Capitol building tour guide
Sep24

Capitol building tour guide

  Richard Lamm was governor (1975-1987) when Carol Keller started giving tours of the Colorado capitol building 25 years ago. She waits quietly for her next tour group to gather.  She says good morning to Gov. John Hickenlooper as he enters the Executive Chambers near the capitol tour guides desk.  It’s Friday, 10 a.m., according to the Mickey Mouse watch on her graceful wrist.  Time to start. At age 87, she’s entertained thousands of...

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School Lunch for 35,000
Sep13

School Lunch for 35,000

Jason Morse was following a narrow snow path to his neighbor’s house for Sunday brunch.  It was one of those crunchy, my-breath-almost-froze-in-front-of-my-face Minnesota winters. The couple treated him like their grandson. Using their finest silverware, silver pitchers and china they covered the large dining room table with pastries and salads, meats and vegetables.  It was all very elegant. Jason watched his reflection move up and...

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Rehabilitation is gone
Apr11

Rehabilitation is gone

Juveniles sentenced to institutions no longer receive offers of help, only punishment, according to Jerry Agee, former Director of the Colorado Division of Youth Services, who retired after 42 years of trying to ensure the system did not loose its focus on helping.   “Now we fill up more and more prisons.  It used to be we couldn’t put a juvenile in a jail.  Now we lock kids up we would never have locked up in years past....

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America’s deadliest job
Mar27

America’s deadliest job

Daniel Mills has the deadliest job in America — climbing towers to install cellular telephone antennas, coax and microwave dishes.  Based in Arizona he travels throughout the West sometimes away from home for more than a month at a time. “The worst site so far was a 300-foot tower in North Dakota.  40 below zero.  20 mile-an-hour wind.  Everything works different in the cold; slow motion.  The ropes are stiff and...

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