This week in Denver photos, May 13-20: Bizarre precipitation, cash for mom and 11 tiny homes

Happy Sunday afternoon, Denver. As you wind down from your day in the park, marathon jaunt or whatever else filled this lovely day, take a load off and flip through the week’s visual news with us.

Brother Jeff Fard with Pastor Timothy and Nita Mosby Tyler speak to friends on Facebook Live inside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on Colfax, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Brother Jeff Fard with Pastor Timothy and Nita Mosby Tyler speak to friends on Facebook Live inside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on Colfax, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) brother jeff's cultural center; mother's day; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; jail;
Brother Jeff Fard with Pastor Timothy and Nita Mosby Tyler speak to friends on Facebook Live inside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on Colfax after bailing several women out for Mother’s Day, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy Sunday afternoon, Denver. As you wind down from your day in the park, marathon jaunt or whatever else filled this lovely day, take a load off and flip through the week’s visual news with us.

Let’s try grouping images by category this week.

Community building

Yesterday, work began on the city’s first tiny home village for the homeless. The 11-unit teeny neighborhood will inhabit the long-vacant lot at 38th and Walnut streets. Advocates hope this will prove tiny homes could be a solution to what some call the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Josh Zeiter hammers a nail. Construction on the Beloved Community Village begins at Walnut and 38th streets, May 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) homeless; right to rest; tiny home village; rino; five points; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Josh Zeiter hammers a nail. Construction on the Beloved Community Village begins at Walnut and 38th streets, May 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Also yesterday one might have heard Five Points Jazz Fest’s sublime sounds. Daniel Brenner, for the Denver Post, got this great moment during a chess game in front of Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center. There’s always some fierce competition going on over there.

This week Christian and I went to visit Julian Valentin, the brains behind the Rockies’ social media accounts.

The Colorado Rockies' assistant director of digital media and publications, Julian Valentin, looks out over Coors Field, May 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado rockies; coors field; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The Colorado Rockies’ assistant director of digital media and publications, Julian Valentin, looks out over Coors Field, May 17, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Also on Wednesday Evergreen Newspapers’ Chancey Bush caught this nice, framed moment of little kids in Littleton about to emerge on stage as characters from The Little Mermaid.

On Tuesday we attended a community meeting in Montbello that was held as the result of a fatal police encounter. This fulfilled a campaign promise made by Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, who says she wants to work on trust issues between law enforcement and the commnunity.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann and a photo from a gun involved in a fatal police shootout in Montbello. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) beth mccann; denver; montbello; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; police;
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann and a photo from a gun involved in a fatal police shootout in Montbello, May 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Last weekend Sunnyside painted a mural on the street to celebrate a local mascot and also the neighborhood’s commitment to charting its sidewalk clout.

Mayor Michael Hancock and City Councilman Rafael Espinoza visit Walk Denver's art installation, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) walk denver; sunnyside; trevista at horace mann; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; public art; mural;
Mayor Michael Hancock and City Councilman Rafael Espinoza visit Walk Denver’s art installation, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Finally, a random act of kindness last weekend: Five Points Neighborhood leaders Brother Jeff Fard and Nita Mosby Tyler raised more than $6,000 in a few hours to bail women out of jail for Mother’s Day.

Nita Mosby Tyler and Brother Jeff Fard count money to pay a bond inside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on Colfax, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) brother jeff's cultural center; five points; mother's day; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; jail;
Nita Mosby Tyler and Brother Jeff Fard count money to pay a bond inside the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center on Colfax, May 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Rain or shine — or snow

First is Denver Post staffer Helen Richardson with her hilarious documentation of conditions at home in Nederland.

And speaking of radical tone shifts, Jeremy Papasso caught the entire temperature continuum for the Boulder Daily Camera this week.

I also found myself in the thick of it and became somewhat dampened by the whole thing.

38th Avenue at Brighton Boulevard under max puddle capacity. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rain; weather; cowx; rino; brighton boulevard; five points; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
38th Avenue at Brighton Boulevard under max puddle capacity, May 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Immigration

Consistent with last week, we saw the closing of a few chapters in immigration cases we’ve been watching for a few months. Yesterday Ingrid Encalada Latorre announced a judge granted her a temporary stay from deportation.

This is the case of a mother living in sanctuary for six months as she tries to work out a series of what she said were botched legal cases that led to her deportation order. She was successful in overturning one old ruling and has been granted some leeway to see to the second.

Jeanette Vizguerra speaks as Ingrid Encalada Latorre announces she's leaving sanctuary, May 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) immigration; ingrid encalada latorre; deportation; undocumented; sanctuary; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Jeanette Vizguerra speaks as Ingrid Encalada Latorre announces she’s leaving sanctuary, May 20, 2017. Encalada’s son Bryant sits in front of her on the floor. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Also this week we saw some unfortunate developments for Rene Lima-Martin, the man who was imprisoned, released on an error, imprisoned again and then was recently released again after his family fought for his freedom. But last Tuesday when a judge ordered his release he was met by federal immigration agents waiting with a deportation order. Though the governor pardoned him his case is fate is still uncertain.

Jasmine Lima-Marin speaks about her husband's case at the Hans Meyer Law Office, May 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rene lima-marin; immigration; deportation; hans meyer law office; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Jasmine Lima-Marin speaks about her husband’s case at the Hans Meyer Law Office, May 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There was also the end of a chapter on Monday for Isidro Quintana, the long-time legal permanent resident who’s 20-year-old conviction caught up with him late last year. A judge ordered his deportation order be cancelled, saying, “If ever a case called for cancelation of removal, this is it.”

Isidro Quintana reaches for his grandson Reymi's hand as a woman and young child walk into Aurora's GEO immigration detention facility, May 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) isidro quintana; aurora; GEO; immigration; deportation; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado
Isidro Quintana reaches for his grandson Reymi’s hand as a woman and young child walk into Aurora’s GEO immigration detention facility, May 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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