Those of us who have been in Denver for more than a couple of decades remember when the Rocky Mountain News’ Dusty Saunders was one of the most-read columnists at the paper. He passed away this weekend at the age of 90.
- Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy hasn’t lived up to his potential on the field, and is now becoming an embarrassment to the team off it.
- Colorado leads the country in bank robberies, driven in part by desperate individuals who are addicted to drugs.
- Denver Public Schools is in a high-profile dispute with a North High School teacher who supporters acknowledge “rocks the boat.”
- Weld County egg farm Sparboe Hudson had to destroy 1.4 million hens and lay off 95 employees after being hit by avian flu.
- The shutdown of a production facility in Michigan has caused a nationwide shortage of baby formula.
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. is facing a lawsuit that alleges systemic racism at the hospital system resulted in the death of Black patient.
- Actor Fred Savage, who played Kevin on the original, iconic television show “The Wonder Years,” was fired as an executive producer on the reboot of the show after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
- The mother of a 10-year-old girl who died after taking part in a “Blackout Challenge” she saw on TikTok is suing the social media platform.
- Elon Musk said his plan to buy twitter is “temporarily on hold” over a report of fake accounts on the platform.
So, who won the week?
- For more than 25 years, the ineffective investigation into the tragic murder of JonBenèt Ramsey has been a stain on the reputation of the Boulder Police Department. Now. Gov. Jared Polis says he will petition to have the state take over the case.
- The Colorado mountains have become a year-round destination, but resorts such as Vail and Breckenridge are cutting back on their summer activities due to the labor shortage.
- An Alamosa attorney who shot a man in the head had his law license suspended for three years. He’s serving an 11-year prison sentence, so the suspension is mostly symbolic.
- Denver Public Schools will eliminate 76 district administrative jobs — including 15 executives. The move is in response to declining enrollment and will save the district approximately $9 million annually.
- The Lowry Reading Garden bills itself as a sanctuary to appreciate great literature, but the park “misquotes and misattributes the writers it celebrates” in various etchings and engravings throughout the park.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Chicano/a/x Community Murals of Colorado to its 2022 list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”
- TurboTax has agreed to pay Coloradans more than $2.5 million to settle allegations by the Colorado attorney general that the company used deceptive digital tactics.
- Geoff Morrell, the chief corporate affairs officer for The Walt Disney Co., is leaving after just three months on the job “to pursue other opportunities.” His departure follows the recent, high-profile fight between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
- Tennis legend Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon winner, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for hiding assets during a bankruptcy filing.
- Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked and tackled on-stage by a knife-wielding man at a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Pro golfer Phil Mickelson lost more than $40 million gambling over five years, according to federal auditors.
- Water levels at Nevada’s Lake Mead have dropped so far that authorities are finding long-hidden dead bodies.
So, who won the week?
- Esteban Hernandez left Denverite to join the Axios Denver team.
- The possibly misnamed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2022 class, and it includes Duran Duran, Eminem, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, the Eurythmics and Pat Benatar.
- The famous axe from the movie “The Shining” will soon take up residence at Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel, which was the inspiration for the Stephen King thriller. An anonymous donor purchased the axe at auction and has loaned it to the hotel’s new movie-memorabilia museum and film center.
- Children’s Hospital Colorado is the first pediatric health care system in the country to provide free education and career training for its staff members.