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Mar 19, 2019

Gas fee among ideas as Colorado lawmakers figure out how to pay for transportation

When it comes to the $9 billion project backlog that faces Colorado’s state highways, state legislators agree on one thing: There’s an urgent need to raise more money to chip away at it.

Mar 19, 2019

On your left! Here comes another attempt to get scooters off the sidewalks

It makes sense to pedestrians and scooter riders alike that the electric scooters zipping around Colorado ought to use bike lanes instead of dodging people on sidewalks. But in fact, state law says it’s illegal for them to drive in the street.

Mar 19, 2019

Tampons may get cheaper in Denver. Colorado? Not so fast.

Each year, Denver’s residents and visitors pay a total of $450,000 in city taxes on tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. That may change soon: The Denver City Council on Monday moved to remove local sales taxes from menstruation health products. The change still requires a final vote.

Mar 18, 2019

Denver Arts & Venues Announces contest

Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a contest to celebrate the interactive components of With more than 400 pieces in the Denver Public Art collection and 350 Urban Arts Fund murals, visitors to are sure to find new pieces and hidden gems, as well learn more about the artwork they see every day.

Mar 18, 2019

Refuse & Reuse for Less Waste

Even better than recycling, the number one way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Not creating waste requires refusing disposable items, and reusing and repairing products that you already have. There are lots of ways to stop waste before it starts.

Mar 11, 2019

Lyft teaming with RTD to simplify bus, train connections

RTD is once again teaming up with Lyft to bridge the first mile/last mile conundrum with the introduction of a “Nearby Transit” feature in the ride-sharing service’s app, which will show Lyft riders nearby public transit routes and schedules.

Mar 11, 2019

Denver Compost Program Grows, Readies To Sell To You

If composting is done correctly, all you can smell is damp earth, according to Bob Yost, vice president of A1 Organics, the company that processes Denver’s food and yard waste into a powerhouse agricultural product.

Mar 11, 2019

The Denver City Council just moved to scale back a sexist ‘tampon tax’

The city and state charge sales tax on feminine hygiene products, so the Denver City Council advanced a bill Tuesday that would scale back what amounts to a fee on menstruation.

Mar 7, 2019

Denver Asks For Input On Voter-Approved Parks Spending

Yesterday, the City and County of Denver launched a month-long community outreach process to engage residents in capital planning around the Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan and the recently approved parks funding measure. Residents are encouraged to offer input through comment cards in all libraries and recreation centers, through online surveys and during five upcoming town halls.

Mar 7, 2019

Tampons a Luxury Item? Denver Taxes Them That Way — but Maybe Not for Long

If anyone needs evidence that this is a man's world — or at least one long built by and for men — consider that hair-growth products like Rogaine are exempt from taxation in at least eight states, but feminine hygiene products are still taxed like luxury items, including right here in Denver. Meanwhile, so-called necessities, such as groceries and medication, aren't.

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