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Mon March 30, 2015

State Audit Says U.S. 36 Partnership Is A Good Value For Taxpayers

A worker on U.S. 36
Colorado Department of Transportation

A state audit [.pdf] of the U.S. 36 express lanes project has found that procurement delays cost the state of Colorado an additional $5 million, but that overall "it provided the best value for taxpayers."

The audit report also targeted poor communication and a lack of transparency as additional issues.

The U.S. 36 project is a set of highway improvements partly funded by a private company. It is the first public-private partnership pursued by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and has been a contentious effort, with lawsuits filed and pushback from state legislators.

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Mon March 30, 2015

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:48 pm

Cholita, an Andean bear, was abused in a circus in Peru and is now in a small zoo. An animal welfare group has now received permission to take Cholita to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, along with more than 30 former circus lions.
Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

A badly abused Peruvian bear named Cholita is coming to a sanctuary in Colorado. Animal Defenders International announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expedited the request and she will be on her way next month.

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Mon March 30, 2015

Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

For a more invigorating workout, nonprofit worker Chris Lane uphill skis near Aspen four times a week.
Marci Krivonen Aspen Public Radio

It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

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Sun March 29, 2015

Accepting His Daughter As Gay Was Like A Weight 'Lifted Off Me'

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Deidra Robinson and her father, William Watford III, were extremely close — until she told him she was gay.

StoryCorps' OutLoud initiative records stories from the LGBTQ community.

Deidra Robinson and her father, William Watford III, were extremely close — until she told him she was gay.

They came to StoryCorps in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., to talk about that moment.

Their story may sound familiar to many families.

"I looked at you and I said, 'Do you want to hear it?' " Robinson tells her father. "Do you remember what you told me?"

"No," Watford answers.

"You were like, 'No, I don't want to hear it,' " she recalls.

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