By Matt Schubert
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Happy Thursday, Roundup readers!
Bomb Cyclone 2.0 has come and gone, and if we’re being honest, it ended up being a bit of a dud — at least by 1.0 standards.
With today National Pet Day, I think that deserves a tail wag.
Hopefully you’ve already cozied up next to your favorite puppers and let he or she know how much you appreciate their infinite funk.
Since they probably forgot to fetch the paper, I’ll do the honors and deliver the news…
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+ Today’s Weather: Shouldn’t we be done with this by now?
+ From the Editorial Board: “Drop the hysterics over a reasonable oil and gas reform bill”
+ Ask Amy: Hefty and Confused‘s wife dropped 100 pounds and now he’s having a hard time finding her sexually attractive. Is there anything he can do?
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Penfield Tate: Former lawmaker decries development he says is changing Denver
Denver Mayoral candidate Penfield Tate poses in front of his van, the first vehicle that he’s ever owned home March 29, 2019. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
“The quality of life and the things that made Denver, Denver, are disappearing.”
Denver mayoral candidate Penfield Tate
In his second bid to become Denver’s mayor, Penfield Tate is running on the idea that the city has fallen into disarray by ignoring the fundamentals, whether about government ethics or supercharged development.
Now more than 15 years removed from his last foray into elected politics, the former state legislator is testing whether warnings about development can find an audience in a changing city, Andy Kenney writes.
More denver mayor’s race profiles
+ The reckoning of Denver’s boomtown mayor: Can Michael Hancock survive success?
+ Jamie Giellis: Denver transplant and former RiNo leader tries to strike a balance on development
+ Lisa Calderón: Can the establishment’s sharpest critic change Denver’s power structure?
Colorado regulators prepare to hit the ground running when oil and gas bill becomes law
Two oil wells sit in a field near residential homes in Thornton in 2018. (Eric Lutzens, The Denver Post)
With the controversial oil and gas bill headed to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk, state officials aren’t wasting any time in preparing for a change in the way the industry is regulated in Colorado.
The legislation, passed by the Colorado General Assembly last week, gives Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Jeff Robbins 30 days after the bill takes effect to release a new set of criteria the agency can use to review applications that raise health and safety concerns or are challenged by local communities, Judith Kohler reports.
“We’re working on that now,” Robbins said. “There’s no reason to wait for 30 days.”
Spring snowstorm packs a punch, but it’s no “bomb cyclone”
An abandoned car lies off Highway 36 as snow falls on April 10, 2019 in Boulder. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
A soggy spring snowstorm blew into Colorado on Wednesday, shutting down a stretch of Interstate 76 and postponing Rockies and Rapids games, but the storm didn’t appear to measure up to the “bomb cyclone” that ransacked the northeast corner of the state last month, marooning motorists and cutting power to tens of thousands, John Aguilar writes.
More from Wednesday’s storm
+ Colorado snow totals for April 10, 2019
+ Colorado Weather: From 70s to 20s within one day
+ Denver metro area school and government office closures, April 11, 2019
+ PHOTOS: Spring snowstorm hits Denver metro, April 10, 2019
+ Bomb Cyclone 2.0 hits Front Range? Depends on whom you ask.
By The Numbers
Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after making a three over Andrew Wiggins (22) of the Minnesota Timberwolves to take the lead with 31 seconds left during the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 99-95 win on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
+ NBA Western Conference playoff seed for the Denver Nuggets, who will face the San Antonio Spurs after rallying from 11 points down to beat Minnesota on Wednesday night.
+ NHL Western Conference playoff seed for the Colorado Avalanche, an underdog you can believe in that opens its first-round series against the Calgary Flames tonight.
+ Number of new craft and independent brewers that launched operations in 2018, according to Bart Watson, the Boulder-based Brewers Association‘s chief economist.
+ Amount of money the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office will pay a grandmother they arrested, strapped into a restraint chair and stunned twice with a Taser — all while she was naked and had committed no crime.
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A scene from 1992’s “Cool World,” directed by Ralph Bakshi. (Provided by Ralph Bakshi)
+ For something off the beaten path this weekend, consider visiting the Denver Indie Comics & Art Expo. — The Know
+ President Trump’s new attorney general has endorsed Sen. Cory Gardner’s bill protecting states that have legalized marijuana.
+ A driver died after colliding with a snowplow at Denver International Airport on Wednesday night.
+ The University of Colorado has selected Mark Kennedy, a former Minnesota congressman, as the sole finalist to lead its four-campus system.
+ Two men seriously injured in a 2017 oil tank explosion that also killed a man in Weld County have sued the operator of the tank farm and local company managing it.
+ A Colorado state trooper was injured in a snowy crash Wednesday in southwestern Colorado.
+ The “Glamour Shot Bandit” is now accused of robbing five Denver banks and attempting to rob another.
+ Aspen has decided to cancel its annual Fourth of July fireworks show due to wildfire concerns.
+ A Golden man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in LoDo.
+ Adams 14 Superintendent Javier Abrego stepped down ahead of his contract expiration.
+ Authorities identified the man shot and killed by Pueblo police officers after he allegedly shot one of them in the legs.
What We’re Reading
+ If you thought you could escape Facebook by deactivating your account, think again. — cnet
+ Any mansion that has four bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and piqued my interest. — Denverite
+ The long wait is nearly over for the final season of Game of Thrones. Between now and Sunday’s season premiere, here’s a ranking of the top 25 villains in the show’s history.
Song of the Day
Song: “Kiss Me
Artist: Sixpence None The Richer
Sounds like: If “She’s All That” gave us anything, it was this lovely piece of schmaltzy Christian pop rock. If I ever need to remember the magic of desperate teen romance, I can pop this tune on and revel in how much of a sap I truly am.
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