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On Saturday, June 27 several artists from the community gathered at the corner of Animas and Main Street in the former Blue Crate Building in Trinidad to reveal plywood murals featuring iconic Trinidad scenes or themes.

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The National Bureau of Economic Research recently announced that the U.S. officially entered a recession in February 2020. Unprecedented levels of unemployment and declines in economic activity triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the economy’s 10-year period of expansion. With job prospects looking bleak for the near future, pursuing an advanced degree may become an attractive option for recent college graduates and those who find themselves unemployed.

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DENVER, July 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Business intelligence from Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry's first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®), anticipates a 87% increase in cannabis sales over daily averages.

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GOLDEN, Colo., July 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CME America, a wholly owned subsidiary of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), announced a voluntary recall for all CME America BodyGuard(®) Infusion System Administration Sets (infusion sets)--used with the company's BodyGuard(®) infusion pumps--that were distributed beginning May 2016 (see complete impacted product list below). This action was initiated on June 16, 2020.

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE: CCS), a top 10 national homebuilder, announced it's running a Fourth of July Sales Event, available at communities nationwide through the builder's two brands: Century Communities and Century Complete. In celebration of Independence Day, the event is designed to help individuals achieve the American Dream of homeownership through limited-time savings at local communities, ranging from closing cost assistance to flexible cash credits and more. In select locations, homebuyers can also tailor the homebuying process to their preferred timeframe--enjoying the option of either a quick move-in home or a to-be-built home that can be personalized from the ground up. Century Communities and Century Complete are proud that this event will further the company's mission of building a home for every dream.

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DENVER, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- EnerCom, Inc. is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 25(th) annual edition of its popular The Oil & Gas Conference® August 17(th) to the 19(th), 2020. This year's event will allow the global energy investment community to attend digitally. EnerCom is excited to expand upon it's quarter-century of experience providing high-quality events to offer an experience that allows investors to attend from anywhere in the world.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX: NB; OTCQX: NIOBF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Honan to Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of NioCorp, a new position. The promotion is effective immediately.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 2, 2020 /CNW/ -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX: NB; OTCQX: NIOBF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Honan to Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of NioCorp, a new position. The promotion is effective immediately.

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In early June, Massachusetts’s ban on flavored e-cigarette products went into effect. Massachusetts is the first state to prohibit the retail sale of flavored vaping products and flavored tobacco products like menthol cigarettes. While flavored e-cig use is still allowed in a handful of state licensed “smoking bars,” products in those establishments are hit with a whopping 75 percent excise tax.

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DENVER, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) today announced it plans to report second quarter 2020 financial results on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, after market close. The company will host its quarterly conference call at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) will announce its second quarter 2020 earnings on Thursday, August 6, 2020, before trading begins on the New York Stock Exchange. At 9 a.m. Mountain time on that day (11 a.m. Eastern), Ball will hold its regular quarterly conference call on the company's results and performance.

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GOLDEN, Colo., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritech, the leader in automated hygiene technology, recently sponsored DevelopmentalFX's "Back to Therapy" Kits designed to support patients transitioning to remote therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total the kits included over 500 items and will support approximately 150 children with neurodevelopmental disorders in the Denver area.

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DENVER, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- After a dramatic dip in attendance due to COVID-19 closures, child care centers across the U.S. are beginning to see a steady rise in check-ins, according to a report released by Procare Solutions, the leader in child care management software for more than 30 years. The report, "Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on the Child Care Industry," assessed anonymized data across Procare's customer base to identify trends in attendance and child care center re-openings.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: HYMC) ("Hycroft" or the "Company"), a gold and silver producer operating the Hycroft mine in the world-class mining region of Northern Nevada, today announced a leadership transition.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal Real Estate Income Fund (the "Fund"), which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PGZ," announced the declaration of monthly distributions of $0.11 per common share, payable on the dates noted below. Based on the Fund's current net asset value share price of $14.53 (as of market close on June 26, 2020), the distributions represent an annualized distribution rate of 9.08%.

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AURORA, Colo., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has released a new guide and Charting Pediatrics podcast designed to help school administrators and board members determine how they can most safely re-open their schools for in-person learning this fall in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide, available for free on the Children's Colorado website, provides considerations and recommendations based on the most current COVID-19 medical guidelines. Recommendations were informed by Children's Colorado infectious diseases experts who have helped lead the response to COVID-19, including Sam Dominguez, MD, PhD; Chris Nyquist, MD, MPH/MSPH; and Sean O'Leary, MD.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for the cannabis industry and developer of the cannabis industry's first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®), has named industry veteran David McCullough, chief technology officer (CTO), effective immediately.

(The Center Square) – According to a new analysis by the National Education Association (NEA), “the nation stands to lose 1.89 million education jobs over the next three years,” and as a result, states need an additional $116.5 billion in bailout money from the federal government in addition to money they have already received through the CARES Act.

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Verdosome, a privately-held molecular testing laboratory with principal operations in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, announced today the introduction of its COVID Pod((TM)) technology for the testing of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID Pod((TM)) stands for "COllection Via Intra-Oral Device," because the process uses a small, absorbent pad placed under the tongue to gather a saliva sample. It's a testing method that has none of the discomfort associated with nasal swabs and requires no personal protective equipment or medical personnel in the collection process.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Donor Alliance, the federally-designated organ procurement organization serving Colorado and Wyoming, announced that Jennifer Prinz will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective today. She will succeed Sue Dunn who retired after leading the organization for more than 15 years. Prinz has been with Donor Alliance since 2008 and previously served as chief operating officer.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Point-of-Sale (POS) malware is nothing new, and the Alina malware - which cyber criminals use to scrape credit card numbers from POS systems - has been around for many years. New intelligence from CenturyLink's Black Lotus Labs, however, revealed that criminals are not yet done with Alina, and they continue to find new ways to use it to steal unsuspecting victims' credit- and debit-card data.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- New research has started to identify cannabis workers' health concerns during COVID-19. The study includes an online survey of 200 employees in Colorado's legal cannabis sector to determine concerns of appropriate protective masks and gloves as well as physical distancing practices to protect workers from the virus. Marty Otañez, Associate Professor in CU Denver's Anthropology Department, is the study leader.

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BOULDER, Colo., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fourth Industrial Revolution is poised to transform rural America with next-generation digital technologies that will revolutionize the ways data flows and information is accessed across the heartland. Helping to guide that effort will be a team of innovators and thought leaders whose collective expertise in the unique dynamics of the rural market and the boundary-pushing capabilities of edge compute technology will drive the development and deployment of technologies for rural industries.

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DENVER, Colo., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BLUETTI, the solar power station new star, is now launching their first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the latest AC200: a rated 2000-Watt, 1700Wh portable power station. With the highest output power among all BLUETTI power stations, AC200 can power almost all your home appliances, RV, off-the-grid cabin, CPAP, and even an electric vehicle like Tesla Model S.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercer Global Advisors, Inc. ("Mercer Advisors"), a national Registered Investment Adviser (RIA), today announced the acquisition of ClearRock Capital, LLC ("ClearRock"), a respected wealth management firm with its headquarters in Sun Valley, Idaho, and a second location in San Francisco, California. ClearRock serves approximately 250 households with over $660 million in assets. Mark Eshman, Co-founder, Chairman and CIO, and James Everitt, Co-founder, President and CCO, founded ClearRock in 2007 delivering full-service wealth management to their high net worth (HNW) clientele. Mark and James ("Jamie") will be joining Mercer Advisors along with their eight staff members.

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BOULDER, Colo. and AUGUSTA, Ga., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Congruex, a national end-to-end provider of design, engineering, construction, construction management and maintenance services to broadband service providers, today announced the acquisition of Southeast Utilities of Georgia ("SEU"). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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DENVER, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Lines Venture Capital announced today the appointment of Dr. Pallab Chatterjee as its Chairman effective immediately. Dr. Chatterjee is an internationally recognized seasoned high-tech executive with experience in Private Equity, Corporate General Management, Corporate Governance, Strategy, Technology, Operations, and Outsourcing. Most recently, Dr. Chatterjee comes from Symphony Retail AI where he pioneered an AI intelligent system that used conversational insights to deliver powerful root cause insights leading to predictive and prescriptive operational actions.

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VANCOUVER, BC and DENVER, CO, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - SSR Mining Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRM) (TSX: SSRM) ("SSR Mining") and Alacer Gold Corp. (TSX: ASR) (ASX: AQG) ("Alacer") are pleased to announce that, in connection with their previously announced at-market merger of equals (the "Transaction"), the Australian Securities Exchange (the "ASX") has granted SSR Mining conditional approval to be admitted to the official list of the ASX and SSR Mining CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs) to be officially quoted on the ASX. The conditional approval is subject to customary conditions, including requisite approvals of the shareholders of SSR Mining and Alacer at their respective special meetings of shareholders to be held on July 10, 2020 and final court approval.

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On a recent trek up West Spanish Peak Trail to Cordova Pass, local residents Sharon Sorenson and Ernie Parker happened upon this big guy making the most of a beautiful Colorado day. It’s not unusual to see black bears all over Las Animas County, but this cinnamon-colored black bear seemed happy to step out and pose for a close-up shot before lumbering back off into the forest. Interested i…