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Monday, July 12, 2021


Over the weekend, reports of a possible planned mass shooting during the festivities around tomorrow’s MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field dominated social media, sparking a wave of thinly sourced reports in the national press.

After a tip from a housekeeper at the Maven Hotel, Denver Police reportedly found 16 long guns, body armor, a significant amount of drugs, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a raid on two rooms on the eighth floor Friday night. They also impounded two cars and arrested four suspects, including one man who had recently posted to Facebook that he intended to “go out in a big way” following his divorce.

Anonymous law enforcement sources initially speculated about a “Las Vegas-style shooting” plot, but this is a developing story and it’s still unclear what was happening. On Sunday, the local FBI office stated that they had “no reason” to believe the incident was connected to the All-Star Game. ABC News later reported that the arrests were connected to a “drugs-for-guns” deal. Denver Police say they are not ruling out a mass shooting plot.

👉 What you can do: If you have any information about the ongoing investigation, the police encourage you to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

[Denver7, FOX31]

🌤️ Watch out for possible showers this afternoon, but otherwise it should be sunny with highs in the mid 90s.

— Paul Karolyi, (@paulkarolyi)


🎉 Colorado’s COVID-19 health emergency is (technically) over
Almost 16 months after he issued it, Gov. Jared Polis last week lifted his declaration of a state health emergency, refocusing recovery efforts on the economy, vaccines, and federal aid. Approximately 53% of eligible Coloradans are fully vaccinated, with over 70% having received at least one dose. [Denver Post]

🦠 Blue-Green Algae found in Sloan’s Lake
Don’t let your pets go in or drink the water: that’s the guidance Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment is offering after water from the lake tested positive for poisonous Blue-Green Algae. Local health officials say the algae blooms will likely be around for at least a month or until the weather cools down. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Read up on the science behind Blue-Green Algae and why it’s been spreading across the state in recent years.

🎢 If it weren’t for those pesky kids...
Thanks to some “unsupervised and unruly teenagers,” Elitch Gardens is now requiring that all visitors under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult 21 or over. All minors were already required to have adult supervision after 3 p.m. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver with Old Elitch’s superfan Hallie Haglund where we joked about how fun it can be to skirt this kind of rule. 


Land Reparations at the National Western Center?

16 minutes

Residents of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea have felt marginalized for a long time, most recently through the expansion of I-70. Community organizers Nola Miguel and Alfonso Espino talk about why and how they want to take back some control.


+ MONDAY: Jazz Along Welton
Catch the last day of a weekend of free jazz on Welton St., with LAPOMPE playing at Center of Five Points and Jeremy Mohney at Cousins Plaza. Both shows start at 4:30 p.m.

+ WEDNESDAY: Open Mic at The Merc
Looking for an excuse to revisit The Mercury Cafe now that it has new owners? Look no further than this monthly open mic from Our Revolution.

+ THURSDAY: Los Mocochetes Live @ History Colorado
Yes, it’s the same Los Mocochetes who are behind the City Cast Denver podcast’s theme song. They’ll be playing a free show outside History Colorado from 7 to 8 p.m.


Credit: Denver Botanic Gardens. Salvador Dalí, Lys (Lilium musicum) from FlorDali, 1968, photolithograph with original engraved remarque and color. Collection of The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2021. © 2020 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, ARS.

Suss Out Salvador Dalí’s Softer Side
Salvador Dalí’s about more than melting clocks; the surrealist artist was obsessed with the landscape of his native Catalonia, and expressed it in color lithographs that you’ve almost certainly never seen. Think: Intricate images of fruits and flowers that are at once comforting and bizarre. On loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, the exhibition of nearly 40 works is on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through August 22.

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