Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 13

View of a bear in the crux of a tree, Colorado. Between 1910 and 1930. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-4486)historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Hi! We’ve got two interesting events to discuss, plus news of a major redevelopment near Mile High, analysis of the “Amazon” tax law, a pipeline fight I hadn’t even heard of and very much more.

View of a bear in the crux of a tree, Colorado. Between 1910 and 1930. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-4486) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View of a bear in the crux of a tree in Colorado between 1910 and 1930. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-4486)

Wednesday event: talking podcasts.

Podcast Book Club will meet at Denver Bicycle Cafe at 7 p.m. tonight to talk about Heavyweight. (MeetUp)

Thursday event: community conversation about homelessness.

“Move Along to Where” will be held for free at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at EXDO Events Center. The focus will be alternative solutions beyond enforcement. (Facebook)

Why DIY matters:

The shutdown of Rhinoceropolis reverberated through Denver and beyond. Ashley Dean talked to people around the arts scene to explain exactly what role these kinds of informal arts spaces play in our city. In short, they’re incubators. (Denverite)

What’s going to happen to Sun Valley?

You may have seen that the feds just granted $30 million for redevelopment in Sun Valley. That’s part of a broader package of perhaps a half-billion dollars of public and private money slated for the area, which isn’t far from Mile High Stadium. Erica has the deep dive, including details about a potential “entertainment district” around the stadium. (Denverite)

ICYMI: giant wing of ice cream.

Little Man’s newest novelty parlor, in Stapleton, will be shaped like a 65-foot-long wing of a classic airliner. (Denverite)

Online retailers may start reminding Coloradans to pay taxes.

Yes, you are required to pay taxes on online purchases. No, it’s not widely enforced. But now an action by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow a Colorado law to take effect that will require online retailers to tell you what taxes you owe on purchases. It may be easier for the companies to simply collect the taxes, as Amazon has decided to do here. (DP)

Teachers with guns?

A school district in El Paso County is considering a change that would allow school employees to be designated as security guards, and to therefore carry a gun on school property. Local leaders cite the marijuana industry’s presence as a reason for wanting more firearms in schools. A northeastern Colorado district approved a similar change in July. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Campaigning costs:

Candidates for the most competitive seats in Colorado’s state senate spent anywhere from $117,000 to $255,000. The job pays $30,000 – barely a third of what you could make on the Denver City Council. (Colorado Independent)

Why Denver Housing Authority sometimes sells land:

The public-housing agency occasionally offloads land to private developers, either because it doesn’t need it or because it wants to encouraged mixed-income neighborhoods. Adrian also examines the practices of other governments around the state. (Denverite)

Shrine to condos:

Mirador at Tennyson will squeeze 24 condos (starting in the high $300Ks) into the old El Jebel Shrine at Tennyson and 43rd Avenue in Berkeley. (Westword)

Judge to electors: Vote for Hillary.

A federal judge was not impressed by two Colorado electors’ argument that they should be free to vote against the will of the people. Their plan is to convince Republican electors to join Democrats in supporting an alternative candidate for president. (Denverite)

The feds rejected a Colorado pipeline again.

A federal commission decided not to give a second chance to the $7.6 billion Jordan Cove pipeline, which would take natural gas from the Rockies to Wyoming and then Oregon. It was earlier rejected for a supposed lack of market demand. Still, it’s likely not over yet. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.