Tuesday in Denver: First safe outdoor space opens, Arapahoe County votes on leaving Tri-County Health Department & more

Steven Bonifazi

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By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Hello, happy Tuesday and welcome back to another edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Today, Denver skies will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature around 60, Colorado State Patrol has two new explosive-detection dogs, the Mile High City's first-ever safe outdoor space on public property opens and Arapahoe County Commissioners will vote on leaving Tri-County Health Department.

1. Denver Weather: Cloudy Tuesday with temperatures reaching just above 60

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The skies over the Mile High City Tuesday morning started clear for the most part and will become and remain mostly cloudy throughout the day.

The National Weather Service in Boulder forecasts that Denver will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 60. The sun rose at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday morning and will be set at 4:36 p.m. in the late afternoon. 

In the evening, Denver's skies will clear up a bit and remain partly cloudy, with temperatures reaching a low near 38. South wind will reach 9 to 13 mph with gusts potentially reaching as high as 21 mph.

2. Colorado State Patrol adds explosive-detection dogs

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Troopers Crystal Crenshaw and Rob Hampton pose with new explosive detection dogs Scout and Oly at the Colorado State Capitol.(Photo courtesy Colorado State Patrol)

Colorado State Patrol announced Monday that German shorthair pointers Oly and Scout will be utilized to sniff out explosives, firearms or shell casings at the state capitol.

Oly and Scout are a new resource for the Patrol as they have used narcotics detection dogs for some time, according to Sara B Hansen. The two dogs will mainly patrol the Colorado State Capitol complex in addition to traveling statewide to offer help with security and investigative help when needed.

3. Denver’s first safe outdoor space on public property opens

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Denver's very first safe outdoor space on public property is set to open Tuesday at the Denver County Department of Human Services to house people experiencing homelessness.

FOX31 Denver reports that the safe outdoor space is a safe, clean and heated designated camping area with a lease that lasts until Nov. 30, 2022. The safe outdoor space has a total of 41 shelters and can serve 50 people.

4. Arapahoe County votes today on abandoning Tri-County Health Department, the last of 3 counties

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Commissioners from Arapahoe County are set to vote on a resolution Tuesday to remove the county from what was once the biggest health department in the state, the Tri-County Health Department.

The health department and Douglas County officials have been in a dispute for the past year over mask mandates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and all three counties are poised to leave the Tri-County Health Department by the end of 2022, as per Sentinel Colorado. Officials from all three of the counties have made clear that they are open to contract services from what is left of Tri-County Health.

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