Wind blasts off the Continental Divide and across the playground, making it almost too cold to play outside in the winter sun -- but not quite. My daughters are nearly oblivious to the crazy gusts as they scream and laugh and run.
If you're a journalist or even a blogger, you love to point out evolving explanations by politicians for taking a political stance. They're usually an indicator that politicians have ulterior motives, which they're struggling to hide by trying to come up with a false explanation that makes sense.
The Denver Post is an outfit that likes to think of itself as standing up for everyday people, who rightfully worry about the ways the rich take advantage of tax loopholes to get richer, while most people are left treading water and wishing politicians would stand up for them.
At last night's caucuses, local Republicans generally didn't hold preference polls on the presidential race but there were exceptions, like Adams Country, a swing district north of Denver that might possibly serve as a barometer of how Colorado would have gone on the red side.
If I were in charge of a newspaper like The Denver Post, as part of my survival strategy, I'd do everything I could to try to explain to readers how much thought and effort goes into producing the news.
Of all the strange and excessive news coverage of the Denver Broncos, my own favorite article appeared about three weeks ago, revealing that near halftime during Bronco games, so many fans take potty breaks that it appears as if a water main has busted.
In other words, there's no guarantee that the 12-member commission, equally split among Democrats, Republicans, and independents, would have any real power. Instead, it could all go to the researchers and the judges.
Health News Colorado folded last month, after five years of taking shots from both the left and right. But it was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review and others for its detailed reporting, often covering major health-policy developments that were completely overlooked.
Appearing on a Colorado Springs radio station over the weekend, Robert Blaha, a Republican likely to run for U.S. Senate in Colorado, said he expects the "permanent political class" to fire attacks and lies at him, as it did when he ran for office previously.
Recently, two editors at The Denver Post decided to ditch the paper's long-running and wildly popular "Outdoors" column... and by extension, to disappear an award-winning Post writer of some 20 years, Scott Willoughby.
Claire Martin departed from the newspaper last month, along with 18 other staffers who accepted a buyout offer. Martin was mostly a feature writer at The Post, and her obituaries received national acclaim. Her writing at The Post will be missed.
After starting her career in New Mexico, Bartels joined the Rocky in 1991 as its night cops reporter. In 2000, she started covering the state legislature. The Denver Post hired Bartels in 2009, immediately after the Rocky closed.
Can't grandstanding politicians, maybe a few from each party, spotlight the problem and call on philanthropists to step up and fund local journalism? Or figure out something else to say? Even if it's just to acknowledge the tragedy unfolding in front of us?