By Tynin Fries
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Happy Earth Day, everyone!
April 22 was chosen in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to celebrate Earth Day and demonstrate support for environmental protections.
Also on this day Pat Tillman, who gave up his pro football career to enlist after 9/11, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.
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+ Today’s Weather: It won’t be drizzlin’ for long.
+ From the Editorial Board: “20 years after Columbine, Colorado gripped by fear and sorrow.”
+ Ask Amy: A sister digs up her future brother-in-law’s criminal history and is placed in an awkward situation with the upcoming wedding. Amy prompts an uncle to step up his uncle-ing with his niece. And one man looks for help because his wife won’t stop talking about herself.
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Colorado’s unannounced air-pollution inspections at oil and gas sites are showing results — yet emissions are up as production increases
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s oil and gas team and Air Pollution Control Division members give an overview of inspection practices to operators at the Troudt battery along Highway 52 in Weld County on April 17, 2019. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
In 2013, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment started unannounced air-pollution inspections. It seems those are working.
Last year, 13% of the 2,000 inspections showed leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas — half the frequency of leaks detected five years ago. However, overall emissions are up over the same time period because of increased oil and gas production.
COLUMBINE: 20 YEARS LATER
Columbine families, survivors reflect on hope and healing 20 years after one of Colorado’s darkest days
Columbine high school shooting survivor Will Beck, right, places flowers on the Columbine Memorial with his family during a community vigil to honor and remember those who were impacted by the events on April 20, 1999 at Clement Park on April 19, 2019. (Hyoung Chand, The Denver Post)
“Columbine is something to the Columbine community that the rest of the world will never understand.”
Coni Sanders, daughter of Dave Sanders, the teacher killed in Columbine
This weekend was the 20th anniversary of the deadly Columbine shooting that left 12 students and one teacher dead on April 20, 1999. We’ve done a lot of anniversary coverage over the last week or so, but this particular story lets us hear from survivors and family members who express what Columbine means to them.
From gluten-free to nonalcoholic, Colorado is positioned to be at forefront of beer’s next transformation
Rowland Kuntz of Heating & Plumbing Engineers, Inc. is installing the valve controllers at the construction site of the new facility of Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden, CO. April 16, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
As the American brewing industry slows, many brewers are looking for ways to innovate and reach new customers. Colorado brewers are at the forefront of beer’s next transformation.
“Consumer preference in the recent decade or so has shifted to more of a health and wellness perspective and that really fits with Colorado in general. We all like to run, hike and bike.”
Andres Gil Zaldana, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild
Furor over CU’s presidential pick highlights elected Board of Regents’ partisan political divide
University of Colorado Regents Heidi Ganahl (R), left, and Irene Griego (D) hold a town hall at Old Main on the Boulder campus on Oct. 16, 2018, for university employees and community members to provide input on what qualities they’d like to see in the next president of CU. (Cliff Grassmick, Daily Camera)
The CU Board of Regents has been in the spotlight this week because of Mark Kennedy, a controversial pick for CU president.
Some are looking back at Bruce Benson, who was also a controversial pick for CU president, but at least he delivered as a fundraiser.
Our reporter Elizabeth Hernandez breaks down why these picks become so political: CU’s regents are elected, meaning they run on partisan politics and are expected to uphold them.
ICYMI: Sol Pais likely killed herself Monday, long before “massive manhunt” that closed hundreds of schools, undersheriff says
Members of an Alpine Rescue Team carry out the body of 18-year-old Sol Pais, near Echo Lake Campground in Arapaho National Forest, on April 17, 2019, in Idaho Springs. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
On Friday, our Kirk Mitchell dug into the timeline of Sol Pais, the Florida teen “infatuated with Columbine.” Sources revealed that Sol Pais likely killed self Monday, long before Denver-area schools closed and panic struck communities ahead of the Columbine anniversary, an undersheriff says.
“I had no direct information from the FBI that any of her writings indicated she would do a school shooting. She didn’t have a master plan.”
Clear Creek County Undersheriff Bruce Snelling
By the Numbers
Brendan Forsyth, 15, right, yawns while he tries to stay warm with his mother Elizabeth, sister Chloe, 13, and dad Brendan as the sun rises during the Easter sunrise service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on April 21, 2019, in Morrison. This is the 72nd annual service that is sponsored by the Colorado Council of Churches. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
+ Check out these beautiful photos of the 72nd Easter sunrise service at Red Rocks this weekend.
+ On Friday, Denver announced $15.7 million in funding for shelter and housing upgrades to combat homelessness.
+ Due to weak concrete, the DIA terminal project delay expands to 18 months, meaning we’re now looking at completion around May 2023.
+ Colorado employers ramped up hiring in March, adding 6,100 nonfarm jobs.
+ Several coordinated explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka left at least 290 dead on Easter Sunday.
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Smoke billows from the end of a blunt as Trevor Penney smokes it Saturday in Denver. (Seth McConnell, Special to The Denver Post)
4/20 in Denver
+ JUST IN: A Denver man is among the nearly 300 dead in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday.
+ Only a few months after announcing it was closing, Beta Nightclub in Denver is reopening this summer.
+ Now that it’s spring, get on your bike for these five classic bike rides in Colorado every cyclist should do. — The Know Outdoors
+ On Friday, Michael Bennet said his cancer surgery was successful, clearing the way for presidential run.
Avalanche vs. Calgary
+ Attention District 5ers: Here’s what you need to know about your Denver City Council race.
+ This “Stickwork” exhibit at Denver Botanic Gardens is another item that should be on your spring to-do list. — The Know
+ Gearing up for the NFL draft, here’s why and why not four prospects make sense for Broncos 10th pick.
Nuggets vs. Spurs
+ Our switch to a primary and changing demographics means that Colorado will very likely be voting on Super Tuesday.
+ A man was found dead in a car in Aurora this weekend. Now, police have reportedly linked it to an attempted auto-theft incident in Denver.
Rockies vs. Phillies
+ Freshen up on your tornado knowledge: Everything you need to know about Colorado’s extreme weather season.
+ Colorado already has one of the best election systems in the country with mail-in ballots and same-day registration. Now, lawmakers are trying to make it even better.
What We’re Reading
+ As details of the opioid epidemic are still coming to light, attorney generals across the country are trying to hold people and companies responsible. The latest move from AGs in New York, Vermont and Washington is to look at distributors who are accused of brazenly devising systems that evaded regulators. — New York Times
+ I love coffee but tea is my true drink of choice. I’ve been searching for a tea shop here that rivals my favorite in Phoenix. This tea roundup gave me a few more places to check out. — 5280
Song of the Day
Song: “Help Me Now”
Artist: Kevin McHale
Sounds like: Thank you, Spotify, for reminding me of Kevin McHale. You might recognize him from “Glee.” The thing I love the most about this song is the video of Kevin dancing to it. Despite being a professional dancer, his moves for this song looks like every person dancing in a crowded club: a little wiggling, some voguing and a lot of shoulder dancing.
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