What are Colorado admissions officials really scouting for as they peruse students’ college applications? Only what they’ve got time for. Academic rigor of high school coursework, grades and test scores rank high on the list of importance to many Colorado college admissions employees. However, with thousands of prospective students to sort through and only so many hours in a day, the applications that students can spend days, weeks and months agonizing over often receive only a few minutes of inspection. For an “easy file” — students with good grades in rigorous courses and high test scores — a University of Colorado Boulder admissions officer may spend 15 to 20 minutes with the entire application, including transcripts, test scores, two essays, letters of recommendation, leadership activities and more, said Clark Brigger, the school’s executive director of admissions. RELATED: Help us report on the college application process by filling out … [Read more...] about Colorado’s college admission officers don’t have time to look at your Instagram. Here’s what they’re looking for.
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A new and more severe ruler is on the throne in oil and gas country, and the state’s petroleum producers are bending the knee and doing their best to survive. After years of handing shale producers fistfuls of money to grow production as rapidly as possible, Wall Street is demanding they operate more efficiently and cover their costs without heavy borrowing. Basically, investors want producers to shift from spending more than they make and using debt to fill the gap to generating surplus cash and providing them a return. “Free cash flow is king,” Jennifer Martin Samuels, vice president of investor relations at Denver-based SM Energy, declared this summer at The Energy Summit, an annual industry gathering.The state’s petroleum industry employs about 90,000 people, directly and indirectly, generates $13.5 billion in economic activity, and provides $1 billion in taxes to state and local governments, according to an analysis from the University of Colorado Boulder. … [Read more...] about Drilling, dollars & debt: Colorado’s oil and gas industry is leveraged to the hilt. What does that mean for the future?
Let legislators weigh evidence Re: “False claims muddy the impeachment debate,” Nov. 19 commentary Thank you, Ramesh Ponnuru, for your commentary. We so much need to avoid the partisan distortion that surrounds the impeachment inquiry. Like Ponnuru, I was furious at Democrats for taking White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s comments out of context and at the Republicans’ condemnation of Adam Schiff’s personal reduction of the transcripts of the July 25 call. I am pleased to see those distortions called out. Either the president did withhold congressionally allotted military aid to Ukraine as a bargaining chip to further his own political ambitions or he did not. Every legislator and every person in the country needs to be focused on the evidence or lack of evidence on this matter. For the ruling party to misuse federal funds to further its own grasp on power threatens an important safeguard of democratic principles and opens a path toward dictatorial … [Read more...] about Letters: Let legislators weigh evidence; Voters need to take action to preserve Colorado’s culture; Body camera footage not subject to Rules of Professional Conduct (11/20/19)
The number of tips to Safe2Tell, the state’s anonymous hotline for students to report potential school threats or violence, jumped 28% during the 2018-19 school year, according to a new report by the Colorado Attorney General’s office. Last school year, Safe2Tell received more than 22,330 and of those 19,861 were actionable, meaning they weren’t duplicates, pranks or hang-ups. The majority of the tips, roughly 3,660, were suicide-related reports. Drugs and bullying were also top reasons for why students or others made reports with the program, according to the annual report released Tuesday. RELATED: Have you or a teen you know been impacted by mental health? Help us investigate youth suicide in Colorado “Over the last year, Safe2Tell has had an enduring impact in keeping our students safe,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a statement. “The increase in tips shows that students are taking responsibility for the safety of their schools and their … [Read more...] about Tips to Colorado’s Safe2Tell soared in 2018-19 school year
By increasing access to long-term birth control such as intrauterine devices, Colorado has reduced teen pregnancies by about 20 percent in zip codes near clinics that receive federal funding, a new report finds. Teen births have dropped through a state program that helped clinics cover the costs of expensive contraceptives such as IUDs, making them more accessible to low-income women, according to the report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. But funding for those so-called Title X clinics could be at risk as rule changes to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ family planning program will place restrictions on those that also provide abortion services, according to officials and experts. “The risk there is that those funds were going to be providing contraceptives or preventive care,” said Andrea Kelly, a co-author of the study and Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University. “Now, if they are going away… it’s even harder to … [Read more...] about Colorado teen pregnancies dropped 20 percent near these clinics. Now their funding is at risk