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Music

Wagner’s Ring Cycle: The Greatest Story Ever Told

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — “The Ring [Cycle] is a gigantic work of art. It’s comparable to the complete works of Shakespeare, or the Sistine Chapel ceiling of Michelangelo, or any of the greatest monuments of art.” – Terence McEwen Thus begins a narrated recording of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which was provided by […]

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Features

The Annual Bison Roundup at Tallgrass

By Ron Stauffer TULSA, Okla. — It’s a cold and foggy morning at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where cowboys work for the second day in a row in their week-long annual bison roundup. For the past three weeks, they’ve used four-wheelers and pickup trucks to round up the nearly 1,500 bison that call the nature […]

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Profiles

The Humble Beginnings of Stockton’s Own Billionaire, Alex Spanos

STOCKTON, Calif. — Ask anybody who has lived in California’s Central Valley over the past few decades if they’re familiar with the name Alex Spanos, and you’re likely to get affirmations and enthusiastic nods. For many people who live in or around Stockton, it’s hard not to notice the effect that this man has had […]

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Opinion

We Must Change the Way We Talk and Report About Suicide

“Died unexpectedly, at the age of 35,” my friend’s obituary began. Reading the whole entry, I might have come to the conclusion that he was an unfortunate victim of a heart attack or early stroke. However, a text message I received from a mutual friend gave me the full story. “He committed suicide. Sounds like […]

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Feature Stories

Profile on Butterfly Pavilion CEO, Patrick Tennyson

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — From the very beginning, Patrick Tennyson, Butterfly Pavilion’s president and CEO, knew he wanted to work with animals. As early as the first grade, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he’d answer: “zookeeper.” How did people respond?

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Politics

Time to Testify at the State Capitol

Today I went to the Colorado State Capitol and testified to the House Education Committee for one bill and against another bill. It was a fascinating experience, and I learned quite a bit. I have never sat through an entire legislative committee session before, so that was a first. I’ve been interested in doing so […]

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News

Net Neutrality is Dead. What Comes Next?

The Federal Communications Commission finally released the long-awaited new rules for regulating the internet, following its 3-2 vote in December to repeal net neutrality. Net neutrality, which has become controversial in recent years, is the term for the concept that internet service providers should provide equal access for all types of content served via their […]

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Videos

Video: Why Use Online Video For Your Business?

This is a video I created a few years ago with a videographer to showcase the most powerful medium for communication we have in the 21st Century: video. I concepted the whole thing, wrote the script, and, of course, stood in front of the camera, explaining why businesses should use video as a part of […]

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Videos

Video: What is Twitter And Should You Use It?

This is a video I created a few years ago with a videographer to be able to explain to my friends and clients exactly what Twitter is. I created the concept, wrote the script, and, of course, starred in the video as the subject matter expert.

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News

Local Historian Brings “Forgotten” WWI History to Life at Longmont Museum

LONGMONT, Colo. — A small crowd came to the Longmont Museum Thursday to hear a lecture on the human element of World War I that featured humor and antique weapons. As part of its “Longmont & The Great War” exhibit, the museum hosted a lecture by a local historian on the lesser-known elements of World […]