By Tynin Fries
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Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope you had a very restful weekend and woke up, totally on time to conquer this week.
While I love my coffee, nothing can top my favorite drinks list like iced tea. So I’m happy to tell you today is National Iced Tea Day! I’m partial to straight unsweetened black tea, but fruity teas might be the move this summer.
Where do you get your favorite teas from? Please recommend some great Denver tea houses so I can get my fix this summer.
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+ Today’s Weather: Sunny and breezy. Plus, Denver recorded its coldest day in June, July or August since 2014 yesterday.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Colorado’s freshman congressman, Joe Neguse, stands for Dreamers,” the Denver Post Editorial Board writes.
+ Ask Amy: Amy tells Left Out to grow up after she complains her kids are being left out of playdates. Cold Turkey is being a little dramatic about arriving to a large dinner party late where the other 20 guests didn’t wait to eat while she was stuck in traffic. How do you treat your kids’ minor injuries? That question has led to quite a few fights in this family and Amy has picked a side.
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Brighton’s farming heritage is under pressure. Historic Splendid Valley may be its salvation.
Tim Ferrell, owner Berry Patch Farms, right, is planting raspberries with Angelica Torres at the farm in Brighton. May 31, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
In a metro area that is quickly losing the links to its farming past, Brighton is determined to use the Historic Splendid Valley to give people a visible connection to their locally farmed food.
Despite local farmers calling the project a success, the land is being threatened by development as the Historic Splendid Valley loses acres to new homes and commercial spaces.
New Colorado high school graduation requirements are coming. How many students will actually be able to meet them is a mystery.
Graduates toss their caps during the Douglas County High School Graduation ceremony at the school’s stadium on May 21, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
The class of 2021 will be the first required to go through a skills assessment before graduating high school, proving they know enough math and English to get by in life.
What remains a mystery is how many students will be able to pass. The state has come up with 11 options and districts have to use at least one. The options include minimum scores for common tests like the ACT, SAT, WorkKeys or ASVAB.
The Adams 12 district is starting to offer the WorkKeys tests as an option to students who are at least 18 and have less than 10 school credits completed. The test determines if students have job-related skills, and, if passed, will allow them to graduate without trying to cram in class credits.
How a Colorado mother went from starting a Facebook group to identifying as the National Rifle Association’s worst nightmare
Shannon Watts poses for a portrait on June 4, 2019 in Boulder. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
As the new of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting came out, a fire lit in one mom who turned to activism, identifying herself as the NRA’s worst nightmare.
Shannon Watts wanted to join a group on Facebook that aimed to end gun violence. When she couldn’t find one, she started her own: Moms Demand Action.
“I didn’t know anything about policy or organizing. I just knew more guns was not the solution. I only had 75 Facebook friends, but it was like lightning in a bottle. People kept finding and joining the group.”
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action
Could a trade war trigger the next recession, and how would that impact Colorado?
In this May 22, 2019, photo, farmer Tim Bardole pauses for a photo as he plants a field near Perry, Iowa. Donald Trump won the presidency by winning rural America, in part by pledging to take on China and put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. (Zach Boyden-Holmes, The Des Moines Register via AP)
The U.S. may have just marked its 10th year of economic expansion this month, but the looming trade war with China is raising worries that all that growth could tumble to the ground.
“Potential causes of the next recession in the advanced economies include an escalating trade war, a geopolitical shock, a significant increase in policy and political uncertainty, a spontaneous sharp correction in asset prices, or a sudden downturn in China.”
Pimco, an investment firm, told its investors
Trade troubles are already being felt across the state, from farmers to electronic companies. Aldo Svaldi breaks down how a recession could impact Colorado.
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By the Numbers
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio is in the Denver Broncos Rookie mini-camp at Dove Valley. May 11, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
+ Now that the offseason program is over, our team is projecting how the Broncos’ initial 53-man roster will look after cutdown day.
+ It’s been 20 years since 3-year-old Jaryd Atadero disappeared on hike near Fort Collins. It remains one of Colorado’s most infamous unsolved mysteries.
+ This year’s Pride Month commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
+ Scored another 103 on the golf course? Who cares when you have views like these. Here are 10 of the most scenic views at Denver golf courses. — The Know Outdoors
+ United Airlines will now fly 500 or more flights out of DIA three days a week.
+ Would you pay $500,000 for a Denver home contaminated with meth?
+ RECALL: Tyson is recalling 190,757 pounds of chicken fritters, including some sold in schools, that may contain plastic.
+ This is your feel-good story of the day. A 77-year-old spelling coach has become like family to the kids he coaches and he does it all for free “out of the goodness of his heart.”
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Garth Brooks performing in front of a recording-setting crowd of 84,000 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on June 8th, 2019. (Tina Hagerling, Special to the Denver Post)
+ Garth Brooks was in Denver this weekend, playing to a record-setting 84,000 people at Broncos Stadium. He said Denver gave him “the best night of (his) career.” — The Know
+ We had a lot of ugliness on the road this weekend. One woman died in a crash on I-76 in Weld County Saturday. Another woman led troopers on chase in a stolen state patrol vehicle. An Aurora crash left one dead Saturday. Then on Sunday, we had two hit-and-run incidents. One left a 14-year-old in serious condition and the other left one dead, another injured.
+ Say hello to driving weather. The scenic Mount Evans Highway is officially open for the season. — The Know Outdoors
ROCKIES ROAD TRIP
+ The Iron Man suit was just the stuff of CGI until the Colorado School of Mines actually built the Iron Man suit for Discovery Channel. — The Know
+ After discovering two dead bodies last week, Weld County Sheriff’s deputies arrest man in connection to the two deaths.
+ Yaas queen! Jonathan Van Ness and more Colorado comedy you need to see in June. — The Know
+ For Broncos rookie Dalton Risner, every Father’s Day is a classic as he hosts his family’s annual golf match.
+ Trump apparently cheats at golf. Zero surprise there but you can read the details in Rick Reilly’s new book about the president.
+ A man was shot by Greeley police after holding a flare near a methanol tank. That makes 31 officer-involved shootings in 2019 so far.
+ The Colorado Eagles aren’t giving the Kelly Cup back to the ECHL thanks to a million-dollar dispute of “integrity.”
+ This morning, the Hardrock 100 endurance run was canceled for only the third time in history. This time because of avalanche debris and snowpack levels.
+ A man in a California prison has confessed to dozens of murders in the U.S. He may be most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
+ All these afternoon thunderstorms in addition to the snowmelt have increased waterways levels and flood risks.
+ Get your tickets now for Tyler, the Creator; Banks; Death Cab for Cutie and more Denver-area concerts on sale this week. — The Know
+ John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet are just two of the many “white dudes” in a Democratic president primary where identity is playing a large role.
What We’re Reading
+ The Catholic Church just can’t get out from under this scandal. In the latest report, the Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to fight legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse. — CBS News
+ Sustainability is great and desperately needed. But the movement is missing a big discussion on the privilege involved in wearing sustainable clothing. — Vice
+ In a terrifying addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center has added “male supremacy” to it’s list of hate movements in the U.S. This must-read shows how male supremacy fueled Scott Paul Beierle’s incel attack on Florida yoga studio last year. — WaPo
+ YouTube is a hilarious place, but it’s also terrifyingly powerful because of its algorithm. YouTube has inadvertently created an on-ramp to extremism by rewarding provocative videos and guiding users down personalized paths meant to keep them watching. This investigation shows just how a YouTube Radical is made often from the pool of aimless young white men who are interested in video games. — NYT
Song of the Day
Artist: Jonas Brothers
Sounds like: This song fuels my current need for something happy and nostalgic. If you haven’t listened to the Jonas Brothers’s new album, get on it. It’s full of bops and a great summertime album that pulls at the heartstrings of everyone who was on the JoBro train more than 10 years ago.
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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