Hello, people of Denver! It's me again, Amber Fisher, your host of the Denver Daily. I'm delivering news about a cyber attack that's hit the city, long lineups at COVID-19 testing sites, January divorce rate predictions and a local caroling group that's spreading holiday spirit.
First, today's weather:
Yet another partly sunny and mild day, with a high of 62 and a low of 38.
Here are the top stories today in Denver:
The City and County of Denver has been hit by a cyber attack, which targeted Kronos, one of the world's largest human resources computer systems. The city uses Kronos to track hours and overtime. (CBS Denver)
As the omicron variant spreads, some Coloradans have faced long lineups this week at testing sites in Denver's metro area. Some people are reporting lineups of more than an hour as they prepare to travel over the holidays. COVIDCheck Colorado expected to process more than 10,000 tests on Monday. (CBS Denver)
Booster shots, available at pharmacies and clinics in Colorado, are the best defense against COVID-19 illnesses as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country, according to health officials. Here's where you can get your booster. (Denver Patch)
Colorado attorneys are predicting a surge of divorce filings in January, Fox 31 reports. The pandemic has made many re-evaluate what makes them happy, attorneys say. Many also wait until after the holidays to file for divorce. (FOX 31 Denver)
LISTEN: The Colorado Caroling Company quartet has been singing together for nearly 40 years, and they are spreading cheer wherever their voices carry. (KUNC)
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Today in Denver:
From my notebook:
This month, the Denver Police Department welcomed 36 new officers to the team. The class of 2021-1 graduated from the training academy and swore the oath Dec. 10. (Facebook)
The Denver Botanic Gardens wished people a happy winter solstice / first day of winter on Tuesday. In ancient cultures, this day was used to look at the year to come and to celebrate the promise of longer, warmer days ahead. The gardens are also highlighting the role of plants in the tradition. (Facebook)
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has posted its spring and summer catalogs for child and teen classes, which go on sale Jan. 11. (Facebook)
All The Lion King performances through Sunday have been canceled and will be refunded, the Denver Center for Performing Arts said. The center anticipates resuming the performances on Dec. 28. (Facebook)
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— Amber Fisher
About me: I'm a Patch editor covering news in Denver's metro area and Boulder. I've spent the past nine years working for various news outlets across North America, including Chicago Patch, Global News and WBEZ. I've covered high-profile court cases, civil rights abuses, mass shootings, natural disasters and major crimes — but also countless happy news stories about kindness, innovation and resilience. When I'm not writing articles, I can be found hiking, snowboarding, debating politics with my husband and attempting to be a sci-fi and astronomy geek.