Inside Denver - July 8th, 2019

Inside Denver (Jul 8th, 2019)

I-70 revamp dirt / Nursing homes on watch list / Sistine Chapel comes to CO / Zoo's new baby giraffe

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 Expect a mix of sun and clouds this week, with temps in the upper 80s to low 90s.

1. Colorado is one of seven states without a limit on how late abortions can be performed. But a possible late-term abortion ban is making its way to voters. Election officials approved the ballot language for a measure that would ban abortions after 22 weeks. Seventeen states have similar prohibitions. Advocates still have to collect enough signatures (at least 124,632) to get on the 2020 ballot. If passed, the ban would effectively shut down a Boulder clinic that is one of a handful in the United States where late-term abortions are still performed. — COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

2. Five Colorado nursing homes have been designated by the federal government as in need of improvement in client safety and care. Eighty-eight facilities across the U.S. were named as Special Focus Facility program participants, including one in Colorado; four others were named as candidates for the SFF. Just as notable are the facilities that are not on the list, including two nursing homes in Aurora and Longmont were staffers were convicted of assault and sexual violence against residents, and one in Pueblo where a resident died of neglect and abuse. — COLORADO SUN

3. On Tap

This week's Quiz Show at Ratio Beerworks is for all the hardcore fans who drink beer and know things. "Game of Thrones" trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with prizes for the top three teams. 

The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project is going all out for its Bastille Day Party on July 13. Stop by the brewery to catch a beer & cheese pairing, craft market, and the release of a special French Saison. Viva la revolución!

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

4. A Durango-based historic train is being blamed for starting the sixth-largest fire in Colorado history. Residents and businesses in the town are suing the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, blaming one of its coal-fired train for starting a blaze that grew to 50,000 acres. The inferno, dubbed the 416 fire, started on June 1, 2018, near the train’s tracks. A federal investigation found that a hot cinder from the smokestack was the spark. The U.S. Attorney's Office is also suing the railway to recoup the $25 million it cost to fight the fire.— DENVER POST

5. Denver’s sidewalks are too dark at night for women to feel safe walking them, according to an (informal) poll by Denverite. Ninety-one percent of female respondents said they avoided certain stretches of sidewalk at night due to poor lighting. — DENVERITE

6. The $1.2 billion revamping of I-70, being blamed for residents’ health problems, will create enough dirt to fill a 797-foot-tall tower, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, taller than any building in downtown Denver. The project is expected to produce 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt. — DENVER POST

7. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe this weekend. Born Saturday, the calf is 6 feet tall and weighs between 150-200 lbs. The gender, and name have not yet been revealed. The unnamed calf is the third offspring of Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe. — DENVER POST

8. Colorado’s epic snowpack brought floods, but also flowers, to the state this spring. Despite its dry conditions, Colorado is home to 2,973 different species of wildflower. Hundreds of them are blooming right now. From east to west, here are the best places to view the once-in-a-decade blooms. — COLORADO SUN

9. Just because they have parking lots doesn’t mean you have to drive there. Public transit can get you to nine hiking trails along the Front Range, for a truly eco adventure. Here's where they are and how to get there, sans car. — THE KNOW

10. Near-life size reproductions of the Sistine Chapel frescoes are on display now at the Stanley Marketplace. Lie back with a beer and ponder The Creation of Adam, the way Michelangelo intended. (Probably.) The exhibit opened July 4 and runs through August 13. — 303 MAGAZINE

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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