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Downtown marijuana business draws smell complaints
A downtown Denver marijuana dispensary's request to convert to a retail operation faces strong opposition from some nearby business owners and workers who complain of a persistent, strong marijuana order coming from the dispensary.
Retail sales of marijuana are scheduled to start Jan. 1 under a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2012.
The LoDo Wellness Center, at 1617 Wazee St., applied to the city to operate a retail marijuana store/dispensary and growing operation for the retail…
Cleantech startups seek investors at NREL forum (Video)
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 26th Industry Growth Forum, a showcase for startup cleantech companies pitching what could be the next big thing, routinely draws a lot of attention.
This year, among the nearly 400 attendees at the annual two-day forum were investors and business executives from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. NREL's forum was held at the Grand Hyatt Denver hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Among the companies pitching their ideas, seven hailed from…
9News Parade of Lights is a go despite cold (Video)
The 39th annual 9News Parade of Lights will proceed as planned tonight and Saturday despite Denver’s wave of frigid cold.
The two-mile illuminated holiday procession through the streets of downtown Denver begins at 8 p.m. Friday night and 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade also will be televised live tonight on KUSA-9News in Denver.
The parade features marching bands, floats and appearances by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa Claus.
The parade is free to watch from the street or nearby buildings,…
Colorado health-exchange CEO backs down on raise request
Patty Fontneau, who runs Colorado’s new online health-insurance marketplace, on Friday backed away from her earlier request for a raise and bonus.
The request — reported Thursday by The Denver Post — raised controversy since the health exchange, known as Connect for Health Colorado, has fallen well short of its insurance enrollment goals.
Exchange board member Ellen Daehnick told The Post that the request by executive director/CEO Fontneau — who now makes $190,549 a year, funded by taxpayers…
Ex-Denver Broncos quarterback, coach Gary Kubiak fired by Houston Texans
The NFL's Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak, a former Denver Broncos quarterback and coach.
The firing came Friday, hours after the Texans lost its franchise-record 11th consecutive game, a 27-20 defeat Thursday night to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"We felt that a change was needed at the head coach position and Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach," Texans owner Bob McNair said in a statement, adding that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips — also formerly with the Broncos —…
Tattered Cover opens first location at DIA
Travelers through Denver International Airport have a new book nook to shop at: the city’s well-known Tattered Cover.
The parent company of Hudson Booksellers, New Jersey's Hudson Group, licensed the Tattered Cover name and will open four locations under that name at DIA. The first opened Friday at the center of Concourse B after a makeover of space that housed Hudson Booksellers.
The remaining stores will be opening throughout the first half of 2014. When complete, there will be Tattered Cover…
ULA completes multiple-payload space delivery
A United Launch Alliance LLC rocket placed a U.S. defense satellite into orbit overnight Friday, delivering two payloads into space for the company’s last launch of 2013.
An Atlas V rocket made by the Centennial-based company blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., just after midnight Denver time carrying a classified defense orbiter and 12 experimental mini-satellites on a launch commissioned by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
The launch highlighted ULA’s ability to offer…
WSJ: 'Crisis' at Quiznos over finances
Quiznos is "stumbling" despite the Denver sub-shop franchiser's long-running efforts to turn around its fortunes and has been in talks to restructure nearly $600 million in debt, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Under the headline "Crisis Quickens at Quiznos," the Journal reports that the company "has struggled with store closures and tension with franchisees. It recently missed a payment on a loan, and has been negotiating to restructure some or all of its debt load with creditors."
Colorado health systems plan merger
Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Plains Medical Center have agreed to a merger that would create a massive health system caring for about 80,000 people across Colorado, The Gazette reports.
The merger is expected to be finalized at the end of April, with the combination of the two systems taking another 12 to 18 months to complete. A reduction in administrative costs is a driving force behind the agreement.
Plains Medical Center operates health centers in Flagler, Limon, Strasburg and Kiowa.…
Peyton Manning and Ron Burgundy: It's not over
ESPN was supposed to air more of the interview between Ron Burgundy and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on Thursday, but pressing news forced the network to drop that plan. The Hollywood Reporter reveals more of the footage will see the light of day.
Burgundy, the buffoonish television anchorman played by comedian Will Ferrell in the upcoming movie "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," told Manning that without a mustache the QB looks like "a succulent baby lamb." A brief clip of the interchange…