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The deadline for many Colorado employees to get their mandatory COVID vaccination came and went last Thursday, Sept. 30. So what’s next for the people who didn’t comply?

Well, Gov. Jared Polis isn’t messing around. He’s made that clear before, but reiterated it again when he issued an executive order this Sunday to streamline the disciplinary process for state employees that didn’t meet the deadline. The governor eliminated a step in the process that gave employees a week’s notice and a pre-disciplinary meeting before action was taken. Now, the state can skip straight to the discipline part, which in some cases might mean termination.

Also not messing around? UCHealth. The health organization fired more than 100 employees for refusing to get vaccinated before the Sept. 30 deadline. Granted, that number is less than 0.5% of the company’s workforce, which employs roughly 26,500 people statewide.

Still, some Colorado health officials have proposed softening the mandate for health care workers to avoid staffing shortages at hospitals and nursing homes as a result of losing unvaxxed employees. The proposal would only require 90% compliance from a hospital staff, instead of the current 100%. The Colorado Board of Health could consider this change at its upcoming Oct. 21 meeting.
[CO Sun; Denver Post]

🌤️ Today will be mostly warm and sunny with a high around 78, but be prepared for a teeny tiny chance of rain in the morning.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


🛫 DIA soon to be the “greenest airport in the world”?
On Monday, the Denver International Airport announced its intent to be “one of the greenest airports in the world,” starting with the two brand new solar farms currently being built on airport property. When finished, the project will result in more than 140 acres of solar panels generating enough electricity to power roughly 6,000 Denver homes, a feat that is projected to save the airport more than $3 million over 25 years. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Read up on other ways DIA is going green.

💰 City allocates $10 million for supportive housing
Denver City Council unanimously approved $10 million in bonds to renovate The Forum Apartments near Civic Center Park, a 100-unit building complex that provides supportive housing to Denverites experiencing homelessness. The money will help replace the building’s heating and cooling systems, update furnishings, and improve shared spaces. The council also voted to keep the complex reserved for affordable housing for another 60 years. [Denverite]

HelloFresh’s Aurora employees consider unionizing
Aurora-based HelloFresh employees will attempt to unionize later this month, citing low wages and unsafe working conditions. Since launching in Germany a decade ago, this marks the company’s first U.S. unionization attempt. Starting Oct. 28, staff will have until Nov. 22 to cast their votes. An in-person rally in Aurora is scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 10. [CPR]


Why Casa Bonita is Textbook Fun (and Why Matt and Trey Couldn't Ruin It If They Tried)
17 mins
After taking a tour of Casa Bonita last week, Producer Paul Karolyi and Host Bree Davies wondered: what makes Casa Bonita fun? Bree chats with David Thomas, an actual “Professor of Fun” to find out why good design makes this Colorado destination a blast. 

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+ FRIDAY: MCA Denver Birthday Party
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is hosting a free themed rooftop birthday party, and you’re invited to party like it’s 1996.

+ FRIDAY: Draconids Meteor Shower
Did you miss Sunday’s insane outer space light show? (See below 👇) Better catch this one: the Draconids meteor shower, which peaks this Friday right after sunset.

+ FRIDAY: Local Author Conversation
Denver author Marie Thomas (aka Mariefromthe303) and Tattered Cover’s own Anya Dickson-Arguello are co-hosting a discussion on “An Afro-Latina’s Guide to a White World”.


Screengrab from the video compilation provided by

Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, dozens of people across the Front Range reported seeing a massive fireball streak across the sky. A few people even claim to have heard an accompanying boom. What I would have assumed was the apocalypse was in fact a really bright meteor that strayed extra close to earth — like 10 to 20 miles from the ground close, according to what Chris Peterson from Cloudbait Observatory told CBS4. The “shooting stars” we are used to seeing are typically 60-70 miles high, Peterson went on to say. Check out this video compilation from featuring snippets of the fireball caught on security cameras and Ring doorbells across Colorado — it’s pretty damn neat. 

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