By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Wednesday, Rounduppers!
It’s National Craft Distillery Day! While Colorado may be more well known for its beer scene, we are home to dozens of distilleries across the state.
Celebrating birthdays today include zombie writer Max Brooks (47), Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno (37), WWE pro wrestler Daniel Bryan (38) and tennis superstar Novak Djokovic (32).
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Cold and rainy.
+ From the opinion page: “Can corporations save us from the attack on reproductive rights?” columnist Catherine Rampell writes.
+ Ask Amy: Disgusted is, well, disgusted with her mother-in-law’s rude response to her college-aged granddaughter’s comment about birth control.
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Colorado raking in record marijuana money again in 2019, but in an era of “stabilization” industry leaders look to impact of new legislation
Billy Koerber works at The Green Solution’s new downtown dispensary May 21, 2019, in Denver. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
“I honestly just think it’s just more people finding out about it consistently.”
Colin Patrick, general manager of Eurflora dispensary
It’s become a predictable pattern in the era of legal recreational pot in Colorado. Every year, the state sets a record for marijuana sales then, 12 months later — poof — it goes up in smoke and another record is set.
It should come as no surprise then that after seeing a record $1.55 billion in sales in 2018, Colorado is on a record-setting pace in 2019, Joe Rubino reports.
Federal and Colorado authorities raid marijuana grow houses in huge black market roundup
Roughly 100 marijuana plants sit on a driveway May 22, 2019, in Aurora. (Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post)
Wednesday’s raids come on the heels of three similar drug busts around metro Denver over the past 10 months, where local and federal agents seized thousands of plants, dozens of heat lamps and bags of cash from suspected black-market grow houses in subdivisions across Aurora, Commerce City, Lakewood and Thornton, Kirk Mitchell and Sam Tabachnik report.
Truck driver charged with causing deadly I-70 crash attempted to flee the scene after collision, prosecutors say
The Texas truck driver charged in connection with a deadly wreck on Interstate 70 last month attempted to flee the scene after the collision and prosecutors said they learned about his actions after the 23-year-old was released on bail Saturday night without a GPS tracking bracelet, Sam Tabachnik writes.
Presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper calls for national standard gun licenses
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is running for president, hugs Tom Mauser, who lost his son during the Columbine shooting, on April 16, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Denver. Hickenlooper met with Mauser and others who have lost loved ones in mass shootings to discuss the need for long-term support for communities where shootings happen. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s former two-term governor turned Democratic presidential candidate, wants to create a national standard for gun licenses — one that would require individuals who want to own a gun to pass a safety test first — as part of a national gun control platform his campaign released Wednesday, Nic Garcia writes.
By the Numbers
Low clouds hang over the tops of Denver skyscrapers as a spring storm sweeps over the metropolitan area May 21, 2019. The snowstorm dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow in the metropolitan area but up to a foot or more in the mountains. (David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)
Denver broke a 128-year record low maximum temperature record on Tuesday.
Looking for barbecue for Memorial Day weekend? Here are five places to get some. — The Know
How many scoreless innings German Marquez pitched in the Rockies’ 5-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.
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Paula and Gene Tang pose for a portrait at 1515 Restaurant in Denver on Jan. 24, 2013. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
+ 1515 Restaurant will close after more than 20 years in downtown Denver.
+ Asian American community leaders are asking Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis to explain her “Chinatown” statement.
+ Giellis hits Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on “culture of sexual harassment in city hall,” citing settlements.
+ A homeless man hadn’t seen his family in 20 years. Then a Denver police officer helped him get home.
+ As the Nuggets look to take next big step in their championship quest, why not explore a trade for New Orleans star Anthony Davis?
+ A judge has barred cameras from the Patrick Frazee court hearing because of publicity concerns.
+ New oil and gas commission kicked off work with more calls to put permits on hold while regulations are drafted.
+ Boulder County commissioners see permanent supportive housing as a potential homelessness solution.
+ Boulder to temporarily ban commercial e-scooter companies.
+ Englewood to remove homeless camps along South Platte River.
+ Broncos’ Courtland Sutton is confident his red zone production will improve in his second season.
On the Stove
+ In the latest Get Cooking, Bill St. John looks at what to do with leftovers. He has “three hacks that might profitably utilize your own kitchen excess” and offers a recipe for Romesco sauce.
+ Recipe: Inside-out tacos. Lettuce-wrapped tacos with tortilla chips on the inside? Madness! … I’ll take a dozen.
+ Recipe: Rhubarb. Polina Chesnakova offers up four recipes, adding that it’s time to ease up on the sugar and start treating rhubarb like the vegetable it is.
+ Video: Wine expert guesses cheap vs. expensive wine. Wine expert Belinda Chang does a blind taste test. It’s a fun watch if you have 18 minutes. — Epicurious
+ Cocktail: Paloma. Today is World Paloma Day, so if you’re a fan of tequila and bubbles, this is for you. — Bon Appétit
What We’re Reading
+ The “Game of Thrones” finale didn’t answer all of our questions. Here are 13 things still bothering us. — The Washington Post
+ For one Colorado farmer, trade frustrations haven’t diminished his support for Trump. — CPR
+ Denver Architecture Foundation gives Villa Park a free lesson in protecting neighborhood character. — Denverite
+ Golden Moon Distillery continues to grow. — 5280
Song of the Day
Song: “Help Me Stranger”
Artist: The Raconteurs
Sounds like: My girlfriend is a huge Jack White fan, and seeing that it’s our anniversary today, I’d be remiss if I didn’t choose one of his songs today. This is the latest single from this band’s first album in more than decade, Help Us Stranger, which is set to be released June 21.
Follow our Spotify playlist for an endless fountain of tunes: Click this link or search “Mile High Roundup” in your app.
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