Inside Denver - July 1st, 2019

Inside Denver (Jul 1st, 2019)

Denver zip code most polluted in U.S. / City to kill geese, feed the hungry / July 4 skiing at A-Basin

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 Monday will have scattered thunderstorms, but the sun will come out Tuesday and be here to stay. The heat, however, is going nowhere: Projected temps will be in the 80s and 90s all week.

1. An area of Denver is the nation’s most-polluted zip code. Elyria-Swansea, Globeville and part of RiNo, which make up the 80216 zip code, is also the epicenter of a $1.2 billion overhaul of I-70 that is creating breathing problems for area residents. Asthma rates have increased exponentially in recent years, and rates of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease are higher than in other Denver neighborhoods. The Colorado Department of Transportation has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to study chronic health issues in the area. — DENVER POST

2. Carlin Dunne, a well-known motorcycle racer, died Sunday during the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Dunne died after crashing during the 12.42-mile race to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Dunne had won four previous Pikes Peak climbs, including last year’s, and set a course record in 2012. He was defending his title during Sunday’s event. — DENVER CHANNEL

3. Colorado’s immigrants contribute more than $17 billion to the state’s economy, according to a study from New American Economy. More than 550,000 immigrants paid $4.2 billion in taxes in 2017 and had $13 billion in disposable income. More than 102,298 employees worked for immigrant-owned businesses that year. The state’s 171,000 undocumented immigrants paid $415.7 million in state, federal and local taxes and had $3.4 billion in disposable income.  — WESTWORD

4. Denver is trying a new solution for the thousands of Canada geese overrunning the city: Killing them and using the meat to feed the hungry. Although a fresh practice in Denver, culling is used to control populations near New York city airports. No more than 2,200 geese will be culled each year, according to Denver’s guidelines. The city currently uses non-lethal practices such as oiling eggs or chasing the birds away with faux predators. The Front Range last year had 44,000 mating pairs of Canada geese.  — DENVERITE

On Tap

If you don’t have Fourth of July BBQ plans of your own, hit up Seedstock Brewery’s. Enjoy free brats from 12-7 p.m. Bring a side dish and a thirst for beer.

Baere Brewing's 5th Anniversary Tiny Carnival begins at noon on July 6 with carnival games, a taco truck, beer slushies, and the release of its new Peach Cobbler Bruin.

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

5. The charter has been renewed for the STEM School where a May 7 school shooting resulted in the death of a student. The five-year deal was hard fought, with board members concerned over finances and security. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

6. Colorado brewers are releasing low-calorie, low-carb beers and hard seltzers to appeal to increasingly health-conscious Coloradans. The innovation comes as craft beer sales flatten. — COLORADO SUN

7. The Monet exhibit at Denver Art Museum doesn’t open for four months, but it’s already close to selling out. Get your tickets while you can. — COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

8. A new mural in Cherry Creek honors Major Taylor, the first black winner of the world cycling championship. Taylor is the subject of a recent ESPN short film and the inspiration for the Denver chapter of the Major Taylor Cycling Club, which aims to get children into cycling. — DENVER STREETSBLOG

9. Colorado has more federally designated scenic byways (26) than any other state. Here’s how to travel them all in one epic road trip. — 303 MAGAZINE

10. Arapahoe Basin will be open for Fourth of July skiing for the first time since 2011, officials announced this week. The resort has received 7 feet of snow since March. — 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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