With an estimated $1.2 billion price tag, the Central 70 project is the most expensive construction project in the history of Colorado. Denver Post photojournalist RJ Sangosti spent time with families in north Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood over the past 18 months to chronicle how they cope with chronic breathing problems in an industrial area that’s now at the heart of the massive Interstate 70 expansion.
This special, visually driven story follows the lives of two families and community members who often feel their voices haven’t been heard in the conversation about development as Denver continues to grow.
“There are some nights you don’t even sleep because you are just watching over them,” says Nancy Santos about her two daughters who suffer from asthma.
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Annabel Rodriguez-Santos, 8, lies in bed after a long night of getting little sleep. Annabel, who has childhood asthma, had an asthma attack during the night. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
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On Tuesday in Yuma, a farmer drives a piece of equipment that creates dams in a cornfield to prevent water running off during irrigation. (Kelsey Brunner, The Denver Post)
The Denver Post politics team is traveling across Colorado to hear from residents about their communities and what state and federal issues are important to them. This week, we traveled to Yuma, where residents don’t want the state butting in — especially when it comes to land rights. Stay tuned for more; our next stop is Leadville.
Wayne Neiman, operations manager for 107-year-old Prewitt Reservoir, walks along the Prewitt Diversion Dam on the South Platte River near Hillrose. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Colorado officials are planning to build large reservoirs on the prairie northeast of Denver to capture more of the South Platte River’s Nebraska-bound water and to pump it back west to booming metro suburbs struggling to wean themselves off dwindling underground aquifers, Bruce Finley reports.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and U.S. Sen Michael Bennet speak during the Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday in Miami. (Photos by Saul Loeb, Getty Images)
Colorado’s Michael Bennet had a late start in the Democratic presidential primary, but his performance at Thursday’s NBC debate just might give him enough gas to pass a challenger or two. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, on the other hand, failed to stand out, Nic Garcia reported from the Democratic debate in Miami this week.
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A deputy works in a pod at the Arapahoe County jail, where up to three inmates share a cell, in Centennial on June 20. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
The Arapahoe County jail was built in 1986 to house 386 inmates. Today, nearly 1,200 inmates are held there. For a decade, the sheriff’s office has repaired and retrofitted that jail to expand its capacity, but the sheriff says there are no more efficiencies to be made. He wants to build a new $426 million jail, Elise Schmelzer reports.
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Alex Webyu, middle, surveys an area to make sure it is level before concrete is poured on level six of the terminal at Denver International Airport on June 18. With delays in sight and costs rising, construction continues on a $650 million renovation. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
With Denver International Airport and its contractors headed into mediation, reporter Jon Murray takes a deep dive into how we got here and warns that “substantial cost overruns and years of delays could take hold if airport officials and the contracting team fail to get the $650 million Great Hall Project back on track.”
RELATED: Murray explains how he reported this story, including several open-records requests, in this Twitter thread.
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Photo of the Week
The Yampa River seen from Harpers Corner overlook in the Dinosaur National Monument on May 24. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
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