Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

Colorado’s public pension system needs more money to remain viable. The Public Employees Retirement Association, or PERA, is the retirement benefit for teachers and other public employees. Right now, it’s only 58 percent funded. Senate Bill 200 is starting its journey through the legislature and it will need bipartisan support if it is going to pass.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of the Denver Post and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the bill, and what’s at stake.

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As word came this week that yet another round of layoffs were planned for The Denver Post's newsroom, lawmakers at the Capitol worried about what the future would look like with less news. Among those concerned about the fate of news is Rep. Larry Liston, who for years has clipped articles from newspapers to keep track of what's going on. 


As names of movie monsters go, The Shimmer doesn’t have quite the pizzazz of handles like King Kong, Godzilla or The Mummy, and it doesn’t even match up to the blandly named The Thing or Them, which at least imply a note of fear.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

This week, amid the backdrop of student walkouts around Colorado and the nation to remember the 17 people killed at their school in Florida, we look beyond the debate over guns. Our reporters travel to schools where a less contentious, but related, conversation is taking place: improving mental health.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

You may know Chris Daniels best as the energetic frontman for blues band Chris Daniels & The Kings, but lately it’s other people’s music that’s been on his mind.

Daniels is the new executive director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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Two Colorado high school seniors placed in the top 10 at the nation’s most prestigious science and math competition - the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition was held in Washington, D.C., March 8-14.

Isani Singh, 18, from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village won third place. Kyle Fridberg, 17, from Fairview High School in Boulder, came in sixth.

Another Cherry Creek High School senior, 17-year-old Abilash Prabhakaran, placed in the top 40.

Courtesy, Sources of Strength.

In 2016, a streak of student deaths prompted action within the Thompson School District in Larimer County. As the national conversation around student safety and gun violence grows, officials there are planning to expand a successful suicide and violence prevention program.

Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

Esperanza Montelongo attached a biometric sensor to her ear, stood in front of a computer screen and started breathing. With each inhale and exhale, a small ball on the screen moved up and down, mimicking her breaths.

“It just keeps going and going and when this fills up, if it’s all green, that means your heart is calm and you’re breathing right,” she said.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

How bad is 2018 snowpack in the southern Rocky Mountains, you ask?

Let me count the ways.

Currently, snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin, which supplies the vast majority of water for what is arguably the southwest’s most important river system, sits at 69 percent of median. In 2002, the watershed’s driest year on record, there was more snow on the ground at this point in March than there is now.

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More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the trainings aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations.