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

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Hello, and welcome to a very warm week. High temperatures are running about 10 degrees above the October average, which is putting skiers and snowboarders on an emotional rollercoaster. Anyway, onto your news roundup, which includes lots of transportation updates, an interesting housing question and more.

FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor, Baca County, Colorado, standing amidst some of the grass which was native to this section before the plow came along, Sept. 1939. (Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-034129)

FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor, Baca County, Colorado, standing amidst some of the grass which was native to this section before the plow came along, Sept. 1939. (Russell Lee/Library of Congress/LC-USF34-034129)

Transportation:

Living near the A Line kind of sucks, especially because RTD still doesn’t have permission to run the trains without blowing their horns all the time, as John Aguilar reports. That won’t change until, at the earliest, when RTD gets state permission to remove flaggers from the line. They are making progress, though. (DP)

Denver Public Schools still hasn’t done anything yet with the $400,000 allocated from a recent tax increase to help low-income students get to school. Apparently a plan is coming today, as Nelson Garcia reports. (9)

Check out Kevin’s beautiful motion portraits of people on Colfax Avenue. (Denverite)

Housing & development:

ICYMI, Sam Brasch highlighted the debate about Denver’s new attempt to slow evictions. Councilwoman Robin Kniech thinks the city was “a little premature” in one move, and wants instead to see lawyers guaranteed for defendants in eviction cases. (CPR)

Colorado Mills is set to reopen on Nov. 21, months after a damaging spring hailstorm. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Environment:

Denver Water now has the money and the authorization to release more water into the South Platte on low-flow days, which should be good for fishies, as Bruce Finley reports. (DP)

There’s “too much timber and not enough money,” which means Colorado’s forests could be primed for a major wildfire, as Mark Duggan reports. (KUNC)

Sports:

The U.S. Olympic Committee is weighing 2026 vs. 2030 for its big bid. Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno have expressed interest. (AP)

The Broncos lost a bad one to the Giants at home. Christian looks at what happened. (Denverite)

Tech:

April Bohnert profiles four women in venture capital investing in Colorado. (BuiltIn)

Justice:

A Colorado judge has said it’s unconstitutional for Colorado to reduce sentences for people serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. The district judge said that it’s unfair to other people serving similar sentences. (AP)

 

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