Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 7

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Good morning. We’ve got news about how Colorado might capitalize on Utah’s outdoors controversy, the latest on the Sen. Michael Bennet policy watch and also an item on tracking wild pigs, among other stuff. Read on.

A streetcar conductor and a streetcar operator pose with Denver City Tramway Company car number 68 on Larimer Street between 16th and 17th streets in 1906. (J.E. Kunkle/Western History and Genealogy/Denver Public Library)

A streetcar conductor and a streetcar operator pose with Denver City Tramway Company car number 68 on Larimer Street between 16th and 17th streets in 1906. (J.E. Kunkle/Western History and Genealogy/Denver Public Library)

Massive outdoor industry gathering for Colorado?

The Outdoor Retailer trade show is soliciting proposals for a new venue. It’s currently in Utah, where legislators have prompted backlash with their moves to sell federal land. Denver could capitalize on the move, as Jason Blevins reports. (DP)

Lakewood looks at thousands of new homes:

A developer wants to put 4,000 new homes in Rooney Valley, south of the Alameda/C-470 interchange. Alan Prendergast has the details. (Westword)

There was a killing at the Sheridan light-rail station:

The reported shooting happened overnight. (Denverite)

Bennet on the issues:

Colorado’s Democratic senator is still weighing his vote on Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. (DP)

Meanwhile, he spoke out forcefully against Betsy DeVos, who may be confirmed today to head the Department of Education. (Denverite)

Colorado researchers use DNA to track wild pigs:

This is just interesting. The National Wildlife Research Center can use samples of mud and water to determine whether a hog was nearby up to a month earlier. That information can help wildlife control officers destroy the animals, which can pose a threat to humans in some circumstances. (CPR)

Meanwhile, the Denver City Council has approved a rezoning for up to 100,000 square feet of office space for Colorado Public Radio near Ruby Hill. (Denverite)

Airport lawsuit:

Just how public is the airport? Protesters are suing for the right to hold signs and chant without a permit at the public end of the airport. (Denverite)

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