Hickenlooper picks CU law professor Melissa Hart for state Supreme Court

Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump.

Inside the Colorado Supreme Court room at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado supreme court; justice; law; civic center; denver; kevinjbeaty;
Inside the Colorado Supreme Court at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has picked University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart to fill an opening on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. She filled the vacancy left by Neil Gorsuch, who stepped down after being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Denver closes 26 marijuana businesses amid police investigation

The order affects dispensaries for recreational and medical marijuana and facilities where marijuana is grown, all operating under the name Sweet Leaf.

Trimmer Daniel Newkirk works inside Verde Natural's grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) marijuana; pot; weed; verde natural; tommy chong; grow; agriculture; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver officials have shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses amid a police investigation expected to lead to criminal charges.

A suspension order issued Thursday by the city department that regulates marijuana businesses says its executive director made the decision after reviewing an investigation completed by the Denver Police Department.


Denver’s streak of days without measurable snowfall ends at 65, five days shy of record

Whether or not it feels like real snow in your heart is entirely different matter.

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The Confluence Denver on a snowy day, Oct. 26, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Last night’s dusting of snow was just enough to officially end Denver’s more than two-month run without measurable snow.

The National Weather Service’s Boulder office recorded 0.4 inches at Denver International Airport.

Not much, but it counts.


More than 140 Colorado public schools identified for low performance in 2017 state quality ratings

There are more than 1,700 schools in Colorado, so the vast majority of the state’s students attend schools that received one of the state’s two highest ratings.

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Aurora Central High School. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Nic GarciaChalkbeat 

More than 140 Colorado public schools received one of the state’s two lowest quality ratings Wednesday, putting them at risk of state intervention if they do not improve student learning fast enough.

There are more than 1,700 schools in Colorado, so the vast majority of the state’s students attend schools that received one of the state’s two highest ratings, the state education department said after the State Board of Education approved the ratings.


Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 14

There’s a big crush of development news today, and lots of other Denver stuff to catch up on. Let’s make it quick.

Hi! There’s a big crush of development news today, and lots of other Denver stuff to catch up on. Let’s make it quick.

Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building, a park, 15th (Fifteenth) and 16th (Sixteenth) Streets, Broadway and Lincoln Street in the Central Business District of Denver. Colorado. Shows the Denver City and County Building annex, the Carnegie library building, the Voorhies Memorial, reflecting pool and fountains in Civic Center Park, First Presbyterian Church on Broadway, the State Medical Examiners Office, the State Museum, the Colorado State Bank, the Republic Building, the Denver Theater Building, the Conoco building and the Paramount Theater. Businesses line the streets, signs read: "Gump" "Walgreen Drugs" and "Used Cars." Bill boards and standing signs read: "Country Club Beer, Famous For Its Flavor" "Phillips 66 Runs Smoother" and "Burlington Route Zephyr." The excavation site for the Hilton Hotel is on Court Place. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/(Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11640) cityscape; capitol hill; civic center; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/(Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11640)