Who’s Next: Politics — 16 rising stars in the Denver area

We asked you to identify the rising political stars of the Denver area, and you delivered.

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We asked you to identify the rising political stars of the Denver area, and you delivered.

After studying nominations from Denverite readers and sources, we’re thrilled to announce the first-ever class of Who’s Next: Politics, presented by Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs — and you can meet them at an event where we’ll recognize them on June 7 at the ART Hotel. Drinks, mingling and, yes, probably a little talk of politics.

The criteria for the list were simple: We were looking for people on their way up in politics, whether that’s in office, working on campaigns, working in activism, fundraising, lobbying — whatever. As long as they weren’t currently declared in a contested race, we’d consider them.

Here’s the impressive roster of local politicos you’ve helped us build.


Chipotle bids farewell to Denver, announcing plans to move headquarters to Southern California

Citing an opportunity for “growth,” Chipotle on Wednesday said they will close its Denver headquarters and move them to Newport Beach, California.

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Chipotle on Broadway and 6th. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Citing an opportunity for “growth,” Chipotle on Wednesday announced it will close its Denver headquarters and move to Newport Beach, California, consolidating functions within the Denver offices there and in Chipotle’s existing offices in Columbus, Ohio.


It’s taking longer to answer 911 calls in Denver, so your phone bill could get bigger

Under a new proposal, the city would increase that surcharge on local cells and landlines from $0.70 to $1.20 per month.

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A firetruck whizzes across Downing Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If you dial 911 today, the phone won’t be ringing very long:  The average call is answered within 7 seconds.

But the city expects its emergency responses to get slower and slower if nothing changes, according to Denver’s emergency planners.


As pot legalization spreads, women are working to crack the “grass” ceiling

One Colorado woman advocates training for skills like business-plan writing for those wanting to shift from the black market to legal market, and increased mentorship.

By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.

The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark.

“That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce.

As marijuana has become more mainstream, Schumacher has seen a gradual shift, with more women working in the industry. Women-centric groups focused on networking or providing a space for women curious about cannabis have proliferated, too.


Mt. Evans Highway will open in time for Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re still looking for Memorial Day weekend activities and you like mildly frightening drives — good news!

Your author pointing at Mt Evans from atop Mt. Bierstadt. (Courtesy of Gordon Dean)
“You can drive to there now.” – your author, pointing at Mt. Evans from atop Mt. Bierstadt. (Courtesy of Gordon Dean)

If you’re still looking for Memorial Day weekend activities and you like mildly frightening drives — good news!

Mt. Evans Highway is opening on Friday.