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ABC News visits elephants at Denver Zoo

The segment looked at research that showed older male elephants teaching younger ones, and how it plays out with new living arrangements at the Denver Zoo.

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Mayor Hancock gives Denver travel tips to U.S. News & World Report

His picks included LoDo, the Denver Art Museum and Red Rocks.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been a key force behind efforts to ramp up tourism in the Mile High City since being elected in 2011, working to expand direct flights to Denver International Airport and improve the airport's facilities. A longtime Denver resident now in his second term, Hancock has seen firsthand how much the city has grown and changed over the years. He says Denver has a special quality that makes the city unique.

"There’s a certain spirit in this city you don’t find everywhere," he tells U.S. News. "It’s a very optimistic, forward-thinking, positive spirit that permeates every sector and every individual."

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Describe your perfect day in Denver.

My family and I would go have brunch at Snooze or one of the great diners in Denver, like the Denver Diner downtown. Then we would go walk the dogs in City Park. Then maybe we’d go to the Denver Zoo, which is well-respected around the country. The primates and the elephants are my favorite animal exhibits. At night, we’d have dinner, then we would go find somewhere to enjoy live music because Denver has more live music venues than Austin, Texas. I love listening to jazz at El Chapultepec and Jazz at Jacks. The Soiled Dove Underground in [the neighborhood of] Lowry has great sound and gets some national acts.

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TimeOut calls Denver fifth-best city lo live in the U.S.

Denver ranked on the list high due to its parks, proximity to the Rockies, transit, music and beer -- plus legal marijuana.

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Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, boasting 83,000 new residents since 2010. Educated millennials lead the charge, drawn to Denver's cool music scene, dozens of breweries, public transportation network -- including bike share -- and, in some cases, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. 

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Next City spotlights workforce development in Denver

Next City reported on the decentralization and expansion of workforce development by the Denver Office of Economic Development.

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Before this year, there weren't many spots in Denver where an unemployed person could get help stepping back into the job stream. A small cluster of employment service centers were huddled in the heart of the city, but most of its 11 districts were largely unserved.

Now that the Office of Economic Development (OED) has decided to divide Denver's job training programs out to private contractors, the number of government-funded work and economic assistance centers will jump seven-fold, going from seven to nearly 50 and spanning across all 11 districts instead of only five.

"People can access these services where they're comfortable instead of traveling [into downtown]," says Denise Bryant, director of the OED's workforce development program. "We have contractors and subcontractors that are now actually in the community."

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Denver videographer wins Murrow award for "The Motel Life"

KUSA Denver's Corky Scholl won a Edward R. Murrow award for his 2015 short documentary on the people living in motels as "a last resort" in Denver, entitled "The Motel Life," reported the National Press Photographers Association.


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Paste profiles Denver Biscuit Co.

Paste Magazine ran a story on Denver Biscuit Company.

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There is nothing quite like a light, buttery biscuit straight from the oven. A staple to the Southern diet, at one point in time it was nearly impossible to sit down for a meal without finding biscuits at the table. In theory, biscuits are pretty straightforward, made with simple ingredients like flour, baking soda and powder, buttermilk, butter, and salt; but despite their simplicity, there are countless recipes that are handed down from generation to generation, all with slight variances and diehard flour preferences. But as with everything else, there is always room for improvement.

When Drew Shader, owner of the Denver Biscuit Company, came to Colorado from Florida to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder he noticed that no one in Denver was making the traditional Southern folded biscuit (and if they were, they weren’t doing it well). "There were a lot of drop biscuits," he told me, "but I couldn’t find a biscuit I loved." After college, Shader ended up in the bar and restaurant business and really embraced food as a passion. I recently spoke with Shader about why food was such a passion for him and how he was able to create the perfect fluffy biscuit in a city at elevation.

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Seattle's SunBreak dishes on foodie trip to Denver

The SunBreak of Seattle took a three-day trip to Denver to sample local food.

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Day 2

Especially if you’ve been "battered" by too much beer, make haste to El Taco de Mexico in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. A bigger-than-your-head burrito will help your hangover blues, but even better, if it’s the weekend, is a large bowl of menudo. Doctor up the bowl as you see fit with onion, cilantro, oregano, and lime, but be prepared for the powerful punch of strong chili flavor. What a great way to wake up in the morning. (The restaurant opens daily at 7am.)

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Snowmastodon arrives at DMNS

Renowned wildlife sculptor Kent Ullberg delivered his Snowmastodon sculpture to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, reported the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

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After two intense years, late hours, long nights and not being able to say a word about what he was working on, Kent Ullberg will see his sculpture, "Snowmastodon," dedicated Thursday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

This is the mastodon he and several scientists designed and built in two years, and hauled down to Denver on a truck while narrowly escaping low-hanging streetlights.

"Hauling it down there was really scary, even laying it down as we did," Ullberg said Monday morning. Even on its side, the mastodon was 14 feet 7 inches tall. Some underpasses on the interstate are under 13 feet, which meant the driver and caravan of flashing cars took a creative route to Denver with the sculpture from Art Castings of Loveland.

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WSJ spotlights design at Denver Zoo

The Wall Street Journal reported on innovative design at zoos across the country, including the Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage.

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The Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit includes an overhead vine system for swinging primates. But it is the elephants that are the big draw for many zoo visitors.

Nathan Mosley says he renewed his family's Denver Zoo membership this spring after letting it lapse a couple of years ago. He says the family now visits every few weeks, and each time the children -- 4-year-old Alyssa and 2-year-old Jake -- get a thrill when they see the elephants do something new. Most recently, they found one splashing in the water. "All the kids screamed," says Mr. Mosley, who works in the city manager's office in nearby Wheat Ridge, Colo. "It was fun seeing the elephant without any prompting doing what he might ordinarily do."

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WSJ publishes "Insider's Guide to Denver"

The Wall Street Journal published an "Insider's Guide to Denver" with tips from MCA Denver's Adam Lerner, Rioja's Jennifer Jasinski and other local luminaries.

The city is a magnet for outdoor-lovers, thanks to its proximity to the mountains, its 200-plus parks and (by some estimates) 300-plus days of sunshine per year. From City Park -- home to the Denver Zoo, the 1908 Prismatic Electric Fountain and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science -- to Washington Park, where the city goes to run and cycle, there is always something to do. And, most likely, a sunny day to do it.

You can also rack up miles by strolling from one cool neighborhood to another. Lower Downtown, or LoDo, a national model for how to balance preservation and development, is awaiting the midsummer completion of renovations to the Beaux-Arts Union Station. Across the South Platte River is LoHi (Lower Highland), a flourishing neighborhood, packed with bars and restaurants, that attracts empty-nesters as well as young professionals. In once-industrial RiNo, or River North, warehouses and factories have been turned into artist studios, galleries and even wineries like the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

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Business Insider names "26 Coolest Small Businesses in Denver"

Business Insider catalogued "The 26 Coolest Small Businesses in Denver," ranging from Rockmount Ranch Wear to Denver Kush Club to Denver Patio Ride to The Brown Palace.

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Like its residents, the small businesses of Denver are pretty cool.

They're finding clever new ways to bring a unique, local flavor to the city's food, retail, and services businesses.

The aptly named Mile High City is also a pioneer, sparking debate and new ways of thinking about America's drug culture. On January 1 it became legal to buy marijuana in Colorado without a prescription, which has inspired a growing number of cannabis-friendly companies and services.

From food trucks to barbershops, Denver's laid-back attitude is exemplified in its small businesses.

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Good Morning America travels to Denver

Good Morning America traveled to Denver for an installment in its "See This, Skip That" series.

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Skip the Mountain, Kayak Downtown

With natural mountain terrain surrounding Denver, whitewater adventures abound, even within an hour's drive from the city. But kayakers of all skill levels don't have to leave downtown to get their river thrills, thanks to the whitewater chutes at Confluence Park. This diverse urban park is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River converge, located in Denver's LoDo (or Lower Downtown) neighborhood. Check out companies like Confluence Kayaks for rentals and instruction (and don't forget to wear a helmet and life jacket). You'll find several miles of bike trails at Confluence Park, as well.

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Skip the Museum, Stroll Santa Fe

OK, we're not suggesting you pass up visiting any of the many great museums in Denver; we love the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. But any art lover owes themselves a visit to Santa Fe Drive, a cultural hub that's home to a bevy of artists and galleries: dozens of locales featuring a wide range of artwork and photography. Consider a visit during their First Friday Art Walk, when wine tasting, live music and food trucks enhance this eclectic arts experience; a guided coach runs a continuous loop up and down Santa Fe.

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CU Denver prof gives nationwide lecture via DMNS program

CU Denver anthropology prof, Charles Musiba broadcasts live to schools nationwide today through the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's “Scientists in Action” monthly series.

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$7 billion hospitality boost attracts World Property Channel

Denver’s $7 billion, 10-year investment has had a profound impact on the city attracting visitors and media from all over the country.

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Over the past decade, Denver has spent more than $7 billion to upgrade its hospitality infrastructure. The airport is now the fifth-busiest in America. The downtown, once in a state of neglect, is now considered one of the most walkable in America. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second-largest facility of its kind in America. And the country's newest light-rail system links it all together.
 
There are over 300 restaurants downtown, representing cuisines from every corner of the world - including many with farm-to-table Colorado cuisine. The Fort Restaurant sits in red rocks at the base of the mountains - and serves more buffalo than any restaurant in America. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is in an 1888 building filled with wood and wagon wheels, featuring locally-sourced buffalo and elk, as well as a dozen of its own craft beers. It's also Denver's oldest brewery, founded some years back by Colorado's current Governor, John Hickenlooper.
 
There are over 200 different beers brewed here, in fact, making Denver "The Craft Beer Capital of America." Coors Brewery, just outside of town, is the largest in the world. And there are 24 wineries on the Front Range
 
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CNN launches local eatery program with Denver Biscuit Co.

CNN’s new “100 Places to Eat Like a Local” program launched with a feature on the infamous Denver Biscuit Co.

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