Inside Denver - March 28th, 2019

Inside Denver (Mar 28th, 2019)

Patients pay more for mental health / Construction broom brings more art / New event highlights old beer

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 Enjoy the 68-degree high today, because Saturday will bring snow showers to the Mile High City, and a high temp of 42. Friday and Sunday offer some respite, with partly sunny skies and highs of 55 and 50, respectively.

1. Colorado lawmakers have introduced legislation, House Bill 1269, to force insurance companies to provide equal benefits for mental health and physical health conditions. That’s been the law of the land since 2008, but compliance is low. Mental health providers are paid 30 percent less by the state’s insurers, and patients pay for out-of-network care at a rate seven times higher than they do for other medical care.  — COLORADO SUN

2. All but one of Denver’s 15 unsolved murders from 2015 involved victims of color, according to a review by Westword. More than half of homicides from 2010 to 2017 resulted in no arrests, and 22 of the 58 killings in 2017 remain unsolved. Nationally, 50 percent of murders remain unsolved, according to a 2018 report by the Washington Post. — WESTWORD

3. RVs will no longer be allowed to park on Colorado Springs’ streets, after the city council voted in a ban. Social workers and nonprofit leaders decried the move, which they say will put vulnerable populations on the street. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, local laws against occupied vehicles have more than doubled in recent years, as rising housing prices have forced many out of homes and into cars. — COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE

4. Denver’s nighttime skyline will lose some of its orange glow as 44,000 streetlights are replaced with LEDs over the next year. The new bulbs use less energy, saving the city $844,000 a year, and emit a whiter light than the old ones.  — DENVER POST

On Tap

Locavore Beer Works in Littleton (5950 S Platte Canyon Road) is releasing Split the Baby, its award-winning Lemon Blueberry Wheat Ale on Saturday, March 30th. Can't attend the release? Catch Split the Baby at The Rooftop at Coors Field throughout the month of April. (No babies were harmed in the making of this beer.)

Start the morning off right on Sunday, March 31st at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St.) where Ratio and friends will be serving up coffee, six different coffee beers, breakfast and more at the 2019 Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Festival.

On Tap is brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. For a full calendar of events, visit her Facebook page.

5. Crushed by car traffic, Colorado’s ski resorts are turning to a rideshare app to ease the vehicular burden. RIDE (short for Reduced Individual Driving for the Environment) gives users perks like resort swag; discounted, transferable lift passes; primo parking and early access in exchange for carpooling. — COLORADO SUN

6. Colorado’s logo has a new look, unveiled by Governor Jared Polis on Tuesday. The state flag’s letter C, plus some mountains and an evergreen tree, replaced the Hickenlooper-era green triangle (meant to evoke a mountain). Hick got heat for spending $2.4 million on his logo; Polis chose in-house design and a slow rollout, costing taxpayers a grand total of zero extra dollars. — DENVER POST

7. Denver’s construction boom may be frustrating residents, but it’s also fueling art. Every project over $1 million has to dedicate 1 percent of its budget to public art, resulting in 10-15 new pieces every year. — DENVERITE

8. Alien conspiracy theories notwithstanding, DIA is tops once again in a survey of best airports in the U.S. Frequent travelers get the say in the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards, ranking Denver high for its ease of use, shopping and overall experience. — DENVER POST

9. History Colorado Center is hosting a beer fest featuring all brews from the past. Historic Styles Brewfest, on July 20, will feature 25 beers of yesteryear: the good, the bad and the just plain gross. — THE KNOW

10. It’s Denver Fashion Week, but if fancy clothes aren’t your thing, you can get down at a silent disco, grab a scoop at the opening of a new ice cream shop, or color while you knock back cocktails. You know spring is in swing when the number of weekend offerings climbs this high. — 303MAGAZINE

Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a Boulder-based freelance journalist who has resided in/reported on the Denver metro for six years. She current runs Boulder Beat, a weekly newsletter covering local government, and enjoys beer, biking and maintaining a plucky Twitter account, @shayshinecastle.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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