Inside Denver - June 10th, 2019

Inside Denver (Jun 10th, 2019)

District suggests demoing Columbine / Colorado woos military facilities / School of Mine builds Iron Man

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 Denver's getting a break from the rain, finally. It will be mostly sunny most of the week, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.

1. A superintendent of Columbine High School has suggested tearing the school down to end the morbid fascination many have with the building, scene of an infamous shooting in 1999. A record number of security calls to police were made by school officials this year, the 20th anniversary of the massacre. It would cost an estimated $60-$70 million to demolish and replace the building. Some survivors think it’s too late, and want to see increased investment in mental health services instead. — COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

2. Denver wants to make it easier to establish tiny home villages. The model has been used successfully to house formerly homeless residents, such as in Beloved Community Village. Several citywide zoning changes would be needed. Among the suggestions is setting a minimum home size of 70 feet, and rules around community engagement to address concerned neighbors. Public outreach is ongoing, and city council could vote on the changes in October. — DENVERITE

3. By the numbers: 22%

That's how many of his campaign promises Jared Polis has kept so far, just six months after being sworn in as Colorado’s governor. A further 30% of his pledges are on their way to being accomplished. No meaningful progress has been made on the majority (46%). The analysis of Polis’ achievements comes courtesy of the Colorado Sun’s Promise Tracker. But Polis and his team are also keeping track, and they’ve started pushing the success narrative for his 2022 reelection. — COLORADO SUN

4. With the thriving craft beer scene, major tech companies and booming cannabis industries, it may be easy to forget that the military is actually the third biggest driver of Colorado’s economy. More than 245,000 people are employed in the military sector. State leaders remember: They’re trying to lure U.S. Space Command and the National Medal of Honor Museum here. Denver is one of five cities in the running for the museum. Four of the six finalist cities for the space command are located in Colorado. — COLORADO SUN

On Tap: Copper Kettle Brewing Company is will be serving up beer slushies all summer, kicking things off with a Watermelon Helles Slush on Friday, June 14.

Over twenty local breweries and cideries will be pouring unlimited samples at the RiNo Beer Fest on Saturday, June 15. Dancing, DIY pretzel necklaces, and pizza are also on the agenda.

On Tap is brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. For a full calendar of events, visit her Facebook page.

5. Nearly 200,000 lbs. of Tyson chicken fritters sold to schools are being recalled because they may contain plastic. Colorado is one of 29 states where the contaminated product was distributed. — DENVER POST

6. Colorado Representative Jason Crow jumped out of a plane in France to commemorate D-Day. The ex-Army Ranger said it had been 15 years since he practiced his paratrooping skills. — COLORADO SUN

7. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a bovine-shaped motorhome, now’s your chance. Colorado artist Lyle Nichols is selling his custom-crafted cow camper for $15,000. — GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL

8. Adventure race company Tough Mudder has opened a boot camp gym in Denver. It’s one of only four in the nation. — THE KNOW

9. If Denver’s Pride (happening this weekend!) puts you in the mood to find more festivals to fill up your summer, you’re in luck. Here are the 10 best Colorado has to offer, from Dragon Boats to Black Art. — WESTWORD

10. Colorado School of Mines built a real-life Iron Man suit for a Discovery Channel show. “Sneak a peak when "Savage Builds” airs June 14 at 8 p.m. — 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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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