Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 16

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Hi. Denverite has a podcast, and it's one of my very favorite things we do. It's a great way to stop and think (and talk) about local news. Anyway, here's your news roundup for today, from Stapleton's restaurant scene to some major immigration news.

A model poses by a Denver Tramway streetcar in Denver, Colorado. 1951. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-10142)
How Stapleton got actual restaurants:

"Stapleton used to be boring," Ashley reports. It still may be -- it's subjective! -- but at least it has restaurants now. That's in part because an unusual concentration of chefs live in the master-planned neighborhood, not to mention a critical mass of people with disposable income. Let Ashley take you to the city's newest restaurant scene. (Denverite)


Trump will continue DACA. About 28,000 young people in Colorado have gotten work authorization and some degree of protection from deportation through the program. (Denverite)

$100,000 fine, $16 million contract:

Just after being punished for his mishandling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant, CU football coach Mike MacIntyre had his contract renewed for $16 million, Christian reports. (Denverite)

EPA money:

A U.S. Air Force base, as you may know, leaked contaminants into groundwater near Colorado Springs. State health authorities have stopped monitoring the contamination, saying that the federal EPA money for testing had run out. It's unclear why. Bruce Finley reports. (DP)

Falling down a chimney:

The parkour guy who fell 40 feet down a downtown chimney was sentenced to two years probation for trespassing. (Denverite, CBS4)

Market and 16th:

Repeat after me: apartments, office, retail. That's what's coming to another downtown site at Market and 16th in LoDo. Amy DiPierro has the rendering. Hint: it's blocky and brown. (BusinessDen)

Being evicted:

Jenee Donalson was evicted over $600 of owed rent in Denver. The process cost her $3,000 and left her unable to find a new place for four years. Here's her first-person account - well worth reading. (Independent)

Go outside, young ones:

The state will spend $4.3 million of lottery money over the next four years to try to get kids outside. How? Advertising, including a "100 things to do before you're 12," campaign that I thought was rather clever. Sam Brasch reports. (CPR)

Tiny homes:

Some residents of the soon-to-open tiny-home village would like to remind you that this project started and happened independently of the city, as Chris Walker reports. The city did, however, grant it a first-of-its-kind zoning approval. (Westword)


You have to respect a plant that refuses to die. Jodi Torpey has eight perennials that have proven themselves Colorado survivors. (DP)

Insert Hall & Oates joke:

I don't know any good Hall & Oates lyrics, but Oates is selling a cabin near Aspen for $6 million. He keeps a "small number of rescue llamas, alpacas, emus, and peacocks" there. (

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