By Matt Schubert
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Happy Friday, Roundup readers!
Here’s hoping you’re fully recovered from yesterday’s potent cocktail of sun, sulfur and sangria.
If you’re reading this at home, let me be the first to congratulate you on winning at life. If you’re reading this at work, let me be the first to offer sympathy for your inability to turn Fourth of July into a four-day holiday.
On the bright side, you can at least celebrate National Workaholics Day the way the good Lord intended.
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+ Today’s Weather: More heat, more storms.
+ From the opinion pages: “Some geese have got to go — culling is the logical and humane response,” columnist Krista Kafer writes.
+ Ask Amy: Paralyzed by the Past was drugged and raped when she was in college, then convinced by her rapist that they were in a relationship. Years later, long after she left him, she’s found out that the man who raped her is now engaged to one of her friends.
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Denver’s Interstate 70 project is producing a whole lot of dirt
Work continues on the Central 70 project on June 12, 2019, in northeast Denver. Crews are expected to excavate about 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt as they replace the viaduct with a sunken highway section. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
The Interstate 70 expansion project in Denver has come with many issues, not the least of which is all the dirt that has to be dug up.
How much dirt, you ask? Enough to fill Broncos Stadium and build a tower taller than any building in Denver.
It’s a big, dirty problem, Jon Murray writes, made all the more difficult by the fact that some of that dirt is contaminated.
Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at forefront of the movement.
Tiny home enthusiasts Becca Austin, upper right, and friend, Sandy Connally, right, peer into a tiny home at the Colorado Tiny House Festival at the Riverdale Regional Park June 21, 2019. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
“It’s a great option to be able to afford your own home. Some of the young folks today that come out of college with thousands in debt, they simply can’t afford to buy a traditional home.”
Art Laubach, director of the Colorado Tiny House Association
This isn’t just a (slightly) entertaining reality television show.
Tiny homes are now a thing, and people are building and buying them as an affordable alternative to traditional housing. That’s especially true in Colorado, Carina Julig reports, where the popularity of tiny homes is on the rise.
Developers on Lakewood’s anti-growth vote: “Uncertainty is never a businessperson’s friend”
CEO of Riverpoint Partners Reid Davis (left) and superintendent Todd Hager walk through a 293-unit apartment development at West 13th Avenue and Lamar Street last month. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
“Will developers and lenders red-line Lakewood now? They might. Uncertainty is never a businessperson’s friend.”
Bruce Likoff, attorney representing developers
Earlier this week, Lakewood voters decided to pump the brakes on growth, passing a measure that will cap the number of new residential units that can be built in the city each year to 1 percent of existing housing.
As one might expect, developers aren’t exactly pleased. The risk, they say, is that Lakewood could soon become a place in the metro area that developers avoid, John Aguilar reports.
“Hey Google, talk to The Denver Post”
“Alexa, open Denver Post”
By The Numbers
Ingrid Encalada Latorre and her oldest son Bryant Moya 9, take a break between interviews at the State Capitol Sept. 12 in Denver. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
+ Fine imposed upon Ingrid Encalada Latorre, a Colorado immigrant seeking sanctuary in a Boulder church, for not voluntarily leaving the United States after a deportation order.
+ Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Denver’s Indian Creek last month — the only neighborhood in the city with an average under $1,000.
+ Amount of money that could be saved if Colorado’s 10 coal plants close earlier than planned and are replaced by wind, according to a report released by the Sierra Club.
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Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Ice cream at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory on July 3 in Denver. The shop opens Saturday, July 6. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
+ COMING SATURDAY: Little Man Ice Cream Factory opens in Sloan’s Lake. Take it from someone who’s sampled the product at another location: It’s amazing. And even better when it’s delivered via conveyor belt.
+ I just learned what a via ferrata is. Hard pass. But for those who aren’t cowards, here’s six you’ll want to visit ASAP. — The Know Outdoors
+ What’s hipper than drinking microbrews? Drinking microbrews at one of these 12 under-the-radar breweries. — The Know
+ We’re knee deep in patio season. And wouldn’t ya know it, we’ve compiled just the list to serve as your guide. — The Know
+ It’s hot, but these new ice cream flavors are cold… and delicious. — The Know
+ Biking and boozing. What could go wrong? — The Know
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area celebrated Independence Day with one last day of riding Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Chet Strange, Special to The Denver Post)
+ Ski season came to a glorious red, white and blue close Thursday at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. — The Know Outdoors
+ If you were anxiously awaiting Michael Porter Jr.’s Nuggets debut tonight at Summer League, you’re going to have to wait a little longer.
+ Children playing with illegal fireworks ignited a 9-acre brush fire Thursday between two housing subdivisions near Grand Junction.
+ A Commerce City police officer was hit by a car while directing traffic before a fireworks display Thursday.
+ A suspect connected to a Denver homicide was shot dead after a crash with a police car and short foot chase near the Colorado Mills shopping mall.
+ A proposal to build a 1,000-person facility on 59 acres of federally owned land in Lakewood to help those experiencing homelessness is no longer under consideration.
+ Colorado Parks and Wildlife ruled a Castle Pines man legally shot and killed a bear last month that was attempting to enter his home.
+ One Denver sheriff’s deputy was fired and two others disciplined for not helping a woman suffering from hours of epileptic seizures in her cell.
+ Immersive art company Meow Wolf is being sued by a pair of former employees who claim they were targeted with discrimination and unfair pay practices.
+ A man convicted of an Aurora hotel murder was sentenced to life in prison plus 126 years.
+ Colorado lawmakers are working on a draft bill that would bring them back to Denver for a special session to address possibly keeping some of the state’s TABOR tax refunds.
+ A suspect turned himself in to Golden police after he allegedly shot a man who tried to intervene during a fight in a Golden condominium parking lot Thursday.
+ The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a bicyclist in Parker.
What We’re Reading
+ Rest in peace, Jared Lorenzen — aka the Pillsbury Throwboy. — The Athletic
+ This man wants to “become the Kleenex of sex toys.” You do you, buddy. — The New York Times
+ Gabriel Sherman — the man behind “The Loudest Voice” — is a talented chronicler of terrible people. Somebody’s gotta do it.
Song of the Day
Song: “Liquid Swords”
Artist: GZA featuring RZA
Sounds like: For those unfamiliar with Wu-Tang Clan, let me introduce you to two of its founding members — the RZA and the GZA. This particular piece of poetry is the opening track for an album of the same name. The Shogun opening is a bizarre, but somehow fitting, opening for GZA to go to work. Fun fact: It took the Wu legends just two days to put this album together in RZA’s basement studio.
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