Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 19

Another Rockies win, a shrinking jail population and the prospect of counting votes by hand.

Members of the Colorado Air National Guard, Jimmy Ziegler (center), Danny Kearns (right), and unidentified man, pose next to an airplane and Jeff the dog outfitted with a parachute in Denver, Colorado. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-715)
Members of the Colorado Air National Guard, Jimmy Ziegler (center), Danny Kearns (right), and unidentified man, pose next to an airplane and Jeff the dog outfitted with a parachute in Denver, Colorado. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-715)
Members of the Colorado Air National Guard, Jimmy Ziegler (center), Danny Kearns (right), and unidentified man, pose next to an airplane and Jeff the dog outfitted with a parachute in Denver, Colorado. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-715)

Before we dive in today, I think we should all take a moment to appreciate that this very good dog — whose name is Jeff — is equipped with a parachute. Please imagine Jeff, who contrary to his name is a pup and not a person, sailing gracefully to safety across a blue sky.

OK, ready?

This worst case scenario is extremely tedious

The Colorado Secretary of State Office’s has a new risk-limiting audit process that would require auditors to go through potentially thousands of votes by hand if an election is tight or something seems off. (Denverite)

The Denver jail population is getting smaller

That’s great news, since it was nearly at crisis level last winter. Officials attribute the decrease to a number of new practices, starting with asking, “How do we help people not get into jail in the first place?” (DP)

Police are investigating a homicide near Cole

Officers responded to a report of shots fired near 35th and Downing, but the cause of death has yet to be determined. (Denverite)

ICE has detained the man involved in a recent deadly fight at a Denver jail

Ricardo Daniel Lopez-Vera, 19, was released after another inmate died when the two got into a brief, two-hit fight. ICE placed an immigration detainer on Lopez-Vera — who has prior convictions for driving while ability impaired and another misdemeanor — the day after he was released. (7)

Carlos Gonzalez came out of his slump with his first extra-base hit in nearly a month

Mark Reynolds had a three-run homer in the first and Gerardo Parra reached base five times, scoring three runs, as the Rockies beat the Padres 9-7. (AP)

As you probably expected, Chipotle took a hit

After it was announced that a Chipotle in Virginia was closed because customers were getting sick, shares in the Denver-based company fell more than 4.3 yesterday. Already this morning, they’ve fallen another 3 percent. (DBJ)

Wheat Ridge is still hard at work on hail-storm recovery

The city was at the center of that destructive May storm. Allison Sherry reports: “About 70 percent of the city’s fleet vehicles  — about 95 cars and trucks — were damaged or destroyed in the storm. Roughly half the homes in the city need new roofs and city officials are grappling with what it takes to get 7,000 permits issued and multiple inspections completed.” (CPR)

ICYMI: Here’s how an “entry-level” home ends up costing half a million

This is a story about affordable housing. (Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.