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Thursday in Denver: Animal shelters at full capacity, Fundraiser to re-envision LoDo's historic Chinatown and more

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings and welcome to another edition of the Thursday Denver Daily Round-Up.

Today began chilly and overcast, with cloudy conditions expected to take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., clearing up with some sunshine at 5:00 p.m. The forecast high is 68°F and the low is 37°F.

Let's discuss some of the most essential and local Denver stories for this Thursday you should be aware of.

Today, a Denver animal shelter is filled with animals to a level that it hasn't seen in over ten years, Colorado's summer festivals, mainly the State Fair, are being linked to at least 300 COVID-19 cases, a non-profit based in Aurora launched a fundraising campaign to re-envision LoDo's historic Chinatown and Colorado's drought issue is showing no signs of improving anytime soon.

1. Denver Dumb Friends League 'filled to capacity'
Cute black baby kitten with big eyes and big ears looking through animal cage bars waiting to be adopted and rescued at the animal shelter.(Thomas Park/Unsplash)

Denver animal shelter Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) stated Wednesday that it is at capacity "to a level it hasn't seen in a decade." as it experiences an overabundance of animals.

This is not unique to just one shelter, as other animal shelters in the Mile High City are also witnessing a plethora of animals taking up space. DDFL is asking the community for help in giving loving homes to its dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, waiving or discounting some fees at DDFl including reducing adoptions of adults cats to $10.

2. Colorado’s summer festivals linked to 300 COVID cases, with largest number from State Fair
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Summer festivals in the Centennial State had at least 300 people infected with COVID-19 in attendance despite not turning into super-spreader events.

The state's current COVID-19 image is not looking great as cases in schools and long-term care facilities are continuing to increase steadily. The Colorado State Fair had the majority of linked cases of the festival-associated outbreaks, with 91 infections being traced to it.

3. Colorado Asian Pacific United launches fundraiser to re-envision Denver's historic Chinatown
A bustling neighborhood located in Downtown Denver, LoDo, known for its trendy shops and food scene, once had a rich Chinatown.(Sebastian Kurpiel/Unsplash)

Aurora-based non-profit Colorado Asian Pacific United (CAPU) launched a fundraising campaign to re-envision historic Chinatown that was once part of the Mile High City's Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood.

CAPU member Kai Vong has stated that historic Chinatown was forgotten for the most part following an anti-Asian race riot in 1880 that forced out most of the Asians who were working and living in the area. CAPU started campaigning publicly last spring to remove a plaque across from Coors Field that is one of the only items commemorating the riot and is found to be offensive by many.

4. Colorado drought: no improvement this week as dry weather dominates most of the state
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The weekly drought monitor released Thursday showed that the Centennial State is showing no signs of improving its drought issue anytime soon, with zero improvements from last week and only two days in October having considerable precipitation.

The first snow of the season has yet to hit the Mile High City and the level of precipitation has been below normal over the last five months. There has been significant snow for mountain areas located north of Interstate 70, but nearly 66% of Colorado has experienced moderate drought including the entire Denver metro area and the majority of the Front Range.

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