Denver’s Archdiocese Faces A Nun Shortage. This Metro State Student Has Ideas To Help

Anna Carochi. (Courtesy Photo) Anna Carochi makes a decision, then waits for God to show her whether it was the right one. But one decision the 23-year-old junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver is certain of is her desire to become a nun. But that kind of certainty is evidently in shorter supply than it used to be — the overall number of sisters in the Archdiocese of Denver has declined by almost 30 percent in the last decade. Carochi and Father Ryan O’Neill, the director of vocations for the archdiocese, speak with Colorado Matters about the trend, what’s behind it, and what’s being done about it. Carochi also… Read More

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Colorado barely funds its public schools, and we want the Olympics?

Thinkstock by Getty Images Every year, the national publication Education Week ranks states on their performance in support of K-12 schools. Its latest report ranked Colorado 41st in the nation, and gave our state a letter grade of F, compared with a national average of D. Meanwhile, The Denver Post reports that an exploratory committee will decide whether Denver should bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics, at a projected cost of $2 billion. At this early stage, the committee claims its goal would be to finance the project without taxpayer dollars. That’s a splendid goal. But if Denver actually makes and wins a Winter Olympics bid, Colorado taxpayers could learn… Read More

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Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Revenue says marijuana shops in the state made a record $1.51 billion in sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products in 2017. The Denver Post reports data released Friday say adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the year, with the remaining $416.52 million coming from medical marijuana. Data says Colorado collected upward of $247 million in taxes and fees revenue from marijuana sales. The previous record was in 2016, when marijuana shops did $1.3 billion in sales. Sales were $996 million in 2015. ___ Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com Source Article

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Dutch Bros. Coffee expanding in Colorado to Denver

Dutch Bros. Coffee is planning to open its first metro Denver location. Dutch Bros., which has six drive-thru locations in Colorado Springs, said its new shop at 6671 W. Colfax Ave., in front of the Casa Bonita restaurant, will open this spring, according to the Denver Business Journal. Dutch Bros, founded in 1992 in Oregon, also has Colorado locations in Fort Collins and Loveland and has had drive-thrus in Colorado Springs for nearly a decade. Source Article

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