Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 22

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Yo. We’ve got a stellar explanation of a new threat to Denver’s affordable-housing plans (hint: it’s Trump’s budget), a new men’s shelter, another human-caused fire, a fancy pasta recipe, a call for an investigation of the police chief and more.

Before the viaducts were built, numerous rail lines crossed directly over Larimer Street, as shown in this illustrated map from 1889. (Library of Congress)

Numerous rail lines once crossed directly over Larimer Street, as shown in this illustrated map from 1889. (Library of Congress)

Please stop scamming the burrito contest:

The Denver Post’s breakfast burrito bracket is down to eight eateries… but apparently some people have been voting multiple times. C’mon now. I still might have to try a few of these, though. (DP)

New shelter:

Denver Rescue Mission is starting on a $2.5 million project to turn a 39th Avenue warehouse into another men’s shelter, as Amy DiPierro reports.

Another manmade fire:

The Sunshine fire in Boulder started “in what appeared to be a transient camp,” Mitchell Byars reports. It looks like someone attempted to put out the campfire, but the ensuing 74-acre fire still threatened the city. So, expect another round of debate about whether Boulder needs to clear people out of long-term camps in the woods. (Times-Call)

Make your own fancy pasta:

The guys at Dio Mio gave Denise Mickelsen the recipe for a speedy weeknight dinner. (5280)

Police association wants chief investigated:

The Denver Police Protective Association says that the police leadership should have notified internal affairs and the civilian oversight board after the District Attorney questioned a deputy chief’s handling of an investigation. It’s unclear whether Chief Robert White knew about the complaint from the DA. Noelle Phillips reports.

“It’s like they forgot that people would have to cross the street there.”

That’s how one resident sums up the Colfax-Federal interchange, a “cloverleaf” that a lot of people would like to tear down, in this feature by David Sachs. Plans to redesign or demolish the west-side structure have come up at least six different times, but the “money and will” have been lacking. (Confluence)

The federal housing cut could drive up Denver rents:

The Trump administration has proposed a 13.2 percent cut to federal Housing and Urban Development. One major impact here could be on affordable housing construction, as Trump actually has proposed a 68 percent cut to the capital fund for construction and maintenance. Denver Housing Authority currently gets $5 million a year for those purposes. DHA says the cut may increase rent for seniors, people with disabilities and people with low income, as Megan reports. (Denverite)

Xcel spending big on wind:

Xcel Energy is interested in 11 new wind farms across seven states, including Colorado, that could collectively power 1 million homes, as Cathy Proctor reports. The $4 billion plan would make wind 35 percent of Xcel’s portfolio by 2021, nearly twice what it is now. (DBJ)

Former GOP chair charged with voter fraud:

Steven Curtis was chairman of the state Republican Party from 1997 to 1999. He recently was charged with tampering with a mail-in ballot; Blair Miller reports from anonymous sourcing that Curtis is accused of signing his wife’s name on her ballot. (ABC7)

The history of Winter Park:

This is on my list to read later. (Westword)