Howdy, top of the morning, and happy Friday to you and yours, Mile High Newsletterites.
Welcome to the 34th edition of the Mile High Updates newsletter.
The fourth week of February has come and gone, and March is rapidly approaching. Per usual, it's been a busy week in and around the Denver metro, so before beginning the last day of this work week, take a deeper dive into a few of the city's most newsworthy events:
Table of contents
- Black History Feature
- Local Job Listings
- Phone Eats First
- Society & Relationships
- Some Good News
- Events Happening This Weekend
- Weather Forecast
Black History Feature
Since February is Black History Month, we wanted to showcase what Black history means in the Denver metro and greater Colorado community and help elevate Black voices through stories of leadership and contributions from the past and present.
As part of Black History Month, United Airlines held a special event at their Denver training center Monday to hire the next generation of aviators.
Retired Lt. Colonel James Harve III, one of the last remaining Tuskegee airmen living in Colorado, attended the event. Harvey, 98, stopped by the event to inspire young Coloradans to become pilots, CBS Denver reported.
Capt. Carole Hopson, author of "A Pair of Wings," to encourage more young Black women to become pilots, also attended. The novel is about Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to have a pilot license.
The two influential Black pilots hope to create a more diverse future for aviation.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit to stop redevelopment of Denver's Park Hill Golf Course.
Save Open Space Denver filed the lawsuit on June 23 in Denver District Court to halt Denver's Community Planning and Development department from participating in a planning process with the public for the golf course's future. However, the city filed a motion to dismiss on July 30, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson.
Priorities identified for the land from a 2021 survey of people living near the golf course include:
- Create a large park and community gathering places.
- Form an oversight committee to guide future planning and development.
- Preserve and expand the tree canopy to combat the urban heat island effect.
- Provide a variety of affordable housing options, including for-sale units.
- Address food insecurity by including space for grocery and fresh food choices.
- Create space for local businesses and businesses owned by people of color.
- Employ strategies to mitigate involuntary displacement.
- Denver dilemma: Will proposal help or hinder affordable housing development?
- Sales launch for condos in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood
Denver will stop requiring vaccines at 11:59 p.m. March 4 for all city and county employees, contractors and private-sector workers in high-risk settings.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment said Wednesday that lifting the mandate will not hurt the city's one-week positivity rate, which is below 5%. The department also cited a high percentage of vaccinated and recently boosted residents, which contributes to a high level of community protection.
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The Douglas County School District hopes to name a new superintendent by March 22.
The board dismissed former Superintendent Corey Wise on Feb. 4 without cause, which drew resistance from parents, students and teachers. NewsBreak Denver's Mike McKibbin reported that the board also faces a lawsuit claiming that the four members breached Colorado's open meetings laws when the board president and vice president met with Wise and insisted he resign or be terminated.
The board plans to screen candidates on March 1 in a special meeting and name a finalist or finalists on March 3. Candidates will then participate in public forums and meet with staff, student and district panels on March 10.
The board hopes to offer a finalist a contract on March 22.
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- Former Douglas County School District superintendent Corey Wise hired by Jeffco Public Schools
Denver-based amphitheater Levitt Pavilion has announced the lineup for its free concerts and ticketed shows featuring artists from Tears for Fears and Elvis Costello.
NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported that the nonprofit music venue is funded through donations, sponsorships and concessions sold onsite. The venue recently started its yearly fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 to support the upcoming concert season.
The lineup for free concerts:
- May 13, Son Rompe Pera
- May 20, Black Uhuru with Dylans Dharma plus special guest Selasee & The Fafa Family
- May 22 La Santa Cecilia
- May 26, Los Amigos Invisibles
- June 3, Mark Farina
- June 9, Della Mae with Jacob Jolliff Band
- June 10, Steep Canyon Rangers
- June 11, Calexico
- June 12, Kutandara with Maputo Mensah and Logo Ligi
- June 15, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
- June 19, Blitzen Trapper with Laney Jones
- Sept. 24 Cool Vibes Reggae Fest
- Sept. 25, Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival
The lineup for ticketed concerts at Levitt Pavilion:
- May 14, Big Head Todd & The Monsters with The Samples and Freddy Jones Band
- May 29, Tears for Fears with Garbage
- July 24, STS9: Walk the Sky
- Aug. 16, Big Time Rush
- Aug. 23, Elvis Costello & the Imposters with Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets
- Three dozen new restaurants landing at Denver's Airport
- Colorado chefs, restaurants nab an impressive 13 semifinalist spots as James Beard Awards return
Local Job listings
- Full Time & Part Time
- As an instructor who uses the Varsity Tutors platform, you can earn good money teaching small groups of students, choose your own hours, and truly make a difference in the lives of your students.
- You have a friendly, approachable personality and foster engagement among students
- You have subject-matter expertise in ESL/ELL
- You have excellent presentation skills and work well with groups
- 1-on-1 Online Tutoring: connect with an individual student for a highly personalized learning experience
- Full Time & Part Time
- Experienced Auto Body Technician needed to repair vehicles thoroughly, safely, and profitably in a manner consistent with Caliber S.O.P., insurance partner and industry guidelines/standards.
- Auto Collision experience is required
- Complete dis-assembly of vehicle to assist Service Advisors in assessing damage to prepare a 100% Repair Plan
- Ensure all needed repairs identified to eliminate supplements and minimize repair time
- Inspect and test drive repaired vehicles to check for compliance with safety and quality standards; Wash and prepare vehicles for customer return
- Comply with all Caliber safety rules, guidelines, and standards
- Full Time
- We are a rapidly growing Jimmy John's Franchisee across the midwest and we are looking for talented and motivated people to help us make the best sandwiches on the planet!
- Ability to use basic math, addition and subtraction, understand basic fractions
- Required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception
- Summary: In Shoppers are responsible for greeting customers when they enter and exit the restaurant
- Providing world-class customer service and executing fast and accurate sandwiches while maintaining sanitation standards
- Makes fast, accurate and consistent sandwiches
- Complies with all portion sizes, recipes, systems and procedures
- Must be able to pass sandwich test at end of first two weeks of employment and at future testing times
- Maintains cleanliness and sanitation of the restaurant including all tables, floors, windows, beverage station and restrooms etc
- Greets customers, takes orders, operates cash register, collects payments from customer and makes change
- Executes genuine greetings and farewells
- Takes telephone orders and completes delivery tickets
- Fills out systems and procedures with 100% accuracy and integrity
- Maintains professional appearance at all times in compliance with the dress code
Sonesta International Hotels
- Part Time
- Serve menu items to guests in a prompt and courteous manner and according to the banquet event order, time the service of courses to correspond with the dining pace of the guests.
- Basic reading, writing, and math skills
- Food service experience with general knowledge of banquet operations
- Must speak fluent English
- Carrying or lifting up to 50 pounds, (barware, carts, boxes, bottles, etc.)
- moving about the function and kitchen areas
- Communication skills are utilized a significant amount of time when interacting with guests, cooks, wait staff
- Serve menu items to guests in a prompt and courteous manner and according to the banquet event order, time the
- service of courses to correspond with the dining pace of the guests
- Perform pre-and post-shift side-work: set-up, condiments, etc
- Clear and clean tables in a prompt and efficient manner
- Remove trays of dirty dishes, silverware and glassware to kitchen for cleaning
- Respond to guest inquiries and special requests promptly and professionally to ensure guest satisfaction, notify supervisor of guest complaints or unusual situations
- Properly store all reusable goods
- Perform other duties as assigned which may include assisting with set-up and break down of function space
- plating of meals
- Reading and writing abilities are utilized often when taking orders, completing paperwork, etc
- Full Time
- A new and growing company so we are looking for someone who will prove to us that they are a dedicated and reliable employee so that we can start promoting from within to help run office jobs, take intake calls, do consultations, client collaterals, scheduling, billing, payroll, etc
- We are a new and growing company so we are looking for someone who will prove to us that they are a dedicated and reliable employee so that we can start promoting from within to help run office jobs, take intake calls, do consultations, client collaterals, scheduling, billing, payroll, etc
Phone Eats First: Denver Biscuit Company
Hello fellow foodies and welcome back to another edition of 'Phone Eats First,' a weekly food entry featuring dishes from restaurants across the Denver metro.
This week, I found myself with no eggs, bacon or orange juice one morning and decided to take the easy route by eating out at the Denver Biscuit Company.
Part of a restaurant management group called Atomic Provisions that manages four restaurants and bars including Fat Sully's, Frozen Gold and Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company is a Colorado breakfast joint you must try once.
With three locations in Denver, including a new one in Centennial opening soon, one in Aurora, another in Colorado Springs and even one in Kansas City, there are plenty of biscuits to go around. I stopped into the Tennyson location at 4275 Tennyson St. next to César Chávez Park.
Though I've been here many times and the shrimp and grits with poached pancetta in a biscuit bowl for $14.95 always catches my eye, I had to go with my usual: “The DBC Club.”
Topped with crispy bacon, this monster of a breakfast sandwich features a hearty helping of buttermilk fried chicken covered in cheddar cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce and a tomato all dripping with chipotle ranch dressing. It's so big, it comes with a skewer to hold this work of art together.
The sandwich costs $14.95, but if you have room in your wallet (and stomach), you can add a giant biscuit cinnamon roll for $9.95. If you're feeling frisky, add a side of bacon for $12.90.
Since the restaurant operates, with Fat Sully's, the menu also offers sides including Sully's waffle fries smothered in house-made sausage gravy, Tillamook pimento cheese sauce and topped with bacon and green onions for $11.95.
Colorado lawmakers are considering added security surrounding biometric data as technology continues to develop and facial recognition becomes more common.
Denver7 reported that Senate bill 22-113 seeks to create the Task Force for the Consideration of Artificial Intelligence which would look into how public agencies use the technology. The task force would recommend regulations.
The bill also calls on state and local government agencies that intend to use the software to submit accountability reports with details on how they use the tech. Schools are banned from using the technology now.
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The Denver City Council officially appointed Armando Saldate Tuesday as the city's director of public safety. However, the vote was not unanimous.
City Council member Candi CdeBaca voted against Mayor Michael Hancock’s nominee because her constituents didn’t want Saldate promoted, NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reported. Saldate is an assistant deputy executive director and has worked with Denver police for eight years.
Saldate called Dr. Robert Davis who oversees the Task Force to Reimagine Policing following the mayor's nomination, saying that he and other officials have to be able to have difficult conversations. He feels that accountability is very important and said that officers are not robotic and "make mistakes."
- Motor vehicle thefts in Colorado increased 88% since 2017
- Fentanyl linked to 5 deaths in Commerce City and more could still be circulating, DA says
Society & Relationships
The Denver City Council granted $18.5 million in contracts Tuesday to shelter individuals experiencing homelessness.
Denver Rescue Mission received an $8.7 million contract to serve over 14,3000 people through 2022, while Catholic Charities received an $8 million contract to keep women's shelters open through the end of the year. Urban Peak earned a $1.8 million contract to offer services to 800 households through 2023, according to NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz.
Mayor Michael Hancock's 2022 budget says that investments in affordable housing and homelessness resolutions total $190 million while housing the homeless in shelters costs roughly $25,000 per person per year. Although city officials have recognized that it is less expensive to permanently house people, units cannot be financed and constructed quickly enough to accommodate the need.
- Denver starts plan to create new housing for low-income families
- Denver spends $750,000 to help immigrants fight deportation
Some Good News
Angel Mollel, a student at the University of Colorado, is developing new educational opportunities for her home village in Tanzania.
Her family met Tony Matteroli through school who offered to adopt their daughter and bring her to the U.S. to continue her education. While attending high school in Colorado, Mollel began coming up with ideas to help her family back home.
Mollel believes that children who receive an education can return to "help their family further."
Broncos officially introduce Justin Outten as offensive coordinator, Dwayne Stukes as special teams coordinator
The Denver Broncos’ new offensive coordinator Justin Outten and new special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes were formally introduced Tuesday in a news conference. Both face challenges transforming Denver into a worthy adversary again.
The Denver Post reported that the Broncos offense has consistently struggled to score 20 points a game for the past six years. Stukes will take over special teams that ranked last in kickoff return in 2021.
Outten worked with Denver Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett for the past three years in Green Bay as the Packers' tight ends coach and believes his time with the Broncos will be "a collaborative effort".
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Douglas County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to mail a letter to the Regional Transportation District opposing all proposed cutbacks to bus or light rail services countywide.
Community Development Director Terence Quinn said in a staff memo to commissioners that RTD's approach centers on areas like downtown Denver with higher-density areas of its district at the expense of rural and suburban areas. Commissioners expressed concerns in a study session regarding RTD's proposal to stop weekend service on the 402L bus from Highlands Ranch to the Park Meadows Mall.
RTD spokeswoman Christina Zazueta told NewsBreak Denver's Mike McKibbin in an email that the current ridership on route 402L is at 9.1 riders per hour on Saturday and 8.7 on Sunday, compared to 13.4 passengers per hour on Saturdays and 13.3 on Sundays before COVID.
- RTD union says double-digit raises are likely as contract negotiations near finish line
- RTD selects consultant to study feasibility of ‘peak service’ rail between Denver and Longmont
Events Happening This Weekend
- Experiences of Identity: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 1070 Bannock St., Denver
- Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets: 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
- Colorado Symphony: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and 6: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 1000 14th St., Denver
- Children of Tigers: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 1112 E 17th Ave Denver
- Murder in the Royal Court: 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2406 N Federal Blvd., Denver
- Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings: 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
- Colorado Golf Expo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, 700 14th St., Denver
- 2022 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
- Bluegrass Jam: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, 3610 W Colfax Ave., Denver
With an arctic cold front in full swing earlier this week, the Mile High City recorded the coldest low temperature in 123 years early Wednesday morning. Here is a look at how the weather is set to shape up this weekend into next week: