Howdy, Lookout readers, from a Tuesday that threatens to be nicer than Monday. One of those days where really loving your job helps you regret being indoors less. A little less.
I was doubly surprised by the death of Denver restaurateur Pete Contos yesterday; his little restaurant empire feels so timeless and historic in Denver that I remember being surprised year after year that he was still alive, and now he's gone. I'm not a restaurant critic so take me with a grain of salt — I never thought any of his joints had the very best of anything, but they were all consistently decent and affordable. Hard to go wrong there.
In other news, last night's dinner centered around one of my favorite easy dishes — a couple of red onions, green and red peppers, and Italian sausage chopped up fairly chunky, lightly coated with olive oil on a baking sheet, sprinkled with black pepper, garlic salt, a little Italian seasoning and plenty of rosemary, and baked at 400 degrees for give or take an hour (I look for bits of char just starting to form on protruding bits of veg). Yum!
I'll try to contain my mouthwatering memories of supper while you all get caught up on the news of the day.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Warm temperatures this week have National Center for Atmospheric Research officials warning that ozone pollution in Colorado could soon worsen as traffic and oil and gas emissions mix with sunny skies.
- A man who vandalized the Colorado State Capitol building in January has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation, 9News reports.
- Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed into law a bill giving each newborn child in Colorado $100 dollars in seed money to start saving for college. Parents must claim the fund before the child turns 5.
- After years of staying flat, overall beer sales in Colorado jumped 20 percent year-over-year this January — the same month grocery and convenience stores gained the ability to sell full-strength beer.
The Big Stuff
Douglas County plans to commit $10 million to security and mental health following the STEM School shooting
Douglas County Commissioners discuss plans to invest $10 million in school safety programs, May 13, 2019. (Alex Scoville/CPR News)
A week after the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch left one student dead and eight others injured, the board of Douglas County commissioners met yesterday to add a $10 million budget item designated to "help eliminate cost barriers" associated with public school safety.
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