Inside Denver - April 11th, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 11th, 2019)

Lobbyists find success with Denver mayor / School threats rising in Colorado / Meow Wolf ride opening at Elitch

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 Yesterday's spring storm is lingering, bringing more showers Thursday and keeping temps in the 40s through Saturday. Sunday will be a return to warmth, with an expected high of 65 and some sunshine.

1. Lobbyists who have traveled with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on several long-distance and international flights represent companies who have been awarded $1 billion in city contracts, according to an exhaustive investigation by CPR. Hancock is often joined on flights by lobbyists, senior city officials and city council members, and the CEO of Denver International Airport. The mayor has been criticized previously for accepting free travel from DIA, which has added 12 direct international routes during his tenure. — CPR

2. Threats of violence from students have risen sharply in Colorado school districts over the past decade. Some districts perform hundreds of threat assessments each year; Jefferson County, which includes Columbine High School, averages four to five investigations per school day. Officials say the approach is working, helping to prevent mass shootings like the one at Columbine 20 years ago. But some parents and attorneys worry that students' civil rights are being violated. — COLORADO SUN

3. University of Colorado regents unanimously voted Mark Kennedy as the preferred pick for university president. The Republican president of the University of North Dakota also served as a congressman from Minnesota. His conservative record, including votes against abortion rights and same-sex marriage, sparked criticism from students. The regents will hold a final vote in two weeks. — BOULDER DAILY CAMERA

4. Eastbound I-70 from Aurora to the Kansas border remained closed Thursday morning as a spring storm moved through Denver and onto the eastern plains. The system dropped several inches of snow and brought winds up to 65 mph. Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled, and parts of the city were without power Wednesday. — DENVER POST

On Tap

A little spring storm won’t stop Cherry Creek Beer Garden from heralding spring with its launch party Friday. Eat and drink for a good cause, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.

If the taste of old wood is your thing, check out the Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival on Saturday. Approximately 40 breweries and distilleries will bring their boozy best to RiNo, along with food trucks, live music and more.

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

5. Lakewood is considering a summer ballot measure to cap growth in the city at 1% each year and require city council approval for projects with more than 40 apartments. It’s the latest pushback against constant construction in the Denver metro as cities struggle to build enough housing to keep pace with population growth. — DENVERITE

6. The Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to build a train from the Wyoming town to Denver. It’s been a major issue of the business organization since 2016 as a way to make commuting to Colorado safer during the windy winter months. A project manager has been hired and is in talks with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. — LARAMIE LIVE

7. A Denver home formerly owned by the godfather of cable television will soon become an officially designated historic property. Bill Daniels’ Cableland has four bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, four kitchens and once held 88 televisions, evidence of its owners obsession. — DENVERITE

8. Denver Indie Comics & Art Expo, better known by its infinitely cuter acronym, DiNK, returns this weekend. The two-day show features the best of alternative and independent art forms, including tattoos, zines, street art and, of course, comics. — THE KNOW

9. It’s months away, but you should still mark your calendars for Denver BBQ Fest, returning for its second year to the Broncos stadium. The free event will run June 14-16. A pitmaster lineup was released this week.Yum. — 303 MAGAZINE

10. Meow Wolf’s ride at Elitch Gardens debuts next week. A handful of Denver artists worked on the ride, called Kaleidoscope, and described it in one word: Psychedelic. — WESTWORD

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 currently 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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