Katie’s Law – New DNA Law Has Linked Felons to 40 Unsolved Crimes

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“Katie’s Law” which was passed in 2009 and created the expanded DNA sampling program.

A law that expanded the number of people who must submit DNA samples has linked crime suspects to 40 unsolved sex assaults, burglaries, arsons and robberies across Colorado, authorities say.

 

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Pot-Selling Pioneers in Colorado Try to Make a Profit

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At the Farmacy they use chopsticks to handle pot because some customers have weak immune systems.

Anyone who thinks it would be easy to get rich selling marijuana in a state where it’s legal should spend an hour with Ravi Respeto, manager of the Farmacy, an upscale dispensary here that offers Strawberry Haze, Hawaiian Skunk and other strains of Cannabis sativa at up to $16 a gram.

(Special July 12th live webcast to discuss emerging opportunities in marijuana industry.)

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Colorado Will Be Powered By 30% Renewable Energy By 2020

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Colorado’s governor has signed into law a bill requiring 30% of the state’s energy mix come from renewable sources by 2020.

In one of the boldest renewable energy standards set thus far, Colorado’s governor Bill Ritter has signed into law a bill requiring 30% of the state’s energy mix come from renewable sources by 2020. Which means, in the next 10 years, Colorado will get nearly a full third of its power from wind, solar, and other clean sources–now that’s some serious progress.

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Amazon Reacts to Colorado Law, Drops Colorado Affiliates

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Amazon drops Colorado affiliates

Kristie McNealy blogs from her suburban Denver home about raising four children and health issues. Her husband, Rob, a floor installer, runs another Web site offering product reviews and advice on hardwood floors.

It’s not just for fun. Whenever someone clicks on a link to buy a book or product that their sites mention from an online seller, the McNealys get a commission. And if that customer comes back the next day to that same retailer and buys a television, they get a cut of that, too.

 

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DaVinci Institute Announces Awards at Colorado Inventor Showcase

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Several winners were announced as top inventors for 2009

The DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank and host of the 5th annual Colorado Inventor Showcase announced the award winners at the event held November 3rd at the Denver University Cable Center. Winners in the six categories accepted their honors as the evening came to a close.  The DaVinci Institute also extended its thanks to Colorado and surrounding states for participating in this year’s event. Seventy celebrity judges from venture capital, the media, high profile businesses and academia selected the award winners based on their innovation and value of their creations to society.

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Chasing Rare Orchids And Fireflies In Central Colorado

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Filoha Meadows in central Colorado

A refuge for the Ute Indians and a transit corridor for the marble quarried for the Washington Monument, Filoha Meadows in central Colorado has been used as farmland, an arthritic retreat center, and a movie set. Developers eyed it to build 15,000 square-foot homes, while others envisioned the entire area under the waters of a dam. But people seeking to preserve the meadow as open space were the ones who succeeded–even though they didn’t even really know what they had there.

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Scientists Predict Disappearance Of Aspens In Rocky Mountains By 2090

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Every year around this time, “leaf peepers” from all over the world descend on Colorado’s mountain towns to gape at the white-trunked aspen trees as they don their fall colors, setting the hillsides ablaze with bright swaths of yellow and orange foliage. But a mysterious syndrome may leave the Rocky Mountains aspen-free by 2090.

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Colorado Biologists Discover Litter Of Lynx Kittens

Colorado Biologists Discover Litter Of Lynx Kittens

 First litter of Lynx kittens found since 2006

Spring brought a surprise delivery from the stork: A litter of 10 lynx kittens-the first newborns documented in Colorado since 2006, gladdening the hearts of biologists leading the charge to restore the mountain feline, as well as drawing waves of squeals from computer monitors everywhere.  (Pics)

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Rainwater Harvesting Could Grow In The Western States

Rainwater Harvesting Could Grow In The Western States

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With the news that the US State of Colorado has decided to make it legal for small farmers to collect rainwater – holding out the possibility that city dwellers, too, may one day be offered legal means to harvest rain – a tipping point approaches.

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Night with a Futurist on the Future of Politics with Host Tom Tancredo

Night with a Futurist on the Future of Politics with Host Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo at the Night with a Futurist on the Future of Politics

Tuesday’s Night with a Futurist offered perspectives on “The Future of Politics” provided by five-term Colorado Congressman and recent Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo. Tancredo, who stood out during the Republican debates for his deeply held opinions on immigration and border security, prefaced his remarks by indicating he approaches the political system through “a partisan filter” and this vantage point would likely bleed into his remarks. He then went on to describe his start in politics in1975, which was prompted during his career as a 9th grade civics teacher in Arvada, Colorado. In an effort to motivate his students to become involved in public affairs, Tancredo pledged that if the whole class performed extra credit by getting involved with an issue or a campaign, he would run for public office. The class not only followed through on the challenge but also voted on which office Tancredo should pursue, and shortly thereafter he won his race for the Colorado State Senate.

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