Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post
Denver Post photographer RJ Sangosti was in Pueblo, Colo., with the mother of a missing 9-year-old girl this morning when she got the news that her daughter had been found about 50 miles away in Colorado Springs, and he captured this moving image. The Amber Alert for the girl, missing since Thursday afternoon, has been canceled. We will be updating the story throughout the day as details are revealed.
Retired veterinarian Jack Rife uses his dog, Barklee, to show how a pet oxygen mask works. The demonstration, which took place Wednesday outside Fire Station No. 5 in Glendale, Colo., underscored the value of the masks: Between 40,000 and 150,000 pets in the U.S. die in fires each year, mostly due to smoke inhalation, according to some estimates. The Denver Fire Department on Wednesday received 48 of the masks from Invisible Fence of Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Scout, a 6-foot-tall fiberglass pinto horse that stood watch in John Hickenlooper’s office while he was Denver mayor, was carried through city streets Tuesday by staff from Colorado Creative Industries (slideshow) to his new home at the state Capitol, where he will continue his watch over now-Gov. Hickenlooper. The horse, on loan from the city, was originally part of the artwork “The Yearling,” by artist Donald Lipski, and stood on a 21-foot-tall chair on the lawn at Denver’s Central Library downtown. (Photo by Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
A more-resilient, bronze Scout was cast in 2008 to replace the weathered resin original at Denver institution Ray Fedde’s bronze foundry, with closed last year. At 74, Fedde said farewell to Fedde Bronze Works after having made more than 10,000 pieces for over 1,300 clients over a period of about 40 years.
Recasting the horse, which stands atop a 21-foot-tall red steel chair, was part of a refresh that included repainting the chair in preparation for Denver’s moment in the spotlight as it played host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This refresh even caught the attention of the New York Times. “The Yearling” was commissioned for a Manhattan elementary school but after spending a year in Central Park it came home to Denver in 1998, where, what the Times calls its “deeply cockeyed vision” has been adopted as purely Coloradan. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Scout and “The Yearling” aren’t alone, either — much of Colorado’s art is hard to miss. In a 2006 story, Dana Coffield pulled together a roundup of Denver’s and the state’s most prominent big art, including Lawrence Argent’s 40-foot-tall blue bear sneaking a peek inside the Convention Center.
A horse of a different color: Denver’s current most-controversial art piece numbers among the big ones, as well. The 32-foot-tall, blue-with-red-eyes “Mustang,” by Luis Jimenez, stands at Denver International Airport, rearing in defiance just south of the main terminal. Despite loudly-voiced negative sentiment, the statue will maintain its quiet vigil until at least 2013.
Compiled by Daniel J. Schneider, The Denver Post
Denver ties record high temperature: The mercury hit 74 degrees today, tying a 1966 record. Tomorrow (Thursday) could be another record-tying day with a forecast high of 75 degrees, the record temperature set in 1974. The last time we tied a record it was for the lowest daytime high. On Feb. 8, 2011, we tied a 1933 record for a high of 8 degrees.
In the above photo, Denver man Bob Lowry tries to get a jump start on his summer tan, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Cheesman Park in Denver. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
When did we last break records? On Feb. 1st, Denver set a new record low maximum temperature of -1, beating 1985’s 2-degree record. And on December 14, 2010, the temperature soared to 70, 1 degree more than a record of 69 set in 1924. On Sept. 28, 2010, Denver hit a record high of 92, shattering 1994’s record-setting 89 degrees. (Source: NOAA.gov)
From today’s Denver & the West section: A construction consultant rappels from atop the state Capitol on Tuesday. He was examining the gold dome’s exterior for damage that can’t be seen from lower levels of the building. The work was being done as part of an ongoing forensic investigation into the structural integrity of the dome. (Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
The Capitol’s done was built in the 1800s using mostly cast iron which is now rusting badly. The effort to repair it goes back several years, but lawmakers and citizens have been divided on how to fund the needed repairs. In December, one Colorado lawmaker donated his per diem from an entire legislative session to help repair the dome.