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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

You might want to keep wearing your mask, and not because of COVID-19.

As of Friday, Colorado hit a record 19-day streak of high ozone alerts, with the state health department warning residents of dangerous air quality conditions and urging people to stay indoors and avoid driving. According to the Denver Post, ozone pollution along the Front Range reached levels 48% higher than the federal health limit

As I mentioned in my Friday newsletter, Colorado also missed its July 20 deadline to meet certain (lower) ozone levels.

All of this will likely result in the EPA changing Colorado’s air quality violator status from “serious” to “severe,” which will lead to new, stricter statewide anti-pollution restrictions

On top of all that, remember the Employee Trip Reduction Program I wrote about last week? Because of objections from the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser withdrew that proposal.

Bottom line: Colorado’s air is pretty bad right now, and if something doesn’t change, this may not be just a “bad summer” like I keep trying to convince myself... [Denver Post]

☀️ 🕶️ If you dare to venture outside, it’s going to be sunny with a high around 93 today and a 20% chance of storms after 1 p.m.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

PSA: Highland Bridge closed all week
Beginning today at 8 a.m., Denver's Highland Bridge will be closed for maintenance. The bridge is located on 16th Street and connects the lower Highland neighborhood to downtown for pedestrians and cyclists. Commuters will be redirected to the 15th Street bridge. Maintenance work is scheduled to conclude Friday by 5 p.m. [Denver Gazette]

🧹 A sweeping victory for Denver janitors
On Friday, Denver janitors and members of the Service Employees International Union Local 105 reached an unprecedented agreement with area contractors that included significant wage increases and improved working conditions. The new three-year agreement will impact nearly 2,500 area janitors and the 80-plus contactors that employ them. [SEIU Local 105]

🎢 Lakeside is back, baby!
It’s not Casa Bonita, but it’s the second most anticipated reopening of the summer (OK, that’s just my opinion) — the return of Lakeside Amusement Park. The park held its official grand reopening on Thursday night, with fresh new infrastructure improvements to show off. I haven’t stopped by, so I cannot confirm, but rumor has it there are even some new rides. [The Know]

✊🏾 Denver preserves Black Panther history
Denverites with a library card can now peruse eight rare, excellent-condition issues of the Black Panther Party’s official newspaper, thanks to a recent acquisition by the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library in Five Points. The Blair-Caldwell branch is one of only a few U.S. public libraries committed to the research and preservation of Black history. Librarians plan to use these archives to help educate Denver’s public on the Panthers and what they stood for. [See photos 👉 Denverite]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The Case Against a Denver Olympics
17 mins
Fifty years ago, former CO governor Dick Lamm led a campaign to block the 1976 Winter Olympics from coming to Denver. Today, City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi talks with Lamm about what it would take for him to support a Denver Olympics bid in the future. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TODAY: The State of the City 2021
Mayor Michael Hancock is set to give his annual address on the state of Denver this morning at 10 a.m. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

+ TUESDAY: Redistricting Commissions Public Hearing
Now’s your chance to share input with the state’s redistricting commissions on how the new congressional and legislative maps should look. Attend the Denver public hearing in-person or virtually at 7 p.m.

+ WEDNESDAY: Chicano Music Festival
Wednesday kicks off the five-day 25th annual Chicano Music Festival at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center.

🗺️ MADE IN DENVER
Credit: Adrift Tiki Bar

You don’t want to go outside in this weather (or this air quality), but you don’t want to stay home either. Solution: 5280’s roundup of Front Rage bars and restaurants that offer an “element of escapism.” Travel to the deepest thickets of the forest; to a beachy island hideaway; to Wisconsin — all without actually leaving Denver, and all with a craft cocktail in hand. Happy travels! 🧳 🛫

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