Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 25

It’s Saturday in Denver. You know what that means.

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Cherry Creek Trail, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  public art; cherry creek trail; Alexandre Orion; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;

Cherry Creek Trail, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s Saturday in Denver. You know what that means.

Here’s going on with today’s protests

The rally to impeach Trump starts at 11 a.m. The MAGA march starts at noon. Both are in Civic Center Park. (Denverite)

It’s so nice out

And that’s not going to last.

Get out with your pup and enjoy Elk Meadow while you still can.

Or go do something else. (Denverite)

Coffman isn’t giving up on repealing the ACA

“Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are legitimate differences of opinion in our Conference about how we accomplish that, but we need to bridge them and get this job done.” (Denverite)

Jokic!

The big man had 31 points and 17 rebounds in last night’s win over the Pacers.

And his assist of the week was very sneaky. (Denverite)

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect the marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown

A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. (AP)

Rumor has it the U.S. men’s national team will play a World Cup qualifier here

Steven Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the U.S. Soccer Federation is “close to announcing” that the Americans will play Trinidad and Tobago on June 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. (Denverite)

Introducing the Denver sports power rankings

For the first edition, Christian goes in on the NFL’s absurd policing of emotion, that time the Nuggets just let James Harden run through them and, of course, the Avs. (Denverite)

Take a look at Colorado during the Dust Bowl

The Farm Security Administration offers an undistorted glimpse into the ’30s and ’40s in Colorado and across the country. Roy Stryker said his team was instructed to show things how they were. They never spoke about art or film stocks or process. (Denverite)

Potato pickers, Rio Grande County, Colorado, Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003369)

Potato pickers, Rio Grande County, Colorado, Oct. 1939. (Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress/LC-USF33-003369)

Here are some things the AP is learning about Neil Gorsuch

For one thing, he’s got a folksy way of speaking. (AP)

The race for Denver teachers union president is headed for a recount

And a slate of progressive, social justice-oriented candidates won a majority of seats up for grabs. (Chalkbeat)

You can legally own a switchblade now

Did you know you couldn’t before? You couldn’t. (AP)

Stapleton is getting a new school, fire station and a bridge span

The construction is being funded in part by a deal with DPS that Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech called “about as complex as deals come.” (DP)

Only 24.3 percent of tech jobs in Denver are filled by women

That’s good enough for the No. 8 spot in Smart Assest’s “Top 15 Cities for Women in Tech.” (9)

Uh oh…

Rockies’ pitcher Jon Gray left yesterday’s game against the Giants with an undisclosed issue. (BSN)

A truck driver was arrested after trying to ram I-70 closure gate

Witnesses said the driver tried open the gate at the eastbound I-70 entrance from E-470 by hand before driving into it. (DP)

Where to drink when you also need glassware

The bars and breweries that offer “keep the glass” nights. (Denverite)

There are 9 more Colorado Avalanche games in this godforsaken season

One of them is tonight.