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Obit is a great idea for a movie, and most wonderfully, the film fulfills its promise. It is not a grim movie obsessed by death. As Times obituary writer Margalit Fox says near the top of the picture, New York Times obituaries don't dwell on death, they focus on life. The Times obituaries offer a chronicle of lives lived, and from many of them, you get a sense of the fabulous range of human achievement, experience, behavior and interest.

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Douglas County now has some additional support to fight wildfires: a converted Boeing 747-400 airplane. County commissioners have approved a contract with Global SuperTanker, allowing emergency officials to call on the large aircraft to dump water or retardant on out-of-control flames. Emergency manager Tim Johnson told the commissioners he wants to be prepared when largeblazes erupt. “This resource would give us the ability to have the largest wildfire suppression air tanker available in the world,” Johnson says.

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Outside the tour center of Anheuser-Busch ’s Fort Collins brewery, a team of eight huge clydesdales pull the iconic red wagon around the parking lot. The gold harnesses catch the sunlight and people eagerly snap pictures with their cell phones.

 

The Budweiser Clydesdales have been a crowd pleaser since 1933, but a lot has changed since then. Between mergers and acquisitions, including the $103 billion purchase of rival SAB Miller, Anheuser-Busch InBev is a multinational company accounting for about 30 percent of global beer sales.

 

In the past, beer drinkers only had a handful of options, but now the proliferation of choices has lead to consumers favoring styles over brands. This shift in buying behavior away from brand loyalty is hard to combat for a company like Anheuser-Busch, who have invested millions of dollars in their image.

 

The world’s biggest brewer has seen its market share slip by 2 percent annually since 2014. To combat the drop, they are investing in ways that smaller brewers can’t.

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Trust an architect to hop on board a flat bed trailer and paint a vivid picture of a sustainable -- if not snug -- future house.

Standing atop the donated trailer behind Glenwood Springs High School, Steve Eaton points out where there will be a grilling station, french doors and a loft bedroom -- all to be built by his students this fall.

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Longmont illustrator Mark Ludy didn’t set out to be “the phone book artist.”

“Well, phone books, that was one of those things that came to me,” Ludy said. “I wasn’t looking to do phone books.”

But five years and more than a dozen covers later, Ludy’s artwork has been featured on the covers of the Front Door Direct phone books for Colorado cities including Greeley, Windsor, Loveland and Fort Collins.

“Their approach of using unique artwork for the covers I thought was brilliant,” he said. “Rather than just stock photography or just the same-old same-old, they made something - a coffee-table kind of thing to have.”

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Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., spoke to a sympathetic crowd of about 150 people at Colorado State University May 19. He touched on everything from school vouchers to health care and the future of the Democratic Party.

 

“Our message last time did not capture a whole lot of people in this country that were looking for a change, looking for a view that their government be more responsive to them and were expecting more, and we gotta figure out a way to answer that,” Senator Bennet said.

 

He drew on his experience as the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools to blast Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her support of vouchers, calling her a ‘disaster.’

Platform Americas: Filmmaker Denise Soler Cox; Artist Dmitri Obergfell

May 19, 2017
Andrea Flanagan

Episode 2 of Platform Americas is all about the immigrant experience and identity. Filmmaker Denise Soler Cox talks about the unique identity of the “ñ,” American-born children of at least one parent from a Spanish-speaking country. Then we visit Dmitri Obergfell, a multimedia artist exploring his roots -- and his tenuous relationship with his estranged Mexican father -- through a unique, layered exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

Music Box Films

No filmmaker understands the look of the pain of loneliness like Terence Davies. In his early autobiographical films, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Davies shows himself as a kid who doesn’t yet know he’s gay being ostracized and bullied, with a harsh, judgmental father to make things even worse. But in those films, Davies found refuge – Distant Voices Still Lives shows his working class Liverpool family singing in their cramped home. The exquisite The Long Day Closes shines with the sounds of movies from the late forties and early fifties, along with radio broadcasts – the places in imagination where this terrified, solitary boy found peace.

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If you enjoy the convenience of streaming your favorite TV shows and movies online, the next couple of years may be rough. The Federal Communications Commission may change how internet service providers can operate, which could lead to slower speeds for some websites and diminished access. But a small, Fort Collins business may actually benefit from the potential rule change.

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When the local food movement emerged in the early 2000s, it had a list of social ills it was trying to solve – like obesity, food insecurity and the struggling rural economy.

But now that local food has gone more mainstream, there’s criticism that it doesn’t go far enough in using food to achieve social goals. Critics have said some portions of the movement have -- either purposefully or accidentally -- excluded people, making local foods too expensive or hard to access.

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