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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

We haven’t talked about COVID in a while, and apparently Gov. Jared Polis thought so too. He hosted his most recent COVID address on Wednesday and here is the “too long, didn’t watch” summary:

Will we be masking back up due to the delta variant?
Nope! At least, not as long as hospitalizations remain stable, says Polis. [CO Politics]
👉 Listen to yesterday’s episode of City Cast Denver with epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Samet on just how concerned we should be about the delta variant.

Will masks be required at school?
Not if you’re a student, teacher, or staff member who’s been vaccinated, according to state guidelines. Masks are recommended for anyone not vaccinated, meaning all students under 12. Individual districts can implement stricter policies [Chalkbeat]
👉 Read the state’s complete 2021-22 back-to-school guidelines.

More free cash!
The governor announced two more incentive programs:

  1. Vaccinated students at 13 of the state’s community colleges can enter to win one of 67 available scholarships. [Chalkbeat]
  2. Anyone who receives a first or second dose of the vaccine at a participating clinic will get a $100 Walmart gift card while supplies last.

👙 ⛱️ It’s going to be a pool weekend for sure with highs in the low 90s and lots of sun (minus the afternoon storms, of course).

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚘 How would YOU make Denver transit safer?
“Denver Moves Everyone 2050” is a new city campaign that is soliciting feedback from residents about how to improve transportation in Denver. The overall aim is to create safer streets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve city transit through equitable, community-sourced solutions. [Patch]
👉 What you can do: Take the survey and supply your input here.


🏭 Denver misses another important EPA deadline
Tuesday marked an important deadline for Denver to hit certain ozone levels, and we missed it. It’s not the first mark we’ve missed either. In 2019, after failing to meet our ozone numbers then too, the Denver Metro/North Front Range region was classified as a “serious violator” of clean air laws. Likely, this latest miss will lead to new state anti-pollution measures. [CO Newsline]

Park Hill safe campsite facing more resident appeals
The city’s Board of Adjustments for Zoning Appeals is scheduled to hear a challenge regarding the Safe Outdoor Space for people experiencing homelessness located at the Park Hill United Methodist Church. Despite the success of two previous safe campsites in Capitol Hill, the Park Hill location has been challenged from the beginning with a total of 28 area residents filing three separate appeals against the site. The Park Hill lease runs through the end of the year. [Westword]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver from back in May to learn more about the decision to open the Park Hill safe campsite.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The Case for a Denver Olympics
17 mins
With the Tokyo Olympics finally beginning tonight, we're exploring Denver's fascinating, unique relationship with the Games. Our guest today: IMA Financial Group CEO Robert Cohen, the man who led the most recent effort to bring the Olympics to Denver.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TONIGHT: Bike-in Movie Night
Bicycle shop Framework Cycles invites you to a bike-in movie night beginning with a community bike ride and ending with a bicycle-themed film screening. Picnic blankets and snacks are encouraged!

+ SATURDAY: Colorado Homegrown
Celebrate Colorado culture at this one-day concert event in Civic Center Park spotlighting local music, food, and entertainment from 3-11 p.m.

+ ALL WEEKEND: “30 Years Later” Screening
To mark the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Denver Office of Storytelling produced a short film, “30 Years Later,” highlighting the impacts of the ADA in Denver. Stream it for free this weekend only through Denver Film’s Virtual Cinema Platform.

+ ALL WEEKEND: RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival
For the first time ever, the 49th annual RockyGrass bluegrass festival in the small foothills town of Lyons will be available to watch via livestream on NOCOAST TV, complete with behind the scenes artist interviews.

🦛 MOMENT OF JOY

Credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Facebook

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs welcomed someone new and adorable to the hippo habitat this week. The 28-year-old Nile Hippopotamus Zambezi gave birth to the zoo’s first baby hippo in 32 years. As long as Baby and Mom continue to bond well on their own, zoo staff won’t conduct an examination for another month — until then, we won’t know the sex and Baby won’t have a name. To hear more about how Zambezi and her little one are doing (and to see some precious baby hippo ear wiggles) watch this video from the zoo’s Facebook page. [KDVR]

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