Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 25

The grand candle-lit end to the 7 P.M. service. Christmas Eve at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2016. (Kevin J.Beaty/Denverite)christmas eve; holidays; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The grand candle-lit end to the 7 P.M. service. Christmas Eve at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2016. (Kevin J.Beaty/Denverite) christmas eve; holidays; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The candlelit finale to the Christmas Eve service at Trinity United Methodist Church. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I hope you got what you wanted. And if you didn’t get what you wanted, well, you just might get what you need.

And one thing you need is to know what’s going on around Denver.

As it inevitably does for someone, tragedy and violence marred Christmas for at least three people on South Pearl Street. We’ve also got a story about one man’s decades-long commitment to a Front Range tradition, the ongoing impact of the Black Forest Fire and more.

Denver police are investigating a fatal stabbing

It happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of South Pearl Street. (Denverite)

It’s not looking very much like Christmas.

There was a slim chance of a white Christmas that seems to have passed us by. Will that happen more or less often with climate change? Turns out that is a complicated question. (Denverite)

The mountains are a different story.

Authorities say new snow and high winds are bringing elevated avalanche risk to the high country. (Associated Press)

The man behind the Flagstaff star

The star on Flagstaff Mountain above Boulder is one of the most prominent symbols of the Christmas season along the Front Range. Craig Reynolds of Frederick has been maintaining the star as a volunteer since 1989. (Boulder Daily Camera)

The ongoing legacy of the Black Forest Fire

It’s been three years since the Black Forest Fire burned 14,000 acres and 500 homes. Volunteers doing mitigation work in the burn zone face a constant threat from the falling remains of charred trees. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Colorado might get another congressional seat. Might.

Colorado’s population growth, if it continues apace, could put us in a position to get an eighth seat in Congress. (Colorado Politics)

Holiday music for real people

Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air has its Merry Marathon going with alternative, indie and local holiday music. Denver’s own Kissing Party was in the studio earlier this week, and you can listen to the whole thing here.

Erica Meltzer

Author: Erica Meltzer

Erica Meltzer covers government and politics. She's worked for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona and Illinois and once won a First Amendment Award by showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and can swear fluently in Guarani. She gets emotional about public libraries. Contact Erica Meltzer at 303-502-2802, emeltzer@denverite.com or @meltzere.