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Servicios de la Raza has come a long way since it began as a small group of individuals providing mental-health services for Denver's Chicano/Latino community more than four decades ago. Over the years, it has become a critical resource, offering substance-abuse programs, youth-education services, domestic-violence survivor support, food and health assistance, job training and more. As Denver has grown, Servicios has grown with it — and has continued to help the ever-expanding global-immigrant, low-income and Spanish-speaking populations feel at home in the Mile High City.

Thanks to the Internet, fangirls have ample content to consume. Sometimes, though, there's a downside to having too much information — especially when it's scattered. That's why University of Denver senior Raine Giorgio launched NerdNest (, the first-ever social-media sharing device and one-stop shop for fangirls (and fanboys, too). The free, gender-neutral site, released this winter, is the best place for fans to make their own nests — mini-blogs, essentially, where they can aggregate content in a safe environment.

Not since the halcyon days of coach Sonny Lubick have the CSU Rams been so much fun to watch. During an NCAA era when small-conference schools are supposedly irrelevant, the squad was impossible to ignore, thanks to signature performances like a hard-fought road win over Boston College. Major credit is owed to quarterback Garrett Grayson, who went from being a virtual unknown to a hot NFL prospect over the course of a few short months. But the team as a whole was the football equivalent of the Little Engine That Could, and even though its bowl defeat to Utah was disappointing, it couldn't ruin the gridiron memories that preceded it.

Readers' choice: University of Denver Pioneers Hockey

It's the rare spot that combines cheesy production values with celebrity star power and vintage-ad satire — but this commercial for local company Bailey's Moving & Storage pulls off that tricky trifecta. It begins with a man clearly overwhelmed by the task of packing up all his stuff. Fortunately, a trio of Bailey's experts arrives, with the one in the middle catching every item the customer hurls in his direction. And no wonder! Seconds later, he opens his shirt, Superman-style, to reveal that he's Chris Harris, Broncos cornerback! Then, as a capper, Harris nods to the '70s-vintage Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial in which the Pittsburgh Steeler tosses a jersey to a kid — except Harris gives the boy who calls out to him a Bailey's work shirt. Score!

There's a perception that any television personality can excel on the radio, but this rarely proves true: TV and radio call for distinctly different skill sets, and plenty of people who've made a good living reading what others have written flounder when required to speak for themselves. But Susie Wargin, who's best known at this point for her work at 9News, is a natural, for logical reasons: She's a radio veteran, having worked at both KTCL and KBPI (and doing sideline reporting for KOA) in addition to her on-camera sports anchoring and reporting. Now she's proving to be just as adept as an afternoon-show talker, interacting smoothly and wittily with co-host Dave Logan, whatever the subject. Her warm demeanor may not make drivers forget about being stuck in traffic, but thanks to Wargin, those jams seem a lot more tolerable.

Readers' choice: Slacker and Steve

Kyle Clark has a couple of things that many other TV anchors lack: a personality and a sense of humor. He boasts legitimate journalistic skills, too, as last year's encounter with a talking-point-fixated Representative Mike Coffman demonstrated, so he's not out of his depth when the subjects demand straightforward, serious delivery. But Clark also knows how to subtly comment on material with a simple shift of tone when doing so is appropriate, and he's comfortable tweaking the conventions of the form, most memorably during his manifesto about boring photos of snowy patios. Oh, yeah: His eyes are nice, too.

Readers' choice: Kyle Clark

Weather is important to TV viewers in Colorado, which is why stations dedicate so many of their resources and so much of their time to its coverage. But when the forecast is within the normal range, even the flashiest graphics can't disguise the dullness of many weather purveyors. That's when Lisa Hidalgo's skills shine through. She's not just funny, she's downright sassy, with a rare ability to keep viewers watching even when the conditions haven't changed for a week straight.

Readers' choice: Kathy Sabine, 9News

Unlike those stations that make their personalities conform to rigid hairstyle standards — to the degree that all of them look as if they're wearing identical helmets — Fox31 allows staffers to express themselves by way of their follicles, and sports reporter Raul Martinez takes full advantage. His coiffure is bracingly youthful, proudly peaking on top and frequently jutting out in different directions, hipster-style. The result is cool in a way that TV hair usually isn't — but we wish it were.

Readers' choice: Kyle Clark

For TV personalities insecure about their hair, we imagine it would be a terrible burden to work at the same station as Corey Rose, our 2014 Best Hair winner, and the possessor of enough of the stuff to keep Locks of Love fully stocked for years. But there's no backdown in weekend anchor Christine Nöel. Rather than compete with Rose in terms of sheer volume (a losing proposition if ever there was one), she counters with a sleek, modernistic mane that suggests a brunette flower just about to open. Don't rest on your laurels, Corey. It's on!

Readers' choice: Adele Arakawa

Since 2009, Eden Lane has been hoofing her heels all over Denver to cover the burgeoning performing-arts and media beats, using a scant crew to grab an interview with new talents and introduce them to the world via her weekly, self-produced In Focus show on Colorado Public Television (Channel 12 to those in Denver). Always professional, effervescent, creative and dressed to kill, Lane's recent openness on living life as a trans woman just might bring her to national eyes as a role model for how journalism should be done.

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