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Colorado part of six-state deal, but Colorado River questions remain

Data: Bureau of Reclamation; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

California was the lone holdout on a proposed water-use plan that the other six Colorado River basin states — including Colorado— sent to federal officials this week, Axios Phoenix's Jeremy Duda reports.

Why it matters: As the headwaters state, Colorado relies upon the Colorado River as a key water source.

John Frank
Updated 10 hours ago - Business

Why a Republican has a chance in Denver's mayoral race

Andy Rogeout. Photo: Courtesy of campaign

Andy Rougeot. Photo: Courtesy of campaign

Andre "Andy" Rougeot is the odd duck in the Denver mayor's race.

What's happening: He's running as a law-and-order, less-government Republican in the state's Democratic epicenter, where the conversation is focused on how the city is overhauling police and boosting the social safety net.

Yes, but: The 34-year-old former small business owner — and son of Jean-André Rougeot, the CEO of beauty supplier Sephora Americas — has a real chance of finishing near the top in the crowded race and securing a spot in the inevitable June runoff election.

Alayna Alvarez
Updated 10 hours ago - News

Denver Zoo told to be on "alert" after Dallas disappearances

A gibbon perches on a rope at the Denver Zoo in 2018. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The monkey business afoot at the Dallas Zoo is causing zookeepers across the country, including in Denver, to be extra vigilant when it comes to the safety of their animals.

Driving the news: Two emperor tamarin monkeys were allegedly stolen from the Dallas Zoo earlier this week and found in the closet of an abandoned home. It's the latest in a string of strange incidents at the zoo over the last month, Axios Dallas' Michael Mooney writes.

Alayna Alvarez
Updated 10 hours ago - News

9 things to do in Denver this weekend | Feb. 3-5

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The first weekend of February is filled with fun events across the Mile High City.

Here are nine happenings you won't want to miss:

Alayna Alvarez
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - News

Denver-area leaders grapple with meth contamination fallout

A man lighting a crystal meth pipe. Photo: Shannon Morris/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Denver metro leaders are wrestling with ways to address and prevent costly fallouts from meth contamination in public places.

Why it matters: Heavy meth use in metro Denver is hurting its users and limiting people's access to public services. At the same time, it's costing cities — and taxpayers — hundreds of thousands of dollars to deal with.

Esteban L. Hernandez
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - News

CU Boulder's African and African American Studies center hosting grand opening

Reiland Rabaka, director of CU Boulder's Center for African and African American Studies. Photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

CU Boulder's new Center for African and African American Studies will host a grand opening today — the first day of Black History Month.

Driving the news: The center resides inside Macky Auditorium and is referred to as "The Cause" due to its acronym CAAAS.

  • Professor Reiland Rabaka, its founder and director, said the center will provide space for research, arts and student services. It was started through a collaboration between faculty and students.
Alayna Alvarez
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - Food and Drink

14 Denver restaurants to dine with your darling on Valentine's Day

Fresh ceviche and margaritas from Toro in Denver. Photo: Courtesy of Toro

Valentine's Day is just two weeks away. Yeah, it snuck up on us too. 😬

What's happening: If you want to kindle the romance without burning dinner, we rounded up 14 Denver restaurants (see what we did there?) featuring special offerings to celebrate with your sweetheart.

  • Pro tip: Make your reservations ASAP.
Esteban L. Hernandez
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - News

Denver's new law enforcement watchdog wants to work with the public

Denver Independent Monitor Liz Perez Castle. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Denver's new law enforcement watchdog says she wants to work closely with the people keeping her accountable.

What's happening: Liz Perez Castle was confirmed as Denver's independent monitor in January following a lengthy search to fill the role. Castle is a former public defender who most recently worked as a defense attorney in Denver.