Wildfire season is getting longer by the decade in Colorado

Colorado has seen multiple “red flag” days this March, with brush and wildfires breaking out up and down the Interstate 25 corridor.

We’re still months ahead of the traditional wildfire “season,” and last year’s fires burned as late as November, which fits a pattern observed by scientists and firefighters alike: Fire season is practically year-round now.

A view of the Green Mountain Fire. (Courtesy Gabe Mercado.)
A view of the Green Mountain Fire. (Courtesy Gabe Mercado.)

Traffic pollution: an invisible health risk for dozens of Denver schools

Rush hour traffic merges onto I-70 just beyond Swansea Elementary. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Rush hour traffic merges onto I-70 just beyond Swansea Elementary. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Ann SchimkeChalkbeat

Just a few hundred feet from the front doors of Highline Academy Charter School’s southeast Denver campus is Interstate 25, where more than 200,000 vehicles rush by each day.

At Swansea Elementary School in north Denver, kids frolic near the busy Interstate 70 overpass that abuts the playground. Three miles west, at a charter school called STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside, the same highway looms just past a chain link fence next to the school.


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LOOK: Alexandre Orion’s Cherry Creek Trail mural smiles again after vandalism

The perspective-bending portraits of Native American children along the Cherry Creek Trail have officially been restored to their former glory.

Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion and his mural on the Cherry Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing it after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) public art; cherry creek trail; Alexandre Orion; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion and his mural on the Cherry Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing it after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The perspective-bending portraits of Native American children along the Cherry Creek Trail have officially been restored to their former glory.


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet mum for now on possible Gorsuch filibuster

A number of top Senate Democrats have come out as no votes on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would lead a filibuster.

Senator Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Senator Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

A number of top Senate Democrats have come out as no votes on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would lead a filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Where does Sen. Michael Bennet come down on this issue? Bennet’s spokeswoman wasn’t ready to say anything on the record Thursday.