By Tynin Fries
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Welcome back, Rounduppers.
This Monday feels especially rough given the tragic weekend we’ve had around the country. So, here’s a reminder to check in with your friends and family. Send someone a mental health check-in text, call your mom or take some time to assess your own feelings today. It’s important.
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+ Today’s Weather: There’s a good chance for thunderstorms and rain showers today.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Yes, adopt those California zero-emission vehicle standards (imperfections and all).”
+ Ask Amy: A woman struggles to fulfill her dying friend’s last request. The age-old in-law battle is raging with Try, Try, Again. And Hurting Mom wants to know how to mend a relationship with her adult children.
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Colorado transportation leaders are banking on buses and trains as population surges
A Bustang passenger gets off the bus at U.S. 34 and Interstate 25 in Loveland. (Loveland Reporter-Herald file photo)
Get ready to see more of those purple-and-black coach buses. Under Gov. Jared Polis’ administration, the addition of new Bustang routes is just one transit-expansion strategy.
“I’m optimistic that CDOT and Gov. Polis will continue to head in the right direction, but I’m nervous that it won’t be fast enough.”
Danny Katz, director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group
CDOT is embracing a “multimodal” focus that puts as much emphasis on buses, a potentially costly train route and other forms of transit as it does on highway expansions.
TTRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT
Hundreds of men say they were sexually abused during their time in the Boy Scouts. Now they want justice.
John Campbell is one of hundreds of people across the country who say they were sexually abused by scout leaders during their time in the Boy Scouts. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
“My first sexual experience was being raped.”
John Campbell, former Boy Scout
Nearly 700 men, including 16 in Colorado, are coming forward with accusations that they were sexually abused during their time in the Boy Scouts and are demanding the organizations be held accountable for hiding abusers from the criminal justice system.
The group of men are expected to file a lawsuit this week, racing against Boy Scouts of American filing for bankruptcy.
Weld County launches first-of-its-kind oil and gas department as tensions flare over Colorado’s energy future
State Department of Public Health and Environment Oil and Gas team inspector Ashley Jones giving an overview of inspection practices on enclosed combustion devices or flares to operators and interested parties at the Troudt battery along Highway 52 in Weld County on April 17, 2019. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
As cities and counties around Colorado continue revamping their regulations for energy extraction, Weld County is making it loud and clear that it plans to put no impediments on the industry, John Aguilar reports.
Today, the county opened a local oil and gas department to process drilling permit applications and regulate well pads with 12 employees.
Pat Bowlen, Champ Bailey officially join Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pat Bowlen’s daughter Beth Bowlen Wallace kisses the bust of her father at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
On Saturday, Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey officially joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bailey became the first defensive player in Broncos history to enter the Hall of Fame.
In his speech, Bailey made a profound statement on race relations in America.
“When we tell you about our fears, please listen. When we tell you we’re afraid for our kids, please listen. When we tell you there are many challenges we face because of the color of our skin, please listen.”
Champ Bailey in his HOF speech
MORE BRONCOS NEWS
By the Numbers
Dahlia Zimmerman-Voll, 10, holds a sign at a vigil at the Colorado State Capitol in honor of the lives lost in mass shootings at Gilroy, Calif., El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio Sunday in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post)
+ The number of people murdered in mass shootings this weekend. Twenty people were shot to death in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday. Then, about 13 hours later, nine were killed in Dayton, Ohio. In response, Denver residents sought solace on the west steps of capitol to demand stricter gun control. Meanwhile, Denver police have increased patrols.
+ Adams County is considering 1,000-foot setback for oil and gas wells.
+ Colorado may have just set a new all-time hottest temperature for the state in Lamar with a reading of 115 degrees.
+ Open since 1961, the West Colfax staple Dino’s Italian Food will serve its last lasagna Sept. 30.
+ The number of Colorado counties with a viral disease that has spread to livestock.
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Emily Lawler, farm manager, works outside at Altius Farms in the RiNo neighborhood on July 26. The urban agriculture sells items to local restaurants. (Denver Post file)
+ Denver’s urban farming trend grows from a Sloan’s Lake condo tower to a Larimer Square parking garage.
+ In an effort to actualize the goal of a “city within a park,” Denver residents take a stand on Park Hill Golf Course.
+ We had quite a violent weekend in the metro area. Here’s a quick rundown:
+ FYI: Expect overnight delays on U.S. 36 tonight through Wednesday.
+ Left Hand Brewing launches Present, a CBD-infused sparkling water. — The Know
+ Why Nebraska is Mel Tucker’s most important game of Year 1 at CU.
+ From “Harry Potter” to “Star Wars,” the Colorado Symphony finds new crowds with popular movie scores. — The Know
+ Collin Hill, CSU Rams QB, entering the season with high expectations.
+ Home sellers in metro Denver were less active in July.
+ On Friday, Kamala Harris promised to write a new chapter for America while visiting Denver.
ROCKIES VS. GIANTS
What We’re Reading
+ Debra Johnson, the new member of Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission, was investigated in 2016 for workplace harassment. “Allegations are allegations until they’re proven otherwise,” she told Colorado Public Radio. Yikes. — Colorado Public Radio
+ While it’s hard to read, it’s important to note that the Walmart mass shooting in El Paso was planned, picked because it was a place where cultures from bordering nations meshed together. — New York Times
+ Want to do more about climate change than simply ditching straws? Here’s a step-by-step guide to fighting climate change that starts by getting pissed off. — Vice
+ Want to know which animals are endangered in Colorado? Or maybe in California? Well, National Geographic put together an interactive graphic that shows all the endangered animals in every state. — NatGeo
Song of the Day
Artist: Jonas Brothers
Sounds like: One of the many songs that have made my summer playlist. Basically the whole album made the queue but this one feels especially relatable to me today.
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