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New cannabis manufacturing facility to open in St. Louis this month



New cannabis manufacturing facility to open in St. Louis this month

ST. LOUIS – A Michigan-based company will open a new cannabis manufacturing facility in St. Louis starting this month.

C3 Industries is a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis company with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to a press release.

The 15,000-square-foot facility will produce high-quality concentrates and cartridges under the company’s brand “Galactic Meds.” Those products will be made available for sale early next year.

C3 has partnered with Kiva Confections to bring its “award-winning,” premium edible brands to Missouri, including Lost Farm gummies, Camino gummies, Petra mints, Terra chocolate bites, and Kiva Bars. The Kiva line will be launched sometime next year, according to the press release.

The St. Louis facility also will produce C3’s own line of cannabis concentrates, cartridges, and pre-rolls called “Cloud Cover Cannabis,” beginning late next year.

“Products manufactured in this facility will supply dispensary locations across the state of Missouri, including C3’s five High Profile Cannabis Shop locations in St. Charles, Columbia, St. Robert, Cape Girardeau, and Sunset Hills,” the press release states.

In 2018, C3 began production operations in a 36,000-square-foot indoor cultivation and manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. Within six months, the company’s “Cloud Cover Cannabis” premium indoor flower brand became one of Oregon’s top cannabis brands.

The company then launched facilities in Michigan and Massachusetts this past October.

“C3 is proud of our track record of working closely with the communities in which we operate facilities, supporting local organizations, and employing local residents, and St. Louis will be no exception,” C3 Industries CEO Ankur Rungta said in the press release.

“Our partnership with Kiva, one of the country’s most popular cannabis brands, is a testament to our expert manufacturing capabilities and is an exciting milestone for C3. We look forward to producing best-in-class cannabis products in the new facility and supplying Missouri dispensaries with a portfolio of best-selling products across all categories.”

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Denver’s best podcasts for 2022 include alien conspiracies, stoner culture, police reform and more



Denver’s best podcasts for 2022 include alien conspiracies, stoner culture, police reform and more

Emmy-winning director and playwright donnie l. betts ignored the pull of podcasts for nearly a decade — despite knowing his 23-year-old, nationally acclaimed radio show would likely go digital at some point.

“To me, the magic of it is doing it in front of a live audience,” said betts, whose “Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days” this month released an MLK Day-relevant episode about the 1955 Mississippi lynching of Emmett Till.

“One of our last, pre-pandemic shows at the Newman Center (at the University of Denver) was about gun violence,” said betts, referring to “Tale of the Bullet,” which featured professional musicians and actors. “We had (Colorado State Rep.) Tom Sullivan, one of the parents of an Aurora theater shooting victim, on to talk about it, and other people touched by it who have never really had the chance to discuss the loss of their loved one.”

“Destination Freedom” has continued to evolve since joining the podcasting world in 2013, with downloads and streams replacing most of the 170 public and commercial radio stations it once aired on.

It’s only one of several projects from betts — he’s working on the “Stop Resisting” documentary on policing in America — that’s eliciting national attention, alongside a host of newly relevant Colorado podcasts that have carved out audiences during the pandemic.

“Guardians of the River,” a deeply reported series from Denver writer and producer Cat Jaffee, last year won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Nonfiction Podcast, amid others. It required more than two years of reporting and thousands of miles of travel to paint its nuanced portrait of the pristine Okavango water system and the modern threats it faces.

Fortunately, Jaffee had support from big-name collaborators National Geographic and the Wild Bird Trust.

AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Podcaster donnie l. betts poses for a portrait while discussing his career behind the mic on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. His “Destination Freedom” podcast recounts Civil Rights movement struggles and looks forward to greater social and racial justice. Though a radio drama, betts does have a portion of the show dedicated to interviewing who he describes as, “people who get sh*t done.”

“I had to drive the length of the African continent seven times, I got malaria and dengue fever, and I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer (while in Africa),” said Jaffee, the founder of Denver’s House of Pod incubator, which has worked to bring women and marginalized groups into podcasting. “But even as podcasting means so many different people, there are these broad assumptions about it. … You’re having unbelievably, meticulously researched work coming out next to someone who recorded their show in an hour.”

That’s not a bad thing, Jaffee said, as House of Pod stands for open access to this media. But audience assumptions about podcasting can work against budding hosts.

Jaffe estimated the cost of a professionally produced podcast at $10,000 per episode, although industry averages are closer to $20,000, she said, given the complexity of writing, fact-checking, editing, music, design and other considerations. Most people don’t have those budgets, and her House of Pod has supported dozens of podcasts since opening in 2018.

In October, Jaffee warned supporters that House of Pod might close due to a mixture of pandemic and funding challenges. That has since been revised, fortunately, as her five-member staff shifted to contract work and her brick-and-mortar location, at 2565 Curtis St., began renting out its studio and focusing on production.

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House of Pod founder Cat Jaffee, left, records field interviews in African while researching her award-winning podcast, “Guardians of the River,” a collaboration with National Geographic and the Wild Bird Trust. (Provided by House of Pod)

Creating podcasts that stand the test of time  — unknowable until that time has passed — gives listeners a stockpile of bingeable material. But there are early candidates. Last fall, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s insightful “How Art is Born” podcast allowed Regis University professor and writer R. Alan Brooks to interview different artists (not just comics artists) after he created dozens of episodes of his Black-comics podcast, “Motherf***** in a Cape,” which was formerly recorded live at Munity Information Cafe.

“There are people in the podcasting world who wouldn’t have shows anywhere else right now,” said Brooks, also a  guest on podcasts that have combined feminism and pop-culture nerdery, Black culture and social justice, and lesbian issues and comics. “There’s such a low barrier to entry that you don’t have these gatekeepers trying to box you out. But the audience has definitely become more fractured.”

There are too many Denver-based newsletters, public-radio deep-dives and grassroots cultural titles to list here. But we’ve got a few favorites. If you don’t see yours here, check out past podcast guides and features.

“He’s Just 23 Chromosomes“ Colorado College student Anya Steinberg last year won National Public Radio’s grand prize in the Student Podcast Challenge: College Edition, for this savvy, short-format work. It follows the search for her birth father and its surprising results, according to Corey Hutchins, an instructor at Colorado College’s Journalism Institute. Steinberg also created the “New Narratives” podcast, which showed up on a recent list of the best Asian-American podcasts.

“Within“ How many podcasts are recorded inside prisons? (Not many, we’d wager.) This award-winning show is “committed to shifting the conversation on who is in prison, specifically within the Colorado Department of Corrections,” according to the DU Prison Arts Initiative. The brilliantly humanizing, entertaining series is usually recorded at a trio of Colorado correctional facilities, with Season 1 available as of September 2019, and the virtually crafted Season 2 arriving in September.

“Systemic“ There are plenty of worthy, public-radio podcasts emanating from Colorado that dissect the social, cultural and legislative issues of our time. But there’s only one that’s laser-focused on police reform and other issues facing Black Americans. Host and producer Jo Erickson steers clear of pat explanations in this fascinating, four-part Colorado Public Radio look at historical and contemporary racial injustice, police violence and reform, which launched last spring.

“The Confessional“ Denver-based New York Times best-selling author (thrice, even), recovering alcoholic and Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber finds drama and catharsis in “The Confessional,” an interview-based show that offers “a carwash for people’s shame and secrets.” Religion-themed podcasts are often choir-preaching affairs, but “The Confessional” is a frank, sometimes profane interrogation of faith and second chances that can be a strong complement to 12-step programs and therapy (trust me) — or just make for riveting listening.

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Broncos offense by the numbers: A review of another season out of the playoffs



Broncos offense by the numbers: A review of another season out of the playoffs

A sixth consecutive year out of the playoffs and a sixth consecutive season finishing 22nd or worst in points scored. It was another sub-par year for the Broncos’ offense. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the 2021 season through NFL statistics and The Denver Post’s game charting:

In the rankings

The Broncos’ offensive rankings after Games 4, 8, 12 and 17:

Season Yards (rank) Points (rank)
Game 4 353.8 (17) 20.8 (T21)
Game 8 338.3 (21) 19.6 (21)
Game 12 343.9 (20) 19.8 (23)
Final 330.5 (19) 19.7 (T23)

High yardage game: 421 in the Week 6 loss vs. Las Vegas.

Low yardage game: 158 in the Week 17 loss at Las Vegas.

High scoring game: 38 (38-10 win over Detroit in Week 14).

Low scoring game: 7 (23-7 loss to Baltimore in Week 4).

Notes: The Broncos were 6-2 when scoring at least 23 points. … In their seven wins, they averaged 27 points; in their 10 losses, they averaged 14.6 points. … They totaled more than 400 yards offense in four games (3-1 record).

Playing time: 1,081 snaps

QB: Teddy Bridgewater 844, Drew Lock 234 and Brett Rypien 3.

RB: Javonte Williams 551, Melvin Gordon 514, Mike Boone 25 and Damarea Crockett 5.

WR: Courtland Sutton 920, Tim Patrick 849, Jerry Jeudy 412, Kendall Hinton 258, KJ Hamler 88, Diontae Spencer 54, Seth Williams 49, Tyrie Cleveland 29, David Moore 23, John Brown 12 and Travis Fulgham 2.

TE: Noah Fant 843, Albert Okwuegbunam 412, Eric Saubert 290 and Andrew Beck 55.

OL: Lloyd Cushenberry 1,039, Garett Bolles 870, Dalton Risner 832, Bobby Massie 796, Quinn Meinerz 632, Graham Glasgow 384, Netani Muti 317, Cam Fleming 285, Calvin Anderson 172, Austin Schlottmann 52 and Quinn Bailey 40.

Notes: The Broncos’ high and low snap totals were both against Las Vegas — 81 in Week 6 and 42 in Week 17. … Cushenberry has played every snap in his 32-game career, missing one game this year (COVID-19). … Meinerz didn’t miss a snap once he replaced Glasgow at halftime of the Week 9 win at Dallas. … In the running back rotation, Gordon had more snaps nine times, Williams six times and they played equally in two games. … Among the receivers, Sutton led in snaps in eight games, Patrick seven games and Patrick/Sutton were tied in two games.

Making big plays

Any rush of at least 12 yards and completion of 16 yards is determined to be an “explosive” play.

The Broncos had 102 explosive plays (66 passes/36 rushes) for an average of 6.0 per game. They had 101 in 2018, 93 in ’19 and 113 last year.

The high total this year was 12 at Dallas (six passes/six rushes), the only game this year with more than eight. The low total was one at Cleveland (one pass).

Explosive rushes: Melvin Gordon 16, Javonte Williams 16, Mike Boone 2, Teddy Bridgewater 1 and Drew Lock 1. The high rushing mark was six against Dallas and they had none in losses at Cleveland and Las Vegas. Gordon had the longest rush of the year (70-yard touchdown at the Giants).

Explosive receptions: Tim Patrick 15, Courtland Sutton 13, Noah Fant 10, Jerry Jeudy 10, Albert Okwuegbunam 6, Melvin Gordon 3, Javonte Williams 3, Kendall Hinton 2, KJ Hamler 2, Mike Boone 1, Seth Williams 1. The high passing mark was six in the wins over the Jets and Dallas and the loss at the Chargers. The low mark was one in the loss at Cleveland. The longest completion of the year was 64 yards to Okwuegbunam and the longest touchdown catch was 44 yards by Patrick.

Scoring story

The Broncos’ 335 points averaged out to 19.7 points per game (tied for 23rd in the league), but slightly less than last year’s 20.2-point average (323 total points). The offense scored 16 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns.

The average length of their rushing touchdowns was 12.6 yards. They had three of at least 20 yards — Melvin Gordon 70 at the Giants and 47 vs. Kansas City and Drew Lock 23 yards vs. Kansas City.

The average length of their passing touchdowns was 12.5 yards. They had three of at least 25 yards — 39 by Courtland Sutton at Pittsburgh and 44 and 25 yards by Tim Patrick at Dallas and vs. Cincinnati, respectively.

Quarterback file

Distance of touchdown passes by the Broncos’ quarterbacks:

Teddy Bridgewater (18): 2, 4, 12, 14, 3, 2, 39, 23, 4, 12, 8, 10, 15, 44, 1, 13, 10 and 4 yards.

Drew Lock (2): 25 and 5 yards.

Cumulative statistics for the quarterbacks:

Attempts: 541 (24th).

Completions: 354 (tied 22nd).

Passing yards: 3,856 (20th).

Completion percentage: 65.4% (18th).

Touchdowns: 20 (tied 25th).

Interceptions: 9 (fifth-fewest).

Passer rating: 91.7 (15th).

20-plus yards: 46 (20th).

40-plus yards: 7 (tied 21st).

Sacked: 40 (tied 11th-most).

Notes: On attempts of at least 16 “air” yards, the Broncos were 34-of-94 passing for 995 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. … Bridgewater was 7-3 when he did not throw an interception and 6-0 when he had a passer rating of at least 100. … Bridgewater had six multi-touchdown games.

Dropped passes

The Broncos were booked for 17 dropped passes, the same total as in 2019 and down from the 23 drops in 2020. They did not have a drop in five games (wins over Jacksonville, Dallas and the Chargers and losses to Baltimore and at Cleveland). Their high number was four drops in the loss at Las Vegas.

Individual drops: Tim Patrick 3, Courtland Sutton 3, Javonte Williams 3, Albert Okwuegbunam 2, Eric Saubert 2, KJ Hamler 1, Melvin Gordon 1, Jerry Jeudy 1 and Noah Fant 1.

Notes: Patrick did not have a drop in 2020. … Jeudy had 10 in 16 games in 2020 but only one in 10 games this year. … No Broncos player had multiple drops in the same game.

Under pressure

Opponents rushed five or more players against the Broncos on 155 of 627 drop-backs (24.7%), down from 2019 (24.8%) and ’20 (27.9%).

High percentage: 40% by Washington (12 of 30). In games with at least 40 drop-backs, the high mark was 36.4% by Baltimore (16 of 44).

Low percentage: 6.9% by Las Vegas in the first meeting (four of 58). In games with at least 40 drop-backs, the low mark was 13.9% by Cleveland (five of 36).

Against extra rushers, Broncos quarterbacks were 88-of-127 passing for 1,072 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and 13 sacks.

Pass protection

For the fourth season, The Post charged quarterback sacks, knockdowns and pressures to compile “disruption” totals.

The Broncos were booked for 169 disruptions (40 sacks. 47 knockdowns and 82 pressures) for an average of 9.9 per game. In 2019-20, the Broncos allowed 137 disruptions in 2019 (8.6 per game) and 158 disruptions in ’20 (9.9 per game).

Most disruptions: 22 by Las Vegas in the first meeting (five sacks, eight knockdowns and nine pressures). The season high for sacks allowed was five apiece to Baltimore and the Raiders.

Fewest disruptions: Four by Detroit (one sack, two knockdowns and one pressure). The Broncos low for sacks allowed was one in six games.

Sacks by down: First down — 16; Second down — 12; Third down — 11; Fourth down — 1.

Sacks by number of pass rushers: Three — 2; Four — 25; Five –10; Six — 2; Misc. — 1 (quarterback tripped).

Fastest sack: 1.72 seconds by Kansas City (first meeting).

Individual breakdown:

Player Sacks-QBH-QBP Total
Unblocked 3-11-14.5 28.5
Bobby Massie 3-6-17 26
Garett Bolles 5.5-7-12.5 25
Dalton Risner 4-6-7 17
Lloyd Cushenberry 5.5-3.5-3 12
Graham Glasgow 1.5-4.5-5 11.5
Netane Muti 4-2-1 7
Quinn Meinerz 0.5-2-2 4.5
Cam Fleming 0-0-4 4

Notes: The Post booked six sacks on the opponent’s coverage. … Bolles’ play dipped — he allowed only a half-sack and 9 1/ 2 total disruptions in 2020. … Cushenberry’s total decreased from 19 as a rookie. … Risner wasn’t booked for a sack in ’20, but four this year.

Run-game recap

Rushing yards: 2,025 (13th).

Pct. of rushing plays: 43.9% (11th).

Rushing attempts: 455 (tied 14th).

Yards per attempt: 4.5 (tied seventh).

Rushing touchdowns: 16 (tied 14th).

10-yard rushes: 55 (10th).

20-yard rushes: 10 (tied 14th).

First-and-10 rushing yards: 930 (20th).

Individual leaders: Carries — 203 (Melvin Gordon/Javonte Williams). Yards — Gordon 918, Williams 903. Touchdowns — Gordon 8, Williams 4. 100-yard games — Gordon 101 at the Giants, 111 vs. Detroit and 110 vs. Kansas City and Williams 111 at Dallas and 102 at Kansas City.

The Broncos were 4-3 when they rushed for at least 125 yards (high of 191 vs. Kansas City) and 4-3 when they had at least 30 rushing attempts (high of 41 at Dallas). The low marks were both at Las Vegas (16 attempts and 18 yards).

The Post labels any rushing attempt that gains one or fewer yards (not including short-yardage or goal-line) as a “bad” run play. The Broncos had 112 “bad” run plays this year (111 last year in 16 games). The high game was 10 against the Jets, the low game three vs. Baltimore and at Cleveland. The Broncos were booked for 39 “bad” run plays in their last five games (1-4 record).

Individual leaders in “bad” run blocks: Unblocked player 36, Dalton Risner 10, Lloyd Cushenberry 8 1/2, Garett Bolles 8, Quinn Meinerz 7 1/2, Noah Fant 7, Eric Saubert 4 1/2, Austin Schlottmann 4, Bobby Massie 4, Cam Fleming 3, Calvin Anderson 3, Graham Glasgow 2 1/2, Tim Patrick 2 1/2, Netane Muti 2 and Albert Okwuegbunam 2.

Protecting the football

A year after leading the NFL in giveaways (32, up from 16 in 2019) and having a league-worst differential (minus-16, down from plus-1 in ’19), the Broncos’ 18 takeaways this year were tied for sixth-fewest and their plus-1 differential was 15th.

The Broncos were 6-1 with a plus-differential (only loss at Las Vegas), 0-7 with a minus-differential and 1-2 when it was even. The high game was plus-3 at Las Vegas and the low game was minus-4 in the first Raiders game.

The Broncos scored 56 points off takeaways and allowed 45 points off giveaways. They played turnover-free in four games (3-1 record).

Turnovers by player: Teddy Bridgewater 8 (seven interceptions/one fumble), Melvin Gordon 3, Drew Lock 3 (two interceptions/one fumble), Diontae Spencer 2, Albert Okwuegbunam 1 and Javonte Williams 1.

On third down

The Broncos ranked 21st on third down (38.5%, 82 of 213); they were 30th in 2019 (31.7%) and 26th in ’20 (38.7%).

Best game: 72.7% (8 of 11) in the first Chargers game. The Broncos were at 50% of better in five games (4-1 record).

Worst game: 9.1% (1 of 11) against Philadelphia. The Broncos were at 25% of lower in six games (1-5 record).

3 or fewer yards to go: 40 of 63 (63.5%).

4-7 yards to go: 18 of 52 (34.6%).

8 or more yards to go: 24 of 100 (24.0%).

The Broncos’ longest conversion was a third-and-14 (Teddy Bridgewater 40-yard pass to Kendall Hinton) at Dallas.

Flags flying

The Broncos’ 83 enforced penalties for 711 yards were both sixth-fewest in the league. The high penalty mark was 10 at Jacksonville, the high yardage 101 at Jacksonville, the low penalty mark two apiece at Cleveland and vs. Detroit and the low yardage 15 at Cleveland.

Individual penalties on offense (49): Noah Fant 8, Garett Bolles 6, Lloyd Cushenberry 6, Albert Okwuegbunam 5, Courtland Sutton 5, Teddy Bridgewater 3, Dalton Risner 2, Graham Glasgow 2, Quinn Meinerz 2, Tim Patrick 2, Team 2, Kendall Hinton 1, Javonte Williams 1, Jerry Jeudy 1, Eric Saubert 1, Cam Fleming 1 and Bobby Massie 1.

Drawn penalties: Bridgewater 6, Sutton 6, Patrick 4, Drew Lock 3, Lloyd Cushenberry 2, Jeudy 2, Fant 1, Williams 1, Melvin Gordon 1 and Kendall Hinton 1.

In the red zone

The Broncos ranked 22nd in red zone touchdown percentage (54.7% — 29 of 53), up from 28th in 2019 (47.6%) and 27th in ’20 (53.3%).

The offense had five red zone turnovers, up from four in 2020.

Their best game was 5 of 5 vs. Detroit and their worst game 1 of 5 vs. Philadelphia.

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Pick 6: Odds on NFL’s divisional round weekend, Von Miller wins Super Bowl MVP and more



Dolphins’ Brandon Jones to miss second straight game; Jaelan Phillips active vs. Giants

And then were eight.

The NFL’s postseason kicked off with mostly favorites advancing (sorry, Cowboys fans) in the wild-card round.

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