Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 17

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Hey-howdy-hey-hey. We’ve got snow news, a Jefferson County real-estate explosion, the latest on the ACA resistance and more in today’s news roundup.

View of a cattle auction at the National Western Stock Show National Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. Men and probably judges stand near cattle in the dirt arena. Circa 1915. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-8806)

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View of a cattle auction at the National Western Stock Show National Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado, circa 1915. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-8806)

Snowpack’s beating the average:

We’re now at 159 percent of our average snowpack for this time of year. (Several feet of snow will do that for you.) This is the most we’ve seen in January for three years, which is good news for water supplies and ski resorts alike. (KUNC)

JeffCo leading the property pack:

The state’s residential properties increased their combined value by 25 percent over two years. Jefferson County has had the greatest percentage increase, shooting up roughly 46 percent over a single assessment period. (DP)

Denver City Council meets tonight:

They’ll reappoint members to the Downtown Business Improvement District board. Agenda looks fairly short; the meeting’s at 5:30 p.m. (City of Denver)

Women’s March on Denver:

It’s happening this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Facebook event says 28,000 people are going. (Facebook)

Good read:

John Frank sums up the early resistance to the Affordable Care Act repeal, which put a lot of attention on Rep. Mike Coffman over the weekend. (DP)

Meanwhile, Colorado’s 2018 race for governor is officially on. (AP via Denverite) And all indications say your elected official will be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump. (Denverite)

Solitude:

Check out Kevin’s amazing photos from a snowshoeing hike through Rocky Mountain National Park. (Denverite)

More:
  • Celebrating black history in the West with some great photos from the MLK Jr. Rodeo. (CPR)
  • Suburban Erie resident says planned apartments equivalent to “toxic waste zone.” (Daily Camera)
  • A young Denver woman’s family needs help getting her body back home after she was killed in the Mexico nightclub shooting. (Denverite)