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Vaccination tracker 💉 
1,513,001 Coloradans are fully vaccinated as of 11:59 p.m. 4/19/21
That's roughly 26.3% of the state's 5.8 million population

Weather forecast: Hovering in the 30s with chances of snow showers all day ❄️

Yesterday afternoon, the jury delivered a verdict in the murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. They deemed him guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd. In response to the announcement, Mayor Michael Hancock said:

“This was the correct verdict. George Floyd received justice today, our community received justice today and the people received justice today. George Floyd’s death sparked a long overdue reckoning on race in our country. This trial, and this guilty verdict, may be just one step toward reconciliation, but it is a powerful moment for the cause of equal justice in our society."

City Councilmember Candi CdeBaca tweeted:

"This country just saved itself from an immediate burn down. The short-term win is the guilty verdict but stay tuned for the fairness of the sentencing AND for meaningful change in policing & public safety. The work has just begun."

The mayor directly called on city officials and local faith leaders to provide spaces — virtual and in-person — where residents can safely express their thoughts and process the verdict. He said conversations should focus on the local community and collective healing as we move forward.

“Millions of people, including myself, have watched this trial, and it has been very emotionally charged, difficult and challenging for all of us. A very painful moment has been relived, reopening wounds not only in our personal experiences, but also in the very fabric of our society,” the mayor said.

[Denver Post; CBS4; KDVR]

—Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)

✍️ Gov. Polis signs two new gun bills into law
The new regulations crack down on safe gun storage practices and require gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm within five days of realizing it's missing. [CO Sun]

🍽️ 9 Black-owned Colorado restaurants awarded grant money
In partnership with Planterra Foods, the Colorado Restaurant Association announced earlier this year a grant program geared toward Black-owned restaurants that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The nine selected businesses will each receive $2,000 for a gift card program to boost business. [Denver Business Journal]
👉 What you can do: Pick one (or several!) restaurants from this list to dine at. 

🏠 Denver approves $5 million in updates to homeless resources
City Council approved three contract amendments that will inject fresh funding in existing programs that provide temporary housing, housing placement, and treatment services (think: nursing care, behavioral health care, and case management). [Denver Voice]

🍕 Denver's best pizza (according to YOU all...)
The results for The Know's Denver pizza bracket are in and a victor has finally been crowned. In a nail-biting, neck-and-neck race to the finish, Deli Italia beat Cart Driver by only 2 percentage points. Me? Well, I'm more of a deep dish gal myself. [The Know]
Denver reacts to the Chauvin verdict
Today on City Cast Denver, we listen in as state legislators share their reactions, their grief, and their plans to advance police accountability in our state.

+ TONIGHT: Virtual pad thai cooking class
Learn to cook pad thai alongside a Thai food expert. With tickets ringing in at $20 a piece, this virtual class will raise funds for Denver nonprofit The New America College, which is dedicated to teaching English to adults. Buy tickets here

+ TOMORROW: Virtual wine tasting
Allow winemaker and executive sommelier Paul Bonacquisti of Denver's own Bonacquisti Wine Co. to walk you through an hour-long, five-bottle wine tasting as you explore the process of crushing, fermenting, and bottling wines. Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter of Huntington's Disease Society of America. Buy tickets here

+ TOMORROW: South Platte River Clean-Up
Walk the walk this Earth Day and participate in the city's South Platte River Clean-Up from 3-4 p.m., followed immediately by a happy hour at Number Thirty Eight taproom. Find details here
Image: A screen grab from the video posted to Twitter here
Watch a video of one Boulder resident's close encounter with a mountain lion caught prowling the snow in her yard. Don't worry, there's a glass window between them, but there's definitely some heart-pounding eye contact happening as he scopes her out. [Daily Camera]
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