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Friday in Denver: Explosive device found in Edgewater, State modeling predicts omicron immunity could bring calm months

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Salutations, top of the morning, and a happy Friday to you and yours, Denver.

Once again, welcome back to another Friday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Another work week has gone by and the weekend is on the horizon. It’s been a busy 24 hours in Denver, so before beginning the last day of this work week, take a closer look at some of the Mile High City’s most newsworthy events this Friday:

1. Explosive device found at Chase Bank in Edgewater

An explosive device was disabled Friday around 9 a.m. at Chase Bank in Edgewater, the Edgewater Police Department said.

Nearby businesses were evacuated while the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office bomb squad and Edgewater police investigated the device. FOX31 reports that a shelter-in-place was issued in the area shortly after.

So far, no information has been released by police regarding the device. Additionally, no injuries have been reported.

2. Broad immunity from omicron surge may bring peaceful months, state modeling projects

New pandemic modeling shows that approximately 80% of Colorado residents could be immune to the omicron variant by the middle of February.

State researchers calculate that the omicron surge will continue to ease up in the next few weeks, estimating about 5% of Coloradans are now contaminated with omicron, according to The Denver Gazette.

On Thursday, Colorado epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said a new variant would "certainly change the story" over the next couple of months. However, immunity from previous infections and vaccinations “leaves us in a very different place than we have been during the pandemic.”

3. New north Denver community part of the solution to Colorado’s housing affordability crisis

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver worked to turn an old home into 28 affordable townhomes Thursday as snow fell in north Denver.

Last year, Colorado's senior senator assembled a task force with Colorado community leaders to develop solutions to the state's housing affordability crisis. 

CBS Denver reports that the recommendations from the task force thus far range from development financial incentives and programs that aid individuals living in public housing to purchase homes to resources to reused government and commercial properties that are not being used.

4. Denver’s first alcohol-free bar starts to franchise

Billy and Christy Wynne, owners of Denver's first sober bar and coffee house, Awake, are looking to stretch across the state and the country.

The couple opened applications this week for franchises and business owners interested in taking part can fill out inquiry forms. So far, no franchises have been committed, according to The Denver Post.

The alcohol-free bar opened in Denver in May of last year, serving roughly 40 alcohol-free drinks.

Local Housing Listings

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  • 8300 Fairmount Dr., Unit U103, Denver, 80247: $495,000, $2,362 estimated monthly. Townhome. 2 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,387 sq. feet. Find more information here.
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  • 811 Lipan St., Denver, 80204: $395,000, $1,626 estimated monthly. Single-family. 2 beds, 1 bath, 773 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 2712 Federal Blvd., Denver, 80211: $375,000, no monthly estimate listed. Single-family. 1 bed, 1 bath, 533 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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