Landowners living near shuttered oil and gas drilling sites worry economic crisis will leave behind environmental hazards

Mark Schell’s family has farmed in Colorado since 1906 and even though he works as a certified public accountant, he hasn’t left that way of life behind. About a year ago, Schell bought a 310-acre farm in Mead that he leases to someone else to raise crops. But he was spending more and more time there, trying to get Occidental Petroleum to clean up, or “plug,” old wells the company

Is Denver’s millennial magnetism starting to wear off?

Denver’s popularity with millennials may be fading, at least when measured by the share of apartment applications young adults are filling out compared to other major cities, according to a new study from RentCafé. Between 2015-20, millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, filled out 42.2% of all apartment applications made in Denver. That was the seventh highest ratio of any city, behind Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, San

Aurora becomes first Colorado city to ban “no-knock” warrants

In what appears to be a first in Colorado, elected leaders in Aurora on Monday banned no-knock raids by police — the latest effort by city leaders to grapple with law enforcement tactics that have come under scrutiny nationwide. The City Council voted 7-3 to prohibit police from forcibly entering a property without first identifying themselves as officers of the law. The measure was brought forward by Councilwoman Angela Lawson

Denver retailers, shoppers weigh in on the COVID-born outlet for self-expression

A pair of mannequins posed in the window of True,a women’s boutique in the trendy River North Art District portion of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, modeling fall looks. One sported a marigold, textured sweater and wide-brimmed hat. The other was dressed in a black puffy coat over a pink shirt tucked into jeans. The second mannequin had something dangling from its ear that a year ago may have stuck passersby

Inside the social world of a shift-scheduling app – The Denver Post

By John Herrman Zoom fatigue, layoffs in Slack chat, reply-all meltdowns and the general destruction of work-life boundaries: The digitized plight of the white-collar office employee, 9-to-5-ing remotely, has been documented extensively. In non-white-collar industries, hit even harder by the pandemic — small businesses like restaurants, bars and independent retailers — managers have spent much of this year dealing with more immediate and brutal dilemmas, making major staff cuts and

Health care real estate firm eyeing metro Denver for corporate headquarters

A multibillion-dollar California real estate investment trust and the U.S. arm of a Japanese aerospace firm are considering locating their headquarters in metro Denver, according to incentive requests approved this week by the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Healthpeak Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Irvine, Calif., was approved for up to $5.3 million in Job Growth Incentive Tax Credits if it brings 166 net new full-time jobs to

Schoolchildren are stalled by a growing laptop shortage

By Kellen Browning When Guilford County Schools in North Carolina spent more than $27 million to buy 66,000 computers and tablets for students over the summer, the district ran into a problem: There was a shortage of cheap laptops, and the devices wouldn’t arrive until late October or November. More than 4,000 students in the district had to start the school year without the computers they needed for remote learning.

Denver-born Billionaire Robert Smith reaches $139 million tax settlement with federal prosecutors

Robert F. Smith, the Denver native whose tech investing made him a multi-billionaire, is set to avoid prosecution for tax evasion after reaching a $139 million settlement with the government, officials announced Thursday. Smith, an alumnus of Denver’s East High School, has been under federal investigation since 2016 for dodging taxes on $200 million in assets moved through financial entities based in the Caribbean, according to a Bloomberg News story

U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 898,000 seek jobless aid – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department shows that the job market remans fragile, and it coincides with other recent data that have signaled a slowdown in hiring. The economy is still roughly

Colorado sees 7% increase in new unemployment claims as joblessness increases across the country in early October

New unemployment filings continued to rise in Colorado last week, an indication that the economic recovery from the coronavirus-spurred recession is as uneven at altitude as it has been across the nation as a whole. A combined 8,774 Coloradans filed claims for unemployment support during the week ending Oct.10, a 7% increase over the 8,201 new claims filed the week prior, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Court fines and fees fuel Colorado governments at expense of poor

Court-ordered fines and fees are a big business in Colorado, generating $132.8 million in 2019 alone, according to a new state report. Fines and fees resulting from court cases disproportionately affect poorer people, who often face compounding debt when they cannot pay what they owe. Democratic state lawmakers promise to attempt reform when they return to the Capitol next year. Fines are defined by the state as monetary punishment for

Colorado to write off up to $1.4 million it overpaid to people on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The Colorado unemployment division is prepared to write-off up to $1.4 million it erroneously overpaid people through the federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The program, known as PUA, was launched in a hurry in Colorado this spring after Congress passed the CARES Act. PUA allows self-employed people, independent contractors and gig workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers who are not eligible for state support to collect unemployment benefits.

COVID-19 pandemic accelerates Denver food-cart maker’s addition of electric vehicles to its line

About 40 years ago, Dan Gallery and his sister, Debbie, saw an opportunity to expand the reach of the family’s Chicago-style deli by selling food from a hot-dog cart in downtown Denver. “It was so wildly successful, they were able to pay it off in about three months,” Dan Gallery V said of the purchase of the cart from a New York street vendor. More food carts were added. Gallery

How you can get an early start on holiday shopping with Prime Day

NEW YORK — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now. The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July. Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also

5G wireless — the promise of speed, hype and risk, explained – The Denver Post

A much-hyped network upgrade called “5G” means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it’s the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it’s the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. To many average people, it’s simply a mystery. What, exactly, is 5G wireless — and will you even notice when it comes online? WHAT IS 5G? 5G is

Apple unveils new iPhones for faster 5G wireless networks – The Denver Post

Apple unveiled four new iPhones equipped with technology for use with faster new 5G wireless networks. There’s the iPhone 12, which Apple says is more durable, with a 6.1-inch display, the same as the iPhone 11 but lighter and thinner, for $799 and the iPhone 12 Mini with a 5.4-inch display for $699. They’ll come in black, white, red, green and blue. A higher-end iPhone 12 Pro with more powerful

Colorado marijuana sales exceed $218 million in August

Colorado dispensaries sold $218.6 million worth of marijuana in August, falling just short of the all-time monthly record, $226 million, set in July. Recreational sales totaled $176,566,595 for the month, while medical sales totaled $$42,034,746, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. The state collected more than $40 million in taxes and fees from August sales. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, cannabis sales have grown exponentially this year, setting

Colorado nonprofits anxious about crucial fall fundraising period amid pandemic, recession and political uncertainty – The Denver Post

This is what should have happened Saturday night in a downtown Denver hotel ballroom: More than 600 people, dressed in cocktail dresses and suits, should have paid $250 each to hobnob with a Kennedy, a former Denver Broncos player and other local dignitaries to raise money for Mental Health Colorado. They’d wine and dine and bid on art and weekend vacations in an auction while smiling for pictures all in

Colorado voters to decide whether to pull state out of national popular vote effort

State lawmakers decided last year that Colorado should join 14 other states and Washington, D.C., in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which pledges their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most raw votes nationwide. On Nov. 3, Coloradans will get the chance to affirm or reject that decision when they vote on Proposition 113, which was put on the ballot by opponents of the movement.

Start planning your year-end giving now

In 2019, U.S. giving to charity totaled nearly $450 billion. Historically, nearly one-third of that amount takes place in December, with 12% of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year. December and last-minute giving is often rushed, not well-planned, nor strategic. To maximize the impact of your giving, whether personal or in your business, start planning your approach to year-end donations now.  There are a number

Membership of anti-mask Facebook groups jumps sharply

By Ben Decke It’s no surprise that people pushing anti-mask arguments popped up online around the time the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in March and April. But here is what might surprise you: The audience for misleading anti-mask posts on Facebook has grown sharply in the last eight weeks, despite the growing evidence that masks can help prevent the spread of the virus. The number of people who

Retail analysts urge consumers to keep calm in the weeks ahead

Retailers remain laser-focused on keeping their shelves stocked after getting caught flat-footed this spring by the outbreak of COVID-19. But concerns are mounting that consumers, fearful of a resurgence in the coronavirus and the potential for election unrest, may start stockpiling aggressively again. “The food/staples supply chain is very stable right now, but there’s alarm that a big buying event in the midst of a COVID uptick could lead to

Apps will get you paid early, for a price

By Tara Siegel Bernard Americans have become accustomed to summoning just about anything on demand, from groceries to car rides. Now it’s just as easy to get paid when you want. As the coronavirus pandemic squeezes household budgets, workers and employers alike are increasingly turning to pay-advance apps with friendly-sounding names like Earnin, Dave, Brigit and Rain. They allow users, for a sometimes-optional fee, to request money before payday. One

Greyhound moved into Union Station but COVID-19 slows sale of downtown Denver terminal

The Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Denver went dark last week. The future of the now-vacant station and the almost 2.5 acres of prime downtown real estate it sits on is still up in the air as a mystery would-be buyer circles. Greyhound Lines announced Oct. 1 that it has moved its intercity bus operations out of its longtime Denver base at 1055 19th St. to Union Station, the city’s