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Will the Tri-County Health Department just be a bi-county health department now? Adams and Arapahoe counties consider their next move amid DougCo’s departure.

Douglas County commissioners formally voted last week to secede from the three-county healthcare entity after the Tri-County Health Department enacted a school mask mandate and revoked the ability for the member counties to opt out of it. (DougCo commissioners claimed this was a breach of a previous agreement.)

Despite a 55-year partnership, DougCo commissioner Abe Laydon said the split was a long time coming. The county’s agreement with the TCHD goes through the end of the year — time that Douglas County will use to sort out the logistics of starting its own health department.

Some believe that DougCo is walking away from a wealth of financial backing and medical expertise within the TCHD that it won’t be able to replace on its own.

As for Adams and Arapahoe, the counties are weighing the options of soldiering on as a two-county agency or going their separate ways. A consultant report outlining both options will be available in October.

Of note: Things could get especially messy for Aurora, whose city parameters stretch across all three county lines.
[Denver Post]

👉 What you can do: For more on the Tri-County split, check out today’s episode of City Cast Denver with Colorado Community Media reporter Elliott Wenzler.

😌🌧️ Today will be blissfully wet and cool, with a high of 79. (Can you remember the last time daytime temps were under 80 this summer?!)

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


🇺🇸 Biden scheduled to land in CO today
Despite last week’s speculation, President Biden was not in Denver yesterday, but is expected to be in Jefferson County today. The president is scheduled to speak on clean-energy jobs at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden this afternoon. It will be Biden’s first visit to Colorado since taking office. Mayor Michael Hancock and Representatives Joe Neguse, Jason Crow, and Ed Perlmutter plan to join him. [CO Politics]

🛣️ Watch out for elk… along I-25?
Apparently a herd of nearly 2,000 elk lives along I-25 between Lone Tree and Castle Rock (who knew?!). The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced plans to install wildlife fencing along the 16-mile stretch of highway in an effort to reduce vehicle-animal collisions. Construction begins at the start of 2022 and is expected to take 2-3 months. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jason Clay said drivers might also spot deer or the occasional moose, bear, or mountain lion. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Stay alert and watch your speed in the area, especially around dawn or dusk when wildlife is most active. Hear more about Colorado wildlife from Jason Clay on this past episode of City Cast Denver.

⚠️ Colorado had an earthquake yesterday
Monday morning, the United States Geological Survey registered a small 3.8-magnitude earthquake in Pritchett, a small southeast Colorado town 250 miles from Denver. The quakes obviously couldn’t be felt way over here, but if you had no idea Colorado could have earthquakes, you’re not alone (🙋‍♀️). Just last year, the state experienced 28 quakes between 2.0 and 4.2 magnitudes, plus another 30 under 2.0, which can’t typically be felt. [Denver Post]


What Happens When a County Breaks Up with Its Health Department?
14 mins
When the counties that make up the Tri-County Health Department couldn’t agree on COVID-19 protocols, Douglas County decided to leave the 55-year long partnership. So what does that mean for DougCo’s 379,000 residents? Host Bree Davies talks with Colorado Community Media reporter Elliott Wenzler to find out. 

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+ WEDNESDAY: Denver Auto Show Kickoff
This annual showcase of the world’s newest-model vehicles will take place outdoors at Denver’s Elitch Gardens this year.

+ THURSDAY: RARE Steak Festival
From the organizers behind the Top Taco and Chicken Fight! festivals comes a culinary competition to find the juiciest, tenderest cut of Grade-A prime beef in Denver.

+ ALL WEEKEND: 51st Annual Denver Oktoberfest
Stein hoisting, keg bowling, and traditional Bavarian garb-wearing — find it all at one of Denver’s favorite annual excuses for raucous revelry


Photo courtesy of Crystal Springs Brewing Co.

Though the festival portion of the Great American Beer Festival was cancelled due to COVID, the competition was as impressive as ever. Out of 9,680 beers from more than 2,000 breweries across the country, Colorado managed to bring home 21 medals in categories including American Fruit Beer, Chili Beer, Experimental IPA, and Historical Beer. Denver’s own Our Mutual Friend Brewing was the biggest CO winner with two medals including one gold. And a shoutout to one of my personal favorite beers, the Blood Orange Kolsch from Crystal Springs Brewing Co. in Louisville, for earning gold in American Fruit Beer. Cheers! [See all the CO winners 👉 Denver Post]

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