Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 7

Hey there. Today’s news roundup ranges from interesting local planning questions to the ongoing federal fight over marijuana.

An aerial view of 16th Street circa 1910-1920. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept.Denver Public Library)

The law:

Gov. John Hickenlooper is exploring the idea of granting clemency to nearly 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses. (AP via Denverite)

The FBI has raided a “body broker” in Montrose following investigative reporting. (Reuters)


One of Denver’s most heavily-trafficked intersections is the Colfax cloverleaf — where Colfax and Federal (kinda) meet. West Colfax neighbors want to propose pretty radical changes that would shift the area’s focus. (Denverite)

What if South Broadway had rainbow sidewalks as a gesture of inclusiveness? (Denverite)

Jill Locantore replaced Gosia Kung as executive director of WalkDenver. Dave Sachs has the interview. (StreetsBlog)


The Colorado Republican has been sparring with the Justice Department over its change in thinking about marijuana enforcement. Neither side is budging yet. Mark Matthews reports. (DP, Denverite)


Colorado’s solar jobs grew by 13 percent last year as the industry shrank nationwide. They’re less optimistic about this year due to Trump’s new tariffs. Grace Hood reports. (CPR)

There’s support for the idea of moving the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters from Washington D.C. to a western state, but some folks are suspicious of the motive. Dan Elliott reports. (AP via Denverite)

In 2014, a planned “pulse flow” brought the Colorado River all the way to the edge of the Pacific Ocean for the first time in decades, deliver water to a long-dry river bed. It would take a lot of work to make it happen again, Luke Runyon reports. (KUNC)

You can start booking reservations at Conundrum Hot Springs in April. (CPR)


The Denver school district wants more schools to join its “innovation zone,” and schools already in the zone think it could stand to be more innovative. Melanie Asmar reports. (Chalkbeat