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The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

27 May 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Cybersecurity industry in Colorado has started recruiting and training veterans, finding that ex-military members gave what it takes to combat digital "bad guys" and other cybersecurity issues. While Colorado has ...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 May 2019

Branson, Colorado, United States

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Innovation is the key to resilience. In Branson, Colorado, the community of only 55 residents and with volunteer town council has taken on the massive task of bringing its water system up to compliance with the Colora...

The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

1 May 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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After a string of fatal and near fatal accidents rocked the Colorado climbing community--a community already all too familiar with such accidents--climber Madaleine Sorkin established the Climbing Grief Fund. By conne...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

22 April 2019

Edwards, Colorado, United States

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Colorado's Eagle County identified that the community was facing a suicide crisis after rates started rapidly rising, especially amongst adolescents. To combat the issue, Vail Health invested $60 million towards impro...

The Colorado Sun

Nancy Lofholm

18 April 2019

Fruita, Colorado, United States

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A small city in Colorado turned an act of bigotry — someone publicly flying a Nazi flag — into an opportunity for growth for the city. Fruita considers itself a welcoming, inclusive community, so they seized upon this...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

11 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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What started as a telephone tip line, Colorado’s anonymous tip program, Safe2Tell has now become an app that is publicly funded and part of the Attorney General’s office. The program gives students a way to report pot...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

27 March 2019

Sandy, Utah, United States

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RIDE, shorthand for Reduce Individual Driving for the Environment, is an app that incentivizes skiers to carpool. Beyond just the convenience, the easy-to-use phone application provides material incentives such as ski...

The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

26 March 2019

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity program combines outdoor education with core academic subjects - "attempting to connect math, history, and language arts with a physical experience." Te...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

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20 March 2019

Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, a state law requiring the use of a screening tool is being used to combat sex trafficking at the individual level. The screening tool identifies and offers support and protection to victims of sex traffic...

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Jason Blevins

18 March 2019

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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While towns across the Mountain West struggle to provide affordable housing, Telluride looks to diversification of housing to build sustainable, economically beneficial houses and apartments. From tiny homes to dormit...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

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25 February 2019

Colorado, United States

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Throughout the US, the majority of states have policy in place that dictates against treating immigrants there illegally for kidney failure until it reaches emergent conditions, costing states millions of dollars each...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

12 February 2019

Colorado, United States

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In 2018, Western Colorado University became the first school in the United States to offer an outdoor-industry MBA degree. The nascent program offers students a deep dive into many aspects of industry leadership -- su...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 February 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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As gentrification drives involuntary displacement in Denver, Colorado, the city planners elsewhere in Colorado aim to avoid the same fate by instituting policy safeguards. Fort Collins has put in extra protection for ...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

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24 January 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Inclusion, access, and relatability – these are the foundations of Colorado’s “Below the Surface” program aimed at preventing teen suicide. The program is a text line that teens and adults can use to contact an on-cal...

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Kevin Simpson

25 December 2018

Colorado, United States

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What began as an individual project for a family adapting toys for their children with disabilities to use and communicate with has turned into a global non-profit operation. With a dedicated volunteer base and a frug...

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Jason Blevins

17 December 2018

Colorado, United States

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After their peak in the 1990s, avalanche fatalities have leveled off thanks to a culture of avalanche awareness. Despite the growing number of backcountry enthusiasts in western states, a combination of improved avala...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

10 December 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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PCL Construction is known in the construction industry for being innovative. Most recently, they have begun a push to integrate technology to modernize their company and the industry. By working with software engineer...

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Tamara Chuang

3 December 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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By partnering with employers in the service industry and Silicon Valley investors, Guild Education, an innovative Denver, Colorado-based startup, helps adults in service-level jobs attend college at a significantly di...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

27 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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A web browser extension called PocketChange allows people to donate small amounts of money to social causes and have their donations matched by “cause-aligned” brands. The software taps into the desire of news readers...

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Jesse Paul

23 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The same technology that helps companies like Uber find their customers is now available to public safety agencies to ensure accurate location detection from cell phone calls. Denver is among the first cities to imple...

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Jason Blevins

22 November 2018

Eagle, Colorado, United States

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As tourists increasingly visit mountainous resort towns and home prices rise to accommodate these visitors, it’s hard to live on a budget, especially as a young person. One family of developer is addressing this issue...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

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19 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver lawmakers and activists are working to curb drug addiction and prevent overdose deaths with legislation and services. Despite federal illegality, local legislators want to legalize safe injection sites in the s...

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Jason Blevins

19 October 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Outdoor recreation offices, started and spread by Luis Benitez, are growing from Colorado to Puerto Rico to potentially even Panama. By focusing on spurring economic development and job growth, promoting health, and h...

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Jason Blevins

15 October 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Several dry winters in the 1970s and 1980s prompted ski resorts to have a backup plan: make their own snow. The result is a solution that helps ski resorts and does not hurt the environment: man-made snow is stored in...

The Colorado Sun

Dan Elliott

5 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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A rare and endangered fish indigenous to the Colorado River has resurfaced in greater numbers as of late, moving it from the endangered to threatened list. Although not without limitations, the combined actions of "ha...

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