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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021
🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

For the first time maybe ever, I’ve got some good COVID news to share.

City officials announced on Wednesday that 70% of eligible Denvervites have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, hitting President Biden’s target goal well before his July 4 deadline.

At the time of the announcement, city officials also said Denver has seen a 90% decrease in COVID case rates and that there are currently less than 200 people hospitalized with COVID in the metro area.

Mayor Hancock and state health authorities are still encouraging residents who have not yet received the vaccine to do so as soon as possible. (Come on, y’all, let’s seal this victory!)

In bonus good news, studies are showing that only 0.1% of fully immunized Coloradans have contracted COVID. Read: If you’re fully vaccinated, the chances of being infected by the virus are pretty damn slim.
[Denver7; CO Sun]

So with that great news, go out and enjoy this true Colorado spring weekend, and get ready for the summer we all deserve ☀️ Today’s high will be a mild 84, but for the rest of the weekend we're looking at 93-95! 🍦⛱️

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

☢️ How healthy is your home?
June is Healthy Homes Month, and to help residents feel extra healthy at home, the city of Denver is giving out a limited supply of free DIY radon test kits. According to city officials, Denver is classified as a “high radon-potential area,” and residents are encouraged to test for radon every 2-3 years. [Denver Gov]
👉 What you can do: Email PHIRadon@denvergov.org to claim a free DIY radon test kit. (Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.)


🏀  For $2K, you can watch the Nuggets courtside
The Denver Nuggets just announced they’re releasing courtside tickets at Ball Arena for the next two Western Conference semifinals games against the Phoenix Suns here in Denver. Interested? Well, those tickets come with a gobsmacking $2,000 price tag. And if the Nugs continue to advance, that price will most certainly go up. [Westword]

🎓 MSU offers free tuition to vaccinated students
On the heels of the Colorado Comeback Cash scholarship sweepstakes, Metropolitan State University of Denver has announced the Rowdy Return Scholarship. This random drawing will award five vaccinated undergrads from the pool of students registered for the fall semester. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Meet the first five winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash scholarship program, announced yesterday.


🚨 More drama in the Tay Anderson saga
Two anonymous sources have come forward to allege that the Denver teachers union was already aware of some sexual misconduct allegations regarding Tay Anderson when they backed him in the 2019 race for the at-large seat on the school board. Rob Gould, president of the union’s political branch, admitted to receiving anonymous information at the time of the race, but says it was unverifiable. [Chalkbeat]

🎙️ TODAY'S PODCAST
Councilperson Candi CdeBaca on Renters' Rights and More
17 mins
When Councilperson Candi CdeBaca heard that Denverites were being evicted from their homes last year despite the federal eviction moratorium, she knew something had to change. She’s on the show today to talk about the why and the how.

 
🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ SATURDAY: Gaza 5K
Contribute to the effort to improve mental health care for Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip by participating in the annual Gaza 5K and after-party (virtually or in-person).

+ SATURDAY: Tattered Cover Grand Opening
The Tattered Cover is opening its brand new, highly-anticipated location in McGregor Square this Saturday. Want to learn more about it? Check out this episode of City Cast Denver with owner Kwame Spearman.

+ SUNDAY: City Park Jazz Kick-Off
This weekend marks the start of the 35th annual City Park Jazz summer series. The first performer in this year’s line-up is The Burroughs this Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

+ MONDAY: Raise a Flag for Casa Bonita
The fight to save Casa Bonita continues with this community outreach rally outside of My Brother’s Bar. There will be sopapillas and live music from the Casa Bonita mariachi band. 

🏳️‍🌈 MADE IN DENVER
(Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/Denver Post/Getty Images)

If Monday’s list of Pride Month events wasn’t enough to scratch your Pride itch, here’s a roundup of delicious LGBTQ-owned restaurants across Denver that you can support throughout June and any other time you’re craving a piping hot hand pie, a fresh vegan dinner, or an expertly crafted cocktail. [5280]

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