By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Wednesday, Rounduppers!
Today is National Bow Tie Day. Don’t get that cheap clip-on, here’s a video on how to tie one yourself (it’s less scary than it looks).
Celebrating birthdays include actor Daniel Stern, singer Shania Twain (54), actor Jack Black (50), former Avalanche forward Pierre Turgeon (50) and, of course, my beautiful girlfriend Jennifer.
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Hot.
+ From the opinion page: “Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision,” Sue McMillin writes.
+ Ask Amy: Sad Mom raised her children as a divorced mom. Now that they are grown up, she’s disappointed that her youngest son has blown off her birthday for two straight years.
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Colorado’s construction industry finds no relief from labor shortages
A 250-plus unit apartment development at West 13th Avenue and Lamar Street in Lakewood on Friday, June 14, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
According to a new survey, the construction worker shortages has only gotten worse in Colorado this year with nearly 90% of contractors having a hard time filling positions for skilled craft workers.
Labor shortages have plagued Colorado’s construction sector for much of the decade, and despite a concerted effort, have remained hard to overcome, Aldo Svaldi reports.
Hickenlooper endorsement dividing Colorado Democratic Party, internal emails show
A national Democratic group’s endorsement of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for the U.S. Senate is angering some state Democratic leaders. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
The decision by national Democrats to throw their support behind John Hickenlooper in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race has divided the Colorado Democratic Party over the weekend.
In emails obtained by the Post, state Democratic Party officers discussed the decision with allusions to Nazism, criticisms of Hickenlooper and calls for formal opposition.
“Hickenlooper has made it clear that he neither understands nor cares about the true problems in our country and I object to being told that I, as a party chair, am unable to take sides in a primary.”
Dana Torpey-Newman, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party
Colorado’s rough highway pavement gets knocked again as state slides 5 spots in national road study
A pace car leads traffic during rolling speed harmonization testing in 2011 on Interstate 70 near Silverthorne, where stretches of pavement are rough and pock-marked. (Denver Post file)
Colorado’s highways are worsening compared with other states, a new study says, and the main reason for that is probably no mystery to anyone who drives our rough rural expanses, Jon Murray reports.
“Colorado’s overall ranking was hurt by poor pavement conditions on its rural highways.”
Baruch Feigenbaum, the report’s lead author
By the Numbers
An artist’s rendering of the exterior of The Sheraton Denver Downtown facing the 16th Street Mall, part of an $80 million renovation to the hotel. (Provided by The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel)
+ Denver’s Sheraton Hotel has started its $80 million makeover. The first step of which is relocating the 18-foot ballerina sculptures to the Santa Fe arts district.
+ It’s hiking season so you probably have been downing trail mix like crazy. If you’re sick of your usual raisin and M&M combo, try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes. — The Know Outdoors
+ If you have $2 million sitting around, you can buy former Rockies manager Walt Weiss’ mansion that comes with its own baseball diamond.
+ After 33 years of serving seafood and Southern cooking on 16th Street Mall, Bayou Bob’s is closing.
+ Ahead of the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday, we decided to have a beer edition. CU’s Stampede beer beat out CSU’s Old Aggie, 7-5, in our very informal panel. — The Know
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Giant turkey Legs are prepared at The Goods during Taste of Colorado Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 in the Civic Center. The multi-day festival features music, food, games, and attractions. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
+ The turkey legs are back! If you don’t have weekend plans, consider going to Denver’s free food and music festival Taste of Colorado. — The Know
+ Kevin Hogan vs. Brett Rypien: The Broncos’ backup quarterback is undecided entering the preseason finale.
+ Want to walk in someone else’s shoes? Now you literally can at the pop-up Empathy Museum. — The Know
+ After two months on the run, the teen who escaped from Lookout Mountain was caught after allegedly robbing two hotels.
+ A Jefferson County couple got quite the surprise when they had to fight off a bear in their own kitchen. The bear wanted a loaf of bread but ended up in a boxing match with a 71-year-old man.
+ Arapahoe County residents will decide whether to raise property taxes in order to pay for a new jail.
+ Bonfire Burritos (no. 1-seed contender in our March Madness breakfast burrito tournament) is getting a brick-and-mortar restaurant. — The Know
+ Despite ties with Identity Evropa, one of the most visible white supremacist groups in Colorado, Master Sgt. Cory Reeves remains in the same rank after an Air Force investigation.
+ A security guard who accidentally wounded a student at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May was carrying a gun without the school’s approval.
+ Marred by injuries to starting pitchers, the Rockies are heading into September with a full-fledged Triple-A rotation.
+ Popeyes’ viral chicken sandwich is gone (for now), but some Colorado locations still have a few. — The Know
+ The Regis hack nightmare is coming up on a week of IT trouble.
On the Stove
+ In this week’s Get Cooking, Bill St. John examines how the table is the great altar of life: “Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, deaths, promotions, crises — and the everyday, every day — all are best at a table.”
+ Tips: How to upgrade your sandwich. Becky Krystal offers up twists on how to fancy up five classics.
+ Recipe: White Sands smoothie. Ellie Krieger describes this as “a frosty milkshake-like, nourishing treat with a pale palette of milk and banana made ‘sandy.’”
+ Recipe: Sesame chicken cabbage rolls. This recipe is “a terrific option for family dinner and reheat in their very own single-serving packages,” Cathy Barrow writes.
+ Video: With some help from a robot, Andrew Rea makes those giant pancakes from “Uncle Buck.” — Binging with Babish
+ Cocktails: Zero-proof cocktails. Is the zero-proof hype all it’s cracked up to be? Here are three non-alcoholic recipes to try out this weekend.
What We’re Reading
+ How Amazon forest loss may affect water — and climate — far away. — National Geographic
+ A glowing clue in the search for alien life. — The Atlantic
+ Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out. — Vox
+ Tom Holland opens up about Spider-Man’s future in the wake of Disney-Sony rift. — Entertainment Weekly
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