By Tynin Fries
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Welcome back to work, folks.
I hope you’re wearing your Thanksgiving carbs with pride today as we waddle into December.
Let’s catch you up on the news you missed over the long weekend.
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+ Today’s Weather: Sunny today but the brown cloud has returned, bringing poor air quality to Denver.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Tom Sullivan, the third-rail of Colorado politics and saving kids.”
+ Ask Amy: Perplexed struggles to understand her friend breakup. Loving Husband wants to know how to support his wife better as she fights cancer. A lonely widower is shocked to know his kids don’t want him to remarry.
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Colorado rethinks dam safety as climate change heightens risk for state’s 27 “unsatisfactory” structures
Jeremy Franz, design review engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources’s Dam Safety division, takes notes before a final inspection of work at Tusker Dam in Arvada on Nov. 20. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Climate change, and extreme storms, have officials rethinking how safe dams are across the state. New rules taking effect Jan. 1 require tougher designs that can account for the increase in moisture.
The 90,580 dams around the nation, including 1,737 in Colorado, were built on assumptions of rainfall and flooding derived from weather data collected before 1980. Hundreds of these dams have been deteriorating nationwide, raising risks that communities could be inundated — and now could deteriorate more rapidly.
Denver businesses can soon move forward in creating outdoor drinking areas. Here’s how they will work.
From left to right, Dustin Dykstra, Jessica Dykstra, Ashley Miller and Zach Scott talk over drinks in the common area within the boundaries of the Isabel bar at The Source Hotel and Market Hall Collective Nov. 19. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
Denverites will soon be able to drink alcohol in public outside some bars and restaurants — but interested businesses must go through some hoops first.
Here’s what those common consumption areas around the city will look like, Saja Hindi reports.
BRONCOS VS. CHARGERS
Brandon McManus field goal at buzzer lifts Denver past Chargers in Drew Lock’s debut
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) looks for a receiver during the first quarter of the game on Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. The Denver Broncos hosted the Los Angeles Chargers. (Eric Lutzens, The Denver Post)
Rookie QB Drew Lock had quite the NFL debut, leading the Broncos to a home victory over their rivals Chargers, 23-20.
Lock was 18-of-28 passing for 134 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and an 84.5 rating. Pretty? Not always. Productive? Some of the time. Successful? Absolutely.
“We do see the evil”: Western bishops declare safe harbor for United Methodist clergy as restrictions on same-sex marriage take effect
Bishop Karen Oliveto speaks at Iliff School of Theology, on April 26, 2017, in Denver. Oliveto is the Methodist church’s first openly gay bishop. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Is a split coming to the Methodist Church? Maybe.
On Jan. 1, new rules in the United Methodist Church will go into effect, doubling down on the church’s opposition to LGBTQ. But bishops in the Western Jurisdiction don’t agree with the new rules, especially openly gay and transgender clergy members.
“This region has stood for inclusion for decades. This is where we had to take a stand.”
Karen Oliveto, denomination’s first openly gay bishop
By the numbers
The Colorado Convention Center on 14th Street in downtown Denver, photographed Nov. 20. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
+ Denver’s scandal-plagued convention project, yeah the $233 million one, is closer to inking a new contract — but big questions are still unresolved.
+ Denver just had its snowiest November since 1994.
+ Denver weighs a $5 million AXS ticketing contract as feds probe the company’s practices. — The Know
+ The number of people that the tiny town of Fairplay sheltered over the weekend after road closures trapped Thanksgiving travelers.
+ Vote in the second found of our Colorado ski area championship bracket. — The Know Outdoors
+ Out of the 355 largest counties in the country that the BLS examined, Adams County ranked first in annual job growth.
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Derrick Davis, who plays the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” puts on the mask with the help of makeup supervisor Rudy Guerrero before the performance at the Buell Theater Friday, Nov. 8, in Denver. Davis prepared for the two weeks of Denver performances by doing extra cardio workouts and staying hydrated. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to The Denver Post)
+ Ever wonder how performers who are not used to Denver’s elevation train to put on a show in the Mile High City?
+ PHOTOS: Check out Denver’s Grand Illumination celebration at Union Station. — The Know
+ State prep football roundup: Broomfield’s Eich kicks Eagles into 4A state championship game.
+ Despite the theory that charter schools produce better test results, Denver’s charter and traditional schools are producing similar results in recent years.
+ How does Joe Parker sell Mike Bobo in 2020 to CSU Rams fans?
+ Black Friday was powered more by tradition than discounts for some Denver area shoppers.
+ Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee talks about potentially dramatic changes to NBA.
+ North America’s best ski resort? USA Today readers choose Winter Park. — The Know Outdoors
+ This Columbine survivor turned pain into healing with the Hero’s Journey yoga class.
+ Colorado K-12 education news: Text messages encourage literacy, school gets a mural and more happenings at local schools.
+ “This is sad”: Sparsely filled Canvas Stadium takes in CSU’s season-ending loss to Boise State.
+ U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Trump, impeachment and 2020.
+ Why Mel Tucker’s first season has CU Buffs fans sad it’s over.
+ Director Rian Johnson on juggling “Knives Out,” “The Last Jedi,” and more. — The Know
+ A man died following a crash on Highway 402 that led to an officer-involved shooting with Loveland police.
What We’re Reading
+ We’ve spent a lot of time reaching our to teens for our own project on teen suicide so this was an interesting read. One teen tells how academic stress led her to a breakdown. — Colorado Public Radio
+ Curious minds will enjoy this one. How the New York City Subway map came to be and the history of the guy who made it easier to understand. — NYT
+ Yikes. Tinder lets known sex offenders use its dating app. And they aren’t the only ones. — ProPublica
+ Looking for a holiday drink for your party? Shop local with the best ciders in Colorado. — 5280
Song of the Day
Song: “Christmas Canon”
Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sounds like: This is the Christmas song that really puts me in the holiday spirit. That and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” But this one is much prettier and less popular.
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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