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As students across the state head into another school year, safety and security remain top priorities for educators. Another challenge is preventing teen suicides.

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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.

Is Fort Collins In A Housing Bubble?

Jun 7, 2017
Jim Hill / KUNC

Northern Colorado real estate is still hot. Single family homes in Fort Collins, Loveland and Berthoud priced under $400,000 sell after an average of 18 days on the market — and sellers are getting slightly above asking price.

In Fort Collins, a starter home — one that has a mortgage comparable to area rent, is now between $300,000 and $400,000 — increasingly out of reach for many first-time buyers.  

But this isn’t a housing bubble.

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As the former editor for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, Rick Padden knows a good story when he reads one. When the newspaper ran a story about Camp 202 -- dubbed Camp Greeley -- where 1,500 German prisoners of war were housed during World War II, Padden was inspired.

“It almost wrote itself,” he said. “I literally wrote the basic play in 21 days.”

Lanna Brake

Don’t tell Kerri Ertman it’s too cold.

“I have a hard time dealing with the people on Facebook talking about wearing flip flops in November,” Ertman said. “It’s like hey, just once it turns to December, start hoping for cold weather. I like the cold.”

Of course she does. Ertman is a snow sculptor. And as the co-founder of the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition, she has a lot riding on the weather. But what do you do when there’s no snow?

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On Nov. 8, voters in Larimer County defeated Initiative 200, which sought to create a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. However, in Denver, the renewal of their SCFD passed by a wide margin.

Organizers of the failed Initiative 200 in Larimer County vowed to try again in the future.

“I think that it took Denver either two or three times on the ballot to actually pass,” Yes On 200 Campaign Manager Kelly Giddens said.

Photo courtesy of Mischelle Nitzel

Today, Mischelle Nitzel can look back at one moment and realize how much her life has changed. With the help of House of Neighborly Service, she is no longer hungry.