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Inside Denver (Jun 3rd, 2019)

 It finally feels like summer... albeit a rainy one. Temps will hover in the 70s and 80s this week, and afternoon showers are expected Tuesday and Wednesday.

1. A Colorado congressional committee on school shootings spent $24,826, and yet produced no legislation or recommendations. The School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee met for the last time in 2016, despite never being formally disbanded. The eight-member group was formed in response to school shootings and crafted seven bills: none of which made it out of the committee. It met seven times but produced only a small report before dissolving for reasons that remain unclear. Former members say the time they spent was wasted and unhelpful, and expressed hope that a revamped committee would have more success. — DENVER POST

2. State wildfire experts are rejoicing at Colorado’s higher-than-average snowpack. But the high amount of moisture in the snow has put officials on alert for potential flooding. All of Colorado got a lot of precipitation this season; snow levels range from 324% to 728% of normal. This week’s predicted high temperatures in the 80s may cause quick melts and runoff from the mountains. —  ASSOCIATED PRESS

3. A high-speed rail connecting major cities along the Front Range will get yet another study. The concept was proved in 2010; this new endeavor will be undertaken by Colorado Department of Transportation and the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. State law mandates stops in Fort Collins, Longmont, Boulder, Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Pending results of the study, voters could weigh project approval and funding by November 2020. — DENVER STREETSBLOG

4. Governor Jared Polis, the first openly gay man ever elected governor in the U.S., signed into law two measures expanding rights to LGBTQ individuals. House Bill 1039 makes it simpler for transgender residents to change the gender on their birth certificates, and House Bill 1129 outlaws the use of so-called conversion therapy on people under the age of 18. The legislation became law May 31, one day before the start of Pride Month. — COLORADO SUN

On Tap

Cerebral Brewing is releasing four beers on Friday, June 7, including a sour IPA, sangria-style blonde, and a lager collaboration with New York's Threes Brewing, plus the return of fan favorite Gamma Knife IPA.  

Drink for a cause at ThirstyFest on Saturday, June 8, at Improper City. This 100% volunteer-led festival benefits Water For People and offers unlimited samples of local beers and cocktails.

On Tap is brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. Visit her Facebook page for a full calendar of events.

5. Construction crews uncovered dinosaur fossils at a work site in Highlands Ranch. The more than 20 triceratops or torosaurus fossils were donated to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science by the property owner. — DENVERITE

6. Lawmakers in the Colorado House used a new way of deciding which bills to tackle this session: Quadratic Voting. The economist-approved process is being touted as a way to make politics less partisan, particularly around budget time. — COLORADO SUN

7. Is it a tea? Is it a soda? It’s tea soda, new from Denver-based Teatulia and just in time for summer. — 5280

8. A Denver-area coffee roaster will be the first American female to compete at the World Roasting Championships. Shelby Williamson of Huckleberry will be repping the U.S. in Taiwan this November. — 303 MAGAZINE

9. Snooze and Snarf’s made moves with new Denver locations last month, but other restaurateurs were not so lucky. Here’s a list of every bar and restaurant that opened and closed in the Mile High this May. — WESTWORD

10. With the weather finally turning (thank you, June!) it’s time to head outside with your food. Pack your own or pick up a pre-packaged platter, but don’t go before reading this complete guide to summer picnics in Denver. — THE KNOW

Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a freelance journalist who has resided in/reported on the Denver metro for six years. Her work runs the gamut from investigations on state and local government to features on the World Championship of Massage (seriously). She enjoys beer, biking and maintaining a plucky Twitter account, @shayshinecastle.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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