Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 11

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Hi. Today’s news roundup includes some major upcoming news on social marijuana, big things for two suburbs, more on the ski merger, cameras in the parks and more.

A grocery delivery wagon in Denver circa 1904-1915. (Charles S. Lillybridge/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

A grocery delivery wagon in Denver circa 1904-1915. Just like Instacart! (Charles S. Lillybridge/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Social marijuana use:

Businesses could be allowed to host marijuana users by July, depending on how things go. Adrian has this excellent summary of what we know and what’s still up in the air. (Denverite)

Stapleton things:

The master-planned community is set for a bridge, a school and a fire station, all opening up its northern section for further development. (Denverite)

The ski merger:

Aspen Skiing Company’s going to buy Intrawest, the operator of Winter Park and Steamboat, for $1.5 billion. It won’t affect season passes for next winter, but we would expect it eventually shakes up the market. And, as Jason Blevin reports, it may bring major capital investment to some of the mountains, but no details on that yet. (Denverite, DP)

The Denver Tech Center is cool now?

Belleview Station, with two new apartment complexes at DTC, has assembled retailers including Highland Tap & Burger, Sushi-Rama, Corvus Coffee Roasters and Los Chingones, as Emilie Rusch reports. To me, it’s a sign that people in the suburbs like fancy stuff too. It helps that it’s a light-rail oriented development. (DP)

Tennis in the park:

Talks are underway to create a city tennis facility that could cost more than $11 million and stand near I-25 and Franklin Street, as Joe Vaccarelli reports. (DP)

Cameras in the park:

Largely in response to complaints about safety concerns and homeless people in parks, Denver is deploying advanced night-vision cameras in several parks this year, including Commons, Parkfield Lake, Lincoln-La Alma and, later, St. Charles. (Denverite)

Clever parking:

A new parking lot at DIA shades its spots with solar panels. It’s cheap, at $4 per day, but you’ll have to buy a $9 A Line ticket to get to the airport, as Cathy Proctor reports. (DBJ)

Death at Breckenridge:

A 12-year-old boy was skiing in trees near a beginner run when a fatal crash happened, as Jesse Paul reports. (DP)

Views of the camping ban:

Kevin has pulled together a year of his visual work on homelessness and the camping ban in Denver. It’s worth a look. (Denverite)

And immigration:

Westword’s Chris Walker has a profile today of Hans Meyer, who has been in these pages quite a lot lately. (Westword)