Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 28

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Governor John Hickenlooper visits the American Ninja Warrior finals shoot in front of the City and County Building, May 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  american ninja warrior; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty

Governor John Hickenlooper visits the American Ninja Warrior finals shoot in front of the City and County Building, May 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I imagine the shock on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s face pictured above is the same as yours when you woke up this morning. “What? I have another day off after this? Or at minimum, a relatively slower day?”

Well, now you can read this news with reckless abandon, knowing that the demands of your work week are further away than normal. You’ll want the extra stamina to engage with the fascinating news of carbon costs, sinkholes and more.

Colorado utility regulator incorporates carbon cost into future planning

All Xcel and other companies have to do is calculate a carbon cost per ton for any new facilities, but that makes renewable sources of energy look a lot better. Xcel may challenge that formula. (DP)


You saw the nightmare photo of a car in a Denver sinkhole, right? Ashley explained why this happens and incidentally made a decent case for never going outside. (Denverite)

Jefferson County School District is as dramatic as ever

This time, the intrigue stems from public hypocrisy. Three years ago, a superintendent was effectively selected rather than elected. Now the board members who were vocal critics of the 2014 decision have made a very similar move. (DP)

Local food stamp users worry over cuts

A national $192 billion dollar cut to the food stamp program would drastically decrease the current services the program provides, Fox31 reports. Participants in the program say that it saved their lives and families. (Fox31)

Bonfils allows newly tattooed to giving blood

Bonfils Blood Center will now allow people who’ve recently gotten a tattoo to give blood. Previously, the rule was that you needed to wait a year, out of concern for possible contaminations from the tattoo parlour. (9News)

Denver’s Ibotta is one of nation’s most popular mobile retail apps

I’d never heard of this app, which essentially makes getting rebates after purchases easier. Ibotta has been downloaded 22 million times though, which means you should spend a few minutes learning about this local business. (DP)

Denver makes a splash in the visual art world

Ray Mark Rinaldi has the story of how two local artists are poised to have a strong showing at the Venice Biennale, “arguably the most important visual arts event on the planet.” (DP)

Conservative and low-income earners feel uncomfortable in Boulder

“More than a third of people who felt unwelcome cited their politics as the primary reason,” writes Alex Burness. Comments in the survey indicate those politics are largely conservative. (Daily Camera)

University of Denver won’t be going to the NCAA lacrosse championship

It was close though. (Baltimore Sun)

Colorado teachers can pay $1,000 for “advanced gun training”

Coloradans for Civil Liberties, along with the conservative Independence Institute, is bringing the training program to Colorado. Participants must be school staff members who have their concealed-carry permit and who have been approved as a school security officer by their school board, organizers say.  (DP)

Loveland Ski Area dog passes away

Toby, the Bernese mountain dog of Loveland Ski Area, passed away Friday. He was the PR dog for the ski area for the past three seasons, Fox31 reports. (Fox31)

Aspen Mountain is open for skiing this weekend

Go nuts, skiers and snowboarders. (Denver Channel)