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Donna BrysonDonna BrysonOctober 8, 201717min3062

Sometimes a cell is more than a cell. It’s what North High School staff member Lisbeth Vargas discovered after a math teacher gave a student a second warning about using his phone in class. Vargas, whose responsibilities include helping North teachers deal with disruptive students, said she knew two more warnings would mean an in-school suspension. Vargas stepped in to mediate, first speaking to the student alone and getting him to admit he wasn’t getting the material.


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Donna BrysonDonna BrysonSeptember 10, 201712min1385
In his debut book, Ben Blum depicts a winter scene in his hometown of Denver in which cars have “a cauliflower ear of blackened snow caked around each wheel well.” Blum also brings such sharp observation and arresting prose to character studies and to the issues of war, crime, punishment, his own family’s mythologies and […]

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Donna BrysonDonna BrysonAugust 26, 20175min398
On road trips through western Colorado, Ute leader Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk’s family would stop to pay their respects to a cottonwood believed to be more than 200 years old. Their ancestors once gathered in its shade to discuss tribal business. So when Lopez-Whiteskunk heard the Ute Council Tree had been deemed dangerously weakened by age, she […]

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