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Five years ago flood waters caused immense damage along Colorado’s northern Front Range and foothills, killing nine people, upending the lives of thousands of others. And just as the raging water left a lasting imprint in the minds of those who lived through it, it did the same to the land itself.

During four days of rain, and weeks of receding, rivers altered course, reservoirs filled with sediment, and soil slipped down hillslopes, ending up as sand bars and log jams downstream. The change was so abrupt and sudden maps had to be redrawn.

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A regional energy project entering final planning stages this fall is set to become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power. 

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Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet.

And that’s a good thing.

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Police officer Tash Petsas and clinician Alan Marschke patrol the streets of Longmont, waiting for another call from dispatch about a guy named John. They have already responded to two John calls, but he was not arrested because he wasn't doing anything illegal. John was just hanging around downtown acting erratic.

After their last interaction, John left the scene, leaving his possessions near a dumpster in a parking lot.

"These are those tough cases where Alan and I have conversations," said Petsas, a 15-year veteran with the police department. "You know, right now he's littering with that mess he left. But write him a ticket, it's not going to solve the problem. This is where we have to start getting creative, about how are we going to get him engaged and how are we going to get him help."

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Thirteen applicants are are seeking to be one of Longmont’s first recreational marijuana dispensaries. All have cleared the hurdle of getting a license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, but that’s no guarantee they’ll soon be in business.

Longmont’s officials say they will approve just four of the applicants.


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Colorado native Mandy Harvey didn’t imagine herself competing on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” for a variety of reasons.

There was her constant battles with stage fright and her tendency towards being an introvert -- and her complete hearing loss 10 years ago. But as an ambassador for the Fort Collins-based group No Barriers USA, a nonprofit that encourages those with disabilities to tackle adversity, the show proved to be a challenge worth taking on.

“When the opportunity came up to audition, (my friends and family reminded me) ‘Well, what’s the worst that can happen?’” Harvey said.

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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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While its new venue is under construction, Fort Collins movie theater The Lyric is taking up temporary residence at an unlikely place: The Masonic Temple.

“I’ve never done anything normal in my life,” joked owner Ben Moser about the theater’s unusual home for the next six months. “So this is just another thing. I think people are pretty used to it by now.”

As the price of retail space in Colorado continues to climb, more artists are popping up in non-traditional spaces to perform and sell their work -- including storefronts, bars and even the home of the Freemasons.

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Colorado remains well-represented among the nation’s top craft breweries.

A new ranking from the Boulder-based Brewers Association places five of Colorado’s breweries among the top 50 in the country for 2016. The ranking is based on a brewery’s total sales volume for the year.

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Crops genetically-engineered to withstand certain pesticides have a short shelf-life in Boulder County, Colorado.

The county’s commissioners voted Wednesday to ban growing genetically engineered crops on county open space. The decision does not apply to privately-owned farmland.

The vote puts in place a transition plan to remove GMO corn and sugar beets -- the only GMO crops grown locally on open space land -- from public land within the next 5 years.