tuesday March 16 in Denver Public Schools
Mon, 15 Mar 2021 23:42:39 +0000

Due to the extreme amount of snowfall during this weekend’s storm and the difficult travel conditions created the past two days, all DPS school and office buildings will remain closed on Tuesday, March 16. As we previously shared in our snow day policy, we will have a day of fully remote learning for our students and fully remote work for our staff on Tuesday. Families whose students attend a charter school are asked to check with their school on their schedule.

All DPS school buildings and offices will be closed to non-essential personnel. Also, all Early Childhood Education classes are canceled. There will also be no curbside meal pickup and no bus meal delivery tomorrow.

We have been closely monitoring weather and travel conditions over the course of the past 72 hours. And despite the clearing weather and warmer temperatures today, the large amount of snowfall continues to make travel conditions difficult for team members to get to schools for snow removal and to get buildings and campuses ready for students. This was the fourth-largest snowfall in Denver’s history, and the massive amount of snow that fell all day yesterday has made today’s work in clearing sidewalks, parking lots, and school grounds very difficult.

Please follow your school’s plan for a fully remote learning day tomorrow. We will continue to monitor conditions, and we will provide an update on Tuesday regarding in-person instruction for Wednesday.

For additional information about severe weather policies, including a Frequently Asked Questions and documents in multiple languages, please visit the DPS Weather Page.

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DPS announces Superintendent Finalists | Denver Schools
Fri, 07 May 2021 18:21:04 +0000
Denver Public Schools (DPS) has announced the three finalists to our leaders, our staff and our community. We are so excited to introduce Dr. Alex Marrero, Dr. Stephanie Soliven, and Andre Wright. Summaries of their bios are available below, and their introductory videos are found below.
Alex Marrero – Dr. Marrero joined the City School District of New Rochelle in January 2020 as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. He became the first Latinx head of the city’s school system in September, serving as acting and is the current interim superintendent. Prior to that, as Assistant Superintendent at the East Ramapo Central School District in New York, Alex supported schools into Good Standing — a designation that represents dramatic growth — and increased graduation rates. He has earned numerous awards, including being honored as an outstanding administrator by the Latino Caucus of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and inducted into the New York Academy of Public Education. Alex has earned degrees from Fordham University, Manhattan College and Sage Colleges where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award.
Stephanie Soliven – Dr. Soliven is the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Leading and Learning for the School District of Brevard County in Florida. Under her leadership, the district has increased graduation rates and participation, and success in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge (AICE), Career and Technical Education, and Early College programs. Prior to that, as a principal for eight years, Stephanie championed programs that enhanced equitable access to social-emotional development and college and career readiness programs and increased academic achievement. She has earned numerous awards for education, including being honored nationally as a Milken Foundation educator, selected by the state of Florida as Assistant Principal of the Year, and chosen as an NAACP Unsung Hero. Stephanie earned her doctorate in education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Central Florida where she also earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees.
Andre Wright – Andre Wright currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer of Aurora Public Schools, where, over the past four years, he has produced consistent academic achievement increases for scholars. Prior to joining APS, he served in his home state of Georgia as Area Executive Director for the Northeast Learning Community in the Fulton County School System, an urban Atlanta-area school district with nearly 100,000 students, 100 schools, and 14,000 staff and support personnel. Andre also served FCS as principal and instructional leader, leading his school to a Distinguished Title I school status every year under his direction. He was also an assistant principal in the Fulton County School System and in the Dekalb County School System. Andre began his teaching career as a middle school language arts teacher.


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Colorado extends tax deadlines, waits for info on taxability of unemployment
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:46:02 +0000
Colorado Department of Revenue extends income tax payment and filing deadline to provide relief during pandemic
Extension gives individuals and families an additional 32 days to pay

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced today that it will extend the individual income tax payment and filing deadline by 32 days to May 17, 2021 , without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This extension will be similar to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extension.

“This extension will help provide much needed relief for every Coloradan who has felt the significant financial impacts of this global pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Though we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we know that many Coloradans are still working to get back on their feet, and this extra time to file is welcome relief.”
Individuals will have the option to pay any 2020 income tax payments that would normally be due on April 15, 2021, by May 17, 2021, without penalty or interest. This extension applies to money owed by individual taxpayers only for the 2020 income tax year. The extension will not apply to estimated payments for the 2021 income tax year due from individuals and corporations on April 15, 2021.  The extension also does not apply to returns and payments for other tax types and taxpayers, including income tax for C corporations, partnerships, S corporations, and fiduciaries, and severance tax.
Individual taxpayers do not need to file any forms or call the Colorado Department of Revenue to qualify for this automatic state tax payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the May 17 deadline are automatically granted a filing extension until Oct. 15, but that does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. Individual taxpayers should pay their state income tax due by May 17, 2021, to avoid interest and penalties.
Individuals that received unemployment benefits in 2020 and already filed their federal return should continue to monitor guidance from the IRS in the coming days with the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan.
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Utah Jazz Bet $1 Win $100 Playoff chances
Thu, 06 May 2021 15:21:59 +0000
According to FanDuel, the Utah Jazz have an implied probability of 10.5% to win the NBA Finals. That ranks fifth behind the Nets, Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks.

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The Utah Jazz, at the halfway point of the 2020-21 NBA season, is by all accounts the best team in basketball.Utah went 27-9 in the first half of the season, and the Jazz went on an absolute tear after a 4-4 start. This team proceeded to win 11 straight games and 20 out of 21 games during a six-week stretch, but they dropped off in the two weeks leading up to the All-Star Break. The Jazz lost four of their last seven and three of their last four games leading up to the break, and all of those losses came on the road. Are the Jazz really for real? Experts believe it will take time to assess whether this team is legitimate or not.. However, they have drawn favorable comparisons to the great San Antonio Spurs teams of the mid-2010s. They pass the ball well between themselves and play strong defense.



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Labrador Retriever is Denver’s most popular breed
Tue, 16 Mar 2021 13:49:30 +0000

Labrador Retrievers continued to hold the hearts of dog owners in Denver as they retained the top spot in the American Kennel Club’s 2020 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

The Labrador Retriever was also recognized as the #1 pup in St. Louis, MI and Raleigh, NC.

French Bulldogs have slowly gained popularity, moving up the list to secure a 3rd place ranking compared to previous years. German Shorthaired Pointer is another breed that has become a favorite in Denver, debuting at #10 in the top ten list of most popular breeds. The German Shorthaired Pointer’s ranking moves the Boxer out of the top ten and into 16th place.

“Labrador Retrievers have a special place in the hearts of people in Denver and this is the 6th consecutive year that the Lab has remained in the #1 spot,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This versatile, family-friendly breed makes a great companion for a wide variety of people.”

Denver’s top 5 breeds for 2020:

Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever French Bulldog Bulldog German Shepherd Dog

* Registration data pulled from Denver zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service

The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC. The Labrador Retriever celebrates a milestone!  The loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States for the 30th year.

While the Lab holds firmly to the top spot, the French Bulldog has continued to skyrocket in popularity. The Frenchie landed at number two in 2020, knocking the German Shepherd Dog down to third. The German Shepherd Dog had been the second most popular dog breed since 2009.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2020

Labrador Retriever French Bulldog German Shepherd Dog Golden Retriever Bulldog

You can find the AKC on Facebook and Twitter.

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Racer and MotoGP team owner Fausto Gresini passes from COVID at 60
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:43:14 +0000

Fausto Gresini is dead at 60 years old, a man who achieved great heights as a rider and as a team owner. Diagnosed with COVID, and in hospital since late December, the Italian was an icon in the world of motorcycle racing.

Hailing from Imola, Italy, Fausto Gresini made his World Championship debut in 1983 in the 125cc class, where he would race his entire career as a lightweight specialist. Taking the World Championship in 1985 and 1987, Gresini would join Honda in 1990 until his retirement from racing in 1994. During this time, he claimed three wins and twice finished as World Championship runner-up.

Just a few years later Fausto Gresini would return to the paddock as a satellite Honda team owner in the premier class with Alex Barros. His team would expand in the coming years to compete in both the 500cc and 250cc classes, achieving a first World Championship as a team owner in 2001 with Daijiro Kato on the Honda NSR250. Successes would continue, from 2003 to 2005 a Gresini Honda rider finished as the MotoGP World Championship runner up, twice with Sete Gibernau and then with Marco Melandri.

Fausto and Marco Simoncelli

As a satellite Honda team, Fausto worked with a number of iconic riders including Colin Edwards, Toni Elias, Alex De Angelis, Marco Simoncelli, Hiroshi Aoyama and Alvaro Bautista.

In recent years, Gresini’s Moto3 effort has been able to challenge consistently for the World Championship and in 2018 Jorge Martin took the Honda NSF250RW to the top of the standings.

HRC would like to thank Fausto for his years of collaboration as a rider, a team owner, a partner and as a competitor.

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Colorado is warning people to stay home in this week’s storm
Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:03:40 +0000


CDOT is strongly urges motorists to plan now and avoid traveling during a major snowstorm predicted to blanket roads along the foothills and Front Range


With the potential of a high-impact snow storm in the forecast this weekend, CDOT is urging motorists to keep a close watch on the weather and road conditions and plan to stay off the roads during the storm.


The forecast has a wide range of accumulations from one to three feet of snow in and around the Denver region, particularly the western and southern areas.  Heavier snow may fall over the foothills and east of the Continental Divide.  The most severe impacts are expected for the lower elevations.  The storm is expected to hit late Friday and last through the weekend.  The last time a storm like this swept the state was in 2003 with up to six feet in parts of the foothills.


Heavy accumulations are possible along I-70, I-25 and other highway corridors in the foothills and the Front Range.  Heavy snow is expected along the I-70 mountain corridor to the Eisenhower Memorial Johnson Tunnel.


Here is what motorists need to know:

If you are planning to travel the I-70 mountain corridor for a weekend in the mountains, head to your destination before the storm, before Friday evening.

Regardless of your destination, get there before the storm hits.

Avoid traveling on impacted roads during the storm, throughout the Denver metro area, on the I-70 Mountain Corridor and I-25 South Gap construction zone between Castle Rock and Monument.  CDOT is likely to close these roadways for safety reasons depending on the severity of the storm.

It is also possible I-70 east of Airpark Road and other roadways in the Eastern Plains may close depending on the severity of the storm.

CDOT crews will be out in force and plowing roads, focusing on clearing I-25, I-70 and impacted interstates.  They will make multiple passes on these roads during the storm and will not be able to plow the secondary routes until the worst of the storm has passed.  This means many roadways could be heavily snow packed, making for hazardous driving conditions.

During a significant and high impact snow storm, travel should be limited to emergency and essential reasons with the proper vehicle and tires for heavy snow.  DO NOT ATTEMPT to drive in such weather conditions unless you have the appropriate tires with good tread. Motorists should leave ample distance behind the vehicle ahead and NOT PASS PLOWS.  If you are out in the storm, have an emergency kit with blankets, food, batteries, water, a shovel and survival supplies should you get stuck or stranded.


For more information on preparing for the snow, chain and traction laws and other winter storm related guidance, go to



Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

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Denver Public Art calls for qualified artists for new Sun Valley Neighborhood project.
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 23:11:42 +0000


The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create original public artworks for the Sun Valley neighborhood. A selection panel has set forth specific goals and parameters in hopes of creating unique and inspiring works of art for at least two exterior sites with an allocated budget of $120,000.


Sun Valley is historically seen as a gathering place and home for indigenous communities, the Chicano community, and more recent immigrant communities. The panel hopes to see artwork(s) that reflects the importance of families and youth in the community and the desire to create a space that is interactive, engaging, and safe for a diverse range of ages and abilities.


Two potential sites have been identified for art. Selected finalists will create proposals which can include one or both sites.

The first is a prominent location inside the Rude Park located at W. 13th Ave. and Decatur St. This location is near the entrance to the Lakewood Gulch Trail, a popular bicycle and pedestrian trail and could be a “gateway” or “beacon” artwork for the Sun Valley community. The second site is the future, reconstructed length of W. 10th Ave. between Decatur St. and Bryant St. This will be considered a “festival” street and artworks could be installed along this stretch of sidewalk; or embedded in the ground plane leading to the nearby Riverfront Park. Artists are asked to be mindful and respectful of the area’s functionality, access, and diverse users in the community.


Applications will be accepted for artists residing in Colorado at through Monday, March 22, 2021, 11:59 pm MST.

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