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

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Hello, Denvertrons. I have a ton of projects  to finish, so, let's get straight to the news roundup. We've got a Denver police detective's surprising trip to Capitol Hill; the latest offerings from Denver Beer Company; and more.

Sky Ride at Elitch Gardens. (David L. Cornwell/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/RMN-050-8910)
Love you, pay me:

I really like this job, and I think that Denverite has added a helpful new voice to our civic conversation. We probably need your money to keep doing it. (Denverite)


More than 300 people will have to move if Denver Meadows closes. So, they came up with $20.5 million to buy the place. It may not be enough, as I report. (Denverite)


The Denver police union president told Congress that new rules are keeping him from deporting drug suspects. Police leadership condemned his remarks, according to me. (Denverite)

City and County Building: "DENVER ❤️  IMMIGRANTS". Keven reports. (Denverite)


There was a hearing to determine whether the G Line can open. A decision may be a while coming still. Nathaniel Minor reports. (CPR)

Weed, beer and art:

We're closer to having one of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs. (AP)

Yeah, Molson Coors is worried about the marijuana industry. Alicia Wallace reports. (Cannabist)

Sen. Cory Gardner is winding down his fight with Jeff Sessions after having "positive conversations about protecting states' rights," like legal marijuana. Mark Matthews reports.(DP)

Denver Beer Company is rolling out a new concept that "will honor the traditions, flavors and culture of Mexico, as Adrian reports. They're not the only ones. (Denverite)

Public art: It's beautiful and ugly, old and modern, and it's expensive to maintain. Michael Sakas reports. (CPR)


State legislators rejected a program that would have provided funding for suicide prevention efforts in schools. Erica reports from her new job. (Chalkbeat)

They also shut down a bill that would have allowed a supervised injection site for safer drug use in Denver. Stephanie Daniel reports. (KUNC)


The NFL Draft could come to Denver in 2019 or 2020. (Denverite)

What lesson did Lindsey Vonn learn when she nearly broke her back at the 2010 Winter Olympics? "I knew I didn’t have time to squander one day of training anymore, even in the off-season. I had to push myself year-round to maximize every single race opportunity."

Not the lesson I would have taken, but I guess that's why I'm sitting here in my sweatpants. (NYT)

Your weekend:

Ashley has a big ole list of things to do. (Denverite)


An interesting debate about the 38th and Blake density change on Twitter...

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