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John Frank
7 hours ago - News

Republicans diverge in Colorado's U.S. Senate primary

Illustration of top, middle and bottom views of three elephants, making up an image of one elephant and cycling through the different parts.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Colorado is forecast to have one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the 2022 midterm elections.

  • Yes, but: Whether that holds true depends on how Republicans play their cards.
Alayna Alvarez
7 hours ago - News

Firearm homicides in Denver surged in 2021

Data: Denver Police Department; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Gun-related homicides in Denver last year reached their highest levels since at least 2015, according to an Axios Denver analysis of data from the Denver Police Department.

Why it matters: The findings bolster initial data showing a spike in violent crime throughout the pandemic in Denver and across the state.

John Frank
May 22, 2022 - News

May storm dumps big snow in Colorado

Gif of a crowd of people waiting to ski.
Arapahoe Basin ski area on Saturday. Video courtesy of Sarah Cowell

Colorado posted some impressive snow totals from the wet spring storm on Saturday.

Why it matters: Hundreds of thousands of Xcel Energy customers lost power and downed tree limbs littered Denver metro neighborhoods.

Go inside Denver's traditional pozoleria

Inside La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal, located between RiNo and LoDo. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios
Inside La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal, located between RiNo and LoDo. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Local chef Jose Avila of Machete Tequila & Tacos is making history with his restaurant, La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal, at 2233 Larimer St.

Why it matters: The restaurant is the only spot in the state focusing on pozole, Avila says. Pozole is a traditional hominy and meat soup of Mexico, where he grew up.

John Frank
May 20, 2022 - COVID

Trio of Omicron variants leading to COVID rate increase in Colorado

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The latest COVID wave is accelerating in Colorado and across the U.S.

Threat level: Public health officials say the uptick won't end anytime soon. The state's modeling predicts a peak in mid-June, the Denver Post reports.

Gigi Sukin
May 20, 2022 - Business

Hot Homes: 5 listings starting at $619K

2657 S. Osceola St. Photo: Fortem Media/milehimodern

The country's red-hot housing market has started to simmer down this spring after roughly two years of sky-high prices and sparse inventories.

Why it matters: Hopeful homebuyers who've struggled to find reasonably priced houses should be able to look forward to more options and fewer bidding wars — if only just a little, Axios Joann Mueller writes.

Record traffic deaths spur calls for change

Data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

Denver's roads saw 84 people die in 2021 — making it the deadliest 12-month stretch in more than 20 years, according to the latest Vision Zero report from the city of Denver.

  • Reckless, careless and aggressive driving, and speeding were cited as the most common causes for fatal crashes.

Wild weather includes "critical" fire risk, incoming Colorado snowstorm

Data: Climate Central/NOAA NCEI; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

A wide range of extreme weather is on tap for the West beginning on Thursday and lasting through Saturday, which could include record heat, high winds, dangerous fire weather conditions and even a major snowstorm.

The big picture: An intense cold front and storm system dives southeastward across the Rockies, bringing a potentially historic May snowstorm to the Colorado foothills and mountains, while aggravating wildfire conditions prior to its arrival.