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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 20, 201812min19420

On the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration and just hours after the federal government went into a partial shutdown, tens of thousands of protesters — most waving signs and many clad in signature pink hats — flooded Denver's Civic Center Park and streets around the state Capitol Saturday morning for the city's second Women's March, as organizers vowed to channel a year's worth of outrage into electoral power.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 5, 20184min401
Colorado politics told you Thursday that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Colorado State University and the National Western Stock Show was about to announce a 13-member board to oversee the $1.1 billion transformation of property at Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard. Thursday in the mayor’s office, Hancock and other dignitaries announced the first National Western Center […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 4, 20181min143
Nominees for the board tasked with overseeing the revitalized National Western Center in Denver will be announced Thursday morning in the mayor’s office. The 13-member group, including a full-time president and CEO, will be led by former Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Members will be introduced by Mayor Michael Hancock, Colorado State University President Tony Frank […]

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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 20, 20172min3772

A new education campaign from the city of Denver will encourage young people to learn about marijuana risks.

Many young people think marijuana use “is the social norm, but that’s not actually the case,” the city said in a statement. The statement also noted that the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey said that 74 percent of Denver youth hadn’t used marijuana in the previous 30 days.

A more recent report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that marijuana use among young people had actually dropped in 2015 and 2016. The rate of usage, at 9 percent, is the lowest since 2008.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the High Costs campaign would help young people understand the legal, education, health and social risks associated with illegal marijuana use.

The campaign will feature billboards, school bus signs, fence art at Manual High School, a game show and trivia card game and Snapchat filters. The city hopes that the campaign will help young people make responsible decisions about pot, including that “being stoned is not the social norm.”

Among the risks, the city statement said, is an increased risk of depression, losing financial aid for college and addiction.

Funding for the education campaign comes from a 2013 voter-approved special sales tax. “The campaign does not try to scare youth, but rather to teach Denver’s youth about the city’s laws, about the potential harmful effects of youth marijuana use – both socially and physiologically – and to give youth a better overall understanding of marijuana as well as useful tools for avoiding it,” according to the statement.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 3, 20173min356
Mayor Michael Hancock is set to receive a big award in a ceremony in Denver Monday morning. The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ managing director, Jeffrey Bean, will present Hancock with the organization’s Partner America 2017 Small Business Advocate Award. The award was announced last month. “From early in his career, Mayor Hancock ha(d) the urge […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 20, 201724min1805

Michael Hancock is a mayor on a mission. It’s the Friday before the election, and Hancock is promoting a once-in-a-decade, $937 million bond package filled with hundreds of projects to maintain and improve Denver’s transportation, public safety and cultural infrastructure. After a stop at a Spanish-language radio station to pitch the ballot questions, he tours a 100-year-old library that’s due for some repairs if the bond measures pass, and then he ambles up Santa Fe Drive for the monthly Art Walk.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min16960

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 16, 20173min10470

Colorado mayors will help advance a nationwide mission to put a high-quality park within a 10-minute walk of every American.

The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute will launch the nationwide campaign in 2018.

The JPB Foundation has donated almost $3.5 million for project.

The initiative includes working with some cities on ways to measure policies and strategies to locate a park with a half-mile of everyone, which could prove a costly challenge.

The Trust for Public Land said research indicates more than 100 million Americans don’t have access to parks in that proximity now.

“Reaching 100 percent served in cities nationwide will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks master plans; the expansion of ‘joint use’ agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations,” the partnership said in a statement.

It’s got the endorsement of 134 mayors, including seven from Colorado. In addition to Hancock the campaign is endorsed by Steve Hogan of Aurora, John Suthers of Colorado Springs, Wade Troxell of Fort Collins, Marjorie Sloan of Golden, Heidi Williams of Thornton and Herb Atchison of Westminster.

“In Denver, we know great cities need great parks,” Hancock said in a statement. “It’s never been more important to protect, preserve and grow our parks and recreational opportunities, especially as our city grows. I’m proud to join this campaign with mayors across the country.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper cites the 10-minute goal among his highest priorities for the state before he leaves office in January 2019.

His Colorado the Beautiful program features an interactive database that maps more than 39,000 miles of trails across the state, and put that information online.

Hickenlooper said Colorado can meet the 10-minute goal within a generation.