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Alayna Alvarez
11 hours ago - News

Omicron sweeps through Denver's public safety agencies

Illustration of a police badge with a covid cell in the middle.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Omicron is wreaking havoc on Denver's public safety agencies.

Why it matters: Those on the frontlines have once again been hit by the pandemic at a time when violent crime is soaring and Denver's safety departments are already understaffed.

John Frank
11 hours ago - COVID

COVID-19 outbreak hits Colorado's COVID-19 lab

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

Omicron is still leading to major COVID-19 outbreaks, even as the pandemic trend lines in Colorado are improving.

Driving the news: One of the largest new outbreaks — at 34 people — is at the state laboratory, where 15% of Colorado's coronavirus tests are processed, new data released Wednesday shows.

John Frank
11 hours ago - Things to Do

What Team Colorado is creating at Breckenridge snow sculpture competition

Steve Mercia works on Team Colorado's snow sculpture. Photo courtesy of Rachel Lawlis
Steve Mercia, left, works on Team Colorado's snow sculpture Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Lauren Swanson

Steve Mercia pauses for a moment when asked what it takes to be a professional snow sculptor.

  • "It takes a special person," he says finally. "You get cold, you get wet. There has to be a passion."
John Frank
Jan 26, 2022 - News

Outdoor Retailer's Snow Show opens amid uncertain future in Denver

Merchandise on display at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in 2018. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Merchandise on display at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in 2018. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Outdoor Retailer's decision five years ago to move its massive, twice-a-year trade show to Denver marked a tipping point for the state's outdoor recreation industry.

  • Now, with the OR Snow Show arriving this week, Colorado officials are scrambling to convince its operator to stay put.
John Frank
Jan 26, 2022 - News

Denver elementary school draws fire for Black Lives Matter lessons

Illustration of alphabet blocks, spelling "BLM"
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Denver Public Schools is supporting an elementary school's plans to participate in a Black Lives Matter week of action despite outrage from conservative sectors.

Driving the news: Centennial Elementary in the Berkeley neighborhood will take part on Monday in the national program that emphasizes racial and gender diversity, as well as restorative justice and empathy.

Alayna Alvarez
Updated Jan 26, 2022 - News

Denver's public safety director nominee goes "on record," shares vision

Armando Saldate. Photo: Denver's Department of Public Safety

The nominee to lead Denver's public safety department is outlining his vision ahead of his confirmation — but criminal justice reform advocates remain skeptical that real progress can be achieved.

Driving the news: Mayor Michael Hancock's new pick for public safety director, Armando Saldate, met Tuesday with the task force that put forward more than 100 recommendations to "reimagine" public safety in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

Gigi Sukin
Jan 26, 2022 - Business

Cult-favorite Milk Bar treats hit Denver

Milk Bar dessert
Photo coutesy of Milk Bar

The beloved truffles, rainbow-flecked cookies and cakes from New York City's Milk Bar chain have landed in Denver thanks to an exclusive partnership with DoorDash, Axios Denver has learned.

Why it matters: The signature desserts are now available for delivery and takeout across the city.

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 25, 2022 - News

King Soopers strike ends — but workers' fight for better benefits persists

Grocery workers listen to union president Kim Cordova review the King Soopers contract before union members voted to ratify the agreement. Photo courtesy of Jimena Peterson/UFCW7

The 10-day labor dispute dominating Denver-area King Soopers and City Market grocery stores is over, but workers' battle to secure better benefits rages on.

Driving the news: Union members on Monday voted to ratify a three-year agreement that strengthens their rights and ends the strike that sent more than 8,000 employees to the picket lines.