Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 15

View north from Greek Theater and Colonnade of Civic Benefactors across Civic Center Park to Voorhies Memorial and downtown Denver, Colorado; Christmas decorations include: bottom of wreath on theater, large Christmas tree center of plaza, evergreen wrapped lamppoles and columns, evergreen garland draped from poles; landmarks include: Old Main Library, County Courthouse dome, Republican Building, Continental Oil Building with sign, "Conoco Products", Metropolitan Building, Majestic Building, Hotel Shirley Savoy; Sommer's Oil Co., and Western Tire Co. 1929. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3022)

Good morning. We’ve got a follow-up on BP, Oskar Blues news, art restoration and more in today’s news roundup.

View north from Greek Theater and Colonnade of Civic Benefactors across Civic Center Park to Voorhies Memorial and downtown Denver, Colorado; Christmas decorations include: bottom of wreath on theater, large Christmas tree center of plaza, evergreen wrapped lamppoles and columns, evergreen garland draped from poles; landmarks include: Old Main Library, County Courthouse dome, Republican Building, Continental Oil Building with sign, "Conoco Products", Metropolitan Building, Majestic Building, Hotel Shirley Savoy; Sommer's Oil Co., and Western Tire Co. 1929. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3022)
View north at Civic Center in 1929. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3022)

Why BP is moving a major office to Denver:

BP produces a lot of natural gas in the Rockies. Also, incentives from the city and state helped, as detailed in our report. (DBJ, Denverite)

Oskar Blues to Colorado Springs:

The Longmont brewery is opening a restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. The future site is being renovated to the tune of $1.2 million. (CS Gazette)

The zoo is helping the art museum:

The Denver Zoo has an X-ray it uses on polar bears and tigers. Conveniently, it can also fit the Denver Art Museum’s huge “Virgin of Valvanera” painting, which will be useful for the restoration. (ABC7)

LoDo building sold:

The Wazee Exchange at 1900 Wazee Street sold for $44 million to a Pennsylvania firm. (BusinessDen)

Was Denver ignoring Rhinoceropolis?

Ashley pulled some records that make it seem that the city, or at least one inspector, was aware that people were living in the DIY space. It was shut down shortly after the horrific Ghost Ship fire at a venue in California. (Denverite)

The reason for the Thunderbirds crash:

A military fighter jet crashed near an Obama event in Colorado Springs in June. The reason: lax maintenance led to a problem with the throttle that caused the pilot to “accidentally turn the engine off” in midair. He survived. (AP via ABC)

This CBD thing seems overblown.

I’ve seen a few posts about how CBD extract (a type of marijuana extract that is low in the active THC element) is now totally federally illegal. But apparently it already was! I think I believe the Hemp Industry Association’s claim that this is all about an administrative change. We’ll see. (Marijuana Business Daily)

Boulder really doesn’t like Milo.

The “conservative personality” — who delights in saying inflammatory things about women, Muslims and others — is due to speak at CU Boulder on Jan. 25. Now more than 200 faculty members and their allies are asking the university to host an alternate event at the same time as Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit. (Daily Camera)

Colorado’s high-school graduation rate is comparatively very low:

We’re still the fittest state, but this report points out some serious disparities between people of different incomes and education. (Denverite)

Old-school Tokyo-style arcade:

Westminster has one now. Looks like some good games in the collection. (Facebook)

Bonus:

Here’s a weird cult story from the 1920s that I stumbled across. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.