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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Denver, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Denver, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Denver, CO

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Denver, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Denver, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Denver, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Denver, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Denver, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Denver, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Denver, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Denver, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Latest News in Denver, CO

Denver recommends closing a far northeast alternative high school

A small alternative high school in far northeast Denver could close if the school board follows a recommendation from district leaders.Denver Public Schools leaders are recommending that Montbello Career and Technical High School shutter at the end of this school year, partly to make room for another school. Montbello Career and Technical, which serves students who are off track to graduate, shares a campus with an ...

A small alternative high school in far northeast Denver could close if the school board follows a recommendation from district leaders.

Denver Public Schools leaders are recommending that Montbello Career and Technical High School shutter at the end of this school year, partly to make room for another school. Montbello Career and Technical, which serves students who are off track to graduate, shares a campus with an HBCU-style high school, Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy, which opened last year.

But sharing a campus will no longer be viable after this school year, according to the district’s written recommendation. Montbello Career and Technical has about 70 students this year. Robert F. Smith currently has about 150 ninth- and tenth-graders and plans to add 11th and 12th grades over the next two years. The building holds 275 students. If Robert F. Smith adds another class of students next year, the building would be over capacity.

Instead, district leaders are recommending closing Montbello Career and Technical and sending its students to two other alternative schools in far northeast Denver: Vista Academy and Legacy Options High School. Vista Academy is two miles away.

The new Montbello High School, a nearby comprehensive that reopened this fall, also plans to offer credit recovery and GED classes, the recommendation says.

The recommendation to close Montbello Career and Technical is separate from a high-profile discussion about how to consolidate Denver elementary schools. Enrollment is declining in elementary schools, and a district committee has come up with suggested criteria for when to close small schools. But the superintendent has not put it into practice yet.

Alternative schools, which Denver calls pathways schools, would likely be exempt from any closure criteria based on enrollment. Pathways schools are designed to be small to give more individualized attention to students who are at risk of dropping out.

Montbello Career and Technical was previously called P.U.S.H. Academy. Before the district closed the old Montbello High School, it served as the school’s credit recovery program.

The idea for Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy came from a group of Black parents and community leaders in far northeast Denver. In a first-of-its-kind step in 2019, the school board directed the district to work with the group to hone their application to open a new district-run school modeled on historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.

The school board approved the school, then called the Michelle Obama STEAM Academy, in August 2019. (The school was renamed after Robert F. Smith, a Denver graduate described by the district as “a Black American investor, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.”)

But the school didn’t have a location. In November 2020, the board approved temporarily co-locating it with Montbello Career and Technical for two years. It opened in August 2021.

“The district shall continue to search for a long-term facility placement for the Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy,” the school board’s 2020 resolution said. “District staff shall be authorized to take any reasonable actions necessary to facilitate said placement.”

The school board was originally scheduled to hear the closure recommendation at its meeting Thursday. But the board voted to delay the recommendation until Oct. 6. The reason for the delay was so the member who represents northeast Denver, Michelle Quattlebaum, who wasn’t at Thursday’s meeting, could be present for the discussion.

A vote on the closure recommendation has not yet been scheduled.

Melanie Asmar is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, covering Denver Public Schools. Contact Melanie at masmar@chalkbeat.org.

Fitch Affirms City and County of Denver, CO's Wastewater Revs at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings - Austin - 20 Sep 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AAA' rating assigned to the following bonds issued by the City and County of Denver, CO:--Approximately $220.8 million wastewater enterprise revenue bonds.In addition, Fitch has assessed the combined sanitary sewerage and storm drainage system (the system) standalone credit profile (SCP) at 'aaa'.The Rating Outlook is Stable.The affirmation of the 'AAA' rating and 'aaa' SCP assessment reflect the system's extremely strong financial profile in th...

Fitch Ratings - Austin - 20 Sep 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AAA' rating assigned to the following bonds issued by the City and County of Denver, CO:

--Approximately $220.8 million wastewater enterprise revenue bonds.

In addition, Fitch has assessed the combined sanitary sewerage and storm drainage system (the system) standalone credit profile (SCP) at 'aaa'.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The affirmation of the 'AAA' rating and 'aaa' SCP assessment reflect the system's extremely strong financial profile in the context of very strong revenue defensibility and operating risk profile, both assessed at 'aa'. Leverage, as measured by net adjusted debt to adjusted funds available for debt service (FADS), was 2.7x in fiscal 2021, continuing the declining trend seen since 2016.

Fitch's scenario analysis, which is informed by management projections, shows leverage remaining below 5.0x over the next five-year period. Strong margins and a manageable capital improvement plan (CIP) should further result in leverage ratios remaining very robust and consistent with the rating through at least fiscal 2026.

The system provides sanitary sewerage service and storm drainage to approximately 700,000 residents within the city and county of Denver. The city is the site of state government, and it is also the cultural, distribution, entertainment, financial, service and transportation hub of the Rocky Mountain region, a large 10-county metropolitan area.

The system is one of Metro Water Recovery's (MWR) largest customers, representing approximately 45.6% of MWR's 2021 revenues. MWR collects 130 MGD through its existing treatment plant and has ample 220 MGD capacity. Annual expenses are paid in advance and quarterly true-up/true-downs occur. The contract with MWR remains outstanding until bond maturity.

Revenue Defensibility 'aa'

Very Favorable Service Area; Affordable Rates and Fees

The system's revenue is derived 100% from monopolistic revenue sources: wastewater treatment rates and stormwater fees. The strength of the service area reflects Denver's position as an economic anchor. Income and growth rates are midrange and unemployment, while historically very low, continues to improve from recent midrange levels. Customer bills are affordable for the large majority of customers.

Operating Risks 'aa'

Very Strong Operating Risk Profile

The operating cost burden is very low. Capital investment has been very strong and thus results in a favorable life cycle ratio.

Financial Profile 'aaa'

Exceptionally Low Leverage; Neutral Liquidity

Leverage is exceptionally low and should remain below 5.0x for the next five years. Coverage of full obligations (COFO) and liquidity are both favorable, and are thereby neutral to the financial profile.

No asymmetric additional risk considerations affected this rating determination.

Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to positive rating action/upgrade:

--The ratings are at the highest level on Fitch's scale and cannot be upgraded.

Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to negative rating action/downgrade:

--Capital pressure including but not limited to the South Platte restoration project resulting in leverage exceeding 5.0x on a sustained basis;

--Material weakening in the service area combined with reduced affordability.

International scale credit ratings of Sovereigns, Public Finance and Infrastructure issuers have a best-case rating upgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a positive direction) of three notches over a three-year rating horizon; and a worst-case rating downgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a negative direction) of three notches over three years. The complete span of best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings for all rating categories ranges from 'AAA' to 'D'. Best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings are based on historical performance. For more information about the methodology used to determine sector-specific best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings, visit https://www.fitchratings.com/site/re/10111579.

The bonds are secured by a first lien on revenues derived from the city's combined sanitary sewerage and storm drainage systems, after payment of operations and maintenance expenses. Connection fees are not pledged to the bonds.

Revenue defensibility is very strong, with all revenue derived from business lines exhibiting monopolistic characteristics in a service area with very favorable demand characteristics. The service area continues to show healthy customer growth, with continued development in professional and business services sector, education and healthcare, and tourism. Customer growth has likewise been sound, with a five-year average CAGR of about 1%. In 2021, the county's unemployment rate was higher than the national average, but has begun to decline; unemployment has averaged about 81% of the national average over the past five years. Area median household income levels are about 112% of the national average.

As of fiscal 2021, assuming Fitch's standard monthly usage of 6,000 gallons of flows, combined monthly user charges equaled about $65, which Fitch considers affordable for the vast majority of customers (around 84%). After the most recent 2016-2020 rate package, rates beginning in fiscal 2021 will increase based on the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). For 2021 and 2022, these increases were about 3.1% and 3.2%, respectively. The 2023 rate increase is 8.2%, which helps offset inflationary pressure on costs. A new rate study was recently completed in the last year, although there have been no material policy changes to the system yet. Until this occurs, inflationary-based adjustments are automatic for both systems. Nonetheless, rate increases are not expected to materially affect affordability.

Taking into consideration the very low operating cost burden and a similarly low life cycle ratio, the system's operating risk profile is assessed at 'aa'. Specifically, after adjusting for estimated costs associated with the sewer system (60.5% of revenues) and excluding the estimated stormwater portion (39.5%), the operating cost burden was very low at just $4,354 per million gallons (mg) in fiscal 2021. The burden should remain very low given Fitch's expectation for operating cost growth through fiscal 2026.

Capital planning and management is also very strong, with a very low life cycle ratio of 29% in fiscal 2021. The system has historically invested in capital enough to keep this ratio very favorable, as evidenced by a five-year capex-to-depreciation ratio of 373%. The same is expected going forward, as the system's CIP shows capital spending of $346.4 million through 2026, or an average of $69.3 million annually. This is slightly lower than the prior five-year average of $81.6 million, but should help to keep the system investment favorable. The CIP will fund projects to update aging infrastructure, including projects to address citywide storm drainage maintenance, which will help protect against serious drainage problems that may result in flooding.

Along with several partners, the city has been engaged in a planning effort to restore an approximately 6.5 miles of the South Platte. This potential project is initially estimated to cost $700 million, of which 50% are anticipated to be Federally funded. The city and its partners would be responsible for the remaining costs; Denver's share of these costs has yet to be finalized and is not included in the current CIP.

The financial profile is extremely strong, and is assessed at 'aaa'. Leverage finished at an exceptional 2.7x in fiscal 2021, and has remained below 4.0x over the past five years. With over 200 days cash on hand (and approximately 663 days including non-current unrestricted cash) and COFO at 2.6x in fiscal 2021, the liquidity profile is robust although neutral to the financial profile assessment.

Fitch's Analytical Stress Test (FAST)

The FAST considers the potential trend of key ratios in a base case and a stress case. The stress case is designed to impose a capital cost increase of 10% above expected levels and evaluate potential variability in projected key ratios.

Fitch's scenario is informed by management's latest forecast, which includes forecast results for 2022-2026, and the latest CIP. It also includes Fitch's standard assumptions with respect to the treatment of purchases service costs from MWR.

The base case shows leverage improving through fiscal 2026 to 2.1x due to principal amortization and stronger FADS. The FAST stress case shows a similar trend with leverage finishing 2026 at a slightly higher but still extremely low 2.4x.

While the treatment of off-balance sheet debt using Fitch's standard methodology may understate the system's true leverage ratios, leverage assuming the inclusion of the system's allocable share of MWR's debt is expected to be consistent with the financial profile assessment and current rating.

No asymmetric rating factor considerations affected this rating determination.

In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch's applicable criteria specified below, this action was informed by information from Lumesis.

The principal sources of information used in the analysis are described in the Applicable Criteria.

Unless otherwise disclosed in this section, the highest level of ESG credit relevance is a score of '3'. This means ESG issues are credit-neutral or have only a minimal credit impact on the entity, either due to their nature or the way in which they are being managed by the entity. For more information on Fitch's ESG Relevance Scores, visit www.fitchratings.com/esg.

The rated entity (and/or its agents) or, in the case of structured finance, one or more of the transaction parties participated in the rating process except that the following issuer(s), if any, did not participate in the rating process, or provide additional information, beyond the issuer’s available public disclosure.

The ratings above were solicited and assigned or maintained by Fitch at the request of the rated entity/issuer or a related third party. Any exceptions follow below.

Fitch’s international credit ratings produced outside the EU or the UK, as the case may be, are endorsed for use by regulated entities within the EU or the UK, respectively, for regulatory purposes, pursuant to the terms of the EU CRA Regulation or the UK Credit Rating Agencies (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, as the case may be. Fitch’s approach to endorsement in the EU and the UK can be found on Fitch’s Regulatory Affairs page on Fitch’s website. The endorsement status of international credit ratings is provided within the entity summary page for each rated entity and in the transaction detail pages for structured finance transactions on the Fitch website. These disclosures are updated on a daily basis.

9 hikes where you can see fall colors in Colorado

Fall is an incredible time to explore Colorado's mountains on foot.COLORADO, USA — If you like to cover your body with sweaters, sip pumpkin spice lattes and talk about how “Hocus Pocus” is basically the “Citizen Kane” of the 1990s, then fall is the season for you.And since we’ve already introduced you to ...

Fall is an incredible time to explore Colorado's mountains on foot.

COLORADO, USA — If you like to cover your body with sweaters, sip pumpkin spice lattes and talk about how “Hocus Pocus” is basically the “Citizen Kane” of the 1990s, then fall is the season for you.

And since we’ve already introduced you to some fall drives, why not take the next logical step and actually take steps?

Here are nine hikes where you’re guaranteed to see fall colors make Colorado’s spectacular mountain backdrops even more picturesque.

This one is obvious, but if you’re new to the state, it might not be (and, if we didn’t include it, I’m guessing at least one person would email 9NEWS …). On a fall weekend when the leaves are their peak, this iconic spot about an hour and a half from Denver by way of US 285 might look like a busy parking lot, with leaf peepers from all over the state flocking to this scenic valley to catch a glimpse of the aspens in their colorful glory.

There’s a reason for it, though: the views are spectacular.

And, if you venture more than around a quarter-mile from the parking lot, the folks there just for the Instagram opportunities will have already given up and returned to their cars. The Colorado Trail runs on both sides of the highway, and while there aren’t many opportunities for loops, you can hike as long as you want, with glimpses of South Park and of course, plenty of aspen trees, acting as the payoff.

You can find a map and read more about the area online here.

Lost Lake via the Hessie Trail

The Indian Peaks are a gorgeous part of the state that are only around an hour-and-a-half drive from Denver. You’ll be afforded gorgeous views of the aspens on the drive up, as well as during the 4.1-mile hike itself.

Like any even vaguely well-known hike within two hours of metro Denver, this one can get crowded on a weekend, meaning you should leave early to get a parking space and come without a sense of entitlement – after all, the natural world doesn’t belong to you any more than it does anyone else.

The loop has 931 feet in elevation gain, and is dog-friendly, though they must be kept on a leash.

Horse Ranch Park Loop

Kebler Pass is legendary because of its aspen forest, and sure, you can drive it, but there’s no better way to experience Colorado than on foot.

This will be a long drive from Denver, but worth it based on the mountain views alone. This hike is six miles with around 1,102 feet in elevation gain. You’ll top out at 9,948 feet.

Travel Crested Butte recommends going clockwise, starting on the Dark Canyon Trail. This offers solid views from rock outcroppings at the two-mile mark, and a descent back to the parking lot involving thick aspen groves.

You can read a hike report as well as directions from Crested Butte online here.

North Deer Mountain Trail

Any hike in Rocky Mountain National Park is going to be incredible during the fall, but this one gives you the opportunity to bag a summit in the process.

The 6.2-mile round trip hikes offer “beautiful vistas” of the Fall River Valley, Mummy Range and golden aspens, according to Estes Park’s tourism website.

It also might not be as crowded as some of the more iconic hikes in the park, such as Ouzel Falls or Cub Lake (two journeys also worth checking out for the incredible aspens).

The Flash of Gold Trail on Buffalo Pass extends 11.8 miles point to point on Buffalo Pass outside Steamboat, offering incredible views of the gold aspens strewn throughout the valley.

It switchbacks from about 8,200' to 10,100', and since it's an out-and-back, feel free to turn around whenever it feels right.

Get to this spot from the Dry Lake parking lot.

As long as there’s not an epic snowstorm, fall is one of the best times to explore Colorado’s 14ers. It’s less busy and the weather’s actually a bit more reliable than it is in the summer, where thunderstorms are a bit of a norm.

This 7.3-mile out-and-back trail up the extremely popular 14,065-foot peak via Guanella Pass offers you incredible views of aspens and a 360-degree view of the area.

This is common sense, but be sure to get an alpine start if you plan to summit the 14er and to bring lots of extra clothes, food and water. Sure, you might have to wake up early, but the only thing that makes fall colors better is the chance to see them at sunrise.

For more information, tips and photos, click here.

Kind of like Kenosha Pass, you can’t write about fall hikes in Colorado without mentioning the Maroon Bells, even though they might be the most iconic peaks in the state (with my apologies to Pikes Peak).

Unless you’re willing to wake up super early or hang out until after 5 p.m., you typically have to take a shuttle from Aspen to the wilderness area during the busy summer and fall months.

Since it’s a little bit of an adventure to get up there (but worth it), here’s a slightly longer hike.

The Willow Lake Trail starts at Maroon Lake before making its way through alpine meadows, up to Willow Pass and finally to the namesake lake.

DayHikesNearDenver.com calls the trail “difficult, steep and more exposed,” and at 13 miles round trip, it’s not a walk in the park. But hey: anyone can just take a picture in front of the Maroon Bells and call it good. If you’re going to deal with all the hassles to get there, why not do something a bit more epic?

You can find a good guide to the various day hikes around the Bells (lots of them are shorter) and a primer on actually getting there online here.

Reservations are required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area. Shuttle, parking and reservation information is available online here.

This trail near Georgetown is around 6.4 miles, fairly close to the Interstate 70 corridor and offers panoramic views of Summit County and the aspens.

Your payoff is Herman Lake, a super gorgeous high alpine spot surrounded by tundra.

It’s a hike that’s not too far from Denver but comes with a good payoff. And, with a 1,815 total roundtrip elevation gain, it certainly makes you feel like you did something.

There’s a trip report and more great information online here.

This trail near Divide is a 6-mile out-and-back moderate trail on the west side of Pikes Peak.

The hike can be combined with the adjoining Horsethief Falls Trail for a total 12.5-mile trip.

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Colorado Newsline Wins 4 Awards In Colorado Press Association Contest

The results of which were announced during a ceremony Saturday at the Colorado Press Association's annual convention.September 19, 2022Colorado Newsline earned four awards in the 2021 Colorado Press Association Better News Media Contest, the results of which were announced during a ceremony Saturday at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.Former Newsline reporter Moe Clark won three of the awards. Senior reporter Chase Woodruff won the fourth award.Newsline launched in July 2020. It became el...

The results of which were announced during a ceremony Saturday at the Colorado Press Association's annual convention.

September 19, 2022

Colorado Newsline earned four awards in the 2021 Colorado Press Association Better News Media Contest, the results of which were announced during a ceremony Saturday at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.

Former Newsline reporter Moe Clark won three of the awards. Senior reporter Chase Woodruff won the fourth award.

Newsline launched in July 2020. It became eligible for CPA membership in July 2021 and was accepted for membership the following month. The 2021 CPA contest was the first for which Newsline could submit entries.

This is what Newsline’s journalists won:

Former Newsline reporter Moe Clark. (Mark Leffingwell for Colorado Newsline)

Moe Clark, former reporter

First place, best public service project, for “Guide: What you need to know about evictions in Colorado right now,” also published in Spanish, “Guía: Qué necesitas saber sobre los desalojos en Colorado en este momento.”

First place, best series or sustained coverage, for Clark’s reporting on housing, such as “Colorado’s housing crisis touches every inch of the state. Lawmakers hope $400 million will help.

Second place, best feature story, for “Colorado’s Second Chance Center is redefining what success looks like after incarceration.”

Newsline senior reporter Chase Woodruff (Mark Leffingwell for Colorado Newsline)

Chase Woodruff, senior reporter

Second place, best series or sustained coverage, for “Smokescreen,” a four-part Newsline investigation into a culture of secrecy and political meddling at Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division.

Earlier this year, Colorado Newsline took home 15 awards, including nine for first place, in the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter’s 2022 Top of the Rockies contest.

Democracy functions only when people have access to reliable information about government and society. Colorado Newsline’s mission is to be a trusted source of such information. Newsline is nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent, and it provides fair and accurate reporting on politics, policy and other stories of interest to Colorado readers

Denver sets record for most 90 degree days in September

Denver could break a record Tuesday for most September 90 degree days in history, and will make a run for warmest September in history.DENVER — It hit 92 degrees in Denver Monday, which is the 9th 90-degree day this September. That sets a record for the most all-time, tied with four other Septembers. And there’s a chance it could hit 90 again on Tuesday to break that record.It already hit 90 degrees ten times this year at the Denver Central Park weather station, and it also hit 90 degrees 10 times in ...

Denver could break a record Tuesday for most September 90 degree days in history, and will make a run for warmest September in history.

DENVER — It hit 92 degrees in Denver Monday, which is the 9th 90-degree day this September. That sets a record for the most all-time, tied with four other Septembers. And there’s a chance it could hit 90 again on Tuesday to break that record.

It already hit 90 degrees ten times this year at the Denver Central Park weather station, and it also hit 90 degrees 10 times in Central Park in 2017. Still, Denver International Airport is the city's official climate station.

The benchmark of 90 degrees is a good way to track Denver's heat.

It only hits that temperature 46 times a year on average, but this year it's hit 90 degrees 66 times. That’s 3rd most in history and the 8th consecutive year above the average.

The record is 75 days set in 2020.

But there’s good news for those starving for cooler afternoons in Denver. Tuesday will likely be the last time we see a 90-degree temperature in the forecast until May. That's when Denver's average first 90-degree days come.

The Fall Equinox is on Thursday, and it's only hit 90 degrees in Denver after September 22 six times over the past 30 years.

The American weather forecast model (GFS) is showing a slight heatwave next week but highs only reaching the middle 80s.

The model is not showing any really cold temperatures either. This could be the first September in 7 years where the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees.

So far the coldest temperature this September is 43 degrees.

So with the relatively warm lows and all the 90s, it may be no surprise that this could be the hottest September ever recorded in Denver. It will be close, but at this point, the computer model is predicting a 3rd place finish behind September of 2019 and 2015.

Of course, we didn't have to wait until the Equinox to escape the 90s -- you could have just gone up in elevation.

It only hit 90 degrees three times the whole year in Evergreen, and up in Summit County -- it still has never hit 90 degrees in Dillon. The National Weather Service has had a weather station there since 1914. The warmest temperature ever recorded there was 89 degrees back in 1939.

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