Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 21

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Hi! I’m in a rush, so you’ve just got to trust me that these were the stories that caught my eye this morning. Read on, readerino.

Aerial view of the city of Denver, Colorado. Between 1940 and 1960. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-1287)

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Aerial view of the city of Denver, Colorado. Between 1940 and 1960. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-1287)

Could sentencing reform ensure sex offenders are sent to prison?

Two bills proposed by Sen. Irene Aguilar would let judges put convicted sex offenders in prison for fixed amounts of time, rather than the “indeterminate” sentences that can keep them imprisoned for life. The idea is that judges will be more willing to put someone in prison if they’re assured it’s not forever. Erica’s got the story. (Denverite)

Start booking your summer stuff:

Lots of primo car-camping sites, and even some backcountry sites, will be booking out soon for the summer. Make some reservations. (Denverite)

MLK Jr.’s first trip to Denver:

In January 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. arrived late in Denver after bad weather and a bomb threat delayed plane trips from the South… (Denverite)

Fire danger persists:

High winds and high temperatures have the Front Range on elevated fire status. Boulder County crews last night contained a fire that burned four buildings and up to 75 acres. Separately, authorities are investigating “suspicious” fires on Green Mountain near Lakewood. (Boulder Daily Camera)

The mayor on mobility:

“We’ve got a short window,” Michael Hancock told Jon Murray. “We better address these mobility issues. Otherwise, people are going to leave the city faster than they came.”

So weird you have to visit:

Go see 5,600 square feet of rare, antique and just bizarre sports stuff on South Broadway — but read Christian’s feature first. (Denverite)