By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Tuesday, Rounduppers!
Aug. 20 marks the 42nd anniversary for NASA’s launch of the space probe Voyager 2, which was the first — and so far only — spacecraft to have visited Uranus and Neptune.
Celebrating birthdays include journalist Connie Chung (73), former Rockies star Todd Helton (46), former Avalanche forward Chris Drury (43) and singer and actress Demi Lovato (27).
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Hot and stormy.
+ From the opinion page: “Get Bruce out of our budget — debruce Colorado this fall for the good of our state,” writes Scott Wasserman, president of the Bell Policy Center, a Colorado nonprofit research and advocacy organization.
+ Ask Amy: Travel Bugged learned trying to organize trip activities with their partner’s family members “was like herding bored house cats.” And now the family wants to plan more trips.
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These are Colorado’s top-performing schools on this year’s CMAS tests
Isabel Regueiro, center, and Julie Young watch as a comb that was run through hair attracts objects, while Spencer Rebman takes notes, in Valerie Keeney’s eighth Grade chemistry class at Summit Middle School in Boulder on April 2, 2017. Summit Middle is one of the top-performing schools on this year’s CMAS standardized test. (Paul Aiken, Daily Camera)
All of the schools with top scores on this year’s Colorado Measures of Academic Success — or CMAS — standardized tests are located along the Front Range, and most are in the Denver metro area, Meg Wingerter reports.
Denver’s Polaris Elementary School tops this year’s tests, followed by Fort Collins’ Zach Elementary School. See the full list of scores here.
Broncos defense flexes muscle, but issues remain in loss to San Francisco
Bradley Chubb (55) of the Denver Broncos celebrates after forcing a fumble against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
The good? The defense. The bad? The offense, but it’s getting better. The ugly? That special teams unit.
Led by an interception from cornerback Isaac Yiadom and a sack by outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, the Broncos’ first-team defense allowed only 32 yards in 15 plays of work in Monday night’s 24-15 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Ryan O’Halloran reports.
Bills and a baby: Colorado Sen. Brittany Pettersen is breaking new ground
Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, representing District 22 in Jefferson County, her husband Ian Silverii and their dog Ollie are photographed at their home in Lakewood on Aug. 12, 2019. Pettersen is four months pregnant with the couple’s first child. Pettersen will be Colorado’s first state lawmaker to give birth during a legislative session. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
“It gives me anxiety because I care deeply about my position, and it’s a little frustrating to think about not being able to be fully present during session.”
Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen
Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, 37, is due at the end of January with her first child, a baby boy who will make her the first Colorado state senator to give birth in office and the first state lawmaker to do so during a legislative session, Anna Staver reports.
By the Numbers
How much support U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has for the Democratic presidential nomination among likely Colorado voters in a poll released by Emerson College. It’s a three-way race among Colorado Democrats, according to the poll.
The percentage of Stapleton property owners who voted against changing their neighborhood’s name, despite its connection to a former mayor who was a Ku Klux Klan member.
The earned-run average for Rockies reliever Wade Davis, who has given up six runs in his last two starts. (For you non-baseball aficionados, that’s not good.)
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Beautiful mountain ranges can be seen the top of Aspen Highlands Ski areas on March 17, 2017, in Aspen. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
+ Aspen Skiing Co. changing to handle larger crowds after last season’s calls to “Stop Ikonizing Aspen.” — The Know Outdoors
+ Ruin your fondest childhood memories at “Harry Potter & the Mysterious Merkin” burlesque show. — The Know
+ WATCH: Colorado wind hurls dozens of mattresses through Stapleton in “great mattress migration of 2019.”
+ After a national search, MCA Denver hires from within to fill executive director role.
+ Nikki Haley warns of socialism as she rallies Republicans for Cory Gardner.
+ A Colorado man was denied a passport despite his U.S. citizenship, an ACLU lawsuit alleges.
+ An effort to recall Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia gets go-ahead.
+ Pepi Gramshammer, a ski icon and “visionary” Vail business owner, has died. He was 87.
+ A young teenage girl, walking home from school, escaped an abduction attempt in Broomfield.
+ Planned Parenthood’s departure from Title X federal family planning program won’t affect Colorado.
+ Longmont’s Oskar Blues and Guns N’ Roses settle a trademark-infringement lawsuit.
+ A third bear attack this season in Aspen raises safety concerns and warnings from state wildlife officials.
+ Sam Noyer is switching from quarterback to safety, the CU Buffs confirm.
+ The Avs are giving former elite prospect Valeri Nichushkin another NHL chance.
What We’re Reading
+ Meet Wilder. He’s an 8-foot-tall yeti-sheepdog chimera, and he wants kids to love the outdoors. — CPR
+ Highland’s barren Platte Street Plaza is about to get some new vibes and Wi-Fi. — Denverite
+ Police and firefighters leaving Aurora jobs for Denver at an alarming rate. — The Aurora Sentinel
+ Here are three budget mistakes you’re probably making. — USA Today
Song of the Day
Song: “Whole Lotta Love”
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Sounds like: Robert Plant celebrates his 71st birthday today, so what better way to celebrate than with this hit — which turns 50 this year. An absolute classic. (Also, check out Michael Winslow’s cover, which is also amazing.)
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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