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Alayna Alvarez
May 27, 2022 - News

6 things to do in Denver this Memorial Day weekend

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Celebrate the holiday all weekend at the 50th annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival along Denver's Old South Gaylord Street, including food trucks, drinks, live music and local vendors.

Gigi Sukin
May 27, 2022 - Business

Hot Home: The "Schomp Mansion," classic with modern luxury, for $2.9M

680 North Clarkson St. Photo: Nate Polta/milehimodern

Step away from the chaos and into this light, bright Capitol Hill home, nestled in a blissful landscape rich in Denver history.

Background: Architect and auto mogul, Ralph Schomp โ€” of the Schomp Automotive Group โ€” and his family, meticulously reimagined the layout of this property, paying tribute to its 19th-century heritage.

John Frank
May 27, 2022 - News

Safe2Tell remains Colorado's key tool to battle school violence

Data: Colorado Attorney Generalโ€™s office; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

An anonymous tip line created in response to 1999's Columbine school shooting is poised to record more than 18,000 reports of threats this school year.

Why it matters: Safe2Tell is the front line in Colorado's effort to prevent school violence, and remains as relevant as ever after the deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school this week.

John Frank
May 27, 2022 - News

Colorado never funded its school safety task force โ€” until now

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Months after the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in 2019, a state audit revealed that Colorado's $100 million, two-decade effort to improve school safety was haphazard and showed little evidence of making schools safer.

What happened: The next year, Colorado lawmakers created a new task force with public safety leaders to better coordinate the state's response, given its deadly history.

Northfield High School lockdown lifted after report of weapon on campus

Authorities take a person into custody outside Northfield High School in Denver on May 26, 2022. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez
Authorities take a person into custody outside Northfield High School in Denver on May 26. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Northfield High School in Denver locked down its campus Thursday morning in response to a report of a student with a weapon, school officials told parents.

The latest: "All of the kids at the Northfield High School are safe," Denver Police chief Chief Paul Pazen said Thursday at a press conference, noting roughly 2,000 students were on campus at the time of the incident.

John Frank
May 26, 2022 - Business

Colorado company and local stores embrace gear buyback programs

Dick's Sporting Goods store. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

If it ain't broke, sell it.

  • That's the new mantra in the sporting and outdoor industry, where used-gear sales are going mainstream.
John Frank
May 26, 2022 - Business

Memorial Day travel is booming, much like prices, forecasts show

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Memorial Day weekend โ€” the traditional start of the summer travel season โ€” will feature more travelers and higher prices in Colorado, experts say.

Driving the news: 80% of Colorado residents say they feel comfortable traveling this summer, up 47% from this time last year to reach the highest point since the pandemic began, according to a AAA survey.

How to talk to kids about school shootings

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With the news of a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, opening fire at an elementary school on Tuesday and killing 19 students and two teachers, parents and guardians across the country are yet again faced with the potential of talking to their children about gun violence and school shootings.

What they're saying: Tracy Vozar, a University of Denver associate professor and director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty, told Axios Denver there are a few tactics parents and guardians should consider:

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