Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 14
Hi. This morning we have a Colorado congressman’s account of the terror that rippled out from the attack on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia. The roundup also includes development news, the G Line and more.
Colorado’s senators and representatives from both parties quickly offered words of sympathy and confirmed that they were safe after an attack on a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia. Rep. Jared Polis and others sheltered in place at a nearby but separate baseball facility where their Democratic team was practicing. A heavily armed police unit then swept the premises.
“This was our final practice for a congressional baseball game for charity that was scheduled for tomorrow,” Polis said in a phone interview. No fatalities other than the suspected gunman’s have been reported.(Denverite)
Denver Health just bought land for a potential clinic on Tower Road in Green Valley Ranch, as Amy DiPierro reports. (BusinessDen)
The state published data on vaccination in Colorado schools. Relatively high numbers of parents in Boulder, Fort Collins, Jefferson County and Colorado Springs decide not to vaccinate their kids. Colorado as a whole has one of the lowest kindergarten vaccination rates in the country, as Ann Schimke reports. (Chalkbeat)
Denver Water is rebuilding its 35 acre campus, which is just south of Auraria. It will replace 13 buildings with nine mostly new ones. Cathy Proctor has the details. (DBJ)
Developers are acquiring the first parcels they’ll need for a proposed six-block development west of 38th and Blake. It could be built around the white Con Agra building with all the column-shaped things. Molly Armbrister and Ben Miller have more. (DBJ)
Rep. Polis is running for governor. He wants to make preschool and full-day kindergarten available for free. That will be tough, as Colorado voters tend to reject tax increases for education. Good explainer by Nic Garcia here. (Chalkbeat)
Lafayette has announced extra patrols and “0 tolerance” for people with off-leash dogs, Jordan Chavez reports. I wonder if that would help in Denver. I’m looking at you, Commons Park rulebreakers. (9)
Testing is underway on the line to Arvada, but RTD tells Cathy Proctor that it might not open until 2018 — or maybe it could still happen in 2017. I suspect that no one knows anything for sure anymore. (DBJ)
The flooded mall:
Four business owners tell Kailyn Lamb that the huge hail storm that shuttered Colorado Mills was not the first that caused the mall to spring leaks. (BusinessDen)
Westword has their ten favorite restaurants on Broadway. (Wetword)
Scott Mowbray takes us on a tour of Denver’s food halls. (5280)
A list of summer films for you, courtesy Alicia Nagla. (North Denver Tribune)