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Today on Colorado Edition: We get a first-hand look at the protests that took place in Denver over the weekend. We also hear about the challenges of getting back to work under new coronavirus guidance and we learn about a legal project aimed at helping Coloradans who can’t pay their rent during the pandemic. Plus, we’ll learn more about how Eagle County is encouraging second homeowners to return to the community.

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Protests remained peaceful in Denver until about midnight, when the arrival of armored police at the state’s Capitol stoked tensions among the small group of protesters still present despite the city’s 9 p.m. curfew. Clashes broke out as a few individuals lobbed glass and fireworks at encroaching police vehicles, which, in return, sent tear gas flying at the crowd.

Updated at 9:31 p.m. ET

Escalating his rhetoric during a period of roiling national crises, President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to cities or states that don't take "necessary" actions to halt violent protests, saying the armed forces will "quickly solve the problem for them."

Trump's Rose Garden remarks came as just across the street, law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and shot rubber bullets to forcefully disperse peaceful protesters. Washington, D.C., had set a curfew Monday of 7 p.m. ET.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We get a first-hand look at the protests that took place in Denver over the weekend. We also hear about the challenges of getting back to work under new coronavirus guidance and we learn about a legal project aimed at helping Coloradans who can’t pay their rent during the pandemic. Plus, we’ll learn more about how Eagle County is encouraging second homeowners to return to the community.

Gun sales continued to boom in May, the third-straight month with a spike in estimated sales.

Americans bought more than 1.7 million firearms in May, according to estimates from industry analyst Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. That is down from an estimated 1.8 million firearms in April, but an 80% year-over-year estimated increase.

The FBI says it performed more than 3 million background checks in its NICS database in May, more than 700,000 more checks than it performed in May 2019.

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Weekend protests drew crowds across the country including in the Mountain West, from hundreds in Boise and Reno to thousands in Denver. Some city leaders now worry such gatherings could lead to new outbreaks of COVID-19.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Sunday that the city will be offering free tests to demonstrators. 

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Colorado lawmakers returned to work on Monday in a Capitol building with windows smashed and boarded up and graffiti being cleaned from its granite walls after four days of protests. Protesters planned to march again at the Capitol starting at 5 p.m.

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Day and sports camps across the state opened on June 1 with specific coronavirus guidance from the state. But some Front Range cities, including Boulder and Denver, need more time to prepare.

The city of Boulder will start day camp on June 8 but with a different format due to COVID-19. The city normally runs seven camps; those will be consolidated into one camp hub at the South Boulder Recreation Center.

During lockdown, Kiesha Preston has heard from many people facing physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse that the violence against them is escalating without reprieve.

This story was powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative.

A number of county commissioners have been challenging the constitutionality of statewide stay-at-home orders in recent weeks. The latest opposition comes from North Idaho. 

The Bonner County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation calling Idaho's second phase of stay-at-home orders "unconstitutional."

 


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Tensions between Denver Police and people protesting the death of George Floyd ratcheted up again Sunday night as clashes broke out. Protests were peaceful throughout the day but after the city’s 8 p.m. curfew police fired tear gas at protesters who were also throwing fireworks and other objects at them.

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