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Colorado's Republicans Are Another Step Closer To Trump Acceptance

Colorado's 37 delegates made waves when they walked out of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in protest of the rules. Most later voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the nominee, even though he was no longer in the race. "I was elected as a pledged Cruz delegate so I caste my ballot as promised for Sen. Ted Cruz," said Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Now that Donald Trump is formally the Republican presidential nominee, the question in Colorado is whether his candidacy can bring the party together before the November election.

A Restored Avant-Garde Classic, 'The Man With A Movie Camera' Is An Ecstatic Experience

Made in 1929 and silent, it's been called "the best documentary ever made." Now this recently restored avant-garde classic is available on Blu-ray. The title is The Man with a Movie Camera. The director is Dziga Vertov, which is not his real name – that was Denis Kaufman. Born in Poland and an enthusiastic believer in the Russian Revolution, Vertov made agitational-propaganda films for the fledgling Soviet Union (which for a while took the official position that the cinema was one of the wonders of the new world). The name the filmmaker gave himself, Dziga Vertov, means "spinning top," and when you this film you'll understand why he took this name.

A Restored Avant-Garde Classic, 'The Man With A Movie Camera' Is An Ecstatic Experience

To Survive, Rural Towns Bank On More Than Just Farming

The town of Brookfield, Missouri, in the north-central part of the state is a close-knit community. Population: about 4,500. Becky Cleveland, who grew up in town, says the area looks a little different today. "When I was a kid, like I said, there was four grocery stores," she says. Today there is just one and a nearby Wal-Mart. Walking down Main Street past a few vacant storefronts among the businesses, it's plain to see the town isn't in its prime any more. Brookfield, though, is more vibrant than many other rural towns, Cleveland says. Rural life used to be centered around the farm, but farms today don't work like they used to, which has caused a drop in jobs and left some small towns struggling for survival.

As Climate Change Pushes Runoff Earlier, Water And Colorado Ag No Longer Cleanly Overlap

At Ollin Farms in Longmont, Mark Guttridge is transitioning from spring crops to vegetables that will ripen in late summer and early fall. Having water later in the summer is crucial for Guttridge, but he knows from experience that that's not guaranteed. "In 2012, we were in a drought year and it got hot really early just like it did this year in June," he said. Guttridge uses a combination of ditch and municipal sources to irrigate his 10 acres. The municipal tap is a partial safety net. The part of the farm that relies on water being available in the ditch... that's more vulnerable. Climate change means water from spring runoff is coming earlier, creating new challenges for farmers.

As Climate Change Pushes Runoff Earlier, Water And Colorado Ag No Longer Cleanly Overlap

When Looking At The Arguments Around Raising Colorado's Minimum Wage, Context Is Key

The economy is a top issue on voters' minds as the election approaches. In Colorado, voters might be faced with a ballot measure asking them whether or not to raise the state's current $8.31 hourly minimum wage. First Initiative 101 [.pdf] backers have to turn in enough signatures to get on the ballot. If they clear that hurdle, voters will decide whether or not they want to see the minimum wage rise to $9.30 per hour. With built-in annual increases, the state's minimum would eventually be $12.00 by 2020.

When Looking At The Arguments Around Raising Colorado's Minimum Wage, Context Is Key

Colorado Dept. Of Corrections Settles Class-Action Suit Over Outdoor Exercise

When you open a window in your home, do you consider yourself outside? Probably not. That was the argument that inmates at Colorado State Penitentiary made in a class-action lawsuit [.pdf] against the Colorado Department of Corrections. The case has been settled and the Department of Corrections will build three new recreation yards at the Cañon City prison by the end of 2016.

Colorado Dept. Of Corrections Settles Class-Action Suit Over Outdoor Exercise

How Colorado Decides To Fight A Wildfire Is A Matter Of Resources, Priorities

Colorado has a handful of burning wildfires, including the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland. At the height of the fire, almost 2,000 people had to evacuate their homes. It's now fully contained, with more than 460 fire personnel and a dozen or so aircraft working the scene. The approach is very different for the Beaver Creek Fire, burning in the Routt National Forest, north west of Walden. It's charred more than 20,000 acres, but has just about 200 firefighters and looks like it's being allowed to burn. Which approach fire managers choose depends on a straightforward set of priorities.

How Colorado Decides To Fight A Wildfire Is A Matter Of Resources, Priorities

'The Innocents' Is A Cold And Stark Look At Rape In Wartime

The Innocents is a spare and intensely focused movie about nuns in rural Poland at the very end of World War II, December 1945. There's little talk. The nuns sing at prayer time, but otherwise the film provides almost no music. The nuns live in a convent that looks old. As if it's always been a church building; it's a space full of arches and arch-like features on the walls – you can't avoid feeling the constant presence of the church, and neither can the nuns.

A Colorado 'BernieCrat' In A Deep Red District: Meet Misty Plowright

Southern Colorado's 5th Congressional District is known for military bases, evangelical Christian politics and long, long track record of electing Republicans to office. The last time a Democrat served the district was in the 1970s. Transgender woman and Army veteran Misty Plowright hopes to change that. She's the Democratic nominee seeking to win a seat that incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has held for nearly a decade.

For These Gorgeous Fort Collins Chickens, The Beaks Are On Fleek

Chickens aren't a traditional pet. Still, with chicken coops springing up in more and more urban and suburban backyards, some owners take just as much pride in their poultry as in their dog or cat. So much so, they're primping and preening their farm fowl for beauty contests.

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