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Monday in Denver: DIA pokes fun at conspiracy theories, Crowdfunding launched for city's first cannabis-friendly hotel

Steven Bonifazi

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Airport officials joke about conspiracy theories with construction signs.(Denver International Airport)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Howdy, good morning and happy Monday, Denver Rounder-uppers!

Welcome back to another Monday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up. Snow is already falling in Denver and is expected to continue into the afternoon.

Let's take a deeper dive into just a few of Denver's most newsworthy events this Monday from the NewsBreak Denver team:

1. Did Denver International Airport confirm its conspiracy theories?

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A construction sign near the TSA security entrance at Denver International Airport.(Brittany Anas/NewsBreak Denver)
The Denver International Airport has utilized a legacy of conspiracy theories and rumors once again in a theme of amusing construction signs.
The construction signs are in place to warn travelers that construction projects will continue through at least spring 2027. The airport has been under construction since 2018. NewsBreak Denver's Brittany Anas reported that the signs have acknowledged conspiracy theories including the airport being home to a colony of lizard people and being the headquarters to the Illuminati, to name a few.

One of the more recent construction signs located near a security entrance says: “Forgive the mess. Building secret underground tunnels can get quite untidy.” Another says: "Apologies for the noise. It takes really big drills to get to the underworld."

2. Company launches crowdfunding campaign for Denver’s first cannabis-friendly hotel

The owner of the historic Patterson Inn, the 420 Hotels Inc., has begun an equity crowdfunding campaign to help fund a new age of cannabis hospitality.

The new concept consists of a well-appointed marijuana lounge across from the Patterson Inn where guests can legally consume, smoke and vape cannabis products, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson. The hotel, a national landmark constructed in the 1890s, is situated at 420 E. 11th Ave. in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Chris Chiari, CEO and founder of The 420 Hotels Inc., said that major hurdles have been cleared and that he and the company are moving "full steam ahead" after receiving rezoning from the Denver City Council.

3. Douglas County residents worry about crimes of opportunity, study says

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Two lines from the Douglas County Public Safety Pulse Report.(Graphics from Douglas County Police.)

Douglas County residents are concerned mostly with crimes including burglaries, break-ins and thefts, according to a study issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's office.

NewsBreak Denver's Heather Willard reported that the study, conducted between Jan. 26 through Feb. 13, 2022, took insights from 1,453 Douglas County residents on how they see public safety issues. Pickpocketing, mugging and robbing was the lowest concern for respondents while burglaries, thefts and additional crimes of opportunity were the highest.

The Sheriff's Office provides the following tips to help prevent burglary:

  • Check door locks and ensure they are complex enough so they can’t be easily picked.
  • Secure sliding doors and windows with a latch and an additional track-blocker, such as a stick or charley bar.
  • Build relationships within the community to help have additional eyes on the neighborhood while away from home.
  • Show signs of life while away from home by setting up light timers.

4. Working from home during pandemic saved Denverites $2,500

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Cars drive along I-25 as it starts to snow on March 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Denver residents saved a substantial amount of money working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study.

Today Testing looked at 100 top cities in America and found that the average American may have saved up to $2,398 in commuting costs in 2021 by working from home, NewsBreak Denver's Claire Cleveland reported. Denver commuters saved $2,647 and prevented producing up to 3,785.33 pounds of carbon dioxide per car into the atmosphere.

Hanah Alexander, editor in chief of TodayTesting.com said that the study provides employees and managers insight for discussions on returning to the workplace.

Local Housing Listings

  • 3500 S King St., Lot 29, Denver, 80236: $80,000, $402 estimated monthly. Mfd/Mobile home. 2 beds, 1 bath, 832 sq. feet. Find more information here.
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  • 10115 W 25th Ave., Unit 11, Lakewood, 80215: $274,900, $1,614 estimated monthly. Condominium. 2 beds, 1 bath, 864 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 19059 E 58th Ave., Denver, 80249: $380,000, no monthly estimate listed. Multi-family. 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,394 sq. feet. Find more information here.
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