Independence Institute’s Californians of the Year include a rancher from the eastern plains who voted to save rural hospitals

The libertarian-leaning Independence Institute deploys “Californian” as an insult as it seeks to define acceptable political opinion.

California is the enemy of the Colorado conservative, whose job it is to stop liberals from turning Colorado into East California. Look no further than the tweets of Republican gubernatorial candidates.

In that spirit, the libertarian-leaning Independence Institute has named five Coloradans as nominees for the inaugural Californian of the Year Award.


Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 26

A dispatch from Urban Peak youth shelter on Christmas morning, a community activist pursuing a prominent council seat and important animal news.

Snow covers the banks of a creek near Eldora in Boulder County, Colorado. Snow-covered pine trees stand on both sides of the creek. Between 1935 and 1950. (Donald Kemp/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/K-187) five points; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Snow covers the banks of a creek near Eldora in Boulder County, Colorado. Between 1935 and 1950. (Donald Kemp/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/K-187)

Welcome back. I hope you got what you needed out of Christmas. Today, we’ve got the news you need, including a dispatch from Urban Peak homeless youth shelter on Christmas morning, a community activist pursuing a prominent council seat and important animal news involving birds and deer.


Denver weather forecast for today, Dec. 26: Cloudy and cold

It’s going to keep feeling like winter for one more day.

A cyclist rides atop a hill at Chatfield State Park, Dec. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) chatfield state park; littleton; animals; conservation; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
A cyclist rides atop a hill at Chatfield State Park, Dec. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s going to keep feeling like winter for one more day but not a really awful and hard to deal with kind of winter. It will be pleasant, brisk winter.

Nevermind: The forecast totally changed between when I wrote this and 9 a.m. It’s snowing. The high will be 16. It should, however, clear up later in the day.


Spurred by gentrification, a community activist seeks to displace Albus Brooks from his council seat

Candi CdeBaca expects to part of a coalition of candidates with a different approach to growth and development in the 2019 municipal elections.

Cross Community Coalition founder Candi CdeBaca poses for a portrait before a CDOT meeting on the I-70 expansion project at the Swansea Rec Center, Feb 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) i-70; i70; development; cdot; elyria-swansea; meeting; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Cross Community Coalition founder Candi CdeBaca stands amid a sea of signs at the Swansea Recreation Center before a CDOT meeting on the I-70 expansion project, Feb 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Candi CdeBaca, founder of the Cross Community Coalition and executive director of Project VOYCE, filed paperwork Friday to run for the District 9 council seat currently held by Council President Albus Brooks.

The large district includes downtown Denver, Five Points and Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, a diverse constituency with sometimes conflicting interests. Brooks has represented the area since 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.


Children’s health insurance in Colorado will be funded at least through February

Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee approved emergency spending, as did Congress, but a long-term solution is still needed.

Colorado’s bipartisan Joint Budget Committee authorized $9.6 million to cover health insurance for children and pregnant women through February.

The state will only spend this money if a stopgap funding measure approved by Congress is vetoed by President Donald Trump because the federal action will cover the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March.