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Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

A wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone but it's possible he could find another home there.

Kino Lorber

Most of the clichés and cutesy comparisons that can be made, have been made about the young boy-genius chef Flynn McGarry. He’s been written about until you’re fed up with the stories. Newspapers and local television news programs have gushed. The New Yorker wrote about McGarry when he was 13. He’s been on the cover of The New York Times magazine.


On this week's Colorado Edition, the midterms are behind us and the stars aligned for the Democratic party in Colorado; meanwhile we look up at the night sky and wonder… where did all the stars go? (Don’t panic, they’re still there - we just can’t see them because of all the lights around here.) Plus – what’s the impact of a shorter school week? Hint: It’s not as easy for parents to play hooky as they'd probably like.

Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

Update: 1:40 p.m., Thursday, 11/15/18: The sculpture “Isak Heartstone” has been dismantled. Officials with Breckenridge Creative Arts said the major components of the art work have been saved and are being stored in the hopes that it can be reinstalled or reimagined at another location.


This week's Colorado Edition is devoted to stories of veterans and their families -- tales of torture, courage, perseverance and love.

KUNC’s military and veterans reporter Michael de Yoanna guides us on a journey that spans several wars, from Vietnam War to Afghanistan.

Cohen Media Group

Buster Keaton is simply a marvel of brilliance and joy, but it’s not really that simple. He became a star in 1917, over a hundred years ago, yet I’ve never known someone to keep thinking that Keaton’s movies are just old, outdated silly stuff,  after they’ve seen him work. Keaton’s comedy cuts through those hundred years and watching him in action feels timeless.

Courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum/Facebook

After seven years and more than 3,400 paintings, Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum has unveiled the abstract artist’s final works.

With special gloves and a lot of patience, a team from the museum carefully unrolled the last canvases in storage Monday on Facebook Live.

Zeitgeist Films

Studio 54 was the dream become actual of two guys from Brooklyn, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. They met at Syracuse University, became dear friends even though Schrager was a straight introvert and Rubell was a gay extrovert, at a time when that could be even more dangerous than now. In 1977 they fashioned this place where the beautiful people came to drink, snort, dance ecstatically, and sometimes have sex in various parts of the club. 

Little Red Photography

When the Longmont Museum began its Dia de los Muertos celebration 18 years ago, the holiday was not well known -- at least not locally.

"That first year maybe 30 people came," said Ann Macca, the museum's curator of education.

Over the years, the event -- and the holiday -- has grown in popularity thanks, in part, to films like "Book of Life" and "Coco." Now the museum hosts one of the largest Day of the Dead events in the state with festivities occurring throughout the month of October leading up to the Nov. 1 and 2 holiday.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

There's a common stereotype that scientists aren't funny -- they're smart, anti-social, maybe a little odd, but definitely not funny.

"I'm a professor, I've seen the glaze many times and people falling asleep," said Fleur Ferro, who teaches biology at the Community College of Denver.

But it doesn't have to be that way, Ferro said.