Colorado school updates

Colorado students and parents have had a difficult spring and I know many of us are ready for some good news to come our way!

Here are a couple of things happening…

Colorado parents will be able to send their kids to full-day kindergarten at no cost starting this fall.

House Bill 1262 says that kindergarten students should be covered like all other students, and bans districts from charging tuition. The measure also frees up money for some 5,000 state-funded preschool spots for children from low-income families.

For more on what this will look like for the 2019-2020 school year, visit

Amazon gives Stem Launch school in Thornton $25,000 to help keep tech jobs filled

“New jobs in the tech industry are a driving force for the booming Front Range economy. Many companies worry about finding enough people with the right skills to fill all of those positions.

Now Amazon has taken a step to keep the pipeline filled, and it’s aiming young.” -CBS 4 Denver

Amazon offered students at STEM Launch an opportunity to see how their fulfillment center works. While there, they surprised them with a $25,000 check to help keep their current programs up and running.

Read more of the story covered by CBS Denver here.

Local Updates

Planet Fitness Teen Challenge

Planet Fitness is starting a “Teen Summer Challenge Scholarship Sweepstakes” next month that allows 15-18 year olds to work out for free at their gyms. The challenge will run from May 15th- September 1st and encourages teens to work out safely and have fun. The teens can also potentially win scholarship money. To enter, a parent or legal guardian must register their child at any Planet Fitness location.

Colorado beer market expanding to include more specialty choices

The Denver Post reports that Colorado is expected to be at the forefront of the next wave of beer and beer alternatives to the market.

“Colorado has been known as the hotbed of innovation in beer for several decades,” Andres Gil Zaldana, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, said. “Consumer preference in the recent decade or so has shifted to more of a health and wellness perspective and that really fits with Colorado in general. We all like to run, hike and bike.”

The growth of gluten-free breweries is indicative of that trend, Zaldana says.

To read more about this, find The Denver Post article here.

The G Line is ready to roll

After years of delays, the G line is finally launching its services this week. It will be ready to ride on Friday, April 26. Rides will be free from April 26 through May 11. The regular fare will be $3 for three hours of riding after May 11.

The new G Line will run north from Union Station in Denver, through Olde Town Arvada, then west to Wheat Ridge. The new train will be beneficial in connecting Denver’s western suburbs to downtown.

It will also offer riders easier access to Denver International Airport by way of the A Line, which commuters can transfer to at Union Station.

Features that may increase the value of your home

Here in Colorado, we are known for our love of certain things- dogs and beer being two things at the top of the list!

When it comes to selling in Colorado, there are certain features that could help increase the value of your home. In fact, many of them are pet related. In a study done by Zillow, they found that pet showers can increase the sale price of a home by 19 percent in Denver, while dog or cat doors can increase the sale price of a home by 5 percent.

Home theaters are also an important feature for home buyers in Colorado. According to Zillow, those can increase the sale price of a home by 17 percent.

Other top features across the nation include professional appliances or chef quality kitchens. According to Zillow’s analysis, steam showers and professional appliances earned homes 29 percent above their expected values.

Zillow says millennials are also looking for homes with free standing tubs, pizza ovens and wine cellars. The study also found that homes with open shelving in the kitchen and subway tile sold faster than expected.