By Tynin Fries
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Happy Monday, Rounduppers!
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+ Today’s Weather: No one told Colorado it’s not winter anymore.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Can corporations save us from the attack on reproductive rights?,” Columnist Catherine Rampell writes.
+ Ask Amy: Not Dead Yet tells people about her terminal ALS diagnosis and they respond with a “everyone is dying of something.” A stepmom tries to figure out her role in her stepson’s new marriage. Ghosted wonders how she should deal with her friend that ghosted her now that the same friend is joining her church.
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Colorado congressman wants probe reopened into claim feds tried to censor CU researcher’s climate-change references
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, speaks during a mark-up hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)
Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse wants to reopen an investigation that alleges the National Park Service tried to scrub references to human-caused climate change from a CU researcher’s scientific report.
“The case of Dr. Maria Caffrey raises serious questions about whether scientists at the Department of Interior are able to do their work free from political influence.”
Rep. Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat
Ultimately, CU researcher Maria Caffrey’s report on rising sea levels at parks was published uncensored, but her contract to continue working was not renewed.
Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis apologizes following “an interesting week”
Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis talks with a supporter during a fundraiser at La Cocinita Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
The road leading up to Denver’s mayor race runoff has been rocky, especially for candidate Jamie Giellis. After flubbing on the meaning of NAACP, deleting her personal Twitter account after a racially insensitive tweet surfaced and then dropping out of a Colorado Black Round Table event, Giellis apologized.
“There’s been a lot of stuff talked about. I certainly apologize fully for things that came across, that were said, that were done, that were insensitive. But I think the conversation here today is about an opportunity that we have.”
Jamie Giellis, Denver mayoral candidate
From Harry Potter-themed brunches to ball pit bars, pop-ups are everywhere in Denver. Here’s why.
Neon Baby is the latest Denver pop-up bar, which opened next to LoDo’s Bar and Grill Friday, May 10. It’s by the folks who brought us Yeah Baby, a disco that will turn into a permanent space this summer in RiNo. (John Leyba, Special to the Denver Post)
Denver is becoming one neverending pop-up event. What began as an occasional holiday event has grown into a calendar full of immersive parties and one-time-only themed experiences.
“The mentality of the Denver consumer, this is the epitome of what they want and who they are. A new experience every day.”
Chad Michael George, Miracle Christmas Bar founder
Read more about Denver’s pop-up phenomenon from Josie Sexton with a look at the experiences you can expect to hear more about later this year.
Will Denver continue to host asylum seekers from southern border? Nonprofits, faith leaders will work with city, community to decide
Andres Juarez Gaspar Juan, right, with his son Gaspar Juarez Gaspar Andres, 17, left, talk through an interpreter about their long journey from Guatemala to Denver in front of the First Unitarian Society on May 13, 2019 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Last week, we got word that 55 Central American asylum seekers had arrived in Denver by bus from the U.S.-Mexico border. The New Mexico government had paid for the travel as shelters in their state were full.
Now, the question is whether a program like this trip will continue. Hundreds of people have signed up to volunteer and nonprofits say they will work with the city and communities to decide on its future.
Colorado school districts turn to converted buses, donated PB&J to feed more kids over summer
Students eat lunch at Academia Ana Marie Sandoval on May 15, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
Summer is quickly approaching, but work is hardly over for the people responsible for school lunch programs. Over the summer, schools can offer free breakfasts and lunches to anyone under 18, no questions asked. The hard part is that only about one of every 15 eligible children actually get summer meals.
Programs struggle to inform families of the meals available and provide meals in a location that is close enough to be practical. So these programs are getting creative, bringing the food to the students wtih converted school buses.
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By the Numbers
Zeona, Sebastian, Stella, and Weezer romp in the cool waters of West Lake at Twin Lakes Dog Park on May 14 in Gunbarrel. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
+ Once it’s sunny again, spoil your pup with the 10 best off-leash dog parks in Colorado. — The Know Outdoors
+ Two Denver city employees may have violated the ethics code. A report shows that vendors paid for their Italy trip before the city’s $221,000 street sweeper purchase. The two employees in question have already been suspended due to an unrelated investigation.
+ CDOT is tearing up its $9 billion to-do list. Instead, priorities are getting a second look, with more transit a possibility.
+ 400 Morehouse College graduates received an amazing gift when billionaire Denverite Robert F. Smith pledged to pay off the 2019 class’ student debt.
+ Beginning Sept. 1, two-wheel-drive won’t be enough to get you through the mountain stretch of I-70. Colorado has beefed-up its traction law for nine months of the year.
+ After being in office for several months, here are six things we’ve learned about Gov. Jared Polis.
+ Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped for the second consecutive month to just 3.4 percent.
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Starry Internet Denver director of deployment Brian Shepherd stands next to their trident antenna on top of the Point 21 apartments that delivers 5G internet to residents using the existing wiring in their building Monday, May 13, 2019 in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post)
+ Denver just got another internet option as 5G rolls into town, and it’s not just for smartphones.
+ Tragically, Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks was found dead at his home in Steamboat Springs this weekend.
+ Giddy up! It’s Colorado summer rodeo season. — The Know
+ Colorado lawmakers approved a bevy of energy bills this session which could prove “transformative” for the state.
+ The truck driver accused of causing the 28-vehicle crash on I-70 in Lakewood posted bond this weekend.
+ Despite inexperience, Broncos feel confident in rookie linebacker Justin Hollins because of his versatility.
+ Denver’s new “Turn Over a New Leaf” program helps people clear low-level marijuana convictions.
+ The Colfax Marathon was yesterday. One Afghanistan veteran ran for his fallen comrades who couldn’t.
+ A new Colorado oil and gas commission was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to kick off the new era of Colorado’s oil and gas industry.
+ Did you know a Buick LaCrosse is ranked as metro Denver’s deadliest car?
LATEST ON ROCKIES
- Rockies had a rough weekend against the Phillies. On Friday, Colorado lost 5-4. On Saturday, Phillies beat them again, 2-1. And Sunday they finished the sweep, beating the Rockies, 7-5, despite Colorado’s season-high four home runs.
- Kyle Freeland’s pitching woes continue. He has a lot of issues to resolve, including his lack of precise pitch command this season.
- On Friday, the Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers made his debut. The 22-year-old infielder, who carries the expectation of becoming the next franchise player, has always been “a natural”.
+ Don’t get any crazy ideas and decide to go hiking during this storm. Colorado’s lightning is one of the top weather-related killers in our state.
+ Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year.
What We’re Reading
+ Denver is looking at allowing drinking in the streets. But it ‘s not like you’ll be able to bring your own alcohol out for a walk. Instead, the city is considering allowing “common consumption areas.” A business with a special liquor license could serve people who could drink outside while walking, shopping or doing anything else inbounds of the area. Think of Dairy Block, 16th Street Mall or Santa Fe Drive. — Denverite
+ Tony Robbins, the world’s most famous self-help guru, claims he has helped millions overcome life’s difficulties. But an investigation shows that he used his fame to berate rape victims while former followers accused him of sexual advances. — Buzzfeed News
+ Climate Change sucks, and quite literally sucks the oxygen out of the ocean which may cause octopuses to go blind. — Live Science
Song of the Day
Song: “Slow It Down”
Artist: The Lumineers
Sounds like: As much as I’m ready for summer, I do appreciate the mood of a dreary day. This is my absolutely favorite time to crack open a book, sit on the couch and sip on wine with a playlist centered around this song. Yes, it’s slow. But it’s that perfect mix of soothing and non-distracting that helps me get lost in a whatever I’m reading.
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