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WSJ profiles Denver firm's Bakken "oil factory"

The Wall Street Journal profiled Denver-based Liberty Resources' petrol "factory" in North Dakota.

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The future of the U.S. oil industry may well be taking shape north of this town on 15 square miles of windswept prairie above the Bakken Shale. It’s about as far from the industry's wildcatting heritage as is thinkable.

"Our idea was to build the world's greatest oil factory," says Chris Wright, the chief executive of Liberty Resources LLC. And if the U.S. oil industry is going to overcome several significant challenges, it may have to follow the lead of this small Denver-based company.

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Bloomberg says DIA "beats peers" in feature story

Bloomberg published a story painting Denver International Airport as one of the world's best airports and an economic engine.

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The facility helped transform the Denver metro area from a cow town to an international destination of choice for business and leisure travelers. Passengers ranked it North America's second-best air hub for customer satisfaction in 2015 after Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in a survey by Skytrax, a London-based research firm.

DIA's domestic flight network -- the nation's third largest after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Chicago-O'Hare International -- enticed corporations such Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. and Charles Schwab & Co. to expand in Denver in 2014. 

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OhHeckYeah goes to Boston

BosInno reported on OhHeckYeah's visit to Northeastern University for graduation.

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Partnering with Denver-based OhHeckYeah, a company that integrates digital gaming into communities to promote engagement, Northeastern itself will become an interactive arcade and feature a number of free digital games for students and passersby to enjoy.

"OhHeckYeah is part of Northeastern University's larger Public Art Initiative, which provides a platform for artists from all disciplines to test their creative limits on campus," spokesperson Casey Bayer told BostInno. "Northeastern is the perfect canvas on which to display and inspire creativity, and to showcase the university's artistic perspective: innovative, dynamic, interactive, and entrepreneurial."

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AP reports on Chipotle going GMO-free

The Associated Press covered Denver-based Chipotle's banishment of genetically modified ingredients from its menu.

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Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so.

The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas.

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Rolling Stone pegs Twist & Shout among "Best Record Stores in the USA"

Rolling Stone named Twist & Shout in Congress Park among "The Best Record Stores in the USA."

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The store has featured hundreds of in-store performances since its mid-Eighties launch, including memorable gigs by Ween, Elvis Costello and John Cale. The used vinyl racks are legendary, and collectors can be seen fighting over sifting spots every day. 

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Financial Advisor looks at U.S. population center moving westward

Financial Advisor delved into the U.S. population center's steady westward creep.

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So-called millennials, though, overwhelmingly prefer western cities such as Houston and Denver, according to William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings. The New York City region lost 20,369 millennials from 2010 to 2012, Census Bureau data show.

Access to such workers prompted Layer3 TV Inc., a two-year-old cable company, to choose Denver over Boston in 2014 for its headquarters. The company is working on a product that combines television, social and digital media and plans to fill 312 jobs paying an average salary of $92,083.

"The driving decision to move to any location is the people," said Eric Kuhn, the firm's marketing director.

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Inc. profiles O.penVape

Inc. magazine profiled O.penVape, the Denver-based vaporizer manufacturer that's poised to become the country's first national cannabis brand.

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The startup's offices in Denver, over on Delaware Street off Speer Boulevard, are open and airy. With exposed brick and plate glass walls, a Ping-Pong table, and a kitchen with jars of treats on the island counter, the 7,000-square-foot loft space looks like any other hip young company's headquarters.

But this startup's product isn't cloud software or social networking. It's accessories for marijuana users. O.penVape, which was founded in Denver in 2012 when two pot dispensary owners joined forces, is one of the largest consumer brands in the legal cannabis industry. Already selling in seven states, O.penVape has been steadily expanding its reach and in April 2015 has hit the largest sales numbers in its history.

"We had a record month. Even though this week, during 4/20, is always a seasonal high point, we had [an unusually] huge sales increase," says CFO Steve Berg, a former Wall Street banker. O.penVape typically sells about 200,000 units per month of its cannabis oil vape pen cartridges, at a price of $35 to $75. But this April, with 4/20 business adding to the numbers, O.penVape sold almost half a million units. 

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Variety tabs Denver filmmaker as documentarian to watch in 2015

Denver filmmaker Mitch Dickman was one of Variety's "10 Documakers to Watch in 2015."

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If you'd told director Mitch Dickman last month that his documentary "Rolling Papers," would have national distribution just hours after making its world premiere, he might well have asked you what you were smoking. "It was one of those fairy-tale experiences of selling your film at the afterparty," he says of the film's SXSW bow, which saw it picked up by Alchemy. "Rolling Papers" follows the aftermath of Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, and rather than simply titter around the issue, Dickman's film zeroed in on the Denver Post's Ricardo Baca, who was named editor of the paper's first marijuana section, dubbed the Cannabist

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Populous blog covers Coors Field and its impact on downtown

The blog for urban design firm Populous took a look at its work on Coors Field and its revitalizing impact on Lower Downtown Denver.

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Two decades later, Coors Field has had a lasting impact on the city's development, leading to the growth of a charming and eclectic neighborhood surrounding the stadium where pioneering young professionals and families have flocked. The results of the investment in the stadium were both immediate and impactful with retail, restaurants and housing in the surrounding area growing rapidly. LoDo has seen an increase of housing units in the area by 408 percent, growth in the occupancy of hotels downtown by 25 percent and a substantial increase in the number of restaurants (totaling over 70), night clubs, breweries and art galleries in the city.  It was estimated that the economic influence of the stadium was double what initially was predicted -- at $195 million a year.

Fans not only travel to LoDo early to shop, eat and socialize, they also live, work and play in the district on non-game days. The 25-block district is now a national example of the impact an urban ballpark can have on downtown, revitalizing a district in a way worthy of urban textbooks.

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World Property Journal pegs Denver as hottest housing market in U.S.

Beating out San Antonio and Nashville, Denver has the nation's hottest housing market, according to World Property Journal.

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Denver's housing market remains among the most robust in the nation, as a booming local economy continues to drive demand. Employment in Denver is currently at a new record peak -- 4.3 percent above its year-ago level -- and its population is rapidly increasing, growing at a pace almost triple the national average. As a result, home prices have been appreciating at a torrid pace since mid-2012, hitting a record high in late 2014 on the heels of a 9.3 percent year-over-year growth. With a bustling local economy producing jobs and a burgeoning population base, housing demand is expected to continue to drive prices up even further over the coming years.

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Milwaukee Business Journal reports on Blue Moon brewery coming to RiNo

MillerCoors' craft division is opening a second Blue Moon brewery near I-70 and Brighton Boulevard in RiNo, reports the Milwaukee Business Journal.

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Blue Moon Brewing Co., part of MillerCoors' Tenth & Blake craft beer division, will expand into a new brewery in Denver’s River North Art District, the company said.

A Colorado partner to Wisconsin-based Leinenkugel's, Blue Moon started brewing a cloudy, Belgian-style wheat beer inside Coors Field in 1995. The development of a 28,685-square-foot location with a capacity to produce 10,000 barrels per year marks the 20th anniversary.

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Inman post pins crazy real estate market on Broncos

Greg Eckler theorized Denver's booming residential market is a result of the Broncos playoff flop in a post at Inman.

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On Jan. 11, the Broncos played the Colts, and unlike the game earlier in the season, this one ended in a loss. This unexpected blow caused ripples of anger, disappointment and most of all -- free time.

It seems that within hours of the loss, a majority of Denver residents whispered five simple but devastating words: "Let's go buy a house."

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Wine & Spirits spotlights Union Station

Wine & Spirits magazine looked at the imbibing options at Union Station.

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In July 2014, Union Station reopened after two years of massive renovations. Not only has it been restored to its former elegance, it has also become a dining destination. Of the three wine-centric venues that have opened under its grand ceiling, The Cooper Lounge hews most closely to the original Union Station aesthetic: a sexy pseudospeakeasy perched on the mezzanine above the main terminal. Tufted gray settees, crystal stemware and silver-tray glass service throw a retro vibe, but the iPad you’ll be handed to peruse the wine list, packed with New World wines, proves it really is 2015.

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Medium publishes critique on Denver growth

Medium published a critique on Denver growth by local writer Nate Ragolia.

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Today, we’re somewhere near the peak of an incredible real estate boom in the Mile High City. Rents are soaring (just this year mine increased 15%) and the housing market is a shark tank in which first-time buyers are the chum. We applaud our city for its popularity, and its continued success while most of the country stagnates in slumping markets… but we shouldn’t. Denver is missing its last opportunity to become a world-class, 21st Century city. It’s choosing, instead, to be an average, 20th Century American city, and that means we all lose out on something special.

The insurgence of outside real estate investors and costly condo developments, and luxury apartments in the near-Downtown neighborhoods are killing Denver. This boom needs corresponding moderately priced and affordable housing companions, but neither can be found. The Near-Downtown neighborhoods, once gritty and creative, loaded with passion to make our city an artistic and musical mecca are choking out their young, in favor of high-priced developments and suburb-employed commuters. Vibrant, resurgent and diverse neighborhoods are getting facelifts, but the underlying substance is being swept away. On the balance sheet, this is progress, but it means Denver may become another failed commuter metropolis, packed with discontented and alienated citizens.

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Vulture places Denver's Grawlix among top comedians for 2015

Vulture pegged Denver's Grawlix among the top 50 humorists for 2015.

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Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy, collectively known as the Grawlix, have played a huge role in putting Denver’s comedy scene on the map. The electric trio has been hosting a live stand-up show in the Mile-High City since 2011, while also producing videos for Funny or Die. Their pilot Those Who Can’t about a group of incompetent high-school teachers, has been picked up by TruTV, and the first season is expected to debut early next year. Individually, each is an accomplished stand-up: Cayton-Holland has appeared on Conan and is about to release a new album, Backyards; Orvedahl performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and released the album Hit the Dick Lights; and Roy did stand-up on Adam Devine’s House Party and released the album No Enlightenment in Sobriety.

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