Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 12

Best restaurant picks of 2017, what the mayor has to say about his relationship to developers, what residents have to say about Stapleton’s name and more.

View of Beth Ha-Medrash Hagodol Synagogue at East 16th (Sixteenth) and Gaylord Streets in the City Park West neighborhood of Denver, Colorado; it has columns, a Star of David, and Menorahs. (Denver News/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/X-25547)
View of Beth Ha-Medrash Hagodol Synagogue at East 16th and Gaylord streets in the City Park West neighborhood of Denver, sometime between 1920 and 1930. (Denver News/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/ X-25547)

We have a lot of interesting news today, including best restaurant picks of 2017, what the mayor has to say about his relationship to developers, what residents have to say about Stapleton’s name and my Hanukkah tip for Denver newcomers.

Read on.


Redeem Stapleton? In name change debate, some want to figure out how, and others wonder why you would want to

Supporters of the name change appeared to be a majority at the facilitated discussions.

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler leads a public meeting about Stapleton's name and whether or not to change it, Dec. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stapleton; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler leads a public meeting about Stapleton’s name and whether or not to change it, Dec. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

One of the problems presented by the name Stapleton is that you can’t unknow something.

Lots of people who moved to this community in northeast Denver — those who moved from elsewhere and even those who grew up here — bought homes without knowing much about man for whom the old airport was named.

Now that the Klan allegiances of five-term Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton are much more common knowledge, what are we saying when we say the community should keep his name?


Denver weather forecast for today, Dec. 12: Warmer than yesterday

The National Weather Service forecast calls for clear, sunny skies and a high near 65 today.

Sunset over City Park West, Oct. 29, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) city park west; sunset; cowx; weather; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; skyland;
Sunset over City Park West, Oct. 29, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The National Weather Service forecast calls for clear, sunny skies and a high near 65 today.

The overnight low will be around 32 degrees.

Wednesday should be another sunny day, though slightly cooler with a high near 55 degrees. There is a 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11 p.m. Wednesday night.



Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 11

Stapleton’s name change debate, Colorado’s economic forecast, shakeups at the Denver Sheriff Department, lights in the sky and more.

View of an Owl Club function. A group of African American (Black) teenagers stand in a circle on a ballroom floor in Denver, Colorado. The young women wear formal dresses and the young men wear tuxedos. Other couples crowd the room. Decorations in the distance read: "Be My Valentine" "Love" and "I Love You." (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/MCD-223)
Teenagers dance at an Owl Club function, sometime between 1955 and 1965. (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/MCD-223)

I saw Coco this weekend, so I’m thinking about the passage of time and wondering where the people in this photograph are now, what lives they led and so on. If anyone recognizes a parent or grandparent (or yourself!), I hope you’ll let us know. That would be really neat.

Meanwhile, we’ve got news of a variety of types for you: Stapleton’s name change debate, Colorado’s economic forecast, shakeups at the Denver Sheriff Department, lights in the sky and more. You can get our news round-up delivered to your inbox every morning, and today there’s even more news below.