Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 29

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Hi. Today’s news roundup includes the Santa Fe Arts District, a strange and winding police story, the future of renewables in the West, the hospital cut and more.

Science and research. Mineral prospecting. Speed in metallurgical analysis, to match the rapidity with which the nation arms itself, is possible through use of the spectrograph, a marvelous new machine used for study of materials through measurements of the arc of light they emit when heated. The aluminum and magnesium industries, steel companies and foundries use it for quick study of metals. Mines use it for exploration. The spectrograph will yield an analysis of seven elements in fifteen minutes determination, which would require up to four hours by old chemical methods. Three students in defense training courses at a famous mining-engineering school listen as an instructor shows them how the machine operates. Golden, Colorado, Oct. 1942. (Andreas Feininger/Library of Congress/LC-USE6-D-008688)

Three students in defense training courses at the School of Mines listen as an instructor shows them how a spectrograph operates. Golden, Colorado, Oct. 1942. (Andreas Feininger/Library of Congress/LC-USE6-D-008688)

Santa Fe at a crossroads:

Attendance for the Santa Fe district’s First Friday event reportedly grew from 2,400 in 2005 to 14,000 today. Rents are rising, a major revamp is planned for the street and questions about the scene’s future are looming. Eric Peterson has the feature, including questions about whether the city should encourage artist ownership through tax breaks. (Confluence)

A police story:

I wrote a feature that includes a medical mystery, a failed domestic terror attack in Denver and questions of valor and honor. (Denverite)

The slower greening of the West:

The Clean Power Plan is good as dead and the political environment “doesn’t seem ripe for explicit climate action,” writes Elizabeth Shogren. In Colorado, the governor was forced earlier to drop plans for a reduction of greenhouse emissions from power plants. However, Colorado still requires investor-owned utilities to reach 30 percent renewable supply by 2020. (High Country News)

Meanwhile, Colorado had 20 percent more solar-industry jobs in 2016 than 2015. (BizWest)

The hospital cut, mapped:

Kelsey Ray pulled together a thorough visualization and explanation of how the proposed $264 million cut to Colorado’s hospital provider fee would play out around the state. (Independent)

College campus slaughterhouse:

Colorado State University got $12.5 million from the meatpacker JBS, which it will use to build a “teaching and demonstration facility,” including animal slaughter, just a short walk from Morgan Library, as Luke Runyon reports. (KUNC)

That weird Carbondale house:

The “Shiny Metal” house is for sale at $1.4 million. It’s purple, teal and, yes, shiny. It looks like an elementary school to me. (Curbed)

A new view of the big cats:

Want to get sprayed by a tiger? Check out Denver Zoo’s new tiger habitat. (Denverite)

Homelessness in Aurora:

A new day-use center will open in June on Anschutz Medical Campus, providing people somewhere to stay during daylight hours, including light medical treatment, probation appointments, showers and laundry, as Megan Mitchell reports. (DP)

Sorry, Nuggets:

They lost the big game. Let Christian explain it to you. It’s very sad. (Denverite)