Her album may have been Red, but Taylor Swift spent the year putting nonprofits in the black: According to DoSomething.org, the country-pop star was the most charitable celebrity of the year.
We’ve examined Taylor’s philanthropy before as a way to peek inside her soul, but it’s worth running down her efforts again: a whopping $4 million given to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, $600,000 donated for flood relief in Iowa and Tennessee, and countless more time and money spent for music education and anti-bullying initiatives. No wonder the Kennedys gave her an award even after she dumped their grandson.
Some good news to look forward to for the new year, the minimum wage in Colorado is going up. Washington state will have the highest minimum wage in the US after the start of the new year, but other states will see increases too.
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The other states raising their wage floors are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, with no cost-of-living adjustment, and prevails in 31 states that do not mandate a higher state minimum wage. The last raise to the federal minimum came in 2009, after a series of increases signed into law by President George W. Bush.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Downtown Denver Presented by Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
The sky will once again sparkle over the 16th Street Mall this New Year’s Eve with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown, presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership. Co-sponsors of the display are VISIT DENVER and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District. As part of the Partnership’s Winter in the City program, the two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and Midnight. It is recommended that viewers stand along the 16th Street Mall for optimal viewing.
There is a new addition at the Denver Zoo! A 42-Year-Old Elephant from the Fort Worth Zoo arrived to join longtime resident, Dolly last night.
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Kimbo, a 42-year-old, female Asian elephant from Fort Worth Zoo arrived safely at Denver Zoo last night and is getting acquainted with her new state-of-the-art indoor quarters inside Toyota Elephant Passage. She is the first new female elephant to move into the exhibit and will eventually join longtime resident elephant Dolly as a herd mate. Weather permitting; guests will be able to see Kimbo in late January after she clears a mandatory month-long quarantine process.
Kimbo brings Denver Zoo's Asian elephant population back up to four including its two bulls, 8-year-old Bodhi and 41-year-old Groucho.
A fun way to celebrate Christmas with he family is to stroll through the beautiful Hudson Gardens, A Hudson Christmas. All lit up and decorated for the season, you'll feel like you're walking in a Winter Wonderland as you stroll through the magical lights and sip hot chocolate with your family and friends enjoying the magic of the season.
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Hundreds of thousands of lights create a magical display in our thirty-acre winter wonderland, highlighting the grandeur of The Gardens in winter. We’ve got memories in the making for you-- add this event to your “must see” calendar this holiday season!
The magic includes:
• Horse-drawn carriage rides ($6/person)
• Live caroling/musical performances on select nights
• Hot cocoa, wassail and festive holiday drinks
The results also shed light on travel destinations, clothing brands, music, movies and--using data from Google maps--the most popular cities on the Internet, with San Francisco (naturally) leading the pack.
Starting Friday, Colorado visitors will hear a familiar voice greeting them and welcoming them to Denver in the trains at Denver International Airport. Peyton Manning's voice will be played to welcome the passengers over the Christmas season.
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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, whose voice normally greets DIA travelers, offered up Manning as quick substitute.
"For the holidays, I am handing off this very important duty of greeting visitors to our great city to someone known for the best audibles in the business," Hancock said. "Peyton Manning earned this call by going long in his efforts to take the Broncos to another AFC West championship.