Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 31

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Hi-diddilly-odilly, readerino. Today we’ve got an inbound storm, the anti-internment bill, the end of a dog park, federal marijuana reform, a land sale in Cole and a weirdly purple South Platte, among other stuff.

A Denver Tramway car on the Golden route near a stop on the 16th Street Viaduct in 1922. (Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

A Denver Tramway car on the Golden route near a stop on the 16th Street Viaduct in 1922. (Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

Storm’s coming:

Rain starts this afternoon or earlier and turns to snow, possibly, tonight, according to National Weather Service. Denver could get 2 to 6 inches. The mountains could get more. Tomorrow should be a powder day for skiers, and it should also be nutso jam-packed on the roads and slopes.

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day:

Don’t believe anything, ever.

The anti-internment bill is up to the Senate now:

The bill that would bar Colorado from participating in any future federal efforts to create ethnic or religious registries or camps is heading to the state Senate, as Erica reports. It’s no longer called the “Ralph Carr” bill, following objections from the former governor’s family. I very much doubt it passes the Republican-controlled Senate. (Denverite)

It’s your last weekend at Elk Meadow:

The giant, famed dog park is closing after this weekend, but not before some emotional protests. (Denverite)

New restaurants:

L’Atelier opens at 2011 East 17th Avenue on April 7. (Denverite)

Also: new puffy Navajo tacos on the Dairy Block in LoDo. (Westword)

Federal marijuana reform?

A bipartisan set of bills in Congress would remove many of the federal restrictions that hinder marijuana businesses, giving them access to tax credits, ensuring access to banking and removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, as Alicia Wallace reports. We’ll see. (Cannabist)

Space for day laborers:

Aurora’s soon to open an indoor space where day laborers can gather and wait for contractors to show up and hire them each day, relieving them from having to congregate on a city street, as Quincy Snowdon reports. (Aurora Sentinel)

Purple South Platte:

Did anyone see the South Platte River running purple this week? Nobody’s sure why it happened, as Allison Sylte reports. I’m sure it’s fine. (9News)

Land sales & development:

A four-acre industrial site at 3975 York Street sold for $5 million, with apparent development in mind, according to Molly Armbrister. (DBJ)

A developer plans 134 “attainable” row homes – they’ll start in the high $200,000s, so take that as you will – at 10th and Depew, near the Sheridan Station rail stop, as Emilie Rusch reports. (DP)

Catch up on sports:

Christian has an excellent week-in-review post for you. (Denverite)