Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 13

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Hi! It’s Friday and your news roundup is coming in late today. It’s the internet, don’t worry about it. (Sorry.) I’m trying a new, categorized format this time, so I hope you like that. We’ve got weekend advice, interesting science, an update on DACA, some really interesting development news and more.

The Denver Stockyards in 1941. (Marion Post Wolcott/Library of Congress)

The Denver stockyards in 1941, near the current site of the National Western Center. (Marion Post Wolcott/Library of Congress)

For your weekend:

The best traffic day for skiing should be Monday. Before you go, learn from my mistakes. Alternatively, stay here and actually celebrate MLK Jr.

For more: Ashley’s big list of things to do, always super helpful. The “True West” reading tonight sounds cool. 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Center. So does the free music and admission at the Clyfford Still Museum, also tonight.

Also, here’s where not to eat meat. (Denverite)

Relevant science:

A federal report gives some strong support to marijuana for pain management and insomnia treatment, but again raises a possible link to schizophrenia. More here. (AP via Denverite)

CU Boulder researchers are trying to make it snow. They’re not the first: The state has a sizable program dedicated to manipulating the weather. (Denverite)

Immigration update:

Rep. Mike Coffman, the Republican representing Aurora and other points east, took another step in what looks like a pivot from hardliner to immigration reform advocate: He’s a co-sponsor of a bill to protect DACA recipients, the young and undocumented immigrants we profiled earlier this week. (Denverite)


Nikola Jokic is doing special things with the Nuggets, including a 140-112 victory. Christian will make you care. (Denverite)


Denver Art Museum is going to unveil its renovation plans in a new exhibit, and you can get a little preview here.

Check out these four upcoming art shows. (Denverite)

Development news:

A building over Cherry Creek: This new project would put big buildings on either side of Cherry Creek near LoDo, and a “narrow connecting structure” containing a bar and living room over the creek itself. The project could include 275 hotel rooms, 30 condos, retail space and underground parking.(DenverInfill)

Hotel Indigo opens with 180 rooms right next to Union Station next Friday. (CREJ)

The latest on the RiNo Promenade plans, including renderings. (Denverite)

A rendering shows a gangway running along the proposed RiNo Promenade. (Wenk Associates, city of Denver)

A rendering shows a gangway running along the proposed RiNo Promenade. (Wenk Associates, city of Denver)

What Gov. Hickenlooper wants for Colorado:

Infrastructure spending, rural development and an independent course, per Erica’s learned analysis. (Denverite)

See also: CPR’s annotated version of Hick’s State of the State speech. (CPR)

Good read:

Jason Blevins takes you to the snow-heavy steeps of Crested Butte with ski patrollers and their explosives. (DP)