Happy Friday, neighbors! Here's everything you need to know today, including the latest on the Marshall Fire, the spread of the omicron variant and an update on a planned King Soopers strike.
First, today's weather:
You can expect some hazy sunshine and milder temperatures. High: 53 Low: 32.
Here are the top stories today in Denver:
As the omicron variant spreads rapidly around the world, researchers, doctors and public health leaders are analyzing its trajectory. Based on that analysis, the variant is expected to peak in Colorado in a couple of weeks, CBS reports. (CBS Denver)
The omicron spike is also impacting kids as many people of all ages, including newborns, test positive, local hospital officials say. While most children have mild symptoms, some cases in our state have been deadly for kids, data shows. (CBS Denver)
King Soopers employees are set to strike after their union negotiations with the chain have been unsuccessful. King Soopers says it offered the union a fair package, but the union says the chain has unfair labor practices. (FOX 31 Denver)
Some survivors of the Marshall Fire still don't know the fate of their pets, but they hold out hope. And in some cases, residents have been reunited with their beloved animals. (Associated Press via Patch)
Colorado State University is set to hold a grand opening celebration today for the opening of the first few buildings of its new Denver campus at the National Western Center. (9News.com KUSA)
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Today in metro Denver:
First Friday Art Walk - Art District on Santa Fe (5:30 p.m.)
El Loco Fandango with special guest BADCO in Golden (8 p.m.)
From my notebook:
This weekend in Denver: Jan. 7-9 - First Friday Art Walks and, on Saturday, the kickoff of the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. (Facebook)
With winter officially upon us and cooler morning temperatures, Denver police are reminding residents not to leave vehicles running unattended. (Facebook)
Lee Edward Vaughn has been missing since Nov. 29, and his family just wants to know that he is safe, Denver police said. (Facebook)
In 100 days, Denver's housing surge placed 576 people into housing, the city said. This far surpassed the city's goal of housing 200 people. (Facebook)
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Now you're in the loop and ready to start this Friday off right. See you all tomorrow morning for another update!
— 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.