Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 8

Members of a teenage jazz band stand on a stage at a dance in Denver, Colorado. Some of the African American (Black) musicians have their hair styled in short Afros and wear thick framed black glasses. The saxophone players wear turtlenecks, suit jackets, and thick gold chains. Shows saxophones, base guitar, lead guitar, and drums. Women in white full length formal dresses and men in tuxedos are in the distance. (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCD-134)five points; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Good morning. Hope you’ve got some warm socks on. Today’s roundup includes some major development news for Sun Valley, a couple of stories about interesting people, cheeseburger news and a little bit more.

Members of a teenage jazz band stand on a stage at a dance in Denver, Colorado. Some of the African American (Black) musicians have their hair styled in short Afros and wear thick framed black glasses. The saxophone players wear turtlenecks, suit jackets, and thick gold chains. Shows saxophones, base guitar, lead guitar, and drums. Women in white full length formal dresses and men in tuxedos are in the distance. (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCD-134) five points; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Members of a teenage jazz band stand on a stage at a dance in Denver, Colorado. (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCD-134)

Did they finally kill Stoner Hill?

Police have been banning suspected drug users from parks in Denver. No. 1 target so far: Stoners on the hill in Commons Park. (Denverite)

A $30 million grant will fund mixed-income housing in Sun Valley:

The money’s coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More details are expected next week. (DBJ)

The attorney leading the lawsuit against the city’s homeless sweeps:

Chris Walker has an interesting feature on Jason Flores-Williams. The attorney is a former novelist who works out of a posh apartment near Union Station. This story follows him from Los Angeles to Prague and back. (Westword)

Back in prospecting days:

Changing Denver’s latest podcast is about Richard Sopris, one of Denver’s early mayors, and the mark he left in City Park. (Confluence Denver)

Smashburger CEO is out:

That was quick. Michael Nolan was CEO of Smashburger, the fast-casual burger chain based in Denver, for less than eight months. His exit comes even as the chain continues to expand. No word on why. (DBJ)

An undocumented immigrant seeks sanctuary:

University Park’s Mountain View Friends meeting will shelter Ingrid Latorre, who’s under threat of deportation. Read on for more on why this is happening and how it works. (Denverite)

Littleton cut back its urban-renewal program:

Our southerly neighbor is getting skeptical of the state program that gives cities economic-development strategies to resuscitate lagging parts of town. The city council voted to get rid of three of its four renewal districts. (DP)

That was cold:

The low in Denver last night was -10 degrees, just a few degrees warmer than a record set in 1919. The high today is just about 20. (9News)

Andrew Kenney

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