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Friday, July 9, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

When my parents flew in to visit last weekend, they did not have good things to say about their time at Denver International Airport. And it turns out they weren’t alone.

Fourth of July weekend was reportedly the busiest the airport has been since the pandemic began last March, though there was still 12% less foot traffic than there was during the same holiday weekend back in 2019. Combine that with an uptick in flight delays, and airport officials are recommending visitors give themselves plenty of extra time to get to their flight.

Per federal guidelines, all airport visitors are still required to wear masks. So make sure to grab one before heading out to navigate construction on the Great Hall Project and the ongoing closure of long-term shuttle lots (reopening is set for September 1).

“Obviously, construction walls [in the terminal] still make it a little hard to get around the middle,” outgoing DIA CEO Kim Day told the Denver Post. “But … they’ve only got a few more months to be patient with us. By the holidays, all those walls will be down.”
[Denver Post]

👉 What you can do: Listen to last week’s episode of City Cast Denver about Phil Washington, Mayor Michael Hancock’s pick to take over for Day, and his plan to clean up the mess.

🌞 Today’s weather: It’s going to be hot as blazes out there today, with expected highs in the upper 90s, but it’s supposed to cool off over the weekend for the All-Star Game festivities.

— Paul Karolyi, (@paulkarolyi)

P.S. Hi, all! I’m sorry to say that Peyton is going to be away for a few days on a much-deserved vacation, but we can get through this together! She’ll be back on Thursday. 

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🦟 Watch out for West Nile
We’ve still got COVID-19 to worry about, and now West Nile is back in Colorado. Weekly mosquito tests, which are apparently a thing that happens in some parts of the state, found the virus in Weld County recently. While most people who catch it never show symptoms, West Nile can be fatal so the state health department recommends copious insect repellent and avoiding outdoor activities at dawn and dusk. [Denver Post]

🚨 Colorado cops can no longer use ketamine
Two years after the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora, Governor Jared Polis signed a new law this week barring law enforcement from using the powerful sedative. After Aurora police forcibly detained the 23-year-old, paramedics administered a dose of ketamine that McClain’s family says was far too large for a person his size and contributed to his death. [Colorado Sun]

🦍 Pandemic ticketing to remain at Denver Zoo
When the pandemic hit, Denver Zoo had to lay off staff, cut visiting hours, implement a timed ticketing system, and make a bunch of other changes. It changed the way it felt to visit the zoo, and it turns out lots of people loved it! So zoo officials say timed ticketing is here to stay. [Denver Business Journal]

🔭  Dark skies at night, Coloradans delight
Thanks to the local astronomy community, Colorado is now home to seven internationally recognized dark-sky locations, including the totally underrated camping sites at Jackson Lake. And here’s a hot tip from a fellow stargazer: there’s going to be a New Moon tonight, so the stars will be extra crisp. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Plan your next trip to one of our International Dark Sky Places.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Mudslides, Ketamine, and Beer for Life 

15 minutes 

City Cast Denver producers Paul Karolyi and Xandra McMahon hop on the mics to catch up on the mudslides blocking I-70, All-Star Weekend, Colorado’s new ketamine law, and other big news of the week.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ FRIDAY: Reels on Wheels
The city of Westminster is hosting drive-in movies all July. This week’s theme: sing-a-long, so get ready to dust off your a capella chops for “Pitch Perfect.”

+ SATURDAY: Colorado Tiny House Festival
Check out the latest in tiny dwelling fashion. This annual fest returns to Brighton and features tiny houses, container homes, bus/van conversions, and more!

+ SATURDAY: Waxcat @ Lost Lake
Waxcat, a relative newcomer to Denver’s electronic scene, takes the stage for their first full-capacity show since the pandemic. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets start at $15.

+ SUNDAY: “Hot Rod Stomp” Cruise-In & Car Show
Back Street Tavern & Grill hosts this classic car tradition. From 10am to 1pm, you can watch the cruise and listen to tunes free of charge.

☀️  SUMMER IN THE CITY

Credit: Rainbow Militia

Attend a Circus Performance Centered Around Beer 🎪🍻

The Denver performing arts and circus collective Rainbow Militia is always worth your time and trouble. Their latest promises to be even more refreshing: "Beer Quest" combines dragons, wizards, and of course beer in this interactive, immersive performance that takes audiences on a trip through Denver's brewery scene. The show runs July 15 through August 1 and is a 21+ event. [LINK]

Sounds like fun, huh? If you want more of our personal recommendations for summer in Denver, all you’ve got to do is get one friend to sign up for this very newsletter. There’s a bunch of other cool prizes if you refer more people, too, so grab your referral link today by signing up for our Perks Program and start spreading the good word!

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