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Inside Portland (Jun 6th, 2019)

It'll be a little rainy tomorrow, but the run will return over the weekend. Temperatures could climb into the 80s before the weekend is through.

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2. Fleet Week is here, bringing U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy ships to Portland's waterfront. You'll likely notice the uniform-wearing service members exploring our city through Monday. You'll also notice—if you haven't already—a spike in bridge lifts to make way for the ships. Those lifts cause heavy traffic delays for Portlanders crossing the river. The best way to prepare is to check out the schedule of arrivals and departures. Fleet Week is as old as Rose Fest itself. They both date back to 1907. – KGW

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We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out." 

This week, our Inside Denver writer Shay Castle shows us around Denver, Colorado.

Denver may have gained a reputation as the Mile High City for a reason other than its altitude, but there’s more to the city than (lots of) legal weed. It’s a playground for elite athletes, a mecca of craft beer and home to one of the most iconic music venues in the world.

Getting Around: There are *so* many options for traveling sans car. The train from the airport also extends out to several suburbs. A trail system makes the city super accessible by bike; electric scooters are on (almost) every corner. Uber and Lyft are widely available for longer journeys.

Looking down: Grab a scoop at Little Man Ice Cream. (Bonus points if you go down the metal slide!) They have a few to choose from, but the original in the Highlands offers great views of the city and is just a quick (but beautiful) walk from Union Station. If the altitude and dry climate makes you parched, stop next door at Linger, a mortuary turned restaurant and bar, for libations.

Do it for the ‘gram: Stroll up Larimer in the Denver’s River North arts district which you’ll hear everyone refer to as RiNo. There is street art on just about every available surface, and plenty of breweries and restaurants to fuel your walkabout.

For the kiddos: If you’ve got kids in tow, you can knock out two major attractions in one block. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located right next to the Denver Zoo. More adult-y museums are closer to downtown, with Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, the U.S. Mint, History Colorado Center, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and more grouped together.

Rock out: Catch a show if you can at Red Rocks (pictured), which hosts performances nearly year-round. Or go for your daily exercise and climb the 69 rows for a 2.7-mile total round trip. A summertime stroll through tiny Morrison is warranted. Splurge on an elk steak at The Fort, if you can afford it.

Class it up or get wild: Denver is the kind of place you can class it up at high-end eateries like Cafe Marmonte or Colt & Gray, or get an equally good bite of street food at classic carts like Biker Jim’s, which features hot dogs made with reindeer, rattlesnake, boar and more.

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4. The Democratic Socialists of America's Portland chapter has mostly been active at protests, but it may officially endorse a politician for the first time. After Portland Rep. Rob Nosse voted for a controversial PERS reform bill, the DSA is prepared to vote on a potential primary challenger, Paige Kreisman. Twenty-three-year-old Kreisman is a disabled Army veteran, a trans woman, a tenant advocate, and a member of the Communist Party. Last year, before moving to Portland, she ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Corvallis City Council. The DSA will hold an endorsement vote over the weekend. – WILLAMETTE WEEK

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5. Did you misplace $10,000 in cash? TriMet is looking for you. An overnight crew found $10,000 stashed in a sandbox under a seat on a MAX train in Beaverton (the sandboxes increase traction for train wheels). The money was actually found nearly a month ago, but no one has reached out to claim the cash, so TriMet is spreading the word. If it's yours, call Beaverton Police. However, anyone claiming the cash should prepare for questioning. Authorities are suspicious about how such a large sum of cash ended up in a secretive compartment of the train. – KPTV

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6. A senior at Vancouver's Heritage High School says he isn't allowed to walk at his graduation because of a critical speech he gave at school. Charles Chandler used a speech in front of classmates and parents to accuse school leaders of ignoring sexual assault claims, bullying, and depression. The school district denies Chandler's claims and says he would've been allowed to walk if he took part in a "restorative solution." – KATU

7. At a ceremony marking nine years since he first went missing, Kyron Horman's mother said the search has been narrowed to 100 acres. Desiree Young also announced she's releasing a book about Kyron's case. – THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

8. KATU held its second annual Youth Mental Health Town Hall. The special event pairs mental health experts with teens for a frank discussion of mental health. – KATU

9. There's a new Portland-based show coming to Netflix. "Trinkets" is based on the novel of the same name. It's shot in Portland, and it follows three teen girls bound by a love for stealing. – WILLAMETTE WEEK

10. Trying to have fun and be a cheapskate this summer? You're in luck—Portland Monthly just came out with a list of 20 free summer attractions. – PORTLAND MONTHLY

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Schuyler Durham writes Inside Portland and Inside Finance. He’s a lifelong Portlander who got his start covering the local music scene, but later became enamored with the complexities of financial and political reporting. After three years in broadcast news, he's now diving back into the digital realm. You can keep up with his writing on Twitter at @SchuylerWriter or watch him goof around on Instagram at @bitterbuddha.

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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