Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 23

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Hello! Today’s news roundup includes a fascinating piece about the future of the metro’s eastern border, a groundbreaking study on opioids and more.

View of Denver Tramway Company conductors in uniform at the North Side Club in Denver, Colorado. Interior shows: pool table, piano, American flag, and a heater. November 1911. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-18384)  denver public library; dpl; archival; archive; historic; denver; colorado; denverite

Denver Tramway Company conductors in uniform at the North Side Club, November 1911. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-18384)


In the 30s through the weekend, a chance for a couple inches of snow tonight, good skiing on both days.


The LIVE program would subsidize rent in apartments across Denver. One of its key planners is resigning and it’s now under internal review before it heads for a potential debate at Denver City Council. (Denverite)


The old Green Door Furniture building is nearly repaired after a 2016 fire. It’ll probably be sold. Allan reports. (Denverite)

The big skyscraper plan has a big catch: The developer is still trying to buy some of the land. Nice catch by Thomas Gounley. (BusinessDen)

Aurora has eight miles of open plains within its eastern border. Development there could make it the largest city in Colorado. Brandon Johansson, Kara Mason and Ramsey Scott report in depth. (Sentinel)

The nascent new plan for far northeast Denver is heavy on walkability, but we may be waiting a while still. Dave Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

Environment & health:

The Colorado Energy Office is likely back on solid ground with a vote to restore its funding, but it now has an “all-of-the-above energy focus,” as opposed to its previous focus on renewables, Ed Sealover reports. (DBJ)

Ten Colorado hospitals were part of a pilot project to cut down on opioid use. It worked, apparently, with a 36 percent reduction in opioid doses prescribed. John Daley reports. (Kaiser)

Gov. John Hickenlooper is in Washington today to press for bipartisan health care forms. (CPR)


State officials are telling probation officers to send information and help immigration agents arrest their clients. Advocates say it’s scaring people away from the courts. (CPR)

Alleged harassment and misconduct:

A new complaint alleges that Sen. Randy Baumgardner “gave a female staffer unwanted attention throughout the 2016 legislative session.” Bente Birkland reports. It’s the third formal complaint. (KUNC)

The leader of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver is on administrative leave amid allegations of “inappropriate conduct,” Rob Low reports. (KDVR)


Democratic lawmakers rejected three GOP bills that would relax state gun regulations and allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns onto school grounds. Jesse Paul reports. (DP)

The latest attempt at a school funding measure would raise $1.6 billion through income and corporate taxes. Erica reports. (Chalkbeat)

Your weekend:

Ashley knows some things! Among the many options today, we suggest Untitled Final Friday at the DAM with The Narrators, Slow Caves at Lost Lake and The Best of Denver at the McNichols Building. (Denverite)