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John Frank, author of Denver
Jul 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado won't require masks as Delta variant dominates

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is rampant in Colorado, but Gov. Jared Polis dismissed the need for new public health restrictions to stop its spread.

Why it matters: The variant first discovered in India now comprises 9 of 10 cases in Colorado, well above the national average.

Jul 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver's pivot from police is gaining popularity nationwide

Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

What started as a pilot program to reimagine policing primarily in downtown Denver is now expanding citywide and piquing interest across the country.

Driving the news: The City Council this week voted to boost the STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program by $1 million, on top of $1.4 million already allocated from the 2021 city budget.

  • The new funding will allow the program to grow from one van to four; increase its 16-hour operating days from five to seven; expand from one team to six; and serve all of Denver, not just high-demand neighborhoods.
Jul 20, 2021 - Axios Denver

App lets you rent private pools in Denver

Who's jumping in first? Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Colorado may be a "doubly landlocked" state, but there are still some stellar spots to splash around — including in your neighbor's backyard.

Why it matters: It's hot and we are always looking for fun things to do in Denver.