Expect more of the same, weather-wise, this weekend: Warm temps with some sun and some thunderstorms, through Sunday.
1. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock won a third and final term after a spendy, and sometimes ugly, runoff election against challenger Jamie Giellis. The incumbent won 56.3% of the vote, according to an unofficial Wednesday count. The race was one of the most expensive in recent history: Hancock raised $2.7 million to Giellis’ $714,000. Both candidates faced criticism of their character. Hancock has been accused of sexual harassment of a subordinate, while Giellis was called out for racist statements and social media posts. — COLORADO INDEPENDENT
2. Other incumbents were not so lucky Tuesday night: Three city council members lost their seats. Mary Beth Susman, Albus Brooks and Wayne New are out. They will be replaced by Amanda Sawyer, Candi CdeBaca and Chris Hinds, respectively. It may be a first in the city for three incumbents to lose in a single election, according to longtime local experts. The defeats were seen as a referendum on the pace of development in Denver, with newcomers hoping for more thoughtful, controlled growth. — DENVER POST
3. Voters will get to weigh in on any future attempts to bring the Olympics to the Mile High City. That’s after the passage of Initiative 302, which passed by an overwhelming 80%. Past efforts to bid for the games by city officials have been criticized due to the high cost and low return of acting as host city. The International Olympic Committee has struggled to find cities willing to play host; Calgary, Canada, dropped out of the running for the 2026 Winter Games after a majority of voters there opposed the prospect. — COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO
4. A dozen different types of electric vehicles are available for sale in Colorado, a dearth of options when compared to states like California. Those limitations are, in part, why lawmakers plan to pass legislation that will force auto makers to sell EVs. At least 5 percent of cars for sale in the state will have to be electric by 2023, according to the proposal, with that number jumping in subsequent years. — COLORADO SUN
5. An 8.5-million pound boulder that fell on a Colorado highway will remain in place. The road will be rerouted around the house-sized Memorial Rock, so dubbed because it fell during Memorial Day weekend. — ASSOCIATED PRESS
6. Hometown rock star Nathaniel Rateliff (and his Night Sweats, of course) will open for the Rolling Stones’ Aug. 10 show at the Broncos stadium. The good news comes after a string of cancellations for the band, due to Rateliff’s health issues. — WESTWORD
7. Suns out, snakes out. It’s rattlesnake season in Colorado. Here’s how to deal if you join the unlucky 485 people who have been bitten since 2012. — COLORADO SUN
8. Denverites have a little something extra to be proud of during Pride Month: Our own Yvie Oddly is the Season 11 winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. She got her start in a student drag show in Auraria, and honed her skills at Tracks nightclub. — 303 MAGAZINE
9. Trail Ridge, the highest-altitude, continuous paved road in the U.S., is now open to cars. Rising to above 12,000 feet, the roadway through Rocky Mountain National Park gets socked in with snow each winter. — THE KNOW
10. The Denver Post took a look back at Colorado's "Killdozer" where a disgruntled resident took a modified, armor-plated bulldozer on a rampage through the tiny town of Granby, Colo. Marvin Heemeyer, upset over a zoning dispute, caused $7 million in damages to 13 buildings targeted for their connection to town officials. No one was injured but Heemeyer, who shot himself when the bulldozer was disabled and he was cornered by police — more than two hours after beginning its disastrous run. — DENVER POST
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.
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