Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 10

A fair bit of it involves dogs and at least one story involves hot dogs.

A bulldog cools off in the Cherry Creek at Confluence Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A bulldog cools off in the Cherry Creek at Confluence Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) confluence park; platte; cherry creek; animals; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
A bulldog cools off in the Cherry Creek at Confluence Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver. It is so hot. I think we could all take a cue from this dog today — our best lives are to be lived belly-deep in cool water.

But first, news. A fair bit of it involves dogs and at least one story involves hot dogs. But no hot takes. (Hot takes here.)

Denver Public Schools spent a year testing for lead

The district didn’t find any schools served by lead water pipes, which is good. It did find and shut down some possibly contaminated fountains and sinks. About 3.2 percent of the tests above the standard that prompts DPS to take action. (Denverite)

And at the state level, they’re re-examining academic standards

Naturally, this could get political. (Chalkbeat)

There was a fatal accident on Havana and 45th

One person died when a motorcycle and truck collided just off I-70 in northeast Denver. (9)

A federal hiring freeze is taking a toll on Rocky Mountain National Park

The park is seeing more visitors than ever — a 40 percent increase over four years and a 32 percent increase over two years — but it could be early July before it’s fully staffed. (Trail-Gazette)

The Rockies won their sixth straight game

The Rockies are good. As always, I advise that we all hold very still. (Denverite)

It will soon be legal to break a car window is a person or animal is in danger inside

The law won’t be implemented until August, and there will be a lot of hot days between now and then. It should do without saying, but don’t leave your kids or pets in the car. (CBS)

In other dog-in-car news…

A man left his dog, Levon, in his car in a parking garage at Denver Health when he rushed to be with his injured wife. Someone stole the car with Levon inside, but don’t worry, Levon made it back home. (CBS)

Wait one more dog thing

Look at this extremely good dog.

I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING. Get it together.

If you don’t have dinner plans yet, I have a suggestion

Maybe make a reservation at Señor Bear. It just opened yesterday in the space that used to house Jezebel’s, and it is not a gay bar. It’s a fish-centric Latin restaurant. (Denverite)

And if you don’t have any plans at all yet…

Here’s the big list of things to do. I recommend checking out Brewer’s Alley downtown, National Get Outdoors Day at Sloan Lake or A Night to Remember benefit in Stapleton. (Denverite)

Or you could just stay inside and color

I have a coloring book and I can tell you it’s very therapeutic (especially paired with wine). This one created by Denver historians uses iconic turn-of-the-century western art. (Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, 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.