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Denver contributor round-up: Local pieces you may have missed this week

Mike Romano
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Now that the holidays are over, we're going to get back to delivering the news from writers in the Denver area. Each week, I'll round up some light-fare stories that you may have missed over the past week. Everyone knows where to find the big headlines and the front page stories, but I'll be focusing on highlighting some pieces by NewsBreak's Contributor Network that are worth checking out in case they didn't end up on your feed. This week we'll check out a restaurant offering oyster-shucking lessons, a 9-1-1 dispatcher who helped deliver a baby over the phone and how to recycle your Christmas tree and lights.

Denver restaurant offers all-you-can-eat oysters and shucking lessons
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Why we love this: If you enjoy learning new things, getting your hands dirty or just eating as many oysters as you possibly can, Il Posto has you covered. The restaurant in Denver’s River North neighborhood is offering oyster-shucking lessons on Jan. 20 with registration required. Contributor Brittany Anas details the experience and notes that the lesson comes with all-you-can-eat oysters.

Advocates ask Denver council to require all-electric new homes
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Why we love this: Local government is important, and it always starts with the people. Climate activists in Denver are pushing for the city to require all-electric new homes and to incorporate it into new building codes. Contributor David Heitz breaks down the proposal and brings in some climate policy analysts to shed some light on the issue.

Natural Grocers to hold Grand Opening for Denver's Central Park location
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Why we love this: Because everyone loves a grand opening. Natural Grocers opened its 44th Colorado location and contributor Inna D has the scoop. The organic and natural grocery retailer cut the ribbon Saturday, but the store is offering customers the chance to win various prizes over the next two weeks. Plus, customers can enjoy discounts up to 50% through the end of the month.

Recycle holiday lights, trees in Denver
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Why we love this: We're sending it back to contributor David Heitz, who provides helpful information for anyone who doesn't know what to do with their Christmas tree or faulty lights. The City of Denver offers an easy way to dispose of broken strands of lights, and through its 'Treecycle' program, residents can visit local recycling centers so it can be turned into free mulch.

Douglas County 911 dispatcher assists in over-the-phone birth
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Why we love this: Even though it didn't happen in Denver, we can still appreciate this true hero. Douglas County Regional 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher Brianna Ott had her hands full, figuratively, when she received an early-morning call on Jan. 3 from a woman going into labor. She successfully coached the new parents through the experience and relied on her training to get everyone through it.

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