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Good morning, Colorado.

Last night I went for an evening walk as the sun was setting. As the light lingered it was nice to see my neighbors starting their evenings.

Lots of dogs walking, people watering their gardens on the sidewalks, and others lazily leaving a restaurant with their date. And one rather serious Rollerblader.

Summer, may it never end. (I say this in the evening, I have a completely different opinion around 2:00-4:00 p.m.)

Okay, enough dreaming. Let’s get to the news.

Shepherds form a “lamb jam” on a warm fall day as they drive their flock down Gunnison County Road 12 below Kebler Pass toward Paonia on Sept. 25, 2019. Colorado is the third-largest producer of breeding and beef sheep in the U.S., after Texas and California. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette via AP)

A national animal rights group won a slaughterhouse ban on a Denver ballot in November. But it would affect just one company: the nation’s largest lamb-packing plant. The CSU report found the “most pessimistic” impact was a loss of 2,787 jobs and $861 million in economic activity. Tracy Ross has more.


Colorado’s new Firehawk helicopter can fly at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour and quickly ingest up to 1,000 gallons of water. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Three years ago, lawmakers appropriated $30 million for the state to buy its first “Firehawk,” a modified military helicopter that can quickly traverse the state while dropping 1,000 gallons of water on flames. Now, four pilots have received specialized training and are ready to go. But as Olivia Prentzel writes, don’t expect a helicopter at every fire.


From left, Chief Public Defender Colette Tvedt, Peer Support Specialist Kiersten Davis, Senior Public Defender Cayce Duncan, Legal and Administrative Support Assistant Lucienne “Lulu” Scully and Senior Public Defender Nicole Duncan pose for a photo July 2 in the Denver City Public Defender’s Office, where their team was preparing to provide free legal representation to youth in municipal courts. (Eli Imadali, special to The Colorado Sun)

Denver youth ages 10 to 18 can get a free public defender if they’re charged with city misdemeanors starting Thursday. Before the law change, many kids pleaded guilty immediately to offenses like possession of alcohol or trespassing because they couldn’t get legal counsel from judges or city attorneys. And if kids wanted to contest their cases but their parents couldn’t afford a lawyer, they had to represent themselves. Tatiana’s Flowers has more.


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Keep Calm.

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