Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 12

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Hey there. Today’s news roundup hits weed, the G Line, the state’s first partisan fight of 2017 and a couple lovely, wintry feature stories.

View of the Arapahoe School in Denver, Colorado; people crowd the yard and entry steps. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-28315)  arapahoe high school; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

View of the Arapahoe School in Denver, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-28315)

Weed? At night?

Local dispensaries are pushing for the right to stay open past 7 p.m., as Jon Murray reports. Some council members are receptive to the idea, including Paul Kashmann, who said it could be easier on working people. (DP)

More details on the G Line delays:

Software fixes to the A Line are expected to be done before Feb. 4, but other elements could take three more months. The G Line, from what I understand, will require 45 days of testing after the A Line is fixed. So, that puts us potentially into June, from my reading, before the line to Arvada opens. (DBJ)

Legislators’ first day back:

The first Latina speaker of Colorado’s House was sworn in yesterday. The major area of bipartisan agreement was that we need to spend more on transportation, though they didn’t agree on how to get the money. (Denverite)

The first big political battle over the year may be a miniature Obamacare fight. Republicans started a push to dissolve the state health-care exchange. Previously, its supporters have argued it would be a useful service even if the ACA is repealed. (DP, Denverite)

Avalanche watch:

At least 28 avalanches were reported along U.S. 550 and Loveland Pass on Wednesday. Two people were rescued after being fully buried. (DP)

Scientists love him:

Check out this profile in The Atlantic of Billy Barr, the lone resident of Gothic, Colorado, whose meticulous snow measurements have become a scientific treasure trove. (The Atlantic)

Ice fishers hate him:

Christian has a really fun feature on a guy who won’t stop sharing good ice fishing spots. “You’re able to get out there without a boat, without a motor and target these big fish without spending a lot of money,” one fisher says.

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