Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 20

Good morning! Let’s talk Denver stuff.

Shake Shack, March 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; rino; five points; denverite; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado;

Shake Shack, March 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hello! We visited the new Shake Shack yesterday, along with about a million other people. That’s what it looks like.

Now, on to the news.

Government (and the Denver Post)

After Detective Branch-Wise told Denver7 she wants an investigation, City Council members are considering looking into the sexually suggestive texts sent to her by Mayor Hancock. City Council has powers to investigate the mayor. (Denverite)

Some Denver City Council members were unsure about approving the city’s sublease of the ninth floor of the Denver Post’s old downtown headquarters. Councilman Kevin Flynn, a former reporter at The Rocky Mountain News, voted “no” in protest.

“I just couldn’t vote yes to pay $9 million-plus to the parent company of the Denver Post after they laid off 30 journalists in this town, one third of their staff,” he said at a council meeting on Monday night. (Denverite)

Also at last night’s meeting: City Council chose a new jail services provider. Not normally a big deal, but Lisa Calderón recently accused the city of taking the contract away from the Community Reentry Project as retribution for her criticism of the mayor. (Denverite)

A new report from the Office of the Independent Monitor says the handling of the investigation into Michael Marshall’s and the sheriff’s department’s “reflexive” responses point to the need for reform. (Denverite)


Two people were shot last night after leading police on a high-speed chase from Aurora to northeast Denver. They were possibly connected to an attempted murder suspect who escaped jail. (9)

And near East Mississippi Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora, two people were shot this morning. One died and one is expected to recover. Nearby Gateway High School was put on lockdown as a precaution. (CBS)


“For a long time, I think people really thought of Denver as just a yoga pants town,” 303 Magazine editor-in-chief Brittany Werges said. “But there are a lot of creatives here creating really beautiful clothes… We’ve had a lot of great sold-out shows, and we felt the city was really ready to embrace it.”

And this year, Denver Arts & Venues is throwing money and venues behind Denver Fashion Week. (CPR)


I have not yet had enough of it.

Also, Aviano Coffee got itself a second location in Cherry Creek. The new spot at 215 St. Paul St. is about four blocks from the original at 244 Detroit St. (BusinessDen)

Extremely good dogs

Meet the avy dogs of Copper Mountain and learn what it takes to become one. (Great photos ahead, obviously.) (303)