By Daniel Boniface
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Happy Tuesday, Roundup readers.
I come to you today bearing news gifts — and not just the news feast you’re about to devour in this email. I’ve got details about a new way to get your news from The Denver Post.
We have recently launched a new morning briefing audio newscast, which is available on your smart speaker (Amazon Alexa and Google Home) and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and iHeart Radio.
So instead of twiddling your thumbs as you wait patiently for this email to land each weekday, you can just say, “Alexa, open The Denver Post.” And you’ll get our morning news and weather. I can’t think of a better way to whet your news appetite.
OK, let’s eat.
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+ Today’s Weather: There’s a chance you’ll need an umbrella.
+ From the Editorial Pages: “In Colorado politics, power has a new look”
+ Ask Amy: Mrs. Maybe NOT bought a house with her fiancé, but he reneged on a promise to put her on the title. Now there’s trouble in paradise.
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Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies Tim Williams, left, a school resource officer, and Jake McKeon, right, walk out of the front door of Columbine High School on Dec. 13, 2018, in Littleton. The school was put on lockdown after receiving a threat, but officials eventually deemed the threat was false and the area was cleared. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Our weeklong series marking the 20th anniversary of the Columbine attack continues today with this deep dive into school lockouts and lockdowns. Reporters Meg Wingerter and David Migoya analyzed data compiled from Colorado’s 25 largest school districts and found it’s pretty rare for a week to pass without a lockdown or lockout — and this could just be the tip of the iceberg.
Wingerter and Migoya provide context around the data analysis and more details on how threats are being reported. This report also has some cool interactive maps and data compiled by digital strategist Kevin Hamm so get ready to dig in.
Should it be harder for Colorado parents to opt their children out of vaccines? That’s what’s being debated in Colorado House Bill 1312.
It only took 14 hours, but a bill that would make it more difficult to opt children out of vaccines passed through committee around 4 a.m. today.
Nearly 600 parents with differing opinions on the issue had signed up to speak. The bill would require parents to fill out a standard form in person at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment when attempting to get a vaccine exemption for their children for personal or religious reasons.
The Emily Griffith building on 12th Street in downtown Denver, with the Colorado Convention Center in the background. (Denver Post file)
During a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity to visit an old elementary-school-turned-hotel — a concept I’d never heard of before. It was crazy. The cafeteria was a restaurant. The boiler room was a pool hall. The auditorium was a movie theater.
Well, it appears a similar concept has made its way out here to Denver, as work is now underway to transform the historic Emily Griffith Opportunity School into a hotel with retail space. And as Joe Rubino reports, the developer says the 250-room hotel will maintain recognizable links to its educational past.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) shoots and scores his first NHL goal against the Calgary Flames in the first period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff game at Pepsi Center on April 15, 2019.
On Saturday, Cale Makar was a sophomore at UMass, trying to help his college win the NCAA hockey title. By Monday, he’d signed a pro contract with the Avalanche and made his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the team he grew up rooting for. And as if that wasn’t enough, he scored what amounted to the game-winning goal.
The unlikely and surreal story helped power the Avs to a 2-1 series lead over the No. 1 seeded Calgary Flames.
By the Numbers
That’s how much John Hickenlooper has raised thus far in his quest to become president of the United States. However, his political warchest pales in comparison to some of his Democratic primary opponents.
2.2 square miles
That’s how much additional space would be available for social marijuana businesses to operate (compared to the current 20 square miles) if a new proposal is approved by the Denver City Council. It won a preliminary vote Monday.
And speaking of marijuana, the annual pot holiday is coming this Saturday. We’ve compiled this list of events and deals. — The Know
For the green thumbs (and wannabes) out there, we’ve got two handfuls of tips on growing your own vegetables from the guy who literally wrote the book.
Believe it or not, that’s how many consecutive games the Rockies have won. We call that a winning streak, folks. And Nolan Arenado has also homered in both of those games.
That’s how many years “Sesame Street” has been on the air and the show is marking the occasion with a cross-country tour, including a stop in the Mile High City. John Wenzel has the details.
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Former U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, John Walsh on July 25, 2014. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
+ Former U.S. Attorney John Walsh is throwing his hat into the ring against Sen. Cory Gardner.
+ Dan Baer enters Democratic race against Cory Gardner, seeks to be first openly gay man elected to Senate
+ Rocky Mountain Arsenal continues to leak contaminants into groundwater, Colorado health department lawsuit says
+ Bill that would lift ban on rent control measures in Colorado moves to Senate
+ How green is Colorado? Well, we’re not in the top 20, according to a new list on the most environmentally friendly states
+ If you live in rural Colorado, you’re at higher risk of being audited by the IRS
+ A major residential solar company is expanding its Denver headquarters
+ Jonathan Wolman, former Denver Post editorial page editor, dies of cancer at age 68
+ CU faculty criticize presidential search process as protesters rally on Boulder campus to decry finalist
+ Kiz vs. Singer: Does Nikola Jokic need to be more aggressive for the Nuggets to beat the Spurs?
+ Nuggets not in “panic mode” as coach Michael Malone identifies adjustments for Game 2
+ The Boston Marathon’s top American finisher a Wheat Ridge grad
+ Broomfield man who killed bull moose fined $20,000, could face hunting and fishing suspension
+ How to see Levitt Pavilion’s 50 free summer concerts at Denver’s Ruby Hill Park
+ In our latest preview of the NFL draft, Ryan O’Halloran takes a look at the top running back available
+ “Sexual playthings”: Former employees say Anadarko’s Denver office had toxic culture
What We’re Reading
+ The devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral spread heartbreak across the world — New York Times
+ Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show — NBC News
+ The llama population in the U.S. has dropped drastically — NBC News
+ Looks like the NFL has a new highest-paid player — ESPN
Song of the Day
Song: “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”
Artist: Cage The Elephant
Sounds like: This song worked its way into my favorite Pandora playlist recently and I’ve kept hitting repeat on it. Maybe I’m feeling overworked right now and the refrain is just striking a chord, but this is the song of the moment for me.
Follow our Spotify playlist for an endless fountain of tunes: Click this link or search “Mile High Roundup” in your app.
Get in Touch
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