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The best RED stories from 2021.

The best of RED 2021

Over the past year, our reporting stretched from city streets to the snowy San Juan Mountains, from the classroom to the Colorado River. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2021.

December 13, 2021

By Staff

STAR alternative

Here's how a new emergency-response service in Denver diverts 911 calls for mental health, substance use and other public health issues away from police and toward medical professionals.

“I’m hopeful that what we learn here in Denver can help similar programs,” said Chris Richardson, a STAR co-founder. Photo by Alyson McClaran
“I’m hopeful that what we learn here in Denver can help similar programs,” said Chris Richardson, a STAR co-founder. Photo by Alyson McClaran

 

City Cast Denver: Big conversations in small bites

In this daily 15-minute podcast, Bree Davies dishes on the pandemic and the versatility of the 'Denver sound.'

“The plan is to create something for everyone, whether you’ve lived in Denver for six months or six generations,” said Bree Davies, host of City Cast Denver. Photo by Amanda Schwengel
“The plan is to create something for everyone, whether you’ve lived in Denver for six months or six generations,” said Bree Davies, host of City Cast Denver. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

 

En garde on the Auraria Campus

MSU Denver fencing instructor Ernie Heyman has introduced Roadrunners to the thrills and values of the Olympic sport for 42 years.

MSU Denver fencing instructor Ernie Heyman, left, and alum Dave Joecks fence on the Auraria Campus. "Only at MSU Denver can you find these types of relationships with your professors," Joecks said. Photo by Alyson McClaran
MSU Denver fencing instructor Ernie Heyman, left, and alum Dave Joecks fence on the Auraria Campus. "Only at MSU Denver can you find these types of relationships with your professors," Joecks said. Photo by Alyson McClaran

 

Smartphone or laptop? Phonebook is both

This student-designed, 3D-printed prototype converts your smartphone into a laptop to provide internet-connected performance for less than $100.

PhoneBook is a smartphone dock that converts it into a laptop interface. There’s no software housed in the 3D-printed device; a removable keyboard houses a rechargeable battery pack, and the phone functions simultaneously as a receiver for the screen and a trackpad. Photo by Amanda Schwengel
PhoneBook is a smartphone dock that converts it into a laptop interface. There’s no software housed in the 3D-printed device; a removable keyboard houses a rechargeable battery pack, and the phone functions simultaneously as a receiver for the screen and a trackpad. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

 

Take a sneak peak at Meow Wolf's new mind-bending world

MSU Denver art grads and students are among hundreds of artists who contributed to Convergence Station, Denver's new immersive art adventure.

MSU Denver student Cyrena Rosati, who recently completed an art direction internship at Meow Wolf, explores Convergence Station. Photo by Alyson McClaran
MSU Denver student Cyrena Rosati, who recently completed an art direction internship at Meow Wolf, explores Convergence Station. Photo by Alyson McClaran

 

Where did all the water go?

The Colorado River is drying up fast, which could spell serious trouble for the 40 million people who depend on it.

A backpacker at Lake Mead in Nevada. Shutterstock photo
A backpacker at Lake Mead in Nevada. Shutterstock photo

 

Deep experience

Snow-research pioneer Chris George spent decades studying Colorado's slide-prone slopes. His work lives on in the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

Years at high altitude have taught Chris George one important thing about snow: “The only way to really know what’s going on is to have about 40 years under your belt on one mountainside somewhere.” Photo by Josh Stephenson
Years at high altitude have taught Chris George one important thing about snow: “The only way to really know what’s going on is to have about 40 years under your belt on one mountainside somewhere.” Photo by Josh Stephenson

 

Colorado Latinos hit hard by Covid-19

A large statewide survey provides a startling view of the hardships that Hispanic communities have suffered during the pandemic.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a widespread and devastating impact on Colorado Latinos, according to a new statewide survey that underscores racial disparities in infection, death and vaccination rates in Colorado. It also highlights significant economic hardships that the state’s Hispanic community has suffered.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a widespread and devastating impact on Colorado Latinos, according to a new statewide survey that underscores racial disparities in infection, death and vaccination rates in Colorado. It also highlights significant economic hardships that the state’s Hispanic community has suffered.

 

Changing careers to change lives

The Great Resignation has prompted many Americans to leave longtime jobs in search of more meaningful work in mental health counseling.

 

The Great Resignation has prompted many Americans like Ree Varcoe to leave longtime jobs in search of more meaningful work in mental health counseling. Photo by Alyson McClaran
The Great Resignation has prompted many Americans like Ree Varcoe to leave longtime jobs in search of more meaningful work in mental health counseling. Photo by Alyson McClaran

 

The mechanics of success

Rylee Hladky leads the MSU Denver volleyball team through an historic season.

Rylee Hladky is not only the RMAC leader in points, points per set and kills, but she’s also in the top five in the league in kills per set, service aces and aces per set. She’s MSU Denver’s leader in service receptions and is second on the team in digs. Photo by Edward Jacobs Jr.
Rylee Hladky is not only the RMAC leader in points, points per set and kills, but she’s also in the top five in the league in kills per set, service aces and aces per set. She’s MSU Denver’s leader in service receptions and is second on the team in digs. Photo by Edward Jacobs Jr.

 


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