Colorado resorts are struggling to make it through coronavirus

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Add hotels to the growing list of business sectors fighting for survival as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its eighth month.

“I say to people, ‘I’m in a hotel and restaurant business in the middle of a pandemic, so that’s how I’m doing,’” said Walter Isenberg, president of Sage Hospitality. His line of hotels includes the Oxford and the Crawford in downtown Denver.

Denver-area hotels were less than half full in October. Occupancy was 47.7 percent, down from 78.6 percent in October of last year, according to data from STR, a hotel analytics firm.

The city of Denver has contracted for 882 rooms at seven hotels and motels to provide shelter for homeless people during the pandemic, but that’s a small fraction of the 52,000 rooms in the metro area.

Hotel traffic hit a new low in April in Denver, with only 21.2 percent of rooms filled in the Denver area. Bookings rose steadily since then but have settled in the mid 40 percent range over the last four months. Revenue per available room in metro Denver was down 64 percent.

In normal times, when the Kansas City Chiefs come to Denver to play it would be a great weekend for downtown hotels. “That typically would have been a massive sellout downtown with Chiefs fans, at premium rates,” said Isenberg.

But when the Chiefs traveled to play Denver on Oct. 25 there were no fans filling hotel rooms. Only about 5,000 fans are allowed in the stadium.


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The hotel business is reliant on three key traveling sectors, leisure, business and convention. Isenberg calls them the three legs of the stool. “ And right now, “we only have one leg on the stool.”

Leisure travel is more than “well over 90 percent” of his business, mostly car trip staycations.

The hotel industry cheered news recent news from Pfizer, that the drug maker had developed an effective vaccine, though it has not been approved yet for distribution. Until then air travel will be limited, which impacts business bookings

“Business demand won’t return at a substantial level until caseloads are better contained, and in the meantime, recovery is going to be primarily driven by lower-tier hotels in the leisure-driven markets with outdoor offerings,” said Amanda Hite, president of STR.

Isenberg said some mountain hotels in Colorado even exceeded their typical summer business because of the outdoor element.

Still, STR estimates that the industry as a whole won’t return to normalcy until 2024.

“Their projection is realistic,” said Isenberg, but he noted that Denver is less reliant on international travel which he believes will take longer to rebound.

“I think places like Denver will recover faster,” said Isenberg.

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Pro-mask or anti-mask? Your ethical ideas probably predict your position

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Moral combat: Do you wear a face mask to show you care about others? Or do you refuse because you believe they defy human nature?
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Eugene Y. Chan, Purdue University

Governments around the world have recommended or mandated various behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19. These include staying at home, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.

Yet individuals continue to flout these recommendations and ignore explicit rules about wearing face masks. In the U.S., U.K. and Australia, crowds have gathered closely together to protest against lockdowns.

All this poses the question: Why are people not following the rules that protect not only their own health but the health of their community and nation? And how can policymakers and public health officials design better messages to encourage uptake?

How morals guide our decisions

In my latest research, I studied how people perceive the three main recommended behaviors as either “right” or “wrong.” I grounded my research on Moral Foundations Theory, which states that people judge the “rightness” or “wrongness” of behaviors along five different moral concerns or “foundations.”

The first is whether an action shows you care; the second is whether an action upholds standards of equality; the third is whether it shows loyalty to the group; the fourth is whether it shows deference to authority; and the last is whether it conforms to impulses and the natural way of doing things.

Some foundations are relevant to certain behaviors; others, not so much. For example, parents who are “anti-vaxxers” hold this view because they see vaccines as harming a child’s natural immunological defenses. Although that is not true, vaccines still challenge their perception of what’s natural. Likewise, when it comes to charitable giving, people donate because they see it as showing they care – not because they see it as “natural” to do so.

One benefit of exploring which moral foundation is relevant to a certain behavior is that it offers a better understanding of how to encourage or discourage that behavior.

For example, policymakers now understand that to encourage vaccinations for children, messages aimed at hesitant parents need to help them see how vaccinations can actually boost a child’s natural defenses. But telling these parents that “it shows you care for your child” has little effect, because the “caring” foundation is less relevant.

Morality and COVID-19

I surveyed 1,033 Americans during the last week in April 2020, asking them how relevant each moral foundation is to staying at home, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.

I found that Americans, on the whole, associated all three behaviors with the “caring” and “equality” foundations. Indeed, staying at home when you don’t need to go out shows you care about others – I call this the caring foundation. But staying at home helps flatten the curve only if everyone does it – the equality foundation. The same can be said for wearing face masks and social distancing.

But I also found important age differences in two other moral foundations.

Younger adults felt that staying at home and wearing face masks go against their nature – what I call the nature foundation. It would make sense. Younger adults are more likely to crave social interactions, and so staying at home goes against what they perceive to be natural human behavior.

Meanwhile, wearing face masks not only is uncomfortable but hides one’s face, which also goes against beliefs about how human beings are supposed to socialize.

Older adults, on the other hand, felt that all three behaviors show a greater value placed on communal goals and public health over personal comfort.

Interestingly, the authority foundation didn’t relate to any of the three behaviors, regardless of age.

Policy implications

By understanding which moral foundations are relevant, social marketers, public health officials and policymakers can design more effective appeals to get people to stay at home, wear face masks and stay 6 feet apart.

For example, because Americans see the actions as showing they care, emphasizing how those behaviors show caring will likely increase compliance.

To target younger adults, who see staying at home and wearing face masks as going against the social nature of human beings, messages should suggest how these actions can actually facilitate socialization.

For example: “Wearing a mask lets you stay in touch, safely.” Common slogans such as “Staying Apart, Together,” while whimsical and a play on words, are unlikely to increase younger adults’ uptake, since the “communal” foundation is a less relevant concern for them. Those slogans may be more effective for older adults.

If governments and public health officials really want to promote staying at home, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, they can’t just say “it’s moral to do so.” They might want to learn to appeal to the relevant moral convictions of the population they are targeting.The Conversation

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Viewpoint: Coloradans voted to keep all of us healthy risk-free as well as growing

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On election day, Coloradans stood together, across race and place, and voted for candidates and ballot issues that benefit all Coloradans, no exceptions. 

For too long, the wealthy few and their massive corporations have tried to divide us based on what we look like, where we come from, or where we live. But in this election, Coloradans came together and voted overwhelmingly for President-elect Joe Biden, Senator-elect John Hickenlooper, progressive candidates in the legislature and a ballot initiative that will establish paid family leave for all Colorado workers. 

We voted for the opportunity to work with people who want to govern alongside community in order to benefit all of us: Black, Native, People of Color, or White.

Carmen Medrano, Lizeth Chacon

Colorado voters passed paid family medical leave – Proposition 118 –  with an extraordinary double-digit margin. For families without paid leave – especially in low-income communities and communities of color – working people must choose between prioritizing family and a crucial paycheck when serious illness strikes. Many are literally faced with the decision of whether to pay the rent or put food on the table when their pay is reduced. 

United for a New Economy Action member Refugio Venegas, a former transit supervisor, could have avoided severe depression and homelessness had he had paid family leave in 2016. After struggling with three episodes of pneumonia leading to serious kidney disease, he depleted his paid time off, surrendered his commercial driver’s license due to the state of his health and lost his job. His family was so financially stressed, they couldn’t keep up with their mortgage payments and they lost their home. 

Hardworking Coloradans should never face this economic tragedy on top of a health emergency.

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Coloradans voted in droves for this new program to allow workers to care for themselves and their families without going bankrupt, defeating massive corporations and certain politicians who killed paid family medical leave bills six times in the state legislature. 

We showed that when the people get to decide, they will vote to advance policies that allow us all to live a dignified life. This year has tested us like no other and we’re pulling through it by pulling together, which means investing in the services and people that keep Colorado healthy, safe and thriving. 

This November, voters rejected politicians who have sought to blame new immigrants, Black people and people struggling to make ends meet in an effort to distract us from their inaction on the issues that matter most to us. 

Colorado voters decisively ousted U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner because he put himself and wealthy lobbyists first, giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations rather than investing in the future of all Coloradans.  He turned his back on our immigrant community and paid the electoral price for refusing to protect our healthcare and literally hiding from us, his constituents. 

Now we will work with Senator-elect John Hickenlooper to make the way for all Coloradans, no exceptions. We expect each of our elected officials to partner with our communities to make sure families have what they need to prosper: A safe and affordable home; the ability to earn a good living, stay healthy and retire in dignity; the opportunity to provide a bright future for our children; and the freedom to start a new life in the United States without fear.

No matter what we look like, where we live, our immigration status, or what’s in our wallets, we want a Colorado that works for all of us. That’s why we voted in record numbers for our families and our futures. 

We elected our new leaders to confront the crises our families face, not to shy away.  That means more than just responding to an emergency like COVID-19; it means investing in us and our collective future. 

Now is the time for those we elected to unite across differences and make policy choices that help all of us in pursuit of a healthy and thriving Colorado.

Carmen Medrano is the executive director of United for a New Economy Action. Lizeth Chacon is the executive director of the Colorado People’s Action. 

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Opinion: This Thanksgiving lets lionize for those on the cutting edge of the COVID-19 war

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After hearing that our country was approaching the unimaginable mark of 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 and that the Colorado death rate had surpassed 2,650, I became increasingly alarmed. 

After seeing the COVID-19 health data in our state rapidly move in the wrong direction, causing the ever-changing, rainbow-colored danger dial to add an additional color, I was forced to re-examine our Thanksgiving plans. 

After hearing from friends who I knew were being incredibly careful yet now were  testing positive and quarantining, and after watching news reports, reading and hearing first-hand accounts of front-line health care workers, including my own daughter, I knew it was time to take more personal responsibility, to be part of the solution to this pandemic that has upended all of our lives.

Patricia Crowley

After over 30 years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, this year I decided to cancel. I did not cancel out of an unreasonable fear or economic burden, but out of respect. As a retired medical technologist, and parent of a current emergency-room nurse, I have too much respect for all the current front-line health care workers. 

Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and countless other health care support personnel are physically and emotionally exhausted yet continue to care for patients. They continue this care while too frequently being given inadequate personal protective equipment, compensation and support.

I have great respect for all the educators who have been valiantly teaching in person, remotely or hybrid, with too little pay, inadequate public concern for their safety, and little public understanding of their untenable workload.   

I have too much respect and empathy for the countless teachers, who are also parents of school-aged children, in their struggle to balance teaching while simultaneously ensuring their own kids are succeeding in their learning.

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I have too much respect for firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement and corrections officers who answer the calls for help, 24/7. COVID-19 has killed more law-enforcement officers than anything else in 2020.  

I have too much respect for the workers who keep our food supply chain functioning and deliveries on time. According to the Food & Environment Report Network, over 200 meatpacking workers have died in the U.S. from COVID-19, including seven at just one meatpacking plant here in Colorado.

I have too much respect for all the small-business owners forced to adapt to ever-changing mandates and guidelines while fully comprehending their businesses cannot completely recover or maybe even survive until this pandemic is controlled. 

More than 2,500 Colorado restaurants have closed since March. I fear many more will close before the end of the year. 

The exhaustion, health and safety of essential workers, small-business owners and the elderly are being ignored by a public that is all too willing to put its own wants before the needs of fellow citizens. 

I have too much respect for the elderly, who have already endured months of isolation and been forced to forgo visiting with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The mortality rate from COVID-19 for our older citizens has been already proven to be unbearably high.

All of us need to examine the consequences of our actions. We already know what the right thing to is. We have known all along. 

It is time for all of us to be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. It is time we give those who give their all, day in and day out, in service to us the respect they deserve.

We can do that by giving up a large Thanksgiving dinner for one year. It is the least we can do.

Patricia Crowley of Lone Tree is a retired medical technologist and public health advocate.

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What Is Technical Digital Advertising

This previous November, a record released by the Internet marketing Institute, ClickZ as well as Kelly Staffing disclosed some worrying data regarding the existing state of talent within the field of electronic marketing. To obtain a feel for electronic marketing abilities and also training presently experienced by a selection of services, more than 700 execs from the Lot of money 500 in addition to international agencies were checked. The study exposed widespread frustration business leaders have with the skills (or lack therof) of their digital/social media teams. It also located a considerable skill void in the industry that is adversely effecting ROI, sales and also staff member retension.
Among other things, below are a few of the extra fascinating findings from the record:
71% of big companies think their electronic group is solid in some specialities, but weak in others, with substantial gaps in every location researched.
Just 8% of those checked think their workers are solid in all areas of digital advertising and marketing.
Big firms remain in certain need of entry-level social networks marketing experts, as well as mid-tier managers in material advertising and also web analytics.
Agencies view especially solid voids in mobile, analytics, and marketing automation.
30% of big companies and also 24% of firms are unable to appropriately compare people with the right abilities, and also those without.
There is a wide feeling of privilege among young employees.
The report is without a doubt startling and should be a root cause of worry for present college students that intend on going after a profession in electronic advertising. While couple of information are provided concerning the specific source of this electronic talent void, it’s secure to presume that it’s a result of a few unfavorable truths:
A) Colleges do not presently provide adequate cerriculum that would appropriately prepare graduates for the needs awaiting them in electronic advertising and marketing work, B) Organizations and also firms do not have adequate staff member training sources that might effectively diminish the talent gaps in their workforce (This thought was quickly highlighted in the report), C) Both present college students in addition to recent graduates are not using themselves enough beyond class/work to maintain in an affordable field that is frequently advancing and requires increasingly more technological abilities yearly.
Factors An as well as B deserve checking out, however while college as well as business leaders scramble to close the ability voids at their ends, young would-be marketing professionals need to dedicate to instructing themselves the essential abilities to ensure they’re able to meet the needs of their future employers. Those who put in the time and initiative between the hours spent examining as well as interning will certainly find themselves at a benefit when they finally go into the full time labor force.
Those abilities that upcoming digital marketers would be wise to learn in 2014 and also past are coming to be progressively technical. Solid interaction abilities such as sales, Public Relations, public speaking as well as composing are and also will certainly stay valuable to business of all dimensions, yet the technical tools and platforms used to connect in these means are starting to pass through every aspect of our lives. While today’s electronic online marketer may fare well sufficient in focusing on total branding execution, it’s a winner that those who disregard the skills called for in the technical/creative procedure will certainly find themselves at the incorrect end of the digital skill void the one displayed below.
As you can see above, numerous of the technological skills that staff members are evidently weak in are listed on top. The majority of are quite general though as well as there suffices up there to stress any kind of recent university grad attempting to decide where they must create an their toughest experience. When considering where to concentrate your time invested finding out details skills, it deserves taking a go back as well as acknowledging what the existing trends remain in the field of digital advertising. This means reminding yourself that social networks is still white hot, yet crowded social streams require more from brand names that are made use of to automatic uploading and also constant self promo. It means realizing that every company is currently a media business, or at least they ought to be. This has actually brought about a considerable emphasis presently positioned on images and also video clips of the finest. It also means that consumers favor huge, vibrant as well as ultra-simple design that improves the individual experience. It means confessing that desktops as well as laptop computers get on their way out and the majority of time that customers invest online is using their smart phones as well as tablets. It indicates 2014 is THE year for web content advertising, and also constantly creating creative, original, top quality material undoubtedly calls for technological skills.
To ensure that’s the present digital media landscape. Currently here are the technical abilities that involve my mind … Coding at least a general understanding of the distinctions between various coding languages and the capacity to develop a fundamental site and/or mobile application from square one Website design a sharp developer’s eye for the leading fads and designs in web and also mobile layout as well as the capacity to develop a modern-day looking website compatibale to both desktop as well as mobile layouts Analytics knowledge with prominent devices and software application utilized to evaluate data callected from electronic media activity and the capacity to place such tools in position to track interactions, translate the results and afterwards properly react by readjusting digital marketing approaches as necessary Video Manufacturing understanding of appropriate tools, tools and also software application required to shoot a high quality video and the ability to record, edit and share that video through any type of digital marketing network Photoshop strong proficiency with all Adobe as well as other photo editing and enhancing software program plus the capacity to craft high quality images worthwhile of the most followed Pinterest board Photography understand exactly how to deal with huge, high def cameras to skillfully catpure, edit and post HD pictures Stating “I want to find out exactly how to code” or “I’m mosting likely to research digital photography” isn’t rather enough, nevertheless. Future electronic marketing professionals ought to understand exactly how these techniques put on branding, posting, social networks, and so on. I plan on diving right into better detail about these abilities as well as particularly exactly how they put on the profession in a separate article.
In the meantime though, let me restate: There is a significant space in skill in the field of electronic marketing and also it is creating a variety of issues for firms, customers, executives as well as the workers themselves. Those currently attending university and also intend on getting in the field upon college graduation need to meticulously examine where they would likely fall on the ability void graph. More than likely, there are a number of technological skills that will require substantial enhancement if they want to succeed at the onset of their profession and deliver the goods to requiring companies. These pupils shouldn’t depend only on their professors or employers to fix this gap for them. They ought to proactively lay out to obtain the essential technology skills themselves.

Ice packs on belly, thighs drives “browning” of fat

Ice packs on belly, thighs drives “browning” of fat
Exposure to cold temperatures can convert white fat tissue from the thighs and belly to beige fat that burns calories for heat, but this biological response is hampered in obese people, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Daylight Saving Time Increases Driving Danger

While the Sunday start of daylight saving time means that Spring is in sight, it also carries with it one fewer hour of shut-eye and a shift in our sleeping patterns that can spell disaster on our roadways.

All told, sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year, per the National Sleep Foundation. And, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, driver fatigue was a contributing factor in 1,058 crashes in the state in 2016.

“It takes two weeks for most of us adjust to the shorter nights and our new sleep schedules,” said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley. “Between now and then, we’re all especially exposed to the risks of drowsy driving. Drivers should begin adjusting their sleep habits now to make sure they get at least seven hours of sleep before getting behind the wheel.”

Activist says Jamie Giellis lying about role in homeless tiny houses project

Activist says Jamie Giellis lying about role in homeless tiny houses project
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An activist and former nonprofit exact of director has charged Denver mayoral candidate Jaime Giellis with lying about her level of involvement in the creation of a pathbreaking homelessness prevention project.

The story exploded virally over the past week, as homeless advocate PJ Damico took on a claim made by Giellis in a campaign email. Damico’s charge that Giellis is lying underscores the fundamental weaknesses is her candidacy— her very thin Denver roots and the fact her campaign appears to be the wholly owned subsidiary of a handful of Denver developers.

Damico posted on Facebook: “I want to set the record straight. Aside from having RINO send a reluctant letter of support after the train had left the station Jamie Giellis(candidate for mayor) had NOTHING to do with creating the tiny home village in RiNo and of course neither did Michael Hancock until after many of us were arrested and forced the issue into the New York Times.”

“After securing the land many efforts I made to seek support from the developers in RiNo (Kyle, Andrew and others — all Jamie’s primary backers fell on deaf ears). Ask Jamie how much money RINO committed to the village? Ask her is she went to a single zoning meeting? Ask her how many nights she slept outside over the past four years to get the tiny home village established. Ask her how many times she was arrested? Ask her if she has a restraining order for her activism? “

“This is what makes me sick about neoliberal policiticans being trumped up by the very developer interests ruining our city. “

“ I was there. You were not. How can we trust you if your very Campaign is a lie!!!!”

The comments on the original post became a firestorm of their own. Damico charged, “Jamie was also put up by Andrew and Kyle Zeppelin as their crony capitalist to sabotage Lisa Calderon’s campaign the backstory as bloody as hell but there’s no way ‘Jamie can be elected mayor she represents the worst interest of our city.”

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Mayor Michael Hancock’s $14 million sign boondoggle

“14 million bucks is a lot of money,” one traveler said Tuesday, echoing the concerns of others.”

In December of 2016, Denver officials told FOX31 it would take, at most, eight years to get the cost back in advertising dollars. The city has only seen a fraction of return and now says it could take a decade to break even.

To help solve the problem, city leaders are hoping OUTFRONT Media LLC will have the expertise to drum up business and see the money pour into airport coffers.

The firm would receive a fee from advertisers and pay the airport $150,000 or 67 percent of the gross ad sales, according to the airport. DIA admits it wasn’t proactively selling ads in 2018 and only grossed $21,000 on the mega investment.

“I think the money in the bank would’ve done a better return,” a Denver tourist told FOX31.

Tay Anderson strongest school board candidate Denver Public Schools 2019

Safeguarding our Neighborhood Schools
Neighborhood schools, when robustly invested in, can be the change agents for our most marginalized students. They can close achievement gaps and prepare students for college. The closing of neighborhood schools is a burden for parents and creates challenges in equity for students. I will work to recover and safeguard neighborhood schools and curb charter school expansion. Not one more neighborhood school closure!
Investing In Our Teachers We have a huge challenge ahead of us in hiring, recruiting, and retaining more teachers. I will focus on creating a rich, dynamic work environment for teachers, while also working to redefine the standards by which teachers are evaluated. The success of our teachers cannot be judged by tests! We have a responsibility to lift our teachers up so our students can take on the world.
School to Prison Pipelines. According to the Department of Education, in the United States, black students make up 18 percent of children enrolled in preschools, and 48 percent of these kids experience more than one out-of-school suspension. Creating a culturally rich curriculum and doubling down on diversity training for teachers and staff can go a long way in putting students of color on the road to success, not prison!
Diversity is our Strength Denver is home to an amazingly diverse population. District four is a minority majority district with well over half the student population being students of color. How wonderful that our children are exposed to the diversity available in our district! Schools should foster a safe learning environment for students to thrive and take advantage of all the opportunities that come with a high school diploma.
Homeless Students
I have experienced homelessness and I know what it feels like to be on your own. I was labeled an unaccompanied youth by Denver Public Schools. To those students and families who have been homeless- I understand what you are going through. We won’t let our situations hinder us from our education. I will always put our students first. We will make more programs available to our students, because every student is bigger than their story!
Lunch Program We need to improve our lunch program in Denver Public Schools so that all students have the sufficient nutrients they deserve. The majority of our students do not like the lunch program, and I will be traveling the district listening to our students to hear what they want. As a member of the Denver School Board, I will bring a new lunch plan before the board so we can spark a discussion to put our students lunch as a priority.