By Matt Schubert
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Happy Friday, Roundup readers!
What a fine Friday it’s turning out to be.
National Doughnut Day has arrived in all its splendor. Trail Ridge Road is finally open and snow free. And yours truly no longer has mumps.
All three of those things were not in play just a short seven days ago. The first two because, a) there can only be one National Doughnut Day (or so I’m told), and b) the seductive meeting of the plows had only just transpired on Trail Ridge Road due to this year’s zombie snow season.
As for my pesky mumps? Well, let’s just chalk that one up to Jenny McCarthy being a more trustworthy source of medical advice than actual doctors.
The hospital bill is in the mail, Jenny.
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+ Today’s Weather: Hail, thunderstorms and rain possible Friday afternoon along Front Range (with a special Garth Brooks weather outlook included)
+ From the Editorial Board: “Hickenlooper pushed back against Trump and spectacularly bad policy proposals”
+ Ask Amy: Disgusted Brother has had it with his sister-in-law’s gross eating habits, which are threatening to ruin the family’s treasured Friday night dinners.
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Jamie Giellis needed “unity ticket” allies’ voters to topple Mayor Michael Hancock. But he won most of their precincts
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, left, responds to a question as mayoral challenger Jamie Giellis, right, listens during a debate sponsored by The Denver Post at the Denver Press Club on May 28, 2019. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
“Anybody-but-Hancock was a catchy hashtag for social media, but it didn’t translate in the runoff.”
C.L. Harmer, former communications director for Mayor Wellington Webb
In the days following the first round of voting in the Denver mayoral election, Jamie Giellis and her “team of rivals” appeared to be a threat to Mayor Michael Hancock’s hopes of a third and final term.
Fast forward a few weeks later, and the promise that support inspired fell well short of victory for Giellis — more than 20,000 votes short.
When faced with a choice between Giellis and Hancock, former challenger Lisa Calderón told The Post’s John Aguilar that many voters in Denver “went with the devil they know over the devil they don’t.”
Jeffco schools superintendent proposes demolishing, rebuilding Columbine High School to escape “morbid fascination” with shooting
Officers walk around Columbine High School on April 17, 2019 in Littleton. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
“You look at what has happened, nationally and internationally, and there are still references to Columbine. I don’t think anyone 20 years ago anticipated that in 2019 we’d be talking about this fascination with Columbine High School.”
Frank DeAngelis, former Columbine High School principal
In a letter sent to Columbine families and staff members Thursday, Jefferson County School District Superintendent Jason Glass unveiled a proposal to tear down Columbine High School and build a school near the site.
Recent school shootings and a “morbid fascination” with Columbine, as demonstrated by Sol Pais, have contributed to the need for a new building, Glass argued in the letter.
Read more of Kieran Nicholson’s story.
Colorado counties, towns and state agencies prepare for potential flooding
The town of Lyons was flooded by the North and South Vrain Creeks on Sept. 13, 2013. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
As Colorado’s massive snowpack begins to melt away, the potential for spring flooding is on the rise.
That risk has prompted towns across the state to open sand-bagging stations, urge people to buy renters insurance and in the case of one museum, pack its entire collection and send it elsewhere, Saja Hindi reports.
“Hey Google, talk to The Denver Post”
“Alexa, open Denver Post”
By The Numbers
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert (23) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June, 6, 2019, in Chicago. (David Banks, The Associated Press)
+ Number of strikeouts for Rockies prospect Peter Lambert in his major league debut — a franchise record.
+ Estimated annual cost to the city of Centennial to run its own police department, according to a recent study. That figure does not includes the tens of millions of dollars needed for a police building, equipment and other services.
+ Tips the Safe2Tell hotline received from Colorado students about potential threats during the month of May — an 84 percent increase over May 2018.
+ Estimated number of skier days for Colorado resorts during the 2018-19 season — a record year that represents an increase of 13 percent over last year and nearly 12 percent above the five-year average.
+ Number of deaths from electric scooter rides that showed up in media reports counted by The Associated Press since the beginning of 2018.
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Voodoo Doughnut is offering a $1 Homer doughnut special for National Doughnut Day on June 7. (Provided by Voodoo Doughnut)
+ For those who have yet to luxuriate in National Doughnut Day, here’s a few spots in Denver where you can celebrate properly. — The Know
+ If you’re looking to take a spin through Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road is back in action. (Assuming it doesn’t snow again.) — The Know Outdoors
+ Going out on the trail this weekend? Watch out for those rattlers. — The Know Outdoors
+ Thanks to all that snow, it’s an especially epic year for catching waves at the Great Sand Dunes. — The Know Outdoors
+ With summer here, the time has come to break out the grill… or smoker… or fire pit… or whatever your thing is. So you know what you’re doing: 5 Colorado spots to take BBQ classes. — The Know
+ Another slow burn: The guide to summer picnics in Denver. — The Know Outdoors
+ Mark your calendar: A taste of Mexico City is coming to Zeppelin Station next weekend.
The week opens with Cubs vs. Rockies, so you know what that means – get your tickets, wear your Rockies gear and be prepared to out-cheer the Cubs fans! And if you don’t have a gift for your dad yet, then take him to the game on Father’s Day!
The Esquire Theatre at 590 Downing St. in Denver on Aug. 17, 2012. (Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post)
+ The Esquire Theatre, closed for six months to fix water damage and make other repairs, will reopen next Friday.
+ An independent inspection turned up numerous problems at Aurora’s privately operated Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.
+ Nearly half of Colorado’s county sheriffs came out in opposition to the state’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
+ Minors will no longer be able to get their kratom in Castle Rock.
+ A man and woman were arrested in connection with the theft of a small bus at a Thornton child care center.
+ Police are asking for help identifying a suspect who attempted to abduct two boys in May.
+ A moose attacked and injured a man outside of Nederland on Thursday, but authorities declined to take immediate action against the animal.
+ A person died in a rafting accident Thursday in the Eagle River near Vail.
+ A Denver teacher “will not return” following an incident in which the teacher reportedly made a black student clean up feces.
+ PHOTOS: 75th anniversary of D-Day commemorated around the world.
+ A Colorado native broke the world record for the fastest flight from the highest airport in North America to the lowest.
What We’re Reading
+ If you’re anything like me, you were absolutely riveted by HBO’s mini-series “Chernobyl.” As spellbinding as the series was — and it was amazing — there were numerous inaccuracies, not the least of which was its treatment of nuclear energy itself. — Forbes
+ Sticking with the television theme, a not entirely inaccurate ranking of the top 20 “Black Mirror” episodes. (Personally, I’d have “Nosedive” ranked quite a bit higher.) — The Ringer
+ Part of the fun of going to art museums — other than seeing the actual art — is the people watching. This piece from an art critic who hung around Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” for 30 minutes offers a nice snapshot of both. — The New York Times
Song of the Day
Song: “Sit Next to Me”
Artist: Foster The People
Sounds like: I’d previously written in this space, that Foster The People didn’t have much outside of “Pumped up Kicks.” Well, it turns out I was wrong. If you happen to be epileptic, I’d stay away from the video. But if you like a funky retro ’80s poppy tune, this one hits the spot.
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