By Tynin Fries
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Happy Monday, everyone!
Here’s to hoping your coffee is hot, you remembered your lunch and that meeting you’re dreading gets canceled. In other words, I’m sending you all the good vibes I can muster.
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+ Today’s Weather: Hot with a chance of rain.
+ From the Editorial Board: “As Denver asks residents near East Colfax to accept more density, residents should ask more of the city,” Jamie Giellis writes.
+ Ask Amy: Peeved wants to know if it’s OK to be mad that your neighbors use your trash cans. When her grandfather remarried at an old age, Concerned wants to approach him about making his new wife his heir. And Single in Portland wants to know if it’s too much to still want a family after being single for 10 years.
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Our kids are dying: Gun violence killing increasing number of teens in Denver and across Colorado
Metra Bell holds a photo of her 19-year-old son Darrell Mitchell who was shot and killed in Denver on Aug. 8. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
In 2018 and the first eight and a half months of 2019, 15 teenagers and children have been shot and killed in Denver — more than in the previous three years combined, Elise Schmelzer reports.
“We are seeing a very disturbing increase in the handguns cases that we are filing that is reflecting a disturbing trend of juveniles with guns in our communities. It’s stunning.”
Beth McCann, Denver district attorney
The number of juvenile victims of gun violence in Denver is growing and disproportionately impacts black and Latino teens.
Developers seeking water for booming Front Range look to the San Luis Valley, where farmers already face well shut-offs
Farmland and silos cover much of the San Luis Valley, pictured near Hooper on March 30, 2017. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Developers in the booming-yet-water-stressed Front Range want to tap San Luis Valley’s aquifer to supply suburban expansion. San Luis Valley leaders say no way.
“We need between 300,000 acre-feet and 500,000 acre-feet of new water for the Front Range. The question is: Where’s that going to come from?”
Sean Tonner, managing partner of Renewable Water Resources
WEEK 2: BRONCOS VS. BEARS
Analysis: Broncos defense can’t close out the game after Vic Fangio’s aggressive call
Kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) of the Chicago Bears kicks the game-winning field goal with 1 second left during the fourth quarter of the game on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at Empower Field at Mile High. The Bears won the game 16-14. (Eric Lutzens, The Denver Post)
Welp. Despite a comeback effort, the Broncos lost to the Bears in the final seconds of the game last night, 16-14. The Broncos are 0-2 for the first time in 20 years.
Urban Putt transforms Denver’s Old Spaghetti Factory into surreal mini-golf playground (with a bar) — The Know
Everett Gregory, 19, is putting at the 7th hole named Alien Encounter at Urban Putt on Wednesday, Sept. 11. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
Put this on your date-night, ways-to-entertain-the-kids, things-to-do-when-the-weather-sucks lists. Urban Putt brought a mini-golf course that has a bar to LoDo.
Plus, the course includes mini versions of Colorado landmarks like Blucifer, Red Rocks, Lakeside Amusement Park and DIA.
By the Numbers
Paige Brown, 18, left, supports 91-year-old Bob Hansen by the arm as they head to the car in Wray. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
+ The age difference between an 18-year-old caregiver and the 91-year-old she formed an unlikely friendship with. (Psst! <— that is your feel-good read of the day)
+ The number of failed recall attempts by Colorado’s GOP which is searching for its next move.
+ The amount of fundraising dollars Aurora’s mayoral race is expected to hit as candidates pour in money.
+ The number of months that people living in Colorado could wait to become U.S. citizens.
+ The number of new board members Denver Public Schools will see that will help decide the district’s direction.
+ A 33-year-old cold Aurora homicide was linked to a Pennsylvania man’s DNA. He committed suicide this summer.
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A screengrab from a video that shows a group of cyclists and scooter riders fighting at Cheesman Park in Denver. (Screengrab via Denver7)
+ A fight in Cheesman Park between cyclists and scooter riders was caught on video and it’s pretty ugly.
+ Denver is handing out fewer parking tickets — like it or not.
+ This week, there are overnight closures of I-25 scheduled.
+ Amid the nationwide outbreak, a Boulder County Jail inmate tests positive for hepatitis A.
+ On Friday, the Air Force took the CU by surprise, beating them in OT, 30-23. Mark Kiszla writes that the bad home loss for CU is a reminder that Pac-12 football is bad football.
+ He “wasn’t suited to be sheriff.” Patrick Firman’s resignation follows years of no respect, ongoing jail trouble.
+ The Outdoor Industry Association is calling for a ceasefire in the trade war.
+ Multiple wildfires are burning in Colorado, knocking out power northwest of Fort Collins and forcing evacuations near Bailey.
+ Dems are calling for Brett Kavanaugh’s impeachment after more sexual assault allegations surface.
+ Ever wanted to see inside the fancy church on your block? It might be on the list for Doors Open Denver 2019. — The Know
+ It won’t change their sad, sad season, but the Rockies managed to sweep the Padres this weekend.
+ LoDo’s iconic hot dog vendor: How Joel Watkins became a memorable part of Rockies game day.
+ Do we hate travel pillows or do we love them? We looked into it. — The Know Outdoors
+ Spread the word! We are holding a teen essay contest on the topic of mental health.
+ This morning, Denver businesswoman Denise Burgess entered the race for U.S. Senate.
What We’re Reading
+ Healthcare is complicated. If you’re undocumented, getting it can be a nightmare. — Denverite
+ If you didn’t keep up with the news this weekend, here’s why everyone is talking about Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations again. — NYT
+ A judge in New York called police officers liars, recounting how often police use the “smell of pot” to justify searching people and cars. — MSN
Song of the Day
Song: “Slow Burn”
Artist: Bronze Radio Return
Sounds like: When the weather is nice and you roll down the windows as you drive down Colfax.
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