Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 30
Hi. It’s time to do another day. Remember not to read too much internet. Maybe think about one thing you’d really like to accomplish today and then describe yourself doing it in third person, like Andy is planning to do. First, though, we’ve got your news digest, including a controversial kids’ health survey, RiNo development, a full solar eclipse, interesting Rockies news and more.
Why the kids’ health survey is controversial:
Funding for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey was briefly removed and then restored in the budget, as Adrian reported. Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, an opponent of the survey, said that by asking about thoughts of suicide, attempted suicide and drug use, the survey suggests these are common things that many children experience. “This drags every child down to the lowest common denominator,” he said. (Denverite)
Apartments? In RiNo?
Yes, it’s true. A new building is planned for where Denargo turns into Arkins, as Amy DiPierro reports. (BusinessDen)
A RiNo developer says that it was his suggestion, not the mayor’s, to rename Brighton Boulevard. He thinks it should be called North Broadway, or maybe Broadway North, but not North Broadway North. My suggestion: North by North Broadway. (Denverite)
Total eclipse of the sun:
A rare total eclipse will cut across Nebraska and Wyoming this summer. I picked out some destinations from which to watch it, including a Stonehenge made of cars. (Denverite)
One tough budget:
Reading this Erica story, it seems like a lot of legislators are having some serious heartburn right now. Several people have described this as among the most difficult periods they’ve seen at the statehouse. Will they find a compromise?
Also, another fight: Should new taxes be used to fund toll lanes on roads? In other words, should we pay twice for road expansions? (Denverite)
The Rockies are sticking around:
The team renewed its lease of Coors Field and, more interestingly, managed to buy the parking lot west of the stadium, which will allow them to develop a “Hall of Fame there, or some sort of ballpark experience area, as well as apartments and offices,” as Erin Powell reports. (9)
Chipotle defeats employee lawsuit:
The local burrito chain managed to shut down a class-action suit that alleged manager trainees were wrongly denied overtime pay. However, a larger class-action by hourly workers is still in motion. (Reuters via NYT)
Best of Denver:
Westword just published its 2017 winners. Love the art, and I picked up some suggestions for places to visit and whatnot. (Westword)
The window-breaking bill:
Looks like Coloradans can soon legally break car windows to save pets and kids in emergencies. (Colorado Politics)
When the city screws up:
Most claims against the city have to do with potholes, snowplows and other public works problems. Yearly spending on liability claims ranged from $1.4 to $11 million recently, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)