Donald Trump Jr. And His Foes, Teens Under Stress, Clergy Sex Abuse, Good Morning Dacono And More Photos From The Week

October 25, 2019
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Protesters outside Colorado State University's Student Arts CenterTuesday Oct. 22 2019 in Fort Collins, ahead of a "Culture War" event staged by conservative student group Turning Point USA. Donald Trump Jr. was one of the featured speakers.

The almost 600-seat auditorium at Colorado State University's Student Arts Center was filled to capacity Tuesday evening as President Donald Trump's son, Donald Junior, Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor from San Francisco, spent about an hour in full-throated defense of the president and his policies. Outside, a smaller group of protesters unleashed a torrent of loud and passionate opposition.

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Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday Oct. 22 2019, at Colorado State University.
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Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, at Colorado State University.

Bird-Killer Buildings

A recent study showed bird populations in the U.S. and Canada have dropped by almost 30 percent in the last 50 years. One reason may be collisions with buildings, but it's not yet clear how big a problem that is along the Front Range. Denverite followed some volunteers trying to get a handle on the issue in downtown Denver.

Illuminated buildings downtown at dawn, Sept. 18, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Birds, y'all. Birds. Sept. 13, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Pigeons fly over the Mariposa RTD rail stop. Sept. 13, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Barbara Masoner (right to left), Kelley Patient and Chelsea Brown go hunting for dead birds downtown before dawn, Sept. 18, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Clergy Sex Abuse

The independent review of Colorado church records from the dioceses of Colorado, Denver and Pueblo was announced in February by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Attorney General Phil Weiser. The report was released Wednesday. It found that more than 160 children were sexually victimized by 43 priests over 70 years and that the state's three dioceses spent decades trying to cover that abuse up.

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The Archdiocese of Denver is headquartered at the St. John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in the Cory-Merrill neighborhood of Denver, Colo.
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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser speaks about the special master's report on clergy abuse at the Colorado Judicial Center, Oct. 23, 2019.
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From front to back, Samuel Aquila, archbishop of the Denver diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Very Rev. Randy Dollins, vicar general, and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser listen about the plan to have a former federal prosecutor review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses at a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Denver.

Teens Under Stress

We've just embarked on a months-long series called Teens Under Stress. It's an examination of the pressures adolescents are under and what can be done about it. Teens themselves tell us that a complex mix of factors are adding up to a crisis. Look for the special section here, as well as social media posts -- and of course radio reports.

A vigil at Highlands Ranch High School, May 8, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A vigil at Highlands Ranch High School, May 8, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Good Morning Dacono

Well, more than Dacono really. Think that stretch from Dacono up to Firestone in Weld County on Colorado Boulevard. We were out on an assignment Friday morning there and couldn't help but frame some photos wrapping together the way homes, farms and epic scenery co-mingle with the oil and gas industry.

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An oil drilling operation with the Rockies beyond. Weld County, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2019.
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Weld County, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2019.
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A pump jack and Longs Peak in Weld County, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2019.

Park Hill Golf Course Preservationists

Denverites resisting development on golf course land in Park Hill say a recent change to state law gives their cause a leg up over developers and the Hancock administration, who see the green swathe as a place for homes, businesses and parks. The 155-acre chunk has been entangled in a legal and political jungle for about three years. While various lawsuits endure, the big question right now is whether its new owners will be able to build there.

Woody Garnsey leads a rally on the edge of Park Hill Golf Course demanding the space not be redeveloped. Oct. 22, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb speaks at a rally on the edge of Park Hill Golf Course demanding the space not be redeveloped. Oct. 22, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Activists rally on the edge of Park Hill Golf Course demanding the space not be redeveloped. Oct. 22, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)