Inside Denver - April 18th, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 18th, 2019)

Schools reopen after manhunt / Air Force Academy enforces transgender ban / Free national park entrance Saturday

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 A mix of sun and clouds this weekend, with clear skies Friday and a high of 73. Sunday will be stormy and 62.

1. Dozens of school districts in the Denver metro reopened today after mass closures Wednesday due to a potential violent threat. An 18-year-old Florida woman flew to Colorado and purchased a shotgun. Her parents said she was infatuated with the Columbine School shooting, which happened 20 years ago this weekend. The woman was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Mt. Evans after a massive manhunt. — DENVER POST

2. Dozens of people have visited Columbine High School in the two decades since a mass shooting there, creating security concerns for school officials. Some, like the 18-year-old that shut down dozens of schools Wednesday, have an obsession with the shooters and violence. But many loved ones of victims visit as well, returning each year to a site they consider sacred. — CPR

3. The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has begun to enforce President Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the armed forces. The school confirmed that cadets selected before April 12 are exempt from the new policy, but those admitted after that date will have to comply. It is estimated that 14,700 members of the military identify as transgender. — CPR/ASSOCIATED PRESS

4. Property taxes are expected to increase by 17 percent in the next two years, as values boom across Colorado. The rising rates mean more money for schools: About $99 million extra next year. The bigger education slice includes $25 million for rural schools specifically and $5 million for mental health needs. — COLORADO SUN

On Tap

Easter weekend has something special in store for beer lovers: an Easter Stroopwafel & Beer Pairing at River North Brewery with Good Sugar Baking from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday. Among the iconic couplings: Marshmallow chicks stroopwafel with River North White; classic caramel stroopwafel with Whiskey Barrel Quandary; hazelnut spread stroopwafel with Soirée Raspberry sour; peanut butter egg stroopwafel with Mountain Haze. 

Get your green on Monday, April 22 (also known as Earth Day) and join Eco-Cycle at Crazy Mountain Brewery between 5:30-7:30 pm for Denver Earth Day Social Hour. Sip on your favorite brews and learn about upcoming waste/climate-related bills in Colorado.

These selections are brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. See a full calendar of boozy events on her Facebook page.

5. More than 11,000 people moved to Denver last year, according to census data — an average of 921 each month. The city has grown 20% since 2010, mostly due to migrants to the state. — DENVER POST

6. A planned Home Depot in Globewill may add apartments to the top of the building in response to concerns from neighbors and officials. The retailer is moving into what is supposed to be a transit-oriented, walkable area; residents worry a big box store will disrupt that. — DENVERITE

7. Even if J.C. isn’t your thing, you can have a religious experience catching the sunrise service at Red Rocks this Easter. Or for something decidedly more pagan, drop in on the adults-only Worst F’ing Easter Egg Hunt Ever. — WESTWORD

8. Leftovers never looked so good: Little Scrap Kitchen uses the bits and pieces left over from preparing meals for parties to craft tasty sandwiches. The pop-up eatery is open only once a week on Wednesdays. — 5280

9. A Cider Circus is coming to RiNo on Aug. 24. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Ciders on tap offered along traditional circus acts. The event is moving from Copper Mountain into town this year. — 303 MAGAZINE

10. Entrance to Colorado’s four national parks is free this Saturday, April 20, in honor of National Parks Week. Expect some special events and offerings, too. — THE KNOW

Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a 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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