Happy Friday and Happy New Year's Eve to you and yours, Denver.
Welcome to the 26th edition of the Mile High Updates newsletter. Congratulations on making it through 2021, an unpredictable year with many challenges and world events, from insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. to the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Japan.
A lot has taken place in Denver this week, so sit back, have a sip of coffee and take a deeper dive into some of the metro area's most important news.
High winds and rare December wildfires burned at least 200 homes and led to evacuation orders Thursday for residents of Superior and Louisville near Boulder.
Pre-evacuation orders were issued for parts of Broomfield and Flat Irons Mall there closed as a safety precaution.
Authorities urged people to stay home and off area roads as a safety precaution.
A Denver shooter who killed five and injured two in a fatal rampage, targeted several people he knew who were members of the metro area's tattoo community.
James Lyndon Mcleod dressed in tactical gear and targeted and shot victims at two tattoo shops, an apartment complex, and a hotel during an hour-long rampage that spanned Denver and Lakewood before dying in a shootout with a Lakewood police officer.
Lakewood Police Agent Ashley Ferris was shot in the abdomen after confronting the shooter on a Lakewood street. She managed to fire the fatal shot that ended his deadly rampage.
A bill to ban so-called "ghost guns" in Denver goes far beyond outlawing firearms without serial numbers, NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reports.
The legislation, set for final approval by Denver City Council next week, is a comprehensive gun control bill. The legislation lumps pistols into the category of assault weapons, a resident said at a recent City Council meeting.
At least 269 people experiencing homelessness died in metro Denver in 2021, according to a report from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reports.
However, the coalition believes that the number is low because it’s the third consecutive year that the number could not be cross-referenced with the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office, which reported 168 deaths among people experiencing homelessness between Nov. 1, 2020, and Oct. 31, 2021 — up 12% from 2020 and 83% over the last five years.
The number includes 17 cases that are still pending investigation and 12 deaths resulting from COVID-19.
After wasting a 17-point lead, the Denver Nuggets were mobilized by Nikola Jokic Sunday night to a 103-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jokic scored a total of 26 points and 22 rebounds Sunday, while Brandon Boston Jr. and Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers totaled 18 points each, with Bledsoe having 10 assists. Boston drilled the final 3-pointer of the game, however, it was off the mark as the buzzer rang.
Ivica Zubac scored a total of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Will barton completed the game with 17 points for Denver, 9News reported.
The city of Denver announced Tuesday that it is extending public health mandates requiring people in Denver and nearby counties to continue wearing masks until Feb. 3, 2022 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases amidst the spread of the new omicron variant.
FOX31 reported that the requirement additionally allows businesses to let people in without masks as long as they can prove they are vaccinated. The public health order went into effect in November 2021 at a time when city officials say the City's one-week average positivity rate was below 5%.
A new analysis of data from Apartment Guide and Rent.com's multifamily rental property inventory is showing that the Mile High City's average rent for a one-and two-bedroom has risen double digits by percent over the past year.
The analysis found that average one-bedroom rents in Denver now cost $2,222 while the average rent for a two-bedroom is $3,333 when comparing average rent from October 2020 to October 2021, according to Denver Business Journal. This is an 11.92% and 18.82% change from the previous year.
Colorado employee-owned businesses can soon apply for a new tax credit designed to provide relief from lasting COVID-19 pandemic effects.
The Employee Ownership Office will start the application process for the Employee Ownership Tax Credit on Saturday, according to a press release from Gov. Jared Polis' office. Businesses with headquarters in the Centennial State that want to shift to an employee ownership model will have access to the tax credit, which will cover up to 50% of a business' conversion costs and can be used on theirstate income taxes.
Coloradans across the state are invited to participate in kicking off 2022 this Saturday by hiking in state parks and experiencing the state's untamed beauty.
In the custom of First Day Hikes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are offering self-guided hikes, scavenger hunts or limited capacity guided hikes as a way to provide the chance to exercise in nature on the first day of the new year. Hikes on First Day Hikes are free as long as visitors have a valid parks pass, with participating parks potentially requiring a reservation before the hike.
In other news
- When to test for COVID-19 after holiday gatherings
- Facing omicron, some Denver bars and restaurants close at busiest time of year
- Volunteer brightening the homes of seniors during the holiday season
- New condo project underway in Denver 's Art District on Santa Fe
- Beta Nightclub battles on in fight to keep liquor license
- The 10 most expensive Denver area home sales in 2021
- Denver adds new panhandling rules in 'ghost gun' bill
- Feds want solar energy development on 13,000 acres in southern Colorado
- Colorado drivers hit crash response vehicles 6x in 3 days
- Denver Art Museum exhibit questions past, world today
Events happening this weekend
- Colorado Mammoth vs. New York Riptide: Dec. 31, 6 p.m., 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver
- Decadence NYE 2021: Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m., 700 14th St, Denver
- New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1001 16th St, Denver
- The Drop at McGregor Square: Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1901 Wazee St, Denver
- Resolute Runner 5k: Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 8155-8161 W. 59th Ave. at Johnny Roberts Memorial Park, Arvada
- Yoga and Hiking Journey at Red Rocks: Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitors Center
- Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks: Jan. 2, 1 p.m., 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver
- Ana María Hernando, “Fervor”: Dec. 31 and Jan.2, 9 a. m. to 2:30 p.m., Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver