Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 10
Good morning. Another week has begun, so I chose some stuff to care about, and here I am, caring about it. We’ve got the latest on health care, the weather, transportation changes, laws about public space and more.
You should carry a raincoat all week. There’s a good chance of stormy weather each afternoon through Thursday, along with cooling temperatures. Woot.
Cory Gardner goes to Washington:
The senator is back on Capitol Hill this week after a trip home. While he was here, he met with staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center as well as the Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker. He faces pressure from both sides on the health care bill, which Republican senate leaders hope to pass before the next recess begins on July 31. Mark Matthews reports. (DP)
Ruh roh, RTD:
An error in some legislation is causing big problems for special taxing districts, including the one that supports RTD. Sherrie Peif reports that it could result in cuts as RTD tries to make up $500,000 per month. (Complete Colorado)
A woman and child were struck by a driver this morning just south of Federal and West Colfax. The extent of their injuries is unclear. (KDVR)
The upcoming addition of a new lane will displace seven businesses on Federal, as Megan reports. (Denverite)
Mayor Michael Hancock wants to spend $2 billion to cut down on the number of drive-alone commuters and boost transit commuting. That sum includes some of the general money that voters will decide on this fall. It would work out to an increase of about a third, or $27 million a year, in the city’s transportation spending budget. Bridge and road repairs would be accelerated, 100 miles of bike lanes built and more. Jon Murray reports. (DP)
Longmont’s council is considering banning the act of sitting down or lying on sidewalks near government facilities, such as the library, during operating hours. The bill says it’s not meant to “target the homeless community or otherwise criminalize an individual’s status rather than conduct.” John Fryar reports. (Camera)
A Denver-based company that converts money between digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has tripled its staff to 38 people. They’re called ShapeShift, as Kate Tracy reports.
Here’s a review of reviews of Cattivella, which seems like it’s worth the trip to Stapleton. (Eater)
The Natural Grocers on Platte Street closes on July 24. The new location is in RiNo, as Lynn Yen reports. (BusinessDen)
An Obama-era policy gives the federal government the power to regulate pollution and other impacts on pretty much all flowing water. Trump wants to limit protections to “navigable” waters, which would exclude more than 70 percent of Colorado’s streams, as Bruce Finley reports.