By Steven Bonifazi
(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, top of the morning and happy Tuesday Denver!
Welcome back to yet another Tuesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.
Today, the weather in Denver will remain mild, dry and sunny, flags on all public buildings have been ordered to be lowered to half-staff, a new state audit is showing Colorado unemployment system fraud and Denver's department of Housing Stability will have a hefty 2022 budget aimed at finding solutions for illegal homeless encampments spread out throughout the city.
1. Denver Weather: Mild Tuesday with sunny skies to be followed by large storm at end of the week leading to possible snow
Denver will see dry and sunny conditions Tuesday after a very chilly Monday.
The National Weather Service in Boulder is reporting that the Mile High City will see mostly cloudy skies early Tuesday, with sunny conditions expected to set in around 10 a.m., reaching a high temperature near 53. Winds from the northwest will reach speeds of 5 to 7 mph and will calm down in the afternoon.
President Joe Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Denver and across the country on all public buildings Tuesday to honor National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, according to FOX31 Denver.
Flags everywhere will be flown at half-staff from the moment the sun rises to the moment it sets Tuesday. There is also a separate order for flags to be lowered to half-staff all day from Dec. 6 through Dec. 9, honoring the life of Senator Bob Dole who died Dec. 5.
3. After audit reveals more Colorado unemployment system fraud, some people ‘still fighting’ for payments
A new state audit is showing that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) possibly paid over $73 million in fraudulent unemployment claims.
CBS Denver reports that the audit found payments were made to people not old enough to work, people who have died and people in prison. The report also showed that CDLE witnessed over a 1,000% increase in unemployment claims during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the audit showing that no procedures were in place for responding to claimant concerns.
Denver's department of Housing Stability (HOST) will have a $270 million budget for 2022, with priorities focused on coming up with solutions for illegal homeless encampments spread out along the city's sidewalks.
David Heitz reports that HOST's reputation for precision and thoroughness in presentations precede itself, having produced well-written documents that outline goals, offer data and celebrate victories. Their goal is to end homelessness or reach "Functional Zero", which means to lift the same number of people entering homeless out of it.