Inside Denver - April 22nd, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 22nd, 2019)

State sues over fracking air pollution / Denver commits $15.7M to fighting homelessness / Colorado vs. the ICEholes

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 After a dreary, 51-degree Monday, the sun will come out tomorrow and warm things up to 68 on Tuesday and 73 on Wednesday.

1. Colorado and the Environmental Protection Agency are suing an oil and gas company which, they say, failed to stop harmful air pollution at Denver-area storage facilities. The 27-page lawsuit alleges that HighPoint Operation Corporation allowed “excessive” release of volatile organic compounds at more than a dozen storage sites in Adams and Weld County since April 2014. The state and feds are requesting damages of between $37,500 and $97,229 per day. — DENVER POST

2. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has created a three-year, $15.7 million initiative to get people experiencing homelessness into housing and shelter. A new Department of Housing and Homelessness agency has been created as well. The city is contributing $11.2 million from its budget, has received $1 million from the Anschutz Foundation and is actively seeking donors for the remainder. About one-third of the funds will provide vouchers for permanent housing, while the rest will go toward operating day shelters. — DENVERITE

3. One in four Eagle County middle-schoolers has contemplated suicide, according to surveys from area health providers. Sixteen percent have an active plan, and nearly one person a day attempted suicide in the county in 2018. Nonprofit Vail Health is providing $60 million to improve mental health care in the area over the next decade. Colorado, too, has made teen mental health a priority, spending $1 billion each year on services. — COLORADO SUN

4. The majority of Colorado counties have no plan to fight the symptoms of climate change, including increasing wildfires, warmer weather and more polluted air. That’s according to a new report from the Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit. Southeast and northwest Colorado are most vulnerable, with a high portion of the population seeking medical treatment for heat-related illnesses. The changing climate will impact children and the elderly most, officials say. — CPR

5. For the first time since 2008, the Colorado Avalanche are moving on to the second round of the NHL playoffs. They beat the Calgary Flames in five games. The Avs are joined in the post-season by the Nuggets, who on Thursday take on the San Antonio Spurs in the fifth game of a tied first-round series. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

6. Colorado is considering a law to make it illegal to park a traditional car at an electrical vehicle charging station. Drivers of EVs say it’s akin to parking at a gas station pump and walking away. There’s even a name for these wrongdoers: ICEholes, for Internal Combustion Engine. — COLORADO SUN

7. A German shepherd found shivering and snow-covered in a Colorado ditch has been reunited with its owners in Florida. Cedar the dog was stolen from his family’s backyard in 2017; it's unclear how he got to Colorado. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

8. Even as environmentalists work to reintroduce beavers to Colorado, state officials consider them a nuisance wildlife. The aquatic species can defoliate numerous acres, but their proclivities have also shown to be beneficial to water quality and other wetland animals. — 5280

9. An exhibit at the Littleton Botanic Garden will feature supple saplings twisted and woven into sculptures. Stickwork opens April 27. — THE KNOW

10. RiNo is getting its own farmers market. The RiNo Fresh Market will run Saturdays, starting June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boxcar Park. — 303 MAGAZINE

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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