Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 12

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Hi there. I’m chock full of journalism today, from local politics to newly relevant Denver history and more.

Demolition work on the Civic Center site circa 1917. (George L. Beam/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/GB-7491)

Demolition work on the Civic Center site circa 1917. (George L. Beam/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/GB-7491)

 History:
It took years to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday in Colorado. The fight didn’t end there.  Kevin has the story of how white supremacists tried to derail the Marade. (Denverite)
Politics:

Gov. Hickenlooper had some things to say about the economy, energy, transportation, healthcare, housing, marijuana and sexual harassment. (Denverite)

At the start of the 2018 legislative session, it’s looking like big budget battles will overshadow education issues. (Chalkbeat)

Denver city council scraped together money to pay for eviction defense lawyers for residents. (Denverite)

Immigration

Both of Colorado’s senators are spearheading a deal to open a path to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants, including DACA recipients — but President Trump isn’t on board yet. (Politico)

ICE has detained Eliseo Jurado, partner of Ingrid Encalada Latorre, the undocumented Peruvian woman who has taken sanctuary at a Colorado church. (BDC/DP, Denverite)

Economy:

A new report paints a grim picture of the situation for Colorado workers, the state’s new jobs and the future of labor going forward, Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Want to know more about the Democratic race for governor? Start on Saturday. (Denverite)

Closetbox, a local storage startup, raised $7.3 million and continues to expand, Tamara Chuang reports.  The company’s big thing is that they send movers to get your stuff and bring it back. (DP)

Environment:

State officials say a molybdenum mine can continue to pollute a creek that feeds Denver’s water supply. The mine is above the normal state limit, but state officials want to “give time for Climax to resolve scientific uncertainty around how much molybdenum is too much for people,” Bruce Finley reports. (DP)

Low snow levels and widespread drought have water managers worried. Many reservoirs are in good shape for now, but smaller water suppliers are vulnerable, Luke Runyon reports.

Fun:
The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is hosting a Bill Cunningham exhibition with a New York Times photo editor; tonight’s preview of “Detroit ’67” at the Curious Theater wasn’t yet sold out (as of last night); and Stoney’s is hosting a ski film screening for charity. We’ve got the details on all that and more in our big ‘ol list. (Denverite)

The first of four billboards designed by youth at the Denver-based program Art Street was unveiled yesterday at 21st and California, Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Eater has all the steak. (Eater)

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