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.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth-grader Kayla Benyo, left, looks out the art room window with sixth-grader Ava Serbinski, middle, and Johannes Stallsmith, fifth grade, right, while watching the crowd gather for their performance in the musical production of The Little Mermaid at Mortensen Elementary School Thursday, May 11, 2017.Photo by Chancey Bush/ Photo Editor/ Evergreen Newspapers #onassignment #womeninphotojournalism #littlemermaid #theater#evergreennewspapers
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Jeremy Papasso (@jpapasso) May 18, 2017
I also found myself in the thick of it and became somewhat dampened by the whole thing.
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.
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.
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.”