News Briefs 03. 18. 24

Eldora Closed for first time in twenty years after heavy snowfall

Ski slopes at Eldora ski area were closed for two days after massive snow storms buried many areas under feet of snow. The ski resort was one of several Colorado ski areas to announce closures after heavy snowfall began on Thursday. 

The storm deposited up to 46 inches of snow on slopes in 48 hours. Officials described it as the biggest snow event they’d seen in decades, with lifts buried and some roads to the resort blocked completely. 

The resort reopened Friday afternoon after extensive snow-clearing operations. The two-day closure marks the first time in 20 years that Eldora closed down entirely.

Police Investigating Double Homicide at Former DoubleTree

Denver Police are investigating a double homicide at a former DoubleTree hotel turned homeless shelter. The two victims, one male and one female, were found dead in one of the shelter’s rooms on Saturday around 9:20 PM. 

The police did not state the cause of death, but clarified that the two had not been shot. Police also declined to release any information regarding the victims’ identities, and no arrests have been made as of yet. 

DPD spokesman Kurt Barnes stated that police are still trying to determine the circumstances of the incident. However, according to Barnes, investigators “do not believe there is a threat to the community.” 

The Hotel itself was purchased by the Denver city government from DoubleTree in October. It was bought as part of a $50 million dollar state initiative launched in 2022 to establish homeless shelters in the Denver Metro area. The property, known as the Denver Navigation Campus, provided housing as well as opening its ballroom as a cold shelter during December and January.

With the investigation ongoing, police offered a $2,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to the apprehension of a suspect.

Another Year of Shortest St.Patrick’s Day Parade

Hundreds of spectators flocked to Boulder’s Pearl street to witness the 41st annual “World’s shortest st. Patrick’s day parade” on sunday. The parade was hosted by the independent order of odd fellows lodge no. 9 along the 1600 block of Pearl street.

The parade initially started as a joke between a group of friends, according to the event’s announcer, Buz Dabkowski. As Dabkowski tells it, the parade was started in the late 1970s by a group of crows who had been drinking at a local pub. The crows, deciding to hold their own st. Patrick’s day celebration, marched around the block with their beers, inaugurating what would eventually become a longtime Boulder tradition.

Dabkowski stressed how a diversity of cultures and ideas made the parade uniquely Boulder. This was on full display in the performances; traditional Irish dance and music troupes like the McTeggart Irish Dancers were joined by belly dancers, hip hop performances by groups like The Tribal Misfits and even The Paddy O’furniture Lawn Chairs Drill team, whose act consisted of dancing with their lawn chairs. 

Dabkowski said, “The parade is just one of those things, anybody can march.” Kurt Baumgartner, another event organizer, stated that the parade helped bring the community together. “It’s a decades long tradition to have the world’s shortest st. Patrick’s day parade”, he said, adding “and it’s all for a good cause.”

Teen House Fire-starter Gets 40 Years in Prison

19-year old Gavin Seymour, one of three young men accused of setting a fire in August 2020 which killed five people, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The sentence, announced by Denver’s district court on Friday, comes after nearly four years of judicial deliberation.

Seymour pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder earlier in January. On Aug. 5, 2020, he and two other accomplices had set fire to a house inhabited by a local senegalese family. The two other boys – Kevin Hui [WAY] and Dillon Siebert [Seabert] – had apparently wanted to get revenge after mistakenly believing members of the family had stolen Hui’s phone.

The blaze went on to claim the lives of five family members: Djibril Diol [DEE-ol], 29, his wife Adja Diol [DEE-ol], 23, their daughter Khadija, 1, as well as his sister Hassan Diol, 25 and her 6-month old daughter Hawa Baye. “This is a tragedy that is, I’m sure for everyone involved, incomprehensible,” said District Judge Karen Brody, “There was the loss of the most innocent of lives.”

Hanady Diol, father of Djibril, expressed disappointment that the sentence wasn’t harsher. He said; “Even if you kill five goats or sheep, you should get a maximum sentence. This person here, they are talking about 30, 40 years. That just means there is no justice there. There is no judging that the people who died are human beings.”

Opill Hits the Online Market Today, It’ll be the first OTC Birth Control

The first over-the-counter birth control pill has been released for sale online. Opill, an estrogen-free contraceptive pill, is being shipped nation-wide and will be found in the family-planning aisle at drugstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets. The pill is even found sold on Amazon, and the expected price point is 19.99 for one month and 49.99 for three months. 

The pill is safe and effective, allowing persons sensitive to estrogen to still access contraceptives that are 98 percent effective. For more information visit opill.com.


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