Ben Markus

Position: Colorado Public Radio

Colorado firearm sales at record levels in pandemic

Gun sales in Colorado are up more than 80% in April, compared with the same time last year, indicating that the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a run on firearms. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coors to close Denver office

In the face of consistently declining sales, Molson Coors Brewing, among Colorado’s most iconic businesses, plans a major shakeup, moving its headquarters out of the state. “Our business is at an...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

3.2 Beer is gone, but Colorado didn’t notice – sales jumped in January

Colorado beer sales set a new monthly record in January. When grocery and convenience stores started stocking full-strength and craft beers, it wasn’t clear how Colorado’s beer market would...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado cannabis wants to go public, but not everyone is on board

Colorado used to be on top of the cannabis world. As legalization spreads both in the U.S. and abroad, a lack of investor capital here could be the industry’s undoing. “Now we are chasing the...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

After years of big growth, Colorado craft beer is slowing

DENVER (AP) – After years of double and triple digit growth, craft beer is slowing, weighed down by intense competition and even systemic changes to Colorado’s beer market. There are more than 300...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Colorado’s economy winning, but not everyone shares in victory

Colorado’s economy is, by almost any measure, red hot. Job growth, business formation and wages all are up. But even the most robust economy doesn’t serve everyone. Hidden in the averages are...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado medical marijuana sales take a nosedive. Is the end nigh?

Medical cannabis is on the decline. Sales have dropped for 19 straight months in Colorado. That was the expectation as recreational stores took hold, but the data shows the declines have...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado job growth quickens, surprising economists

Colorado has the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the nation. May saw just 2.8 percent of the workforce without a job. Economists say that’s basically full employment, and it should make it...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Protect Colorado has $8.4 million ready to do battle this November

They have more campaign money than any political group in Colorado right now. Protect Colorado, created by the state’s largest oil and gas companies, has raised $8.4 million in contributions to...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado governor’s race: An expensive campaign with a major gap in disclosure

Even in the digital age, TV is still king — at least when it comes to political advertisements. But the way some of those ads are paid for and reported leaves more questions than answers. The...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Gardner to bring bipartisan cannabis bill to Senate floor

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner plans to introduce a bill with Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren that would finally legitimize Colorado’s marijuana industry, potentially opening up banking and a...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

More home construction finally on the way for Colorado?

Contractors obtained almost 4,000 approved building permits to start 2018, the most to start a year since 2001, according to a review of U.S. Census Bureau data. There were 3,875 approved units in...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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