It's Monday, Lookout readers, and another work week is upon us. Fortunately, it looks like we should have some not-too-hot warm weather to kick things off.
Katy and I left after the morning rush hour on Friday to go camping, and after the traffic we encountered heading south on I-25, CDOT's traffic alleviation discussions couldn't come sooner. We were glad to at least be far, far away for the traffic spike around Saturday's record-size Garth Brooks show in Denver.
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Now, if you've got your membership sorted out and a fresh cup of coffee, it's time we get caught up on the news.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Colorado physician education in rural communities will get a boost as CoBank donates $500,000 to the University of Colorado's Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.
- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt plans to give the keynote address at today's Western Governors Association meeting in Vail, and could drop a hint about the new headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management.
- In Weld County, the state's largest oil and gas producer, commissioners may soon assert their new right to regulate drilling by placing all unincorporated lands under their purview.
The Big Stuff
Nearly half of Colorado's sheriffs take stand against high-capacity firearms magazine ban
A newly assembled AR-15 rifle at Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn. (AP Photo/File)
Thirty of Colorado's county sheriffs — nearly half of them — have signed on to a friend-of-the-court filing in a case challenging the constitutionality of the high-capacity magazine ban enacted in 2013 as part of a set of gun control measures after the Aurora theater shooting. The suit, filed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the National Association for Gun Rights, failed in lower courts but will now go before the Colorado Supreme Court.
The Democrats who wants to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner got together this weekend
Former state Sen. Mike Johnston at a picnic-style candidate forum hosted by Indivisible Denver hosted for Democrats running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 at Barnum Park on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Nine of the 10 Democrats who've already stepped forward in the race to challenge Colorado's Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his seat met up at a park overlooking Denver on Sunday. Each gave a short speech and they touched on a variety of subjects, from climate change and immigration to the Electoral College and the U.S. Supreme Court.
More CPR News
- Though he hasn't even been in office a year, Gov. Jared Polis wasn't content to be a cheerleader, and his hands-on leadership style was on full display in his first legislative session.
- Colorado's reinsurance plan, which could lower premiums for health care exchange plans by taking on the most expensive cases, now only needs federal approval to get the ball rolling.
- Word came late last week that Jeffco Schools was considering rebuilding Columbine High to address the problem of tourism it attracts, but people with direct ties to the 1999 shooting are divided on the plan.
- Two of Denver's new city councilwomen got campaign training from a national network aimed at breaking open the "old boys' club" in politics. — Denverite
- Western Slope artist Lyle Nichols turned a 13-foot fiberglass cow full of childhood memories into a motorhome to keep it in the Grand Valley. Now is your chance to own it.
- The U.S. Women's National Team is in France for the Women's World Cup with two Colorado stars on board. Here's a look at what you need to know as the Cup race begins (Their first game is tomorrow vs. Thailand).
- Ahead of his Saturday show at Mile High, Garth Brooks talked to CPR's Stephanie Wolf. It's Brooks' first stadium tour, but he wasn't worried about being drowned out by the crowd.
- On Friday, at a hearing in the STEM school shooting case in a packed courtroom, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for late September.
- Remember the first few years after the I-25 T-REX project, when traffic flowed freely? Now it seems even worse than it was before, which is why CDOT is considering another expansion, or even a second deck, among other alleviation options. — Denverite
- The EPA is planning to drill a test well into the abandoned American Tunnel as it works to clean up the Bonita Peak mining district, and after Gold King it's going to be very, very careful.
- Where they come from might not be the biggest deal to you in this story, but the news that genetically modified salmon could be in your grocery store by the end of next year might be.
Colorado Matters Live
Join host Ryan Warner for a live show at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction June 21
A special live taping of Colorado Matters in Grand Junction will feature host Ryan Warner interviewing best-selling Colorado author Peter Heller on his new wilderness thriller: "The River." Plus, see a performance from the winner of the "Solo On The Slopes" contest, Cousin Curtiss. Get your tickets for the June 21, 7 p.m., event right here.
Worth a Read
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