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How Did Colorado Supermarket Chain King Soopers Get It’s Name?

Did you know there was an actual King behind the King Soopers grocery store name?Lloyd King founded the Colorado based supermarket chain in 1947. But where did the rest of the name came from, including that goofy spelling? Journalist Matt … Continue reading

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Legal Pot Changes The Work Of Some Drug Detection Dogs

Widget (left) poses with $460,000 in contraband from a 2015 related bust. Sage poses with bags of heroin seized during a 2018 drug bust. Both are Pueblo Police Department Special Investigations / K9 Detectives. Photo courtesy of PUEBLO POLICE DEPARTMENT … Continue reading

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In 1978 Activists Laid Down In Front Of Buses In Denver, Launching The Disability Rights Movement

Forty years ago people with disabilities took to Denver’s streets to protest. They surrounded RTD buses to draw attention to the lack of wheelchair accessible public transportation. Their rallying cry became “We will ride!” Hava and Andy Rosen of Schuyler, … Continue reading

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A New History Colorado Exhibit Spotlights Colorado’s Oldest Continuous Residents, the Utes

A traditional Ute bear dance ceremony. Courtesy of Robert Ortiz, The Southern Ute Drum The Utes are some of Colorado’s oldest residents — by some estimates, the tribe has been here for 13,000 years. Despite that, many Coloradans today may not … Continue reading

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On The 50th Anniversary Of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire,” A Former Park Ranger Honors The Iconic Book And Confronts Outdated Views

The American southwest has changed a lot since 1968, when the late writer Edward Abbey published “Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness.” The memoir, set in Arches National Park, has inspired countless people to visit the desert and to take … Continue reading

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Denver Turns 160 This Week. So, How’d The Mile High City Get Its Name?

Before you ask: No, John Denver is not the city’s namesake. Denver does owe its name from another man with the initials J.D., though. James William Denver was a Civil War general, a territorial governor and the eponym for the Mile High City. … Continue reading

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Founding Member Of Ghost Town Club Of Colorado Remembers Sixty Years Of Exploring Hundreds Of #GhostTowns Around The State

Ghost town — that conjures images of abandoned miners’ shacks with door hinges squeaking in mountain breezes, decrepit storefronts lining a deserted road or even just an empty spot on a prairie where all that’s left is dust and memories. … Continue reading

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Colorado Gears Up For Another Flu Season In The Shadow Of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

After a nasty flu season in 2017 and another one brewing this year, doctors are again calling for anyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated. The good news is, Colorado’s tangle with the flu in 2018 is unlikely be worse than it … Continue reading

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Denver Poet Dominique Christina Gives Voice To Enslaved Black Woman Who Endured Medical Experiments

  In the 1800s, Dr. J. Marion Sims, a white doctor considered to be the “father of modern gynecology,” experimented on enslaved black women, including a woman named Anarcha. In her new poetry collection “Anarcha Speaks: A History In Poems,” Denver poet Dominique … Continue reading

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More Than A Million Copies Of Colorado Cache Cookbook Sold Since 1978

Meringue mushrooms, Mandarin salad, skier’s sausage—they’re just a few of the classic recipes found in the Colorado Cache Cookbook, a staple in Centennial State home kitchens. The cookbook was first published in 1978 by the Junior League of Denver as a fundraiser. Today, … Continue reading

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