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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

Starting next week, you can expect some major traffic changes coming to Interstate 70, between Brighton and Colorado boulevards, as the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Mile High Shift" project kicks into action. 

The longterm plan is to redirect both eastbound and westbound lanes about 30 feet below ground. The highway will then run underneath a 4-acre "land bridge" that will eventually host two soccer fields, an amphitheater, and a playground. (See the rendering below.)

The upcoming construction is part of the much larger, $1.2 billion Central 70 Project to rebuild a 10-mile stretch of the highway, which began in April 2018. CDOT anticipates finishing the project by the end of 2022. 

Starting May 21, the highway will be closed in both directions while the lanes are shifted. Access to the new lowered section should open Monday, May 24.

👉 What you can do: [Denver7KDVR; CO Politics]

Image courtesy of CDOT

Today's weather: Sunny and 75! ☀️ 

—Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)

🚨 Update: Colorado Springs deadly mass shooting
Colorado Springs law enforcement has identified the man suspected of fatally shooting six people (then himself) at a family birthday party over the weekend. Police named Teodoro Macias as the alleged shooter. Officials also released the names of all six victims: Sandra Ibarra-Perez (28), Jose Ibarra (26), Jose Gutierrez (21), Mayra Ibarra De Perez (33), Melvin Perez (30), and Joana Cruz (52). [Denver Post]

😷 Most of metro Denver will drop COVID restrictions this Sunday
Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, and Broomfield counties (but not Denver) are officially scaling COVID restrictions down to "Level Clear" status this weekend. This means indoor settings including bars, restaurants, retail stores, and offices can return to 100% capacity. However, the state's mask mandate is still in place (when a group of 10 or more people are in an indoor setting, masks must be worn unless 80% of people present can show proof of vaccination). [CBS4]

💉 Wondering when and where to get your 12 year olds vaxxed?
On Monday, federal regulators authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15. The state health department is waiting for guidance from the CDC before making shots available, but officials believe that could come before the end of this week. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Check out this FAQ on getting your children (12+) vaccinated.

🌱 More cannabis businesses are coming to (some of) Denver
Starting next month, Denver will begin accepting new applications for cannabis business licenses for the first time since 2016 — but only within certain neighborhoods that aren't already oversaturated. Applicants must qualify for "social equity" and adhere to proximity restrictions. [BusinessDen]

🚫 Former Buffalo Exchange employees file civil lawsuit
Last summer, former employees at South Broadway's Buffalo Exchange retail store came forward with allegations of sexual assault leveled at franchise manager Todd Colletti. In December, the Denver District Attorney's office announced it would not be filing charges. Now, four former employees are filing a civil lawsuit in Denver District Court. [Denver Post]
James Beard Award-winning author Adrian E. Miller joins host Bree Davies to talk about his new book, “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.” Miller digs into Colorado’s role in the history of this culinary art form and talks about some of the critical figures who made their mark on the centuries-old food tradition. 


+ SATURDAY: New City Park Farmers Market
The city's newest farmers market debuts this weekend at 2551 E. Colfax Ave. It will feature 60 local vendors and run Saturday mornings through October 30. 

+ SATURDAY: Free Citizenship Workshop
Local immigration lawyers and experts will offer a free, virtual workshop for people in the metro area who want to apply to become American citizens. 

+ SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Sloan's Lake Spring Bazaar
Sloan’s Lake Spring Bazaar is back! Usher in the season with this two-day makers marketplace supporting local food, fashion, art, and more.
(Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post/Getty Images)
As a kid in Denver, I spent a lot of time on 16th Street Mall. My mom worked there for a time and would leave me and my sister to explore the strip. Eventually, I worked there for a few years myself. I've seen a lot of things change on the mall in the last two decades, but I could always count on Robo Mike. The man behind the robot costume, Michael Potts, has been performing on 16th Street since the 1980s. He's a Denver icon, and if he didn't know that before, he knows it now. In the midst of a global pandemic, Robo Mike slipped below the radar for a little while, and when rumors of his death began circulating recently, Denver went into full-blown panic mode. Thankfully though, Robo Mike has since been contacted. He told Denverite he's alive and well and definitely coming back to 16th Street soon. [Denverite]
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