Inside Denver - April 15th, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 15th, 2019)

14,000 lbs. of Denver meat recalled / May 7 election voter guide / Colorado cops compete in lip sync TV show

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 Partly cloudy and sunny today, with a high of 73. Temps dip just a bit the next two days, with Wednesday topping out at 54 amid anticipated rain showers. 

1. Governor Jared Polis on Friday signed into a law a bill that will make public documents created during internal police investigations triggered by officer misconduct. Certain information will still be redacted, such as witness names or identifying information of officers not under investigation. Fourteen other states have similar laws, according to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

2. More than 14,000 lbs. of beef and pork from a Denver processing plant have been recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The facility produced the meat after-hours and without inspection. It was then shipped to Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. No one has gotten sick yet, but the USDA said that there is a “reasonable possibility” that eating the meat will result in illness. — DENVER POST

3. Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn wants to treat overdose deaths as homicides. He has pledged to go after doctors who prescribe large amounts of painkillers, as well as drug dealers selling fentanyl. Dunn also has spoken out against proposed safe injection sites in Denver. More than 1,000 Coloradans died due to drug overdoses in 2017. — COLORADO SUN

4. Voters on May 7 will pick a new (or stick with the same) mayor, along with a city council and some big ballot initiatives. There’s still time to register. And more than one way to turn in your ballot. This handy guide has a rundown of all the candidates for office, plus some pros and cons of Initiative 300, which will extend protections to unhoused residents, and 301, which will decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms in Denver. — DENVERITE

Powder Report

A storm will roll into Colorado Tuesday night, dumping 10+ inches in the northern mountains through Thursday — also your best chance for a powder day. For more details and a full forecast, go to

This weekend may be your last chance to ski or board some of the biggest resorts: Aspen, Snowmass, Winter Park, Copper and Vail all close Sunday. They’re pulling out all the stops for end-of-season parties, from the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt to an ’80s prom and LOTS of pond skimming. Find a full list of closing day events here.

5. Colorado Democrats are advancing a bill that would make it easier to seal criminal records. The law, if passed, would only apply to some misdemeanors and felony convictions. Domestic violence and sexual offenses would not be eligible. The intent is to make it easier for those with criminal records to find employment and housing, reducing recidivism. — COLORADO INDEPENDENT

6. NASA has been testing Mars rovers at Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park since the 1970s. The tradition continued Sunday with the Colorado Robotics Challenge, a NASA-funded competition for high school and college students. — CPR

7. Two Colorado law enforcement agencies will compete in a national cop lip syncing show aired by CBS. The network will launch Lip Sync to the Rescue in June. The Larimer County sheriff’s office and Castle Rock police department are among the finalists who will appear on the show. — THE KNOW

8. It’s Colorado Natural Wine Week. Grab a glass of hand-picked vino at Noble Riot in RiNo or LoDo’s Morin, two places helping fuel Denver’s au naturale movement. — 5280

9. 24-hour mountain relay races are not only a thing in Colorado, they’re gaining in popularity. There are no fewer than four scheduled this summer, and they aren’t your typical 5Ks: Each one is between 165-200 miles. — THE KNOW

10. Celebrate Tax Day with all-day happy hour at Tamayo, or use that big return to buy into a 12-course dinner recreation of the first meal served on the Titanic. There’s plenty to eat and drink in the Mile High City this week. — 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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