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Massachusetts reporter's marijuana travelogue tells what it's like to live in a pot-friendly state

Here's the set up:

"Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, is in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With recreational markets expected to open in Massachusetts next year, Parnass is examining how more than three years of legal sales have changed Colorado."

One if his stops is at the River Rock Cannabis grow facility in North Denver, where he met with owner Norton Arbelaez:

"He opens one door and blinding light spills out. Cannabis plants crowd the room. They sit atop low, wheeled carts, their tops stirred by wall-mounted fans.

A bunch of plants. Well, hundreds of them. I decided that a flower room like this needed to be one of my first stops here in Colorado."

It's a colorful rendering, full of first-person musings, about a scene a lot of Coloradans still don't know much about.

Worth a read of the full story right here.

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.


Watch it here.

Christian Science Monitor reports on GrowHaus

Christian Science Monitor covered The GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in Elyria-Swansea.


"How can we say that we have this amazing, healthy city, and boast our outdoors life, but we have these communities that don’t have access to healthy food?" says Coby Gould, executive director and cofounder of The GrowHaus. "We are a food-based organization, but ultimately we’re a community development organization -- and we use food as the tool, food as the lens."

The GrowHaus is based in a rehabbed, 20,000-square-foot space that was formerly a flower distribution center. It's surrounded by factories, highways, and rail lines, and the whistle of a freight train interrupted Mr. Gould's comments.

Read the rest here.

HuffPost Black Voices video profiles Denver's DJ Cavem

DJ Cavem, a.k.a. Ietef Vita, and his pursuit of organic gardening and "kale life" were the focus of a recent video on Huffington Post Black Voices.

Watch the video here.

Tomorrow Tour coming to Denver Feb. 3

Technical.ly's Tomorrow Tour is coming to The Commons on Champa on Feb. 3.


On Feb. 3, [Erik] Mitisek will be leading an innovation case study at Tomorrow Tour Denver, a stop on a national event series inspired by Comcast NBCUniversal and organized by Technical.ly. The series aims to explore and document how technology and innovation converge to strengthen the city. A free evening roundtable and networking event will connect local entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers and new thinkers for discussions about the future of innovation and entrepreneurship. A key focus will be how to better articulate Denver's innovation stories and improve the economy.

"Colorado is becoming the undisputed technology and innovation hub between the coasts," Mitisek said. "Tours like this help get our message out of the community and reinforce the depth of great companies, founders and leaders in Colorado. This event is unique as it provides a forum, across industries, for leaders to convene and discuss the important topics for us to continue to build a next-generation entrepreneurial community."

Read the rest here.

NY Times sniffs corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens

The New York Times covered the recent corpse flower bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens.


It felt as if all of Denver was there, clutching their souvenir motion sickness bags and taking selfies as they waited for hours -- and hours -- for a glimpse and a whiff of this city's celebrity of the moment: the corpse flower.

For years this city has anticipated the bloom of this plant, a green and purple giant that opens for less than 48 hours and emits a perfume that botanists liken to that of rotting flesh. While the evolutionary purpose of the scent is to attract pollinating bugs that normally feed on dead animals, the smell had the effect of attracting thousands of visitors this week to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where they stood in a snaking line for their moment with the stinky star.

"It's the equivalent of the circus coming to town," said Alan Walker, 65, a volunteer who stood at the entrance to the gardens on Wednesday amid a sea of stroller-pushing parents and children in sun hats. He confided that while he is a plant lover, he found it odd that "all these people would line up for something that smells like a combination of Limburger cheese and gym socks."

Read the rest here.

NY Times covers coming Denver "weedery"

The New York Times talked to Christian Hageseth, who's planning to open Denver's first "weedery," the $35 million Colorado Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater, in 2016.


Q. How did you come up with the idea?

A. I was starting to build out our first grow and it was incredibly expensive. I thought, "This can’t be the best way." We were growing indoors because marijuana had been illegal, so that's how it had been done. I started thinking about greenhouses and had an epiphany. I felt like Michelangelo when he saw David in the marble and just had to let him out.

Are you planning beyond Colorado?

I’m raising $100 million for a national weedery development fund to build our first five. We are looking at Nevada and Massachusetts and then California and Washington. I’m sure after we build ours someone else will build one too, so we’re working on them very actively.

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Area Development mag pegs Denver atop national ec-dev list

Area Development magazine placed Denver at the top of its list of U.S. metro areas ranked in terms of sustainable economic development.


The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Colorado has a current population of almost 2.7 million. As of January 2015, the unemployment rate in Denver was 4.6 percent, a reflection of the 46,200 jobs the city added in 2014. An additional 45,000 jobs are expected to be created in 2015, representing a 3 percent growth rate. 

All three cities have similar diverse economies, including advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries like aerospace, telecommunications, biotechnology, and clean energy. The Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Aurora is the largest test facility for solar technologies in the U.S. In fact, metropolitan Denver and the Northern Colorado corridor combined rank sixth in the country for clean-energy employment. 

Denver is also emerging as a financial services center. WorldRemit, a London-based financial services firm, recently announced it would open a North American headquarters and operations center in Denver. "Denver offers the perfect combination of a highly skilled workforce, supportive local authority, and idyllic location," says WorldRemit CEO Ismail Ahmed. "The city is gaining a reputation as a go-to destination for the burgeoning financial-tech sector and stealing the thunder of New York and Silicon Valley."

Read the rest here.

AP reports on Chipotle going GMO-free

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


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.

Read the rest here.

Endless Vacation names DBG to top 10 gardens list

Endless Vacation named Denver Botanic Gardens to a list of the world's top 10 botanic gardens.


Colorado's dry climate is on spectacular display at the Denver Botanic Gardens, which are split between three locations: the main, 24-acre York Street enclosure; the larger Chatfield meadow and historic homestead; and the Mount Goliath alpine-wildflower garden. Exhibitions change with the seasons (one focused on Dale Chihuly was on view most recently), and the 5,258-square-foot Science Pyramid learning center just opened.

Read the rest here.

Cannabis Business Executive names five Denver companies to top 10 list

Cannabis Business Executive named five Denver companies to its top 10 list of the industry's most important brands.


Rank: 2 (Tied)

Company: O.penVAPE
Year Founded: 2012
Ownership Structure: Private Company Incorporated in Colorado
Brand consisting of;
  • Allied Concessions Group (oils, concentrates, edibles and infused products)
  • National Concessions Group (Licensing Arm): NCG is a licensing and marketing company that sells consumption gear and accessories (non-cannabis touching)
  • Open Capital Partners: a JV between NCG and an independent leasing company
CEO: Gary Ross

Headquarters: Denver, CO

Read the rest here.

Shape looks at cutting-edge fitness in Denver

Shape covered groundbreaking health performance testing at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.


In fall of 2013, the Vail Vitality Center and the Human Performance Lab at Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Denver debuted a performance test to the public that had previously only been offered to elite and professional athletes. Developed by Basque doctor Iñigo San Millán, it goes beyond discovering VO2 max (an indicator of your aerobic fitness) and lactate threshold (an indicator of your anaerobic fitness), and does what no other test has done before: It gives you an exact number range for your six heart rate training zones and pinpoints the exact beats per minute (BPM) when you stop burning fat and start burning carbs.

That's a big deal.

For well-trained athletes, it’s an exact science that reins in overtraining and prevents injury. In one collegiate team, San Millán and his crew decreased injuries threefold. For the rest of us, it's even more helpful: It proves that most people trying to get in shape push themselves too hard to burn fat.

Read the rest here.

MSU Denver's Yantenew Gete lands NIH fellowship

MSU Denver's Yantenew Gete was selected for a highly sought post-baccalaureate National Institutes of Health fellowship.


How do you begin to describe Yantenew Gete?

Perhaps you start with his sprint through MSU Denver’s STEPS program or his 3.9 GPA with just two B’s on his transcript and all A’s in courses in his dual major, biology and chemistry.

Or you could talk about the nonprofit he co-founded, the research he’s conducted or even the high level of table tennis he played in his native Ethiopia.

But those accomplishments are precursors to his latest achievement: landing a highly competitive post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

Read the rest here.

CU Denver's metal prototype machine on cutting edge

CU Denver hs a new metal prototyping machine at its Anschutz Medical Campus that could help advance prostheses.


Three-dimensional printing technology that President Obama touted in his recent State of the Union speech is already being used in a University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus laboratory.

Now, thanks to a $600,000 capital equipment grant from the Veterans Administration, the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus/VA Biomechatronics Development Laboratory is home to an even more cutting-edge 3D printer: a laser metal sintering machine.

Richard Weir, Ph.D., a leading researcher in robotic technology for arm amputees, said the fabricator will allow his research team to develop better components -- created faster and less costly -- for prosthetic fingers, hands and arms.

Read the rest here.
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