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Outdated, sagging Colorado schools get $300 million boost from pot sales, other taxes

DEER TRAIL — There is sadness about the eventual destruction of this community’s school, parts of which were built 100 years ago. Many people in this town of 570, long past their teen years, still attend the annual homecoming dance in the school’s gym and reminisce about old flames and football championships.

But there is also excitement on these streets 60 miles southeast of Denver. New homes are popping up just off Interstate 70 and a state-of-the-art preK-12 school is on the horizon, to be built in part from money collected from legal pot buys.

Colorado’s oil and gas executives push their way back onto highest-paid list

Colorado’s list of highest-paid corporate executives usually reads like the membership roster of an exclusive country club, one where the same names show up year after year.

But four newcomers from the oil and gas industry pushed their way into the ranks of the 10 highest-paid Colorado executives last year, representatives of a downtrodden industry trying to make a comeback.

Mark Erickson, chairman and chief executive of Extraction Oil & Gas, and Matthew Owens, the company’s president, came out of nowhere to claim the second and third spots on the highest-paid list.

Utah man celebrates 100th birthday by hitting the slopes

SNOWBIRD, Utah — A Utah man celebrated his 100th birthday by doing what he loves most: Skiing.

Snowbird Ski Resort took advantage of lingering snow to groom a short run for George Jedenoff to cruise down Wednesday before he was given a cake and plaque with one of his favorite sayings: “Age is just a number.”

In a birthday speech, Jedenoff echoed those words.

“Don’t let the age bother you,” he said. “Don’t let the negative things in your life, of which we all have a lot, outweigh all the positive blessings that you have.”

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