Top Places To Visit In Denver

Denver is a sprawling metropolis of almost 3 million people, that stretches across the eastern part of the Rocky Mountains. The area is an absolute haven for outdoor sports and nature enthusiasts, with the city also providing plenty of art museums, botanical gardens, city parks and more. The following are some of the best places to visit in Denver.

1. Downtown Aquarium

Denver’s Downtown Aquarium features more than 1 million gallons worth of underwater exhibits that focus on the oceanic and freshwater ecosystems for over 500 different species of ocean life. There is an interactive touch tank that allows you to pet stingrays. Other favorites include a shipwreck and coral lagoon. The aquarium also has a restaurant where you can eat lunch with a 50,000 gallon tank surrounding you full of brightly colored tropical fish hailing from the Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Hawaii and Caribbean.

2. Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens have three different locations in the city. It has a large amphitheater that is used in the summer for concerts, along with rotating exhibits, themed gardens and a conservatory. Whether you love nature or just won’t to escape from the concrete jungle without needing to leave the city limits, you just have to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens.

3. Denver Museums

Denver is full of art galleries and museums. Take the kids to Morrison National History Museum to learn more about dinosaurs. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science you can view an astronomy demonstration from the planetarium or watch an IMAX move. Another highlight is the 3D Great White Shark exhibit. The Denver Art Museum features an extensive 19th-century photography collection that showcases the American West along with plenty of international work as well.

4. Water World

One of the largest water parks in the U.S. is only 10 miles north of the city of Denver. It is a great place to visit during the hot summer months. Water World is a 67-acre park with dozens of rides and slides for all ages and at various thrill levels.

The NCB Co-op 100 Reports Top Producing Cooperatives with Revenues of $208 Billion

Arlington, VA, Oct. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arlington, VA (October 3, 2017) —National Cooperative Bank, known for providing banking solutions tailored to meet the needs of cooperatives nationwide, released its annual NCB Co-op 100®, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2016, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $208 billion. The NCB Co-op 100® remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the United States.

“The economic impact of cooperatives is critical to our economy”, stated Charles E. Snyder, President and CEO of National Cooperative Bank. “Cooperatives can be seen in just about every industry across America, including local food, finance, housing and energy. Whether its brining fresh local food through a food co-op or affordable homeownership through a housing cooperative, cooperatives help strengthen communities.”

This year’s theme for Co-op Month is “Cooperatives Commit.” In addition to ranking the top 100 co-ops by revenue, the report also highlights the many ways co-ops commit to their members, sustainability, education, impact, kindness and their community.

The following are the top revenue producers in 2016 for the NCB Co-op 100’s main sectors:


CHS Inc., based in Saint Paul, Minnesota reported $30.3 billion in revenues in 2016 and maintained its first place position on the NCB Co-op 100 list. Dairy Farmers of America, based in Kansas City, Missouri, reported $13.5 billion in revenues, earning the number two ranking this year.


Wakefern Food Corporation/ Shoprite, based in Keasbey, New Jersey reported $12.8 billion in revenue, earning the fourth ranking this year. Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Kansas City, Kansas reported revenue of $9.2 billion and earned the fifth position on the list.

Hardware & Lumber:

ACE Hardware, based in Oak Brook, Illinois earned $5.1 billion in revenue and came in at number nine on the list.Do-it-Best Corp., located in Fort Wayne, Indiana earned the 12th place on the list, with $3.0 billion reported in revenue.


Navy Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Merrifield, Virginia, earned $5.4 billion in revenues and is number eight on the list.CoBank headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado earned $2.8 billion and came in 14th on the list.


HealthPartners, Inc., located in Bloomington, Minnesota earned $6.0 billion in revenue and is seventh on the list.

Energy & Communications:

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, located in Bismarck, North Dakota earned the 18th position with a reported $2.0 billion in revenue in 2016.Oglethorpe Power Corporation, located in Tucker, Georgia earned the 27th position with reported revenue of $1.5 billion in 2016.

While the companies and rankings change each year, the cooperative sector continues to advance, playing an increasingly influential role in the national and global economy. Released annually in October during National Co-op Month, the NCB Co-op 100® is just one way the Bank strives to educate and promote the importance of this sector.

As a long-time advocate for cooperatives, NCB’s mission is providing critical financing to support the growth and expansion of cooperative businesses, while also deploying hundreds of millions of dollars to support underserved communities and cooperative expansion initiatives. NCB and other cooperatives named on the NCB Co-op 100® list continually work to the message out on the advantages of member-owned organization.
Cooperatives exist in a cross-section of sectors, including agriculture, grocery, hardware and lumber, finance, energy and communications, housing, and recreation among others. These co-ops provide over two million jobs and create more than $75 billion in annual wages with revenue of nearly $650 billion.

Although similar to other business models, a cooperative has several unique features. It is owned and controlled by its members, who have joined together to use the cooperative’s goods, services and facilities. A board of directors, elected by the membership, sets the cooperative’s policies and procedures. By pooling resources, members can leverage their shared power to buy, sell, market, or bargain as one group, achieving economies of scale and sharing in any profits generated. In addition, communities benefit both socially and fiscally by the cooperatives’ ability to access and deliver goods and services from across the nation.

View the entire NCB Co-op 100 report.


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National Cooperative Bank

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Project to turn old elementary school into affordable housing for Denver Public Schools’ teachers

DENVER – An old elementary school in South Denver might be the future home for Denver Public Schools’ teachers.

Colorado has a teacher shortage, and rising housing prices are not helping.

DPS wants to re-open the former Rosedale Elementary School as affordable housing for new teachers in an attempt to address a teacher shortage who may have difficulties in Denver’s housing market.

According to Colorado’s Data on Teacher’s salaries, average statewide salaries range from about $24,000 in the state’s smallest district in Agate all the way up to about $67,000 in the Cherry Creek School district.

DPS teacher’s average starting salary is about $41,000. The average home price in Denver is about $488,000.

“I guess it would help them out quite a bit,” said David S. Grant. Grant lives near the school. “It’s been empty for so long, they should do something with it…if it’s the teachers to live there or open up for the school or homeless people, something with it.”

The district closed the elementary school back in 2005 because of its small classroom capacity.

There are still details to iron out.

"How many teachers would be helped by using the complex?” Corey Kern asked. Kern is from the Colorado Classroom Teachers Association. "What happens if a teacher’s contract isn’t renewed and where will they live if they don’t work for the district anymore?”

The proposal is in its early stages, so DPS has not come up with how much the project would cost. Neighbors are also concerned about the additional traffic and parking issues.

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Front Of Building Collapses, Businesses Evacuated

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters were called out Sunday after part of a building collapsed.

It happened at the Harvest Bread Company at 5910 South University Boulevard.

Part of the front of the building collapsed.

South Metro’s Technical Rescue Team used equipment to secure the structure with the help of Littleton Fire Department.

Neighboring businesses were evacuated.

There were no reported injuries.

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No license? No problem for rogue dentist in San Jose

SAN JOSE — He ignored a judge’s order, then the state Dental Board. Now, a former San Jose dentist, whose license has been revoked, is in trouble with Santa Clara County authorities for allegedly practicing anyway — and billing insurance companies for the prohibited work.

Michael Marcus, 67, faces four counts of felony insurance fraud for allegedly defrauding two insurance companies for dental work he performed from late 2011 through early 2014. His case is set Wednesday for a status hearing in San Jose.

Marcus, who was charged in May, is free on $40,000 bail, said Santa Clara County prosecutor Vonda Tracey. The former dentist practiced on McKee Road and now lives in the Southern California city of Calabasas, she said. His lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

A judge in November 2011 prohibited Marcus from practicing dentistry, though it is unclear why. In 2013, the state Dental Board conducted a surprise inspection to see if he was still practicing. According to Tracey, he refused to allow the inspection and sent the patient out of his office through the back exit. Later that year, his license was revoked.

He allegedly filed 186 claims worth about $50,000 with Guardian and Delta Dental insurances companies.

Calling the rogue dentist’s conduct “troubling,” Tracey said she also is interested in hearing from patients who spent their own money for treatment during that period.

“I would love to hear from anybody who co-paid or paid out of pocket,” she said.

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Tenant of home ruined during Greenwood Village standoff offered $5,000 for temporary housing

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – The tenants of a Greenwood Village house that was destroyed during a standoff are refusing an offer from the city of $5,000 for housing.

During a standoff that lasted nearly 20-hours, police tried many various ways to make contact with the suspect, Robert Jonathan Seacat. Eventually, they decided to make holes in the walls of the home on South Alton Street so they could see inside and safely subdue the suspect.

While he was arrested without injury to any of the officers, the damage to the home was so extensive that the homeowner says it was condemned.

Matt Cohrs, an assistant to the city manager, announced the offer of $5,000 for housing assistance that was made to John Lech, who was renting the house from his father. He was also asked to submit a claim for personal property lost as a result of the standoff.

Lech’s father, Leo, previously explained to 7NEWS that the house was insured and will be covered but his son did not have renter’s insurance to cover his belongings or temporary housing.

The family tells 7NEWS it will not be accepting the $5,000 offer. They say that amount would not cover their anticipated expenses.

Cohrs also reiterated in his announcement that Greenwood Village is offering to pay insurance deductibles of neighbors who suffered property damage during the incident.

— Inside the house —

Photos from Leo Lech reveal the inside of the Greenwood Village house that was destroyed during a standoff last week.

"It’s like a chess match that we won because we were patient and I was able to check everything A-to-Z," explained Greenwood Village Police Cmdr. Dustin Varney, who ran the response that involved approximately 100 officers.

The suspect is accused of trying to kill or injure officers, both with a car and with firearms. He resisted arrest, police say, but was taken into custody safely.

"I’m thankful we’re not making funeral arrangements today as a result of the armed, barricaded individual who attempted to murder our police officers," said Greenwood Village City Manager Jim Sanderson.

"I saw this guy with a pistol in his hand going up the stairs," said 9-year-old David Zebelyan, who was inside when the suspect barged in. "He asked me for an escape vehicle and he had a pistol in his hand and he said he wasn’t going to hurt me with it."

"This is an abomination," homeowner Leo Lech said. "This is an atrocity. To use this kind of force against one gunman."

Lech explains that he had owned the home for two years and rented it to his son. It is now uninhabitable and may need to be completely leveled.

Photos in this story provided by homeowner Leo Lech.

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This Is the Easiest Way to Get Rid of Bad Breath, According to a Dentist

Got foul breath (again)? If you’ve ruled out all of the reasons you have halitosis—and you’re not making any of the common tooth-brushing mistakes—don’t despair. There is actually a simple yet reliable cure for bad breath, and it’s the last thing most people think of.

Stinky-smelling breath could be a sign you’re dehydrated, according to Dr. Ada S. Cooper, D.D.S., a national spokesperson for the American Dental Association. ‘Don’t think that living a life of mouth wash four times a day is always going to cure your bad breath,’ she told Business Insider. ‘When your mouth becomes more dry, you have less saliva. And when you have less saliva, food and bacteria tends to sit in your mouth for a much longer period of time.”

She says that drinking more water every day can (almost certainly) keep the dentist away. And beware of drinking coffee or alcohol, smoking, or certain medications; all of them can cause dry mouth, Dr. Cooper says. Eating any of these foods can give you seriously bad breath, too.

Of course, there are other reasons for bad breath, beyond a simple dry mouth or poor hygiene. Dr. Cooper recommends always brushing your teeth at night, since trapped food and bacteria can produce an odor while you sleep. If your bad breath sticks around, a dentist might need to help you uncover the root cause of your halitosis.

By the way, there’s a more efficient way to keep your teeth clean, too—no brushing required.

Related: The Secret to Health and Happiness? Laughing at Yourself. (provided by NBC News)

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Colorado Divide: As pressures mount for Colorado farmers, state pushes crisis hotline into remote, sometimes skeptical communities

Joe Miller’s longtime friend and neighbor committed suicide in the early 1990s. Signs were there – a farmer struggling to make ends meet after consecutive years of downturn coupled with a divorce – but he didn’t reach out for help when Miller drove him home the same night that he killed himself.

“He didn’t say a word,” said Miller, who operates a family farm 15 miles east of Longmont.

Now, after several years of historically low commodity prices, farmers across Colorado are facing financial pressures reminiscent of the 1980s. What’s more, farmers are growing older, and fewer young people are entering the field. Selling the family farm is no longer unthinkable.

With these troubles and the isolated nature of farm work and life come mental health battles, not the least of which is depression, and Colorado has responded by extending a crisis hotline to rural areas in the state. The move aims to lend a hand to a group that historically has high suicide rates.

“I went through the 1980s right when the big crash hit,” said Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, who is also a farmer and rancher. “There were lots of foreclosures and people leaving their farms. I see a recurrence of that happening now. That really concerns me because we saw people in terrible distress emotionally, physically and who needed someone to talk to. … I lived it, and I understand the pain they feel in thinking that it’s their fault.”

This is part of an occasional series examining the issues, values and attitudes that can leave rural and urban residents feeling they live in two Colorados.

The hotline isn’t new — it was created in 2014 by Gov. John Hickenlooper as part of a statewide effort to address mental health, which Colorado has struggled to tackle with two high-profile mass shootings and the sixth-highest suicide rate in the nation as of 2012. But now, agricultural agencies — including the Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State University Extension and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union – are working on a collaborative effort to get the phone number out in isolated, sometimes apprehensive rural communities.

“If we’re not a relevant resource for that population in Colorado, then we’re not servicing Colorado,” said Bev Marquez, CEO of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, which runs the hotline in partnership with the statewide crisis system, Colorado Crisis Services.

The Department of Agriculture will provide training to counselors to understand the unique struggles of farmers and ranchers.

Counselors answer the phones and give confidential guidance and support for mental and emotional struggles such as relationship problems, suicidal thoughts, depression and financial crisis. They will stay on the phone with the person calling the hotline until help arrives, which can take up to two hours in remote areas.

Low crop prices

Since 2012, low crop prices have caused an unusually long and deep downturn for the agricultural economy, particularly in the west, according to analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

More than 80 percent of bankers surveyed said farm income in the western part of the district (including all of Wyoming and Colorado, northern New Mexico, and western portions of Nebraska and Kansas) was lower this year than the last. Nonirrigated cropland values fell 24 percent in the same area from the first quarter of 2015 to 2017.

Due to prosperous growing conditions worldwide, commodity prices are depressed. In Colorado, according to Brown, the ground is suited for crops such as wheat and corn, two of the worst-off commodities.

In a state where agriculture contributes $41 billion to the $323 billion economy each year, a crisis for the industry is a concern. Colorado cannot risk agriculture – or the people behind it – being left behind.

“The risk we run is a shortage of farmers, and that has huge implications for food production,” said Kate Greenberg, the western program director for the National Young Farmers Coalition. “That has huge implications for rural economies. … It’s particularly noticeable in rural communities where they see young people leave.”

Miller said he has seen many properties change hands.

“Lots of people have sold their farms,” he said. “Everybody I was in high school with either sold their farm or rented it out. There were 30 or 40 kids I knew in my class who all came from farms, and there’s maybe one or two of us left.”

Joe Miller works loading produce at his farm on Sept. 1, 2017 in Platteville.

Rural communities can’t afford to see the younger generation leave. Baby-boomer farmers are aging out. Colorado farmers, in fact, are aging at a faster rate than their counterparts nationwide. The average age of the Colorado farmer is just under 59, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, and the state’s oldest counties are in rural areas.

New challenges

While ag communities are dealing with an economic downturn, the Front Range is simultaneously exploding. Colorado has enjoyed record low unemployment and rising property values – two indications of a healthy economy, but that also presents new challenges to farmers and ranchers. Low unemployment means there are fewer employees to work the fields. Higher property values are making it more expensive for young farmers to get their operation off the ground.

Commodity prices are so low that some aren’t making any money or are below the price of production, according to Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Today, farming doesn’t look like an enticing endeavor for millennials.

So for boomer farmers, there are no heirs to be found. This created a major psychological stressor, according to several members of the agricultural community and psychological experts.

“Farming isn’t just a job, it’s not just a career — it’s a way of life,” Vorthmann said. “There comes a lot of pressure with that. You don’t want to lose the farm on your watch. We were really concerned that people in that situation could take drastic steps.”

Colorado has a beginning farmer tax credit for landowners who lease land to budding farmers. Greenberg thinks it should be elevated to include the sale of land so that young farmers can have a pathway to ownership even if they are burdened with student debt. And Brown said part of the problem is that in farming today, it takes “millions” to get into the business.

Without heirs, elderly farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado work the fields, carry the weight of the state’s third-largest industry, bear the pressure not to lose land their family has maintained for generations and perform tough, physical labor long beyond retirement age.

“Physical health issues add a lot of psychological stress,” said Camille Harding, division director of Colorado’s community behavioral health division and a licensed professional counselor. “They don’t want to be a burden to other people.”

In Colorado, 37.6 percent of the 21 people who committed suicide in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector in 2012 had a physical health problem before their death, according to data collected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study last year found that farming, fishing and forestry had the highest rate of suicide of all industry sectors, at nearly 85 per 100,000 population in 2012.

Harding said other demographics increase the risk of suicide in rural communities: Those affected by the economic downturn are mostly white and mostly male and are more likely to carry a firearm – all correlated with higher risk of suicide. Their location does not help either. Long mountain passes and vast open spaces make access to mental health services difficult, particularly in the winter.

“I think that isolation is always a factor in depression,” Harding said.

Reaching out

Funding for the expansion, which includes training costs, overtime and the potential hire of more counselors, comes from the state legislation signed in May that earmarked $7 million to expand the crisis system, said Marquez of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners.

But Harding and others said the most difficult challenge is on farmers themselves: finding the strength to reach out.

“If you think about the population of folks who might be farmers and ranchers, they are pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps (people) and taking care of business,” Harding said. “It’s probably not the first thing that comes to their mind to say, ‘I need help.’ ”

Miller, too, worries farmers won’t call.

“They won’t tell anybody. I’ve seen it firsthand,” he said. “… You always think there’s going to be that one year (that will make up for the many tough ones). But I’m a forever optimist.”

To contact the crisis hotline, call 844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255.

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Vibrant Dentistry Helps Feed 112 Children in Need in Nicaragua

MESA, Ariz., Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vibrant Dentistry, one of the fastest growing dental practices in Arizona, recently partnered with the non-profit Feed My Starving Children to deliver nutrient-rich meals to children in Nicaragua. The dentists volunteered to pack 190 boxes filled with 41,040 meals that will feed 112 children up to an entire year.

The founder of Vibrant Dentistry, Dr. Carl J. Metz, described the event as "an incredible experience" and thanked his staff members for coordinating the activity.

Nicaragua is a nation with some of the highest poverty levels in the world. UNICEF estimates that nearly half a million underage children in the country live in poor rural areas without access to proper nutrition.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian NGO that sends nutrient-dense food packages to children in areas of dire need like Nicaragua. One in every three children in Nicaragua suffers from anemia and vitamin A deficiency, according to the FAO. The affected children often live in families that lack sufficient income to buy wholesome food. The food packages Feed My Starving Children sends to Nicaragua contains vitamin-rich vegetables, soy, and rice.

Vibrant Dentistry participated in a two-hour volunteer event to assemble food packages for transport. "We had so much fun bonding with our team and jamming out to upbeat music with a room full of volunteers," Dr. Metz gushed after the event. "Our team was astonished by the efficiency and encouragement from the FMSC staff as they helped spread the excitement of filling the boxes," he added.

Feed My Starving Children provides as much as 28 hours of volunteer services per week via individuals and groups. The volunteers mainly assemble food packages that are transported throughout the world to poverty-ridden areas where children are at risk of malnutrition. The nonprofit was founded in 1987, and operates as one of the highest regarded charities in the country. It has won several notable awards for trustworthiness and financial integrity. Feed My Starving Children spends more than 90 percent of all donations received on meal production directly.

Vibrant Dentistry is heavily involved in charity work in Arizona. The clinic participates in the Arizona Mission of Mercy and has hosted three Dentistry from the Heart Charity events to provide fillings, cleanings, and extractions without charges for those in need.

"On behalf of our group, we are so very humbled to be able to take part in changing so many lives. Experiences such as this put into perspective how big of an impact you can make by giving even the smallest amount of time," Dr. Metz said.

Vibrant Dentistry is an award-winning dental practice located in Mesa, Arizona. The clinic is headed by Dr. Carl J. Metz D.D.S., who drilled his first tooth in the eighth grade. Vibrant Dentistry offers state-of-the-art dental treatments at affordable rates.

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Dentistry from the heart provides reasons to smile

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Here’s a deal to sink your teeth into – free dentistry.

Saturday marked Premier Dental’s 4th Annual Dentistry From the Heart event during which patients could take their pick of a cleaning, filling or extraction – on the house.

Organizers say the need for dental care is out there and it really feels good to give back in this way.

Dan Beninato said, “A couple years ago we started to notice a big need in the community for dental care especially for underprivileged people and so we tried to open up the doors and give people the opportunity for free dental care for those who otherwise couldn’t afford it."

The giving didn’t stop there. Outside the dentist office the American Red Cross set up shop for folks to pay it forward and roll up their sleeves to donate blood after getting their teeth cleaned.

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