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With Money For Trails And More, The Gov Wants To Invest In 'Colorado The Beautiful'

Colorado is well-known for its outdoor recreation, but Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to take it to the next level - by making it even easier for people to access open space and parks. In addition to a previously unveiled Colorado the Beautiful Initiative, the governor has also pledged $100 million to create and connect bike trails. "The ultimate goal is connecting everyone from Denver to the foothills and mountains to the west," said Tom Hoby, Jefferson County's director of open space and parks.
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Clouds aren’t always what appear to be: Two clouds that look the same on the outside might indicate a dry day or a rainstorm, all depending on where they are. Cloud scientists have begun peering into what’s happening inside at a microscopic level, and they’ve found that the particles in clouds aren’t nearly as homogenous as they thought.

Scott Spuler, a research engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, developed the holography technology in the study, “an instrument that could see and make a picture of roughly a thousand particles.” The three-dimensional imaging technique would allow the researchers to examine a few cubic centimeters of cloud, rather than cubic meters.

“We were never able to make measurements about clouds on these scales before,” says Spuler.

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This is the 12th year for Denver's Indigenous Film Festival, and once again it has found unexpected films, work challenging the idea of what kind of people are supposedly "normal" in movies. In these films the Navajo are "normal," indigenous people growing quinoa in Peru are "normal." Nobody else around here has the nerve or the insight to show most of these films.

Here are two worth seeing.

On an October day more than 40 years ago, George Giffe and an accomplice, Bobby Wayne Wallace, hijacked a small charter airplane at gunpoint, claiming to have a bomb. Giffe, who suffered from mental illness, had kidnapped his estranged wife and forced his way on board the flight in Nashville.

When the plane landed for fuel in Jacksonville, Fla., law enforcement intervened.

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Air quality has long been a concern in Colorado; many might remember the skies back in the 1970s and 80s along the Front Range.

"Oh, it was horrible, absolutely," said lifelong Coloradan and state Senator Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge), "anytime you would go outside of Denver and then come back in, it was the 'brown cloud.'"

"Brown cloud" wasn't hyperbole, it was real, something the Mile High City was infamous for. The new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency for ground-level ozone – commonly known as smog – moved the level from 75 parts per billion to 70 ppb. It's a new challenge for many counties that still aren't meeting the old standard.

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The cost of getting into some national parks increases on Thursday.

The rates will go up despite the fact that visitation at parks is up, which means bigger crowds, congested traffic and busier visitor centers. But more people aren't translating into a big boost for park budgets. For example, visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is up 20 percent so far this year and Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion are also seeing double-digit increases. The parks are also seeing the strain. About 100 parks are planning an entrance fee hike.

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This summer, Boulder decided to conduct an experiment that would make the town a little more bike friendly. The city started the "Living Lab" project on Folsom Street, a north-south artery that runs through town.

The goal was improving travel safety, for bikes and pedestrians, but also cars. To do this, the city reduced Folsom Street from four lanes to three, and added wider, protected bike lanes. The project, which began in July, was supposed to last a year. It lasted eight weeks. 

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With an average daily high of 80 degrees throughout the month, this September has shattered the old record set in 1948. 

But isn’t it too soon to tell?

“As long as we stay above zero, this will be the warmest September on record,” said Bernie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.