Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 11

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Hi. I took a week off from this feature in order to get my journalistic house in order. It kind of worked! But I did miss delivering you this daily dossier. Let’s get to it, friends.

Teams of oxen pull wagons, one loaded with a horizontal tubular boiler, on Larimer Street in downtown Denver, circa 1863. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Teams of oxen pull wagon on Larimer Street in downtown Denver, circa 1863. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)


The Democratic State Assembly is this weekend. Cary Kennedy and Jared Polis are expected to advance in the governor’s race. The process should show the momentum of their campaigns. Esteban reports. (Denverite)

Republican candidate Walker Stapleton is tossing out the signatures he collected during the petition process because he learned of “misconduct” from the firm he hired. This means he’s looking to secure a spot on his party’s ballot through Saturday’s Republican State Assembly. Esteban again. (Denverite)

A judge ruled that U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will stay on the Republican primary ballot. He used the same signature-gathering firm as Stapleton and was sued over claims of invalid signatures. (CP)

A state commission found that Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble violated ethics rules by moderating a forum that was funded by the oil and gas industry. They levied a $2,242 fine. (Coloradoan)

Economy & housing:

A study from the National Partnership for Women & Families found that Colorado women are paid 84 cents for every dollar men are paid. (5280)

People experiencing homelessness often use shopping carts to keep their belongings. Cities like Lakewood are trying to figure out how to get shopping carts off the streets without violating people’s rights. John Aguilar reports. (DP)

Local governments cleared out 21 encampments from the South Platte River around Englewood. (Denver7)


Compared to other large, urban school districts, Denver has among the biggest achievement gaps in the country between white and Hispanic students in reading and math. (Chalkbeat)


The Bureau of Land Management released a report on the environmental impacts of leasing 20,000 acres near Great Sand Dunes. It doesn’t address the impact of drilling, though — that would be done on a case-by-case basis as drillers get interested. The parcels would be over a ridge from the dunes. Rae Ellen Bichell reports. (KUNC)

A new study finds people living near oil and gas wells in Colorado may be exposed to air pollutants exceeding EPA health guidelines. Grace Hood reports. (CPR)

Garden of the Gods is in the “loved to death” club, and officials are planning changes. Ann Marie Awad reports. (CPR)


The restaurant from the team behind the Way Back couldn’t make it work in their big space in Riverfront Park and will close after just eight months. They’ll be open until Sunday. Ashley reports. (Denverite)

Just around the corner from where Wayward is closing, Chuey Fu’s is opening. (The Know)

Scum of the Earth Church is opening a roller derby shop. It’ll be the only one in Denver. (Denverite)

The Spot, a Boulder-based bouldering gym, is opening a spot near Civic Center. (Denverite)