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Thursday in the Mile High City: Aurora Police Chief fired and more local news

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

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

Intense winds and an additional Red Flag Warning are in Denver's forecast for Thursday, just before the sun comes out and temperatures warm up in time for Opening Day at Coors Field.

Without further ado, let's take a closer look at some of the top, local stories you need to know this Thursday from the NewsBreak Denver team:

1. Aurora Police Chief fired; acting chief named

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City Manager Jim Twombly, left, and Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson attend a July 27 news conference.(Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly announced Wednesday that he had fired Police Chief Vanessa Wilson due to a lack of urgency in resolving department issues including records management.

Wilson became the first woman and first LGBTQ community member to lead the department when she was appointed in 2019. Before that, she served the department for 25 years, according to NewsBreak Denver's Heather Willard. Operations Division Cheif Chris Juul was named by Twombly as acting chief.

Replacing Wilson will involve a national search anticipated to take six months.

2. DougCo student skips prep, gets perfect ACT score anyway

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Kagan Killough smiles with his perfect ACT score certification.(Douglas County School District)

Kagan Killough, a senior at Castle View High School got a perfect 36 score on his ACT. However, he admits he did not spend a lot of time preparing.

A national report by ACT Inc. shows only 0.33% of test-takers achieve perfect scores. Killough, set on becoming a chemical engineer, now has to decide which college to attend, NewsBreak Denver's Natasha Lovato reported.

Nevertheless, Killough does not suggest using his method for anyone else preparing to take the ACT. He recommends studying by taking ACT practice problems on its site or with third-party prep services.

3. Colorado prepares to be haven for women seeking abortions

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Pro-choice poster.(Duané Viljoen/NewsBreak)

Gov. Jared Polis signed HB22-1279 into law on Monday, ensuring the right to abortions and reproductive care before and after pregnancy. The bill additionally prevents a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus from having rights under Colorado state law.

NewsBreak Denver's Claire Cleveland reported that more abortion restrictions and bans were passed in 2021 in the U.S. than in any year since Roe v Wade was decided in 1973. However, accessing care is a challenge for many and impossible for some at the state level. In states like West Virginia, people seeking care have to travel to the state's only abortion provider or go out of state.

People travel to other states like Colorado to access care as more states restrict access to abortion. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood and additional reproductive health clinics saw large increases in out-of-state patients.

4. $1,500 a month won’t rent you 700 square feet in Denver

A new study shows paying $1,500 per month will get you less than 700 square feet of apartment space in Denver. 

The RentCafe study ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities based on the square footage renters could get for $1,500 a month. In Denver, $1,500 rents you an average of 681 square feet of living space. 

You can find better deals in the suburbs. In Aurora, for example, that $1,500 rents 729 square feet, the study says. Wheat Ridge and Brighton ranked in the top 3 cities behind Aurora in the Denver metro for best “bang for your buck” for apartment space.

Denver metro housing listings

  • 6800 E Tennessee Ave., Unit 351, Denver, 80224: $169,000, $1,097 estimated monthly. Condominium. 1 bed, 1 bath, 672 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 9210 E Girard Ave., #9, Denver, 80231: $239,900, $1,426 estimated monthly. Condominium. 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,004 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 1327 Steele St., Apt 303, Denver, 80206: $310,000, $1,765 estimated monthly. Condominium. 1 bed, 1 bath, 564 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 10235 E Evans Ave., Unit 99, Aurora, 80247: $400,000, $2,227 estimated monthly. Townhouse. 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,980 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 2820 Ulster St., Denver, 80238: $535,000. No monthly estimate listed. Multi-family. 2 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,537 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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