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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Denver City Council will soon consider that $400 million bond package that Mayor Michael Hancock pitched back in April in an attempt to help the city recover from the pandemic.

At a meeting with lawmakers last week, city officials unveiled 77 projects that have potential to be covered in the package (which, by the way, was cut down from a whopping 200 proposed projects). The list will likely get whittled down even further before going in front of City Council to be considered for the ballot in November.

Because it’s a bond, there are conditions for how the money can be spent. It must be used on things that benefit the public, like capital expenses (improving fire stations or libraries) or infrastructure (fixing sidewalks and roads). The city believes these projects will create local jobs and boost Denver’s post-pandemic economy.

Some of the projects being considered:

  • Citywide ADA implementation
  • Denver Public Library improvements 
  • Rec center improvements
  • Citywide bike infrastructure
  • Sidewalk and streetscape improvements

A council committee is slated to discuss the projects July 27 and August 3. The proposal is expected to go to the full City Council on August 16.
[Denverite; The Gazette]

☀️ Clear sunny skies with a high of 95 to start your week!

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

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📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚨 Police investigate triple shooting in LoDo
Denver police are investigating a shooting that took place on the 2000 block of Market Street early yesterday morning. Officers confirmed that multiple people were involved and possibly multiple weapons. One person was killed and two others were injured. Suspects’ names, conditions, and potential motives have not been released at the time of this writing. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Investigators are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.


📚 Central Library is back! … (Kinda)
Denver’s Central Library partially reopened this weekend after nearly 16 months of being shuttered for the pandemic. But it wasn’t just collecting dust all that time — library officials used the closure to get a jump on some major renovations, including revamping the children’s library, event space, elevators, and restrooms. While construction continues, the public will have limited access to the main floor, plus curbside pick-up. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Stay up to date with construction progress.


📃 The DaVita indictment
A federal grand jury has indicted Denver healthcare company DaVita Inc. and its former CEO Kent Thiry on two counts of violating the Sherman Act, which outlaws “monopolization” and “conspiracy in restraint of trade.” Thiry and company allegedly made agreements with other healthcare firms to not solicit each other’s employees, limiting workers’ opportunities for career advancement. If convicted, DaVita faces a maximum penalty of $100 million per count, and Thiry faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine per count. [Denver Post]

✈️ Flashy new art at DIA
Over the weekend, Denver International Airport welcomed a brand new 27-foot sculpture complete with changing-color LED lights (not unlike certain other blindingly bright DIA art installations). Airport CEO Phil Washington unveiled the public artwork and formally dedicated it to former Denver mayor Federico Peña, who played a key role in the building of DIA in 1995. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Keep an eye out for the sculpture, “Luminous Wind,” next time you find yourself driving along Peña Boulevard. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

IS DENVER’S GANG VIOLENCE ON THE RISE?
16 mins
Today on City Cast Denver, guest host donnie l. betts sits down with the head of Denver’s anti-gang initiative Nicole Monroe to talk about whether or not gang violence is getting worse or better in the city, and how she plans to tackle it.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: Evenings al Fresco
Take a sunset stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens to the tunes of live music performers as part of the Garden’s summer series, Evenings al Fresco.

+ TUESDAY: Memorial Service for Johnny Hurley
There will be a public memorial service and life celebration for Johnny Hurley at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Johnny was killed by a gunman in Arvada last month.

+ TUESDAY: Tasty Colfax
Eat, drink, and be merry at this bar and restaurant crawl along Colfax! Pro-tip: If you sign up to volunteer for the event, you get a free ticket for before or after your shift. 

🐝 MOMENT OF JOY
Credit: Darwin the Bee Dog on Facebook
Meet Darwin, the bumblebee sniffin’ conservation dog. Darwin and his human companion, Jacqueline Staab, are tracking and studying alpine bumblebees in Summit County to learn more about bee conservation and climate change. Darwin, a German shorthaired pointer, is the only conservation detection dog in the country that specializes in bees and their nests, according to Staab. Learn more about Darwin, Staab, and their work together here.
(Good boy, Darwin 🐶) 
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