Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 6

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Hi. Look at this photo from 1932. I have to imagine that they were not celebrating, as the speaker, President Hoover, was not exactly popular at the time.

Anyway, the news: Colorado may face a wave of 50,000-plus climate migrants before the century is over; a huge trade show is coming here, too; 14th Street is getting a protected bike lane; and more.

A crowd listens to President Herbert Hoover to speak at Union Station in 1932. (Harry M. Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

A crowd listens to President Herbert Hoover to speak at Union Station in 1932. (Harry M. Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

50,000 climate migrants:

A study in a Nature journal suggests that more than 50,000 people could flee to Denver from the coasts in the decades ahead. That’s actually a relatively low number, illustrating the fact that Colorado’s in the middle of the pack when it comes to vulnerability. (Denverite)


A protected bike lane is being installed on 14th Street from Market to Colfax. It will have a concrete curb to keep cars out of the bike lane, as Dave Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

Over the next couple years, Denver will move to create a new department that will exclusively look at transportation, parking, mobility planning and more. Megan has more. (Denverite)

Outdoor Retailer:

Gosh, everyone seems pretty excited that the Outdoor Retailer trade show reportedly is moving from Utah to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, as Jason Blevins reports on anonymous sourcing. In the past, the show has drawn about 45,000 attendees per year. It should start here in January 2018, and it will be combined with the Snow Show, according to Blevins. (DP)


The First Universalist Church is revamping its building at 4101 E. Hampden Ave.

Natural Grocers will sell beer, wine and cider at its new Brighton Boulevard store.

Adrian has a roundup of our development roundups. Whoa. (Denverite)

Weed and booze:

Super-low unemployment is probably encouraging employers to drop marijuana drug tests, as Ben Markus reports. (CPR)

Colorado now has officially licensed couriers who can transport medical and recreation goods from place to place. (MBD)

The outdoors:

If you want to try car camping near Breckenridge, Ridden will rent you a set of gear for $79. (5280)

Also, you could buy 4,600 acres of Vail Valley for $20 million. The previous owners just couldn’t complete a plan to build homes and a private ski resort, as Amy DiPierro reports. (BusinessDen)

Eldora Mountain Resort is finally getting a high-speed detachable chair. The new six-seater will replace the Cannonball and Challenge lifts, cutting ascent times in half. Woo! Shay Castle reports. (Camera)

The town of Breckenridge was protected from an ongoing fire by a shift in the wind. Jesse Paul reports. (DP)


Could coal be used as a source material for shoes, plastic, carbon fiber and more? Yes, and companies are trying to figure out if it’s economically feasible. (Inside Energy)