Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 9

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Hi. These news roundups get longer and longer as the week goes on. That’s because journalists are terrible at getting things done on Monday. So, let’s get to some of the most informative and interesting reporting in Colorado for today, the traditional day of good reporting.

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Once upon a time (1993), you could see the mountains down 21st Street. (Denver Public Library/Western Hitsory Collection/Karle Seydel Papers)

Civic Center:

The renovation of the Civic Center Station bus hub will probably take another six months, despite earlier hopes it would be done by now.  J. Patrick O’Leary reports. (Denver Metro Media)

Climate change:

States and cities are rushing to establish themselves as the new leaders on climate change in the U.S. I looked at what Denver and Colorado are doing, and what they’re not. (Denverite)

Selling God’s house:

Megan has a wonderful exploration of churches and the real-estate market. One point of interest: Lots of churches sell, but a few neighborhoods (including Five Points) stand out because their churches don’t sell. (Denverite)

Meanwhile, demolition is starting soon for a $25 million project in Park Hill. (Denverite)


Erica takes on a tough question: Do you attend your meeting with ICE and risk deportation, or do you skip it and guarantee you’ll be ordered out? (Denverite)

The Rockies are good, but it’s barely enough:

The Rockies have never been this good this early in a season. And yet they’re clinging by their fingertips to a two-game lead in the National League West. Christian walks us through the incredibly tough competition this year. (Denverite)

Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s soccer team scored an important win in Commerce City yesterday. Christian has a good write-up. (Denverite)

Unity Party:

The Unity Party officially gained recognition as a minor party in Colorado this week. They call themselves centrists, focusing on a balanced federal budget, term limits and an end to gerrymandering. This is the first state where they’ll be officially recognized, as Corey Hutchins reports in a detailed explainer. (Colorado Politics)

Problems… at the VA?

Two executives at Veterans Affairs will not be prosecuted. They had been accused of misleading Congress about the huge cost overruns for construction of the Aurora VA hospital, as Dan Elliott reports. (AP via Aurora Sentinel)

Chuy’s for Westy:

Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex joint out of Austin, is open in Westminster. I’ve been to one in Austin, and I will tell you that there is a lot of queso and tequila, so I had a time. (Eater)

Life in prison:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled about seven years ago that people who committed crimes as juveniles must have a “meaningful opportunity” for release, except for homicide. In Colorado, though, about three dozen people convicted in such cases may not be eligible for parole until very late in their lives. Kirk Mitchell reports. (DP)

Planet Bluegrass:

The site of Folks Fest and RockyGrass in Lyons will be allowed to put parking and camping on nearby farmland, according to John Bear. (Camera)

Nice try, Oklahoma and Nebraska:

A federal appeals court told Oklahoma and Nebraska they can’t overturn Colorado’s marijuana laws. However, another decision provided an opening for people to sue neighboring weed farms. Alicia Wallace reports. (The Cannabist)


Amy Thomson has a quick feature on the new popularity of mid-century homes in Harvey Park and elsewhere. (5280)

Whole Foods and tons of apartments:

Here’s how that new apartment block with the Whole Foods is shaping up near Union Station. One tower is already operational, while the other two will follow later this year and early 2018. Whole Foods should be open this year. Ryan Dravitz on the beat. (Infill)

Great Sand Dunes:

The creek at Great Sand Dunes National Park is in “surge flow,” where conditions are just right to send constant weird little waves down the water, as Oscar Contreras reports. It’s gonna be crowded.