Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 11

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Hi there, neighbors. Today we’ve got avalanches, the latest on Trump-on-legal-weed, gentrification on West Colfax, the greatest dog park in the world in more.

An unidentified man rides a horse along the Jasper Lake Trail west of Eldora in Boulder County, Colorado. Circa 1922. (Donald Kemp/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/K-306)

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An unidentified man rides a horse along the Jasper Lake Trail west of Eldora in Boulder County, Colorado. Circa 1922. (Donald Kemp/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/K-306)

Avalanche danger looms:

Avalanches and the threat thereof shut down I-70 and many of Colorado’s mountain passes today. Rapidly fluctuating temperatures and heavy snow could make this the most dangerous winter in decades. Be careful in the backcountry, people. (CBS4)

Interstate 70 is reopened and so is U.S. 40 to Winter Park. U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass is closed, as is A-Basin. (Denverite)

The greatest dog park in the world is in trouble:

I would recommend that you go to Elk Meadow, because it’s amazing, but apparently we’re all ruining it. Meetings have been scheduled, so you know it’s serious. (Denverite)

Jeff Sessions sidestepped the legal weed question:

Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general would not really say whether he would direct federal agents to enforce federal marijuana laws. In other words, we still don’t have an answer on Trump’s approach to legal weed. (Denverite)

One of Denver’s most at-risk neighborhoods is gentrifying:

West Colfax, where nearly a third of families were recently living in poverty, now is seeing a wave of development. Adrian sums it all up. (Denverite)

CPR is going statewide:

Colorado Public Radio has hired five new journalism staffers and has a new transmitter in Colorado Springs. Two of the new reporters are in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. (DP)

Loveland replaced a dam with solar panels:

The 2013 floods damaged a power-generating dam in the Big Thompson Canyon. Now federal funds have replaced it with solar units. (BizWest)

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