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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

City officials are seeking six Denverites to make up the brand new (and highly controversial) Street Enforcement Team, which is part of the mayor’s latest plan to address homelessness in the city.

The group will be made up of civilians with the power to issue citations for things like breaking park curfews, trespassing, and camping on the streets. While the team isn’t meant to exclusively target people experiencing homelessness, it was founded in part on the idea of removing the police presence from “street sweeps,” or the dispelling of illegal homeless encampments.

Many homeless advocacy groups believe this is far from the solution for homelessness in Denver, stating that giving out fines to unhoused residents will just be another hurdle in their search for housing.

The city’s Public Safety Department has already begun the hiring process and expects the new program to roll out in a couple months. Applicants are required to have a GED and experience with regulation compliance, enforcement, and community outreach.
[9News]

👉 What you can do: Check out the official job posting.

☀️ ☔ Same forecast, different day: Sunny temps near the 90s with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

👋 Hey all! I am so happy to be back in your inboxes! But major claps for CCD producer Paul, for being an awesome stand-in newsletter writer 👏

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🔎 The return of Tay Anderson
Back in May, Denver school board member Tay Anderson volunteered to step away from his role with the district pending an investigation into sexual assault allegations against him (all of which he has denied). But in an open letter to the school board released yesterday, Anderson says he will be returning to his full-time duties effective immediately, because the investigation is taking much longer than he anticipated and no credible evidence has surfaced. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: If you’re not caught up on the Tay Anderson drama, get the rundown here.


🌲 No trailhead parking? No problem.
Jefferson County is launching a pilot partnership with ride-hailing service Lyft that will take hikers directly to area trailheads at a discounted rate. This will mean more rides for Lyft and no more parking snafus for hikers — win-win. The four trailheads included in the pilot program are the Table Mountain Park - West Trailhead, South Table Mountain Park - Camp George West Trailhead, SouthTable Mountain Park - Golden Hills Access, and White Ranch Park - East Trailhead. [Colorado Community Media]

🚧 More I-70 closures
If it seems like I’ve been saying that a lot lately, it’s because I have. Yet another chunk of Interstate 70 will be closed this weekend for the massive Central 70 project. Starting tomorrow at 10 p.m., the eastbound lanes between Brighton Boulevard and Interstate 270 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday. The following weekend, a portion of the westbound lanes will be closed. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Find out more about this weekend’s closure and the Central 70 project. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

At 142 Years Old, History Colorado is Still Finding New Stories to Tell
14 mins
History Colorado has a brand new executive director, and she’s on a mission to tell a fuller, more inclusive version of our state’s history. Today on the show, Dawn DiPrince talks to us about her plans for History Colorado’s future.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: AbEx Olympics
In anticipation of the 2021 Olympic Games, Clyfford Still Museum is hosting an evening of Abstract Expressionist art games where you can unleash your creativity while competing for bronze, silver, or gold medals.

+ FRIDAY: Bicycle Film Festival
This weekend kicks off the 10-day Bicycle Film Festival, highlighting cycling through art, film, and music in an array of bicycle-centric short films.

+ SATURDAY: Boulder Creek Festival
Take a trip up to Boulder for a day full of street eats, live music, a local makers’ market, and family-friendly activities. 

📚 MADE IN DENVER
Credit: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is Colorado’s nonprofit literary arts center, and its mission is to ensure literature maintains its proper prominence in culture and individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. For over 20 years, Lighthouse Writers Workshop has offered award-winning writing workshops, author events, and community engagement programs to people of all ages and backgrounds in Denver and beyond. For more information, visit lighthouse writers.org.

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