Lead Stories


Tue July 7, 2015
Weather Nerding

Think It's Wet Now? July Starts Colorado's Monsoon Season

Rainy windows and low visibility were a common sight across Colorado during an record wet spring. More could be on the way as monsoon season starts in the state.
Jim Hill KUNC

July 10 is an important date for Colorado. You're forgiven if you don't know why, most people don't. It's the beginning of the Colorado monsoon season – and 2015 is no different.

"That's based on the last 35 years or so of record taking, and you try to spot the first day of the heaviest rain, and July 10th is when that tends to happen most often," said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Dankers.

The monsoon - a hallmark of late summer weather in Colorado - will be wetter than usual in 2015, Dankers thinks. The storms resulting from tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coast that set up almost daily in July and August could be more severe, thanks in part to a record wet spring.

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Tue July 7, 2015
Arts & Life

At Rumi's, The Staff Is Feeding Greeley While They're Fasting

Moein Shafie prepares a gyro sandwich at Rumi's House of Kabob.
Poncie Rutsch KUNC

The air at Rumi's House of Kabob, a middle-eastern restaurant in Greeley, is filled with the smells of roasting kabobs, sweet garlic, and warm pita. In the kitchen, you'll find Moein Shafie preparing salads and drizzling olive oil on hummus, while the chef roasts the meat and makes the rice.

It's not too different a scene than what you'll find in any restaurant, except that Moein and his sister Laya – who also works at Rumi's – are operating on empty stomachs. Both are working in the midst of Ramadan, a month of fasting, self-control and reflection observed by millions of Muslims the world over.

Fasting while they work in the restaurant is very different from fasting in Iran, where the two siblings grew up.

“Even if you didn’t fast, you weren’t allowed to eat in common areas of the school in front of other people,” explains Moein. “It’s like that in all public areas. You’re not allowed to get on the bus and have a sandwich in your hand. It’s a respect thing.”

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Mon July 6, 2015

Greenhouse Scholars-Cultivating The Next Generation Of Community Leaders

A Greenhouse Scholar with her mentor
Credit Courtesy of Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars provides comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. Its unique “Whole Person” approach offers intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support, in order to cultivate the next generation of community leaders. 

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Mon July 6, 2015


Mon July 6, 2015

With Real Costs In Mind, Growing Colorado Cities Are Reevaluating Water Tap Fees

This new development close to the Children's Hospital in Aurora is subject to a new tap fee structure which results in higher water users paying higher tap fees.
Maeve Conran KGNU

As cities in Colorado expand to accommodate a growing population, so are costs of providing services and utilities. Some communities, like Aurora, a city of 350,000 east of Denver, are reevaluating how they charge for services like water and how those costs might encourage smarter growth.

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