The Clinton Global Initiative is coming to town, but PeaceJam has already gone global

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PeaceJam's Ivan Suvanjieff and Dawn Engle with Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
This week I told the remarkable story of PeaceJam, the Colorado-based non-profit that a down-and-out Denver artist was inspired to start after the Summer of Violence. From those unlikely beginnings, PeaceJam has grown to a powerhouse that includes thirteen Nobel Peace Prize laureates on its board and hosts activities around the globe, including the debut of a documentary on Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Monte Carlo early this month. As the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative America comes to Denver this weekend, it's a good time to remember that hometown heroes can have an international impact, too.

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Jefferson Parkway -- and Rocky Flats land swap -- still stalled in Colorado appeals court

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Looking down on the future route of the Jefferson Parkway from Rocky Flats.
"Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid," a three-day panel at the Arvada Center this past weekend that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the FBI's raid on the former nuclear weapons plant, raised more questions than it answered. One of the stumpers: What's the status of the Jefferson Parkway?

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Play ball! Homeless Diamond back for a fourth season of Tuesday games

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Last Tuesday was a lovely morning for a softball game -- sunny, with no clouds on the horizon. Not in the sky, and not involving the status of Sonny Lawson Field, where the Homeless Diamond was about to begin its fourth season. It was a much more auspicious start to developer/do-gooder/baseball fan Joe Carabello's pet project than last summer, when a renovation project at the field was behind schedule, bogged down by bureaucracy and spring rains, and the start of the games had to be postponed for weeks while the work was finished.

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DIA parking: Beware the disappearing Mt. Elbert lot!

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In that ballooning budget for Denver International Airport's expansion, do you think officials could find a little extra cash for some signage?

Zooming to DIA two Fridays ago for a one-way flight to Durango (where I was meeting family for a road trip back to Denver), flashing temporary signs outside the full Pikes Peak lot directed me -- as well as many others -- to the remote Mt. Elbert lot. Two days later, when I was getting dropped at DIA so that I could retrieve my car, I suddenly realized that I had no idea how to get to Mt. Elbert. Although I'd parked there many times before, I'd always followed the temporary signs -- and those had disappeared during my two-day absence.

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National Western Complex, Convention Center: Changes likely under new study

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The future Stock Show light-rail stop along the "Corridor of Opportunity."
Three years ago next month, Denver suddenly woke up to the realization that it could lose the National Western Stock Show -- maybe to another city, maybe to that upstart Aurora and its proposed Gaylord Entertainment hotel -- an $800 million, Western-themed hotel and entertainment complex by Denver International Airport with more than 400,000 feet of conference space -- about a third the amount at the current downtown Colorado Convention Center.

Despite an ownership change and a couple of pesky legal actions, Aurora's Gaylord complex is still on track -- but it won't be rustling the Stock Show. In November 2012, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the National Western would be staying in Denver ,where it happens to have a long-term lease. And today, Denver unveiled the results of a $272,000 feasibility study looking not just at the future of the National Western Stock Show Complex, but also the Colorado Convention Center.

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Denver decides against Washington Park beer ban

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Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown's newsletter will be a little late today. That's because when the Mayor's office learned that Brown was about to break the news that the city had decided against a temporary alcohol ban in Washington Park, located in Brown's district, the city moved up a planned press conference to announce the steps it's taking to deal with problems in the park to 2:30 p.m. today. But while the press conference is taking place a day early, the announcement is actually coming two weeks later than the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation had initially promised.

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Ballpark neighbors against homeless-day-center proposal take their protest to city council

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Claire Delahorne
A homeless man on the mall two years ago, before the urban camping ban.
It was two years ago that Denver City Council passed a ban on urban camping, promising to offer new services for the homeless population that would be pushed off the 16th Street Mall and out into nearby neighborhoods. For two years, residents of the Ballpark neighborhood watched as more and more homeless migrated to their streets -- but no new services were introduced. Tonight, Denver City Council will finally consider a financing proposal that would allow the Denver Rescue Mission to open a day-care center where the homeless could congregate...but in the meantime, businesses and residents in Ballpark have built up a major head of steam.

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I-70 alternative: Meet the man behind the plan to bring divided neighborhoods together

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An artist's look at the proposed cap over I-70.
The stretch of I-70 that crosses north Denver is a rough ride -- and the reputation of that 1.2 mile patch of pavement -- and plans for its replacement -- will get roughed up even further today, at the North Metro Denver Citizen's Transportation Summit. The Colorado Department of Transportation has been working on plans to replace much of the viaduct that cuts through north Denver for more than a decade; two years ago, in response to complaints, CDOT director Don Hunt came up with a proposal to put at least some of I-70 underground, capping it with a park that would help reunite neighborhoods divided by the highway decades ago. But that doesn't go far enough for critics of the plan. They'll outline a much grander alternative at today's summit, where John Norquist and Ian Lockwood, leading proponents of new urbanism, will talk about how cities around the country are removing their highways altogether.

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Black Hawk at 150 years is a boom town with a view

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Black Hawk today.
On April 12, 1864, Black Hawk became the second city in Colorado to be incorporated -- three years behind Denver and just a few hours ahead of Central City, the booming mining town up Gregory Gulch. But Black Hawk is the boom town today -- thanks not just to its location a mile below the slumping Central City, but also to some savvy positioning two decades ago, after Coloradans approved a constitutional amendment allowing limited-stakes gaming in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek. While Central City took things slowly, all bets were off in Black Hawk.

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Dave Philipps of the Gazette wins the Pulitzer Prize: Here's some required reading

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Dave Philipps.
Dave Philipps, an investigative reporter for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, just won the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for "Other Than Honorable," his three-day investigative series that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged without benefits.

Philipps wasn't in the newsroom when the announcement of the Pulitzers came down yesterday afternoon: His paper reports that he was at the airport in Washington, D.C., where he was one of four finalists for the Michael Kelly Award. He didn't win that one.

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