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Hump day in Denver: School mask mandate to be lifted late February, Third person dies at Eldora Mountain and more

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By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Salutations, good day, and happy hump day Denver!

Once more, welcome back to yet another Wednesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

While the weather in Denver is mostly sunny and mild Wednesday morning, there is a chance that light snow will fall in the evening with little to no accumulation.

Nevertheless, much has happened in the Denver metro in the past 24 hours.

Let's dive right into some of the most newsworthy events in and around the Mile High City this Wednesday that you should be aware of:

1. Denver public health lifting school mask mandate in late February

Denver's public health department announced Wednesday that the county will conclude its school and child-care facility mask order on Feb. 25 after being in place for months.

Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement that the order will officially expire before midnight on Feb. 25. Denver is currently witnessing a decline in COVID cases among adults and children in addition to a roughly 80% vaccination rate among people ages 5 and older, according to FOX31.

The announcement comes after Denver removed the citywide mask mandate last week.

2. Douglas County school board members say former superintendent divided the community

Douglas County School Board President Mike Peterson and board member Kaylee Winegar spoke on Fox News Monday to defend their decision to fire former Superintendent Corey Wise, saying that Wise divided the company.

The Denver Gazette reported that Peterson and Winegar said that they did not believe Wise's views would ever line up with their vision for the district, with Winegar adding that Wise was fired for a multitude of reasons including his support of teachers' unions.

The president of the Douglas County Federation has forewarned some school district staff possibly leaving following Wise's firing.

3. Side Stories returns to Denver’s RiNo neighborhood
Ella Vance will have an installation at 32nd and Larimer.(Courtesy of Side Stories)

Side Stories, an outdoor immersive film installation, is coming back from Feb. 11 through Feb. 20 to the River North Art District for the fourth year.

This year's installation, Side Stories 2022: Love Stories, will star five local artists that will produce cinematic, large art experiences on the Love Stories theme, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson. A multitude of local businesses including The Beer Spa, Nocturn and Number Thirty-Eight will be providing giveaways the days before the event, while other businesses will offer special discounts and deals during the event.

The five Colorado artists and the location of their installations are as follows: 

  • Travis Vermilye, 28th and Walnut
  • Natalie Einterz, 29th and Walnut
  • Xadie James, 30th and Walnut
  • Ella Vance, 32nd and Larimer
  • Andi Todaro, 33rd and Larimer

4. Woman dies after crashing into tree at Eldora Mountain
(Courtesy Google Maps)

A 77-year-old woman passed away Tuesday after she was discovered unconscious and not breathing following running into a tree at the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort.

NewsBreak Denver's Sara Hansen reports that members of the American Medical Response, the Eldora Ski Patrol, LifeLine Air Ambulance and Nederland Fire Department responded to the scene at the Muleshoe Run, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency responders could not revive her.

The woman's death marks the third at Eldora and the sixth of the 2021-2022 ski season.

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