Queen City Trading Is What LoDo Needs -- So Why Won't It Open in the New Union Station?

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When one train pulls out of the station, another pulls in. That's how it seems to be working out for Stephanie Shearer and Chris Bacorn -- with a little help from "What Does LoDo Need," a contest we told you about earlier this year.

The two have figured out what Denver likes -- and how to make small business work in hip neighborhoods. That's why their jewelry store, Pandora on the Hill, has thrived in Capitol Hill for twenty years, and why they were able to open two more local-centric boutiques, Peppermint and Soul Haus, in the EZE Mop building on East 17th that they bought five years ago and renovated into a hip hangout.

See also: Photos: The Top Ten Things LoDo Needs -- According to You

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Top Ten State Economies According to MSN Money -- and Colorado's Big Finish

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Memes and more below.
Plenty of folks in these parts continue to complain about the rough economy -- but according to MSN Money, such gripes have reached their expiration date. The site has just ranked the fifty state economies from worst to first, and Colorado is solidly ensconced in the top ten. But where did it finish? Count down the meme-illustrated list below, complete with excerpts from MSN Money text -- and to see the original post, which features even more facts and figures, click here.

See also: Top Ten States With the Most and least People Who'd Leave If They Could: Suck It, New Jersey

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Breckenridge Marijuana Shop Fights Move to Force It Off Main Street

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Photos from the Breckenridge Cannabis Club Facebook page.
Breckenridge has a well-founded reputation for progressive marijuana policy. The town's voters decriminalized pot in 2009, years before the passage of Amendment 64.

Nonetheless, officials passed a law banning new pot shops from opening on Main Street, and a grandfather clause for the Breckenridge Cannabis Club, which was already located there, is about to expire. But the latter's co-owner says an extension has been granted and she's hopeful the BCC will be allowed to remain for the long term.

See also: Sean McAllister on Breckenridge's decriminalization of weed, the Board of Health's medical-marijuana action

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Marijuana: Ex-Bronco Supports Plan to Turn Women's Prison Into Pot Factory

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A photo of the prison facility from the Colorado Farm Products Facebook page.
A women's correctional facility in Brush closed in 2010. But it could reopen soon -- as a retail marijuana grow, shorthanded by the media as a "pot factory."

Problem: Brush currently has a moratorium on marijuana businesses. But the city council could lift that ban after a town hall meeting tonight -- and Nick Erker, the man behind the proposal, is hoping a sales campaign and a pitch from a popular former Denver Bronco will help him convince officials to give him a chance.

See also: Marijuana: $24.7 Million in Recreational Pot, Edibles and Concentrates Sold in June

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Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

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Photos and more below.
Colorado hasn't been immune from the economic challenges of recent years -- but what communities are doing the best when it comes to shaking off the doldrums? "Cities on the Rise in Colorado," a post on the website NerdWallet, attempts to answer that question -- and many of the communities on its list will come as a surprise. Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, complete with excerpts from NerdWallet text and stats, as well as the methodology used to determine the rankings.

See also: Photos: Ten best places to see the wild beauty of Colorado

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Fracking Compromise: Savvy Solution or Sellout?

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There's plenty of back-patting going on today in the smoke-free back rooms where politics thrives like spores in agar, after an eleventh-hour deal was forged by Governor John Hickenlooper, Representative Jared Polis and others to remove four initiatives dealing with oil and gas development from the November ballot. The move short-circuits what promised to be a costly and ugly campaign, with plenty of heated rhetoric and exaggerated claims on both sides. But the relief among industry interests hailing this "balanced" compromise is more than matched by the bitterness of grassroots anti-fracking groups, howling that Polis and the "Fracker in Chief" are giving us the business -- again.

See also: "Single Fracking Waste Well Blamed for Hundreds of Low-Level Quakes"

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Single fracking waste well blamed for hundreds of low-level quakes

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A single injection well in Weld County, used to dispose of millions of gallons of produced water from fracking operations, has been linked to 500 minor earthquakes in the area over a seven-week period since early June, according to University of Colorado researchers who've been monitoring seismic activity around the site. But whether that figure is something to get shook up about is, like many other issues surrounding Colorado's booming oil and gas industry, a matter of some debate.

See also: "How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars"


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Colorado Rapids make peanuts compared to Manchester United, AS Roma counterparts

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Will the Rapids ever be able to afford a player like Wayne Rooney in his prime?
Tomorrow, two top-flight European football clubs -- AS Roma (Serie A, Italy) and Manchester United (Premiere League, England) -- square off at Mile High Stadium in the 2014 International Champions Cup.

How would the hometown Colorado Rapids stack up against either of these touring powerhouses? Salary-wise, we know the answer: not well.

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Alamosa "healthy living park" moves ahead, RV park nixed

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A photo from the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park Facebook page.
Backers of a proposed "healthy living park" in Alamosa, who saw their efforts last year to acquire former school property in a prime location frustrated by a controversial deal that put the property in the hands of an RV park developer for substantially less than its appraised value, have settled a lawsuit over the transaction and managed to purchase the property from the developer. The transaction offers the prospect that an agricultural-themed community park will some day be a reality on the 38-acre site.

See also: How Alamosa's garden plot got paved over

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Edibles recall: Co-owner on making hash with washing machine, health agency compromise

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At Home Baked's website
Don't expect to see At Home Baked products on dispensary shelves for a few weeks.
The Denver Department of Environmental Health ordered the recall of products made by a local hash-infused edibles manufacturer last week after "possible contamination from unsanitary equipment" and using equipment "not intended for food manufacturing," according to a statement by the DDEH's Public Health Inspections Division.

The equipment in question: a washing machine.

See Also: Ask a Stoner: What is hash, exactly?

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