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  1. FasTracks at 10: RTD's sprawling rail-transit construction project is still rolling (Video, slideshow)
    Ten years ago, Denver area voters approved by a 58-42 percent margin the Regional Transportation District's ambitious plan to build 122 miles of passenger rail line to link the metro area together — in just 12 years. That construction project — known as FasTracks — would greatly expand on RTD's existing light-rail network, which began service 20 years ago, in October 1994. The FasTracks plan, as envisioned in 2004, is still a work in progress. RTD officials said earlier this year that the…
  2. Denver is top U.S. market for election ads
    Denver is the top media market for political television ads this election, with more than 78,000 airings. The Mile High City is followed by Denver; Little Rock, Ark.; Tampa-St. Petersburg and New York City. Denver TV stations have been airing ads around the clock attempting to sway voters in Colorado's close gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and 6th Congressional District races, as well as high-profile ballot measures like racetrack gambling and GMO food labeling. And the ad figures don't include cable…
  3. Hickenlooper's regulatory reform: Big changes or small impact?
    In an election where regulatory reform has become a heightened topic, Gov. John Hickenlooper can point to 2,066 state regulations that have been eliminated under his direction, but few that have had major effects on the way business leaders run their companies. Hickenlooper established a "Pits and Peeves" process where leaders at Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) met with businesspeople and with state officials to ask if there were rules and regulations that were hindering their…
  4. Downtown Denver to convert 18th Street to 2-way Sunday
    The City of Denver Public Works will convert 18th Street between Wynkoop and Blake streets to one that allows for two-way traffic on Sunday, Nov. 2. The conversion was first announced in January, and will complete the two-way grid in Denver in an effort to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership. "This important change on 18th Street is a timely compliment to the reopening of Denver Union Station and enhances a pedestrian friendly link in LoDo,"…
  5. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes in test (Video)
    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in California, killing a pilot and injuring another, according to media reports. It's not yet known what caused the crash of the sub-orbital space plane being built by billionaire Richard Branson's space-tourism enterprise to fly tourists to the edge of the atmosphere. Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems had built the hybrid rocket engines powering three of SpaceShipTwo's earlier flights, including…
  6. Viewpoint: Beauprez transportation plan means a better infrastructure for Colorado
    Editor's note: Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez first clashed at a Sept. 30 debate over how much money could be set aside for road improvements if the state were to refinance the TRANS bonds issued under former Gov. Bill Owens. The topic since has resurfaced several times. Two men who have led the Colorado Department of Transportation now weigh in with their insight on how much they believe — if at all — the expiring TRANS bonds could help Colorado's…
  7. Viewpoint: Beauprez transportation bond proposal is impractical, ill-advised
    Editor's note: Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez first clashed at a Sept. 30 debate over how much money could be set aside for road improvements if the state were to refinance the TRANS bonds issued under former Gov. Bill Owens. The topic since has resurfaced several times. Two men who have led the Colorado Department of Transportation now weigh in with their insight on how much they believe — if at all — the expiring TRANS bonds could help Colorado's…
  8. WhiteWave scoops up So Delicious Dairy Free in $195M cash deal
    The WhiteWaves Food Company Friday announced it has completed its purchase of So Delicious Dairy Free, a $195 million cash deal meant to help the company expand into new markets. Broomfield-based WhiteWaves (NYSE:WWAV) creates food and beverage products such as Horizon Organic dairy. So Delicious Dairy Free, based in Eugene, Oregon, manufacturers plant-based beverages, creamers and frozen desserts. Gregg Engles, chairman and CEO of WhiteWave, said the transaction fits well with WhiteWave's current…
  9. Level 3 closes deal for TW Telecom
    The signs at TW Telecom Inc.'s headquarters started changing Friday, and employee emails did too as the telecom officially became part of Level 3 Communications Inc. The Broomfield-based telecom's $5.3 billion acquisition of TW Telecom formally closed Friday morning. Employees that left work as TW Telecom employees logged in today as Level 3 workers. The companies announced the deal June 16. A great deal of work has been put in since to try, as seamlessly as possible, to quickly combine businesses…
  10. Push for STEM education in Colorado gathers steam
    Kathy Norton gave a perfect example Friday morning of how an innovative partnership is helping her students at Arvada High School embrace the subjects collectively known as STEM — an acronym that refers to science, technology, engineering and math. The Arvada High principal recounted how engineering students at the school have for years designed and built catapults, an ancient weapon with little practical application today beyond seeing how far you can chunk a pumpkin. This year those students…