Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 11

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Hi there. Today’s news roundup has more of our group portrait of Colfax Avenue, a proposal to make visits to jail a bit more humane, a new housing assistance program and more.

The view toward the south in 1908. (Library of Congress)

The view toward the south in 1908. (Library of Congress)

Colfax Week:

Megan traces the history of tattooing on Colfax, which features what may have been the very first tattoo shop in Denver.

Street Fraternity was originally meant to give kids with violence issues somewhere to find stability. It’s grown into much more than that. Christian takes us inside. (Denverite)

Come to our event tomorrow night at Sie FilmCenter, 6 p.m., to talk about Colfax and everything else in Denver. (Denverite)


Since 2005, people in Denver’s jails have not been allowed to have in-person visits with friends and family — only through video. Now, there’s a push to change that. Erica reports.  (Denverite)


Denver will make $865,000 available to help low- and moderate-income residents with rent and utilities starting next month, as Tom McGhee reports. (DP)

Environment & outdoors:

A new office development in Boulder will have “green leases” that require tenants to limit energy usage so that the building can hit net zero. Grace Hood reports. (CPR)

A man trapped for three nights in the snowy backcountry was rescued after a military plane with a heat-sensing camera saw a fire he started. (CBS4)

Arapahoe Basin opens Friday. It will have one run and one lift open. Have fun. (DBJ)


Ashley has your comprehensive map and guide to fall fun and horror. (Denverite)

Shake Shack is expected to open in RiNo this spring, as Denise Mickelsen reports. (5280)

The restaurateur behind City O’ City and a recent chef from Ace Eat Serve are reopening Campus Lounge just east of Washington Park on Oct. 18. The menu will be veggie focused but carnivore friendly, as Allyson Reedy reports. (The Know)

Zeppelin Station is adding Dandy Lion Coffee. (Denverite)