Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 9

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Hi there. I have big plans today, so, no time to chat — straight to the news, fools.

Members of the AdAmAn Club climb the Pikes Peak Cog Railway tracks on New Year's Eve to set off fireworks sometime between 1922 and 1941. (Harry L. Standley/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Climbers on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway tracks on New Year's Eve, en route to set off fireworks sometime between 1922 and 1941. (Harry L. Standley/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Weather:

The Colorado snowpack that feeds water supplies is running at its lowest point in decades. However, changes over the next few weeks could be Colorado’s best chance yet to grab some winter weather, according to Brendan Heberton. (9, Weather5280)

Changes:

What will a downtown satellite do to 38th and Blake? We’re about to find out. Developers are lining up 16-story plans. (Denverite)

Colorado’s growing population could result in an extra U.S. representative for the state, Chris Bianchi reports. (Westword)

Expect more “entertainment concepts, specialty grocers and large-format discount apparel stores” to land in Denver this year, even if the wave of new gyms dies down, Joe Rubino reports. (DP)

Colfax’s new rec center is open. It has a lot going on. (Denverite)

Transportation:

CDOT plans to expand Federal near Fifth Avenue. Officials say that because it includes medians, the expanded street will be safer for pedestrians. David Sachs argues that medians do relatively little for safety, though. (Streetsblog)

Housing:

Denver council members say the tiny-home village deserves a permanent home. It still had to move, though. (Denverite)

Art:

Ashley surveys Denver’s DIY art scene as Meow Wolf arrives. (Denverite)

I was very amused by Ashley and Kevin’s on-brand quest for leprechauns and whatnot at the museum. (Denverite)

I profiled an artist with a very unusual medium: street signs. (Denverite)

History:

These are apparently the “five best moments in Colorado winter history.” Forty-six inches of snow sounds fun. (5280)

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