Denver’s construction boom means more jobs for workers with records

“My life has done a complete 180 since then,” she said. “I worked my ass off to get there.”

Stephanie Miller operates a crane on a build site at Denver Water's headquarters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) la alma; lincoln park; construction; development; denver water; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Stephanie Miller operates a crane on a build site at Denver Water’s headquarters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stephanie Miller was living in Texas with her young children when, one night, her husband came home drunk again. She knew what was likely to happen next.

“He was pretty abusive when he drank,” she recalled. “My solution to not get my ass beat was to grab a knife.”

Her then-husband called the police, and pretty soon Miller was facing charges. She landed in prison when she violated her probation. Then, when she was released, she fell into another abusive relationship and ended up back in jail.

“Being locked up, that sparked a flame for me to want to operate,” she said. That is, to operate cranes.



Youth on Record gets a digital music computer lab thanks to Big Gigantic

The Boulder-based duo decided last year to donate all funds raised in the second half of 2017 by their foundation to building a digital music computer lab for the Denver nonprofit.

Levi Vigil makes a beat in Youth on Record's new digital music production lab in their Lincoln Park headquarters, May 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; youth on record; music; mariposa; lincoln park;
Levi Vigil makes a beat in Youth on Record’s new digital music production lab in their Lincoln Park headquarters, May 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Youth on Record just got a big boost in its mission to train and support the next generation of Colorado engineers, producers and musicians, courtesy of Big Gigantic.

The Boulder-based duo decided last year to donate all funds raised in the second half of 2017 by their A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation to building a digital music computer lab for the Denver nonprofit.

And at the lab’s unveiling Wednesday afternoon, Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken were joined at Youth on Record by another big-name guest: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Pam Patenaude.


As the last assisted-living residents leave, Denver’s Golden Manor set for conversion to condominiums

The renovated units will be less expensive than other condos and town-homes in the area, which is near Sloan’s Lake.

"I love my place, this is my home," says Doris Wascher, who was homeless before moving into Golden Manor. "I thought this was going to be the last place I would have to move," she said. " I thought this is where I was gonna die." A meeting informing Golden Manor residents on details for the assisted living facility's closure in three months, Jan. 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) assited living; aging; affordable housing; housing; elder care; denver; denverite; west colfax; kevinjbeaty;
“I love my place, this is my home,” says Doris Wascher, who was homeless before moving into Golden Manor. ” I thought this is where I was gonna die.” Jan. 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Jan. 25, the residents of Golden Manor Assisted Living met one of the people who had bought their home.

At an emotional gathering in the wood-paneled dining room, they asked what would happen to them. Some are elderly, others have disabilities, and few were confident that they could easily find another home.


Feels like this election season has been pretty lawsuit-y, but Wayne Williams says he’s seen lawsuit-ier

Colorado Secretary of State reviews this year’s petitioning process during a meeting of the Bipartisan Election Advisory Committee.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds a bipartisan election meeting, May 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; copolitics; voting; wayne williams;
Secretary of State Wayne Williams during the Bipartisan Election Advisory Meeting on May 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office can boast a small victory during this year’s election cycle so far: Petitioning candidates were only involved in five lawsuits.