A round of applause for you, Denver, for making it to this quite lovely weekend on the heels of some rough weather. Hooray for all of us, in fact. We saw the closing of a few chapters this week, and each was worth celebrating. Let’s review.
On Friday, Jeanette Vizguerra left sanctuary publicly for the first time in nearly three months. Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who lived in two churches to avoid deportation, was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people last month and was granted a stay from deportation through at least March 2019 as she completes the process of getting a visa.
This week was bustling with politics. This next photo was not snapped in Colorado, but Denver-based photojournalist Benjamin Rasmussen deserves praise for this amazing photo of the president for Time. It was not shot that day on Thursday, but that’s when he posted it.
But Colorado office holders of all stripes did appear this week as the state legislative session came to a close. I hit nearly every corner of politics in the city, from the governor…
…to the senate…
…and city council.
But they weren’t all work and no play.
And in some cases it was business up top and a party beneath. This is immigration attorney Hans Meyer making a very serious press address about ICE arrests in Denver’s district courthouse. His signature Chucks reveal that his law practice is always a little bit punk rock.
On Monday the Denver Post’s Joe Amon caught this lovely portrait of Jose “Manny” Fernandez in Longmont.
And many of us caught sight of that killer hailstorm.
I was personally quite entertained by the aftermath.
Over the weekend the city got down for Cinco De Mayo at Civic Center Park, which created the unusual opportunity to photograph many, many released balloons floating to a better place.
And speaking of outer space, Andy wrote this week about the CU Boulder professor who worked on Juno. The Jupiter-orbiting craft that has brought us unprecedented views of the gas giant.
And speaking of space cadets, the Alamo Drafthouse’s grand opening on West Colfax was christened by James Ellroy, the eccentric and oft-yelling crime author, who opened a bottle of bubbly with a saber.
And finally, dear Denver, I will not deny the Derby. At least three of us caught sights at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, where the costumery was in fine form.
We’re grateful to you, Denver, for having us along for another week of twists and turns. You keep living, we’ll keep capturing the magic.